Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellowships at Performa are designed to provide a comprehensive training experience for post-doctoral scholars interested in a career in curating contemporary visual art performance, including new media, dance, music and film. Fellows will work closely with Performa’s curatorial team, external curators and international advisory board, and will participate in year-round Performa Institute initiatives, traveling exhibitions, and programs. Each Fellow will be given the opportunity to develop a project for the biennial in tandem with Performa’s resident curators. These opportunities include contributing to programming for the Performa Institute, conferences and publications, and adding to a repository of performance scholarship and documentation. During the Performa biennial, Fellows will be involved with the coordination and day-to-day operation of the Performa Institute at the Performa Hub. The Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellows at Performa will be involved in ongoing historical research of live performance by artists from around the globe, as well as with the editorial content for Performa Magazine, providing opportunities for substantive research and writing. The Fellows will also gain in-depth exposure to the practice of contemporary artists and to current issues in curating performance in a museum and gallery

• Working with Performa’s curatorial team, the Fellow will conduct curatorial research, including compilations of artists’ information, interviews or other material directly related to Performa Commissions and Projects.
• Contribute to programming for the Performa Institute’s year-round activities.
• Contribute to the preparation of project descriptions and biographical archive on artists.
• Work with the press and marketing associates to prepare curatorial information to meet press and marketing deadlines, including material gathered from Performa Consortium partners.
• Work with the development associate to understand funding structure of non-profit organizations, including foundation research and grant writing where appropriate, as well as special projects.
• Assist in managing curatorial activities leading up to the Performa Biennial, including interviews with artists and curators, lectures, and seminars.
• Conceive and develop an independent project within the guidelines of the upcoming biennial and research initiatives of the organization.
• Work with the Producing Director to understand pre-production, budgeting, and marketing of Performa operations.
• Work with the Producing Director to manage the production and presentation of independent project.
• Assist in the cataloging and archiving of photographic, video, and audio documentation.
• Maintain system for evaluating curatorial activities and proposals.
• Contribute entries for the Performa Magazine and Performa biennial publication.
• Assist Curators with research, information gathering, and presentations for lectures and conferences.


Applicants must have been awarded a Ph.D degree in Art History or Performance Studies with a broad knowledge of and interest in contemporary global practices across art history, visual arts, performance studies, media, architecture, dance, music and film. An ability to work collaboratively and to effectively contribute to Performa’s senior curatorial and management team is a requirement. The position is paid and full time for 2 years.


Qualified candidates should send a cover letter of interest to the attention of RoseLee Goldberg and a CV to jobs (AT) with "Mellon Fellow" in the subject line. Only candidates who meet the above criteria will be contacted for potential interviews.




Performa’s Marketing Manager develops and implements an integrated marketing strategy that reflects the domestic and international ambitions of the organization and will deliver its development goals.  The Marketing Manager will plan and execute the overall marketing strategies for Performa and the Performa Biennials as well as be responsible for an earned income target from sales and distribution delivered through box office, sales of editions and distribution of publications.

• Lead the strategic planning, development and implementation of all marketing and sales activity to build a broader profile and reputation for Performa and meet income targets.
• Working with colleagues, research and solicit new business sponsorship deals.
• Develop new business opportunities and partnerships with other organizations and the Biennial Consortium.
• Work with senior team and external advisors to maximize revenue from sales and develop new initiatives in line with income targets.
• Manage the development and implementation of all marketing campaigns including print, online, social media, book distribution and sales of editions to the highest standard and to schedule.
• Draft, edit, and proofread all marketing copy in coordination with Performa’s curatorial team and Biennial Consortium organizations.
• Manage and work with external graphic designers ensuring consistency of brand identity across communications platforms.
• Plan and execute all advertising campaigns.
• Work closely with Performa’s public relations contractors to meet all public profile and branding targets. Maintain press relations in between Biennials.
• Maintain marketing budget and assist in budget development.
• Lead the development and updating of Performa’s websites, working with web developers to design and maintain online presence.
• Manage database and direct mail campaigns.
• Develop audience and market research initiatives and based on findings draw up plans to maximize participation.
• Oversee all e-news communication -- content strategy and list management.
• Coordinate the preparation of annual reports.

The Marketing Manager supervises the work of Performa Magazine Editor, Marketing Interns, and temporary marketing staff, and will oversee and manage the work of external contractors, such as designers and printers. The Marketing Manager reports to the Founder/Director and to the Producing Director.

• Demonstrable capacity to fulfill senior level responsibilities in marketing and/or sales in the visual or performing arts sector.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Knowledge of contemporary art and performance.
• Competence in analyzing marketing data and producing reports.
• Digital marketing and social media experience.
• Experience working with graphic designers to create print and digital materials.
• Ability to think quickly, problem-solve, and make decisions in high-pressure situations.
• Strong organizational skills, including an ability to handle multiple priorities.
• Diplomatic attitude and ability to negotiate between several different parties.
• Ability to cultivate and broker corporate sponsorship.

Salary is commensurate with experience.  This is a full time permanent position with benefits.  Please submit a cover letter of interest, a current CV, a list of references, and a writing sample to Please be sure to include “Marketing Manager” in the subject line of your email.