Executive Director



Rochester Art Center is a museum of contemporary art located in the heart of Rochester’s historic downtown along the Zumbro River. The Rochester Art Center presents an ongoing schedule of exhibitions across a broad spectrum of new and innovative work. It features local, regional, national, and international artists; provides dynamic education programs for all ages; and leads a number of active community partnerships and visitor engagement initiatives. Founded in 1946, the Rochester Art Center is, by its intentional focus on programming, a non-collecting institution. 


The Executive Director is responsible for the Rochester Art Center’s overall management, its physical and financial resources, its personnel, and its future growth with special focus on program development and fundraising.


The Executive Director will be a qualified administrative manager, skilled fundraiser, and active representative for Rochester Art Center in the local, regional, and national civic and cultural communities.  The Executive Director must have a deep and passionate commitment to art, and, in particular, the power of art in building a community. Additional required attributes include:

  • Strong affinity for the mission of Rochester Art Center
  • Extensive experience in the museum or cultural nonprofit field
  • A sizable network, including museum colleagues, artists, and gallery contacts
  • Prior experience with operations at a museum or similar cultural center
  • Strong organizational skills with proven ability to focus and prioritize.
  • The ability to manage financial operations
  • A record of successful fundraising
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Be a self-starter and creative problem-solver
  • Demonstrate a track record of fostering a collaborative working environment and coalescing others around objectives and their successful implementation
  • Strongly desired but not required: an advanced degree in an art related field


Please send your resume and a personal statement describing career achievements and motivation to apply for this position to [email protected]


To be a cultural center for innovation and creativity through contemporary art, with a unique location in the thriving downtown area of Rochester. With the recent Destination Medical Center (DMC) initiative, Rochester is growing into a unique and vibrant center of opportunity for small businesses, start-up companies and cultural agents all nurtured to thrive alongside with the world-renowned Mayo Clinic. This growth brings an incredible spectrum of opportunity to the Rochester Art Center, but also a great deal of responsibility as a leading advocate for arts and culture in the city. 


Rochester Art Center offers opportunities for people from all backgrounds and persuasions to learn about and value the arts through innovative experiences with contemporary art. Through world-class exhibitions and programs, the Rochester Art Center presents a welcoming, integrated, and diverