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Lux Art Institute is redefining the museum experience to make art more accessible and personally meaningful.

Mission

At Lux, you don’t just see finished works of art; you see the artistic process firsthand, observing internationally recognized artists in a working studio environment. Lux education programs support community in developing a creative voice through exploration, experimentation, and discovery.

As part of this mission, Lux works to:

SUPPORT

Support emerging and established artists in the development of new projects through a seasonal residency program.

Exhibit

Exhibit finished works from Lux residencies alongside the artist’s other works.

engage

Engage the community to foster an appreciation of the living artist and creative process.

Encourage

Encourage creative and critical thinking through inquiry, reflection, and discussion of contemporary art practices.

Implement

Implement a project-based learning method with the philosophy that the process is as significant as the final artwork.

Nurture

Nurture interdisciplinary learning by integrating new media and common core principles into our onsite and outreach programs.

History

In 1998, a group of San Diego area art patrons and philanthropists joined with Reesey Shaw, the founding Director of the California Center for the Arts Museum, to discuss how they might encourage a better understanding of visual art in the San Diego community. They agreed that what was needed was something more than a typical museum; they envisioned a place where visitors would be directly exposed to the artistic process in a way that immediately engaged viewers and demystified visual art.

The vision began to take shape when Ramona Sahm joined the board as president and donated one million dollars in seed money. The founders named the new endeavor Lux, Latin for “light,” and began working to build a facility that would bring national and international artists to Southern California to realize commissioned works on site and in the public eye.

After choosing a scenic setting in coastal Encinitas as the home for Lux, the founders learned that the site was once named Lux Canyon, after the Lux family who had settled the area at the turn of the nineteenth century. They knew it was meant to be.

Even as Lux worked to build its permanent facility, the institute’s vision began to take shape as a “museum without walls.” A series of permanent installations around the Lux grounds offered visitors a sense of the uncommon experience to come. In 2000, Lux began its educational outreach initiative with the Valise Project, which continues today.

In 2007, the institute’s first permanent structure, the Artist Pavilion, opened to the public and welcomed its first artist-in-residence. The Educational Pavilion followed in 2014, giving a permanent home to Lux educational programs and exhibits by established local artists. Today, Lux is a destination for San Diego County, a place where visitors find creativity at work and creativity within themselves.

Location

Location

buildings

A place to create, experience, and live art, Lux Art Institute includes two separate buildings.

The Lux Artist Pavilion combines residence, studio, administrative and exhibition areas, offering resident artists a flexible space for creation during their stay and allowing visitors to see artists at work in the studio. Designed by architect Renzo Zecchetto, the Artist Pavilion incorporates a variety of water and energy saving strategies to reduce its impact on the local environment, and was the first art museum in California awarded LEED certification for new construction. The Artist Pavilion also received a Grand Orchid award in 2008 from the San Diego Architectural Foundation.

The Education Pavilion, designed by architect and former Lux board member Anne Sneed, provides a vibrant space for creativity, education and community that serves all of San Diego County. The 7,000-square-foot building features four large classrooms, one big enough to hold 100 people for conferences, lectures and film screenings, as well as an artist’s workshop, digital lounge and administrative offices.

Environment

Where Art Meets Nature

Lux Art Institute is located on a four-acre parcel overlooking the San Elijo Lagoon, a stunning backdrop for artistic exploration and appreciation. The buildings are surrounded by a wildlife preserve which stretches two miles to the Pacific Ocean and hosts a number of commissioned on-site installations for visitors to explore.

Lux is committed to maintaining the native habitat at the campus. The native plants in the spacious one-acre gardens, landscaped by Schmidt Design Group, require approximately fifty percent less water than traditional garden plants, and the bioswale reduces surface runoff. The gardens, which include hardwood bridges and a tiered amphitheater, are open to Lux visitors and are available to the community for events, concerts and outdoor classes.

Board

Board of Directors

The Lux Board of Directors includes a wide range of San Diego art patrons and philanthropists with a variety of expertise and backgrounds, all committed to the Lux vision of redefining the museum experience to make visual art more accessible and personally meaningful. Their leadership and collaboration makes possible the unique artist residency and expansive educational programs that define the institute. The dedication of Lux Board Members also ensures the ongoing development of Lux Art Institute as a vibrant cultural center for San Diego County and beyond.

Staff

Reesey Shaw

Director

Reesey Shaw is the founding Director of Lux Art Institute, an art organization whose vision is to make visual art more accessible and personally meaningful by providing access to living artists as they create new works and developing project‐based education programs that promote exploration, experimentation and discovery.

A graduate of Maryland Institute College of Art, Shaw received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Fine Art. She began her career as an artist and art historian, lecturing at Claremont Graduate University, University of California, San Diego and Morgan State University in Baltimore.

Upon moving to La Jolla, California in the 1970s, Shaw exhibited at galleries and museums locally, as well as in Los Angeles and New York. In the mid‐‘80s her personal work evolved to include curatorial and administrative ideas that she cultivated as head of the gallery for the Felicita Foundation. In 1994, Ms. Shaw became the founding Director of the California Center for the Arts Museum, where she first presented artists with the opportunity to create works on site.

That idea has found full expression at Lux Art Institute, where thanks to the support of local art patrons and philanthropists, Ms. Shaw assumed the position of founding Director in 1998. Under Shaw’s leadership, Lux has evolved from an innovative vision to a full‐blown reality. Lux’s first permanent facility, the Artist Pavilion, opened in 2007, offering artists from all over the world a place to live and work. The Education Pavilion, a 7,000‐square‐foot building with four classrooms, an artist’s workshop, digital lab and administrative offices, was completed in 2014.

This distinct institution was established in response to a need both for accessible contemporary art and for a visual arts cultural and educational presence in San Diego’s vibrant North County. The Lux grounds ‐ the Artist Pavilion, Education Pavilion and gardens – together have established a creative, inviting space where art lives and changes lives.

Administrative staff

Reesey Shaw
Director
rshaw@luxartinstitute.org

Ernesto Gonzalez
Marketing & Events Manager
egonzalez@luxartinstitute.org

Jennifer Moore
Accounts Payable
finance@luxartinstitute.org

Advancement STAFF

Kate Beaver
Development Manager
kbeaver@luxartinstitute.org

Alyssa Morales
Development Associate
amorales@luxartinstitute.org

Victor Sanchez
Visitor Services Representative 
visitorservices@luxartinstitute.org

Sheri Coury
Visitor Services Representative 
membership@luxartinstitute.org

Curatorial STAFF

Guusje Sanders
Curatorial Assistant
gsanders@luxartinstitute.org

Education STAFF

Jesse Kerr 
Teaching Artist

Erick Perez
Teaching Artist - Valise
eperez@luxartinstitute.org

 

Carla Roemer
Teaching Artist - Luxcursion
croemer@luxartinstitute.org 

Employment

Thank you for your interest in Lux Art Institute. See below to learn more about available job and internship opportunities.

Lux seeks qualified and creative candidates whose talents will support the institute’s mission and long‐term goals. To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to info@luxartinstitute.org, with “Human Resources” in the subject. We kindly request no phone calls or in‐person applications. 

Equal opportunity employer: Lux Art Institute provides all persons with equal employment practices and opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, veteran or marital status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

 

Education coordinator

Lux Art Institute, a non-profit visual art organization in Encinitas, has an immediate opening for an Education Coordinator to provide critical support in bringing the organization to the next level. The successful candidate will have 2-4 years experience in program coordination and a degree in art or background in teaching. The right candidate is motivated by every opportunity to inspire creativity and build interesting and engaging programs in line with Lux's mission.

This is a full-time position that requires a great and outgoing attitude and a strong work ethic. Flexible work schedule including some weekends and evenings will be required.

This is an exciting period of growth to join Lux Art Institute as we strategically plan for the programming of Lux’s 10th Anniversary Season. If you think you are the right candidate please submit your cover letter, resume, salary history and references to info@luxartinstitute.org subject line ‘Education Coordinator.’

This is a full-time non-exempt position offering health benefits and paid time off. Pay is commensurate with experience.

We look forward to meeting you!


RESPONSIBILITIES

TEACHING

• Assist in developing curriculum and art projects for all onsite education programs

• Act as lead teacher for Summer Art Camp; coordinate Summer Art Camp art show

• Lead Kids-in-Residence and other after school programs as necessary

• Lead Valise Project lessons as necessary

EDUCATION DEPT. COORDINATION:

Process inquiries, scheduling, payment, and registration for all education programs

Take the lead on organization and maintenance of education spaces

Oversee art supply inventory, organization, purchasing and donations

Oversee and implement technologies that develop visitor engagement and audience participation, including iPad applications, Lux Kids blogging and social media

Manage volunteer program recruitment, hiring training, retention, and evaluation

Supervise and/or support onsite classes and programs (Luxcursions, tours, Kids-in-Residence, Art Out Loud, Family Day, Summer Art Camp, Studio Series) as assigned

Field education related inquiries

Work cross- departmentally to promote and sell Lux programs


QUALIFICATIONS


• Bachelor’s Degree with degree in art preferred

• Creative and service-oriented; Experience in growing program loyalty

• Strong verbal and written communication and presentation skills a must

• Ability to write appropriate, concise and effective correspondence with constituents

• Strong Knowledge of Social Media and Web Technologies

• Ability to balance multiple tasks and meet deadlines

• Deep interest in contemporary visual art

• Strong documentation, organizational and collaboration skills

• Working knowledge of nonlinear editing, photoshop, adobe illustrator a plus

• Knowledge of arts & culture in San Diego is recommended

• Must have sense of humor


TO APPLY

Please email your resume, cover letter, writing sample, and three references to info@luxartinstitute.org. No calls please.

BUSINESS ASSOCIATE

Lux Art Institute, a non-profit visual art organization in Encinitas, has an opening for a Business Associate to play an integral role within our administrative office. The successful candidate should have an Associate's degree in accounting or business administration, BA in Business Administration or equivalent business experience preferred, as well as a knowledge of bookkeeping and generally accepted accounting principles. Preference will be given to candidates with a working knowledge of the Quickbooks accounting software package.

This is a part-time position that requires a great and outgoing attitude and a strong work ethic. If you think you are the right candidate please submit your cover letter, resume, salary history and references to info@luxartinstitute.org subject line ‘Business Associate.’

We look forward to meeting you!


RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Pay supplier invoices in a timely manner
  2. Take all reasonable discounts on supplier invoices
  3. Pay any debt as it comes due for payment
  4. Monitor debt levels and compliance with debt covenants
  5. Collect sales taxes from customers and remit them to the government
  6. Ensure that receivables are collected promptly
  7. Record cash receipts and make bank deposits
  8. Conduct a monthly reconciliation of every bank account
  9. Conduct periodic reconciliations of all accounts to ensure their accuracy
  10. Maintain the petty cash fund
  11. Issue financial statements
  12. Provide information to the external accountant who creates the company’s financial statements
  13. Assemble information for external auditors for the annual audit
  14. Calculate and issue financial analysis of the financial statements
  15. Maintain the chart of accounts
  16. Maintain the annual budget
  17. Calculate variances from the budget and report significant issues to management
  18. Comply with local, state, and federal government reporting requirements
  19. Process payroll in a timely manner
  20. Provide clerical and administrative support to management as requested

TO APPLY

Please email your resume, cover letter, writing sample, and three references to info@luxartinstitute.org. No calls please.

Visitor Services Representative(S)

Lux Art Institute, a non-profit visual art organization in Encinitas, seeks to fill multiple positions for Visitor Services Representatives to perform overall visitor services duties which include the daily monitoring and care of the Museum's studio and Education Pavilion, acting as point of sale for on site programming, and interacting with the public to ensure that the visitor experience at Lux is productive, informative and enjoyable. The successful candidate will have prior customer service experience, and show demonstrated interest in contemporary art and museum environments, be responsible and trustworthy, with strong communication and interpersonal skills.

This is a part-time hourly position including weekend, holiday, and occasional evening shifts. Part-time positions available on an ongoing, as needed basis.

This is an exciting period of growth to join the Lux team as we strategically plan for the programming of Lux’s 10th Anniversary Season. If you think you are the right candidate please submit your cover letter, resume, salary history and references to info@luxartinstitute.org subject line ‘Development Associate.’

We look forward to meeting you!

RESPONSIBILITIES

Prepare studio, gallery & front desk for open hours.

Create & manage a superb visitor experience, by welcoming visitors at the admissions desk during open hours and events.

Act as a Lux spokesperson, educate visitors about the current resident artist, upcoming events and residencies, studio rules, the building, membership, and Lux store.

Ensure an efficient, safe and quality guest experience for individuals and groups.

Build and maintain rapport with visitors, members, donors, and media to cater the visitor experience to their needs.

Push upcoming events with targeted messaging for members.

