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Highlights of Qualifications

  • Over 17 years of professional experience in arts administration, gallery/exhibit installation and management, and events coordination.
  • Professional Seamstress with over 20 years of design, pattern drafting and grading, and fabrication experience.
  • Highly organized and efficient program manager.  Ability to keep a team on task, on budget, and consistently meet goals and deadlines.
  • Experienced curator, preparator, panelist and juror.
  • Successful history of partnering with various artists, performers and groups.

Work experience

November 2015Present

Visual Arts Program Coordinator

Duke University Health System, Arts & Health at Duke
  • Research, track and document location of Duke Hospital's Permanent Art Collection (~4,000 pieces)
  • Coordinate up to 36 rotating exhibit annually, curate annual Holiday Art Invitational and track sales for galleries (~$20,000 in sales annually)
  • Respond to artwork requests within the Duke Hospital Campus
  • Assess and fulfill ongoing needs for artwork in public spaces
  • Update website and social media for department 
  • Manage mailing list and compose and send newsletters (12 annually)
Mar 2014November 2015

Visual Artist in Residence

Duke University Health System, Arts & Health at Duke (formerly HAND and Cultural Services)
  • Access, document and select works for de-accession from hospital’s permanent art collection of over 3,500 works, using criteria established for artworks in clinical settings
  • Organize and oversee sales of de-accessed works
  • Coordinate and document process for Annual Employee Art Show (co-sponsored by National Art Program)
  • Curate and install over 150 artworks by 14 artists for the first annual Arts & Health Holiday Craft Invitational at Duke University Hospital (2014) and coordinate sales
  • Co-coordinate rotating public exhibits within hospital on on-going basis
Sep 2011Aug 2012

Contract Art Acquisition Specialist

Duke University Health System, Health Arts Network at Duke (HAND)

Project::  Art Acquisitions by Regional Artists Implemented, coordinated and managed acquisition of 120 pieces of artwork for permanent installation for patient rooms within Duke University Hospital by regional artists.

Project::  Duke Medicine Employee Photography Contest Implemented and coordinated employee-wide photography contest.  Managed selection of 64 images, printing and framing of images for installation.

Jan 2010Present

Designer / Artisan / Craftsman

jenjen

Designer and creator of jenjen, a line of custom clothing and accessories designed by Jennifer Collins-Mancour. The line is inspired by and uses, as much as possible, recycled and repurposed materials to create quality, functional items including hats, bags and clothing. All patterns are designed by Jennifer Collins-Mancour. Proudly made in the USA, Jennifer also licenses her designs to lines that support the textile industry in the United States.

Former mentor with Partners for Youth Opportunity (PYO) in Durham, NC, March 2015 - June 2016.

Recent Exhibits:

ReVamped - Clothing made from recycled t-shirts by Jennifer Collins-Mancour at Bull City Arts Collaborative, Durham, NC, August  - September 2014

Paradise Garden Project - Collaborative Installation at Carrack Modern Art, Durham, NC, March 2014

Clients:

Cocoa Cinnamon Coffee - Durham, NC

Durm Hip Hop Summit - Durham, NC

Happymess Art Supplies & Studios - Durham, NC

Ackland Museum Store - Ackland Museum, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Adorn Boutique - Brightleaf Square, Durham, NC

Acknowledgements:

Emerging Artist Grant Recipient, Durham Arts Council 2010-2011

Emerging Artist Grant Panelist, Durham Arts Council 2011-2012

Oct 2010Sep 2011

Arts Initiative Director, University Mall

Madison Marquette

Appointed to design and implement arts initiative program for University Mall in Chapel Hill. Established quarterly, annual and special exhibit and performance programs, developed and implemented Permanent Art process, and worked with community partners to host cultural and interactive events.

Venue voted "Best Shopping Experience in Chapel Hill" within 6 months of appointment by voters poll in Chapel Hill Magazine, July/August 2011

Selection Committee Member and Curator for Scrapel Hill III - April 22 - June 25, 2011

Guest Curator for Deaccession Committee Meeting, Town of Chapel Hill Public Art, May 2011

Selection Committee Member and Host Site for Sculpture Visions 2011-2012

Festifall Juror, October 2011

Mar 2008Dec 2009

Executive Director

Durham Art Guild, Inc. (DAG)

One of the country’s oldest, continually running, visual arts, members-based nonprofit organizations.

  • Worked directly with Board of Directors to determine goals for the organization and implement accordingly
  • Supervised and managed day-to-day operations for members-based nonprofit visual arts organization and oversaw gallery operations
  • Oversaw existing and implemented new programs that support goals for the organization
  • Produced reports, grants and proposals to support organization
  • Managed website updates, budget development, fundraising and communications
  • Recruited and oversaw volunteers and interns to assist with operations

Achievements:

  • Implemented new website which updated image and brand of organization, www.durhamartguild.org
  • Publicized exhibit and related events through press releases and secured consistent media coverage
  • Used new technology to expand communications between organization and members, and increased services
  • Implemented and increased awareness of DAG programs and services. DAG's Artist Residency at Golden Belt (2008), Junior Membership Program, ArtShare Sessions, etc.
  • Successfully partnered with local and national educational institutions, art non-profits and artists to present nationally acclaimed exhibits to the Triangle community
  • Created supportive environment for artist members, and heightened the gallery experience for visitors of the gallery

Numbers:

  • Increased member base by 34% within the first year
  • Increased individual donations and corporate sponsorship by 40% within the first year
  • Increased DAG Junior Members by 200% in first year
Jul 2007Sep 2009

Contract Project Manager

Liberty Arts Nonprofit Foundry and Sculpture Studio

Parrish Street Marker Project for the City of Durham - A series of six pedestrian-scaled markers which documents the historical significance of Durham’s Black Wall Street.

  • Recruited qualified artists for federally funded, City of Durham project and successfully secured on behalf of LibertyArts
  • Acted as liaison between artists and City of Durham staff and Advisory Committee
  • Created timeline, managed project and submitted monthly reports and invoices for payment
  • Successfully completed project and provided the Durham community with unique, community-based markers documenting the significance of Parrish Street
Mar 2006Jul 2007

Executive Director

Liberty Arts Nonprofit Foundry and Sculpture Studio

A nonprofit educational sculpture studio and bronze casting facility located in Durham.

Same duties as Director under Durham Art Guild, Inc.

  • Increased regional awareness of organization, mission and goals through media, email campaigns, and representation at cultural events
  • Redesigned, composed and compiled all information for updated Liberty Arts website, www.libertyartscasting.org. Implemented online portfolio, request-a-quote, and online registration for classes
  • Established Community Classes, Scholarship Program and Internship Program for organization
  • Designed annual solicitation and marketing materials for organization and oversaw annual contributions campaign
  • Identified potential clients and users of facility, networked and proposed projects for commission and studio services
  • Applied and awarded federally funded art project as umbrella organization in 2007: Parrish Street Marker Series

Numbers:

  • Increased users of facility by 200%, donors and supporters of organization by 200%, and client database by 500% within first year of directorship
  • Secured and successfully managed large-scale projects with individual artists, corporations, and city administrators
  • Successfully gifted the first sculpture MAJOR to The City of Durham on behalf of LibertyArts, establishing protocol for future similar projects
Mar 1995Oct 2000

Freelance Costume Designer

Acted as Costume Designer for over 30 theatrical productions at the ArtsCenter Theater and at Peace College.

  • Collaborated with crew designers
  • Designed and illustrated costumes for performances
  • Drafted patterns and fabricated costumes
  • Supervised fittings
Mar 2006Feb 1999

Manager of Exhibits and Artist Services - Dec. 2005 - March 2006, Artist Services Associate - August 2001 - December 2005, Artist Services Assistant - February 1999 - August 2001

Durham Arts Council, Inc. (DAC)
  • Implemented new projects that support community goals for organization and oversaw existing programs
  • Oversaw and facilitated approximately 40 sub-grantee accounts per year through DAC’s Emerging Artists, Season, Facility and former City Arts Grant Programs
  • Tracked and compiled information for City Grant Reports, and North Carolina Arts Council Reports
  • Assisted Director of Artist Services in annual budget development and reconciliation
  • Responsible for annual grant application revisions and design, grant timelines, and promotion of grant programs through releases and website
  • Scheduled and managed on-site exhibits in two separate galleries housed within the Durham Arts Council building (12 to 14 exhibits annually)
  • Coordinated off-site exhibit program
  • Acted as liaison for Durham County for annual Congressional Art Competition and maintained communications with Durham Public Schools Arts Coordinator and Congressman David Price’s Raleigh Office

Achievements:

  • Managed projects: Durham Art Walk (2003, 2004, 2005), an annual downtown walking tour of artists’ studios. The rediscovered ART Project (2004), the Triangle’s first community-wide recycled art project
  • Co-managed CenterFest (1999 – 2001), DAC’s annual street arts festival and Edible Arts (1999 – 2001) DAC’s annual fund-raiser
  • Developed and designed educational text panels and all marketing materials to accompany all DAC programmed exhibits. Implemented and coordinated art lecture programming to enhance exhibit program
  • Organized and held District Reception for Congressional Art Competition at DAC (2004).
  • Successfully partnered with agencies on various special projects – Center for Documentary Studies, City of Durham, Downtown Durham, Inc., Durham Central Park, Liberty Arts, NCCU Art Student Association, Durham Art Guild, The Scrap Exchange, Volunteer Center of Greater Durham, and Wellness Partners in the Arts

Numbers:

  • Increased gallery purchases by 300% in first year of supervision, and consistently increased revenues by 40% each year
  • Consistently increased Durham Art Walk attendance by 140% each year of supervision
  • Streamlined processing of Emerging Artists, Season and Facility Grants reducing dedicated staff hours by 25%
Aug 1995Feb 1999

Designer/Illustrator

Vega Metals, Inc.

Vega Metals, Inc. is a collaborative team of Artists/Blacksmiths specializing in Art Railings, Furnishings, Site Specific Sculpture and Architectural Ornamentation.

Duties:

  • Met with clients to assess needs and discuss design elements
  • Visited job site to document conditions
  • Created site specific computer generated designs for clients
  • Prepared illustration and presentation materials
  • Plotted full scale drawings for fabrication
  • Applied various finishing techniques to steel, bronze and copper; faux finishes, patinas, gold leaf
  • Professionally photographed and archived all completed and installed work.

Skills

Graphic Design
Pattern Making
Photography
QuickBooks
Powerpoint
Microsoft Excel
Microsoft Word
Adobe Photoshop
Seamstress

Paradise Garden Project

Collaborative Installation at Carrack Modern Art, Durham NC

Ackland Museum - Exhibit Banner Bags

Custom made bags using repurposed museum exhibit banners

ReVamped by Jennifer Collins-Mancour

Graphic Design

Portfolio

Education

Columbus College of Art & Design