Maintain cashbox, record and deposit all admission and membership revenue.

Maintain accurate record log for attendance (day, weekly, monthly, seasonally).

Provide programmatic support for special events, education programs, and general museum activities.

Knowledge and Skills

Bachelor’s Degree preferred; prior customer service experience a must.

Creative and service-oriented; Experience in growing audience loyalty.

Strong verbal and written communication and presentation skills a must.

Strong Knowledge of eTapestry or other CRM database preferred.

Strong Knowledge of Social Media and Web Technologies.

Ability to use a multi-line phone system and transfer phone calls.

Deep interest in visual arts preferred.

Knowledge of arts & culture in San Diego is recommended.

Must have sense of humor.

TO APPLY

Please email your resume, cover letter, and three references to info@luxartinstitute.org with subject line 'Visitor Services'. No calls please.

TEACHING ARTIST - adjunct FACULTY

Lux Teaching Artists are important members of the Lux Art Institute's education team, reporting to the Education Manager, who teach new art programs in the Education Pavilion.

This is an exciting period of growth to join Lux Art Institute as we strategically plan for the programming of Lux’s 10th Anniversary Season. Lux’s Education Programs are central to Lux’s mission, and launched in 2001 with our outreach program, the Valise project. Teaching Artists will play a critical role in creating new and inspiring programs that pair with Lux’s innovative residency program. If you think you are the right candidate please submit your cover letter, resume, salary history and references to info@luxartinstitute.org subject line ‘Teaching Artist’.

We look forward to meeting you!


Responsibilities

Lux Art Institute is currently seeking part-time and seasonal Teaching Artists to fill the growing demand of our outreach and onsite education programs. The Teaching Artist reports to the Education Manager, and staff currently scheduled programs or develop and teach new classes based on level of teaching experience. Teaching Artists should have demonstrated experience in visual arts and be passionate about teaching.


Onsite education programs (September - June)

Instructor for a variety of education programs, dependent on skill level and experience.

Work with Education Department staff to develop challenging and unique art projects for education programs (Luxcursions, Kids-in-Residence).

camp programs (fall, winter, spring)

Plan weekly curriculum and create project samples and detailed lesson plans with supply lists.

Act as a Camp Instructor for a specified age group during Lux's seasonal camp programs, leading students in a variety of projects, discussions and activities related to each week's topic.

Organize and store completed artwork in preparation for art show; assist with coordination of student art show, in collaboration with education team to showcase work created throughout the program.

Complete a camp evaluation.

General

Act as a positive spokesperson for Lux, promoting current programs, events and exhibitions.

Align teaching practices to Lux's Education Mission.

Prepare, maintain, organize, clean classroom and art supplies.

Responsible for set-up and clean up before and after classes.

Assist with art supply ordering.

Assist with other education related projects as assigned.

Ideal candidate will possess the following

A bachelor's degree required in professionally appropriate field (Art Education, Museum Education, Liberal Studies, or Studio Art)

Experience in the classroom using inquiry-based learning and contemporary art practices

Prior teaching experience required

Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Knowledge and understanding of contemporary art

benefits summary

Teaching artists work as hourly non-exempt employees or are contracted dependent on level of experience. Hours are contingent on teaching schedule.

TO APPLY

Please submit cover letter, resume, example lesson plan or RFP, references and salary history to info@luxartinstitute.org. No phone calls please.


visitor services Representatives

Lux Art Institute, a non-profit visual art organization in Encinitas, seeks to fill multiple positions for Visitor Services Representatives to perform overall visitor services duties which include the daily monitoring and care of the Museum's studio and Education Pavilion, acting as point of sale for on site programming, and interacting with the public to ensure that the visitor experience at Lux is productive, informative and enjoyable. The successful candidate will have prior customer service experience, and show demonstrated interest in contemporary art and museum environments, be responsible and trustworthy, with strong communication and interpersonal skills.

This is a part-time hourly position including weekend, holiday, and occasional evening shifts are required. Part-time positions available on an ongoing, as needed basis.

This is an exciting period of growth to join the Lux team as we strategically plan for the programming of Lux’s 10th Anniversary Season. If you think you are the right candidate please submit your cover letter, resume, salary history and references to info@luxartinstitute.org subject line ‘Development Associate.’

We look forward to meeting you!


RESPONSIBILITIES

• Prepare studio, gallery & front desk for open hours.

• Create & manage a superb visitor experience, by welcoming visitors at the admissions desk during open hours and events.

• Act as a Lux spokesperson, educate visitors about the current resident artist, upcoming events and residencies, studio rules, the building, membership, and Lux store.

• Ensure an efficient, safe and quality guest experience for individuals and groups.

• Build and maintain rapport with visitors, members, donors, and media to cater the visitor experience to their needs.

• Push upcoming events with targeted messaging for members.

• Maintain cashbox, record and deposit all admission and membership revenue.

• Maintain accurate record log for attendance (day, weekly, monthly, seasonally).

• Provide programmatic support for special events, education programs, and general museum activities.

QUALIFICATIONS

• Bachelor’s Degree preferred; prior customer service experience a must.

• Creative and service-oriented; Experience in growing audience loyalty.

• Strong verbal and written communication and presentation skills a must.

• Strong Knowledge of eTapestry or other CRM database preferred.

• Strong Knowledge of Social Media and Web Technologies.

• Ability to use a multi-line phone system and transfer phone calls.

• Deep interest in visual arts preferred.

• Knowledge of arts & culture in San Diego is recommended.

• Must have sense of humor.


TO APPLY

Please email your resume, cover letter, and three references to info@luxartinstitute.org with subject line 'Visitor Services'. No calls please.

 

 

Internships

 

Administration Intern

This internship (10-15 hours/week) provides administrative support to the Lux team. This internship includes a variety of different tasks within the institution and is a fantastic opportunity for someone who is interested in learning more about non-profits or museum management.

The position reports to the development department.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Assists with secretarial duties: filing, organization of database, and phone support.

Supports the Development Team through a variety tasks such as: membership processing, events assistance, and operations.

Assists with everyday tasks within the office.

QUALIFICATIONS

Organized with excellent written and verbal communication skills

Ability to multi-task

Strong attention to detail

Must have personal transportation

Familiarity with Microsoft Office platforms, Adobe Creative Suite and other technological platforms

College Student or BA

Must be able to commit to internship through May of 2016

Can offer college credit or course credit

TO APPLY

Please email your resume to info@luxartinstitute.org

Curatorial Intern

This internship (10-15 hours/week) supports the curatorial department with preparing exhibitions. This position is ideal for a student who is interested in a non-profit curatorial position.

The position reports to the curatorial department.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Work with our artist files and perform research on artists, learning art history and current trends.

QUALIFICATIONS

Organized with excellent written and verbal communication skills

Ability to multi-task

Strong attention to detail

Must have personal transportation

Familiarity with Microsoft Office platforms, Adobe Creative Suite and other technological platforms

CRM experience preferred

Knowledge of basic accounting

College Student or BA

Can offer college credit or course credit

TO APPLY

Please email your resume to gsanders@luxartinstitute.org

Development Intern

This internship (10-15 hours/week) supports the development department with data entry for Lux’s Spring Campaign preparation. This position is ideal for a student who is interested in non-profit development.

The position reports to the development department.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Phone call solicitations and constituent outreach under supervision

Assists with maintenance of Lux’s database for 2016

Produces weekly data driven reports to assist department in strategic planning

QUALIFICATIONS

Organized with excellent written and verbal communication skills

Ability to multi-task

Strong attention to detail

Must have personal transportation

Familiarity with Microsoft Office platforms, Adobe Creative Suite and other technological platforms

CRM experience preferred

Knowledge of basic accounting

College Student or BA

Must be able to commit to internship through May of 2016

Can offer college credit or course credit

TO APPLY

Please email your resume to development@luxartinstitute.org

Education Intern

This internship (10-15 hours/week) provides administrative and teaching support to the education department. This position is ideal for a student who is interested in non-profit art education.

The position reports to the education department.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Assists lead educator with classroom set for each program.

Acts as a teaching assistant for outreach and youth after school programs.

Works with the Education Coordinator on education related admistration duties.

QUALIFICATIONS

Organized with excellent written and verbal communication skills

Ability to multi-task

Strong attention to detail

Must have personal transportation

Familiarity with Microsoft Office platforms, Adobe Creative Suite and other platforms

At least 1 year of teaching experience

Experience in studio art courses

College Student or BA

Must be able to commit to internship through August of 2016

Can offer college credit or course credit

TO APPLY

For consideration please email your resume to education@luxartinstitute.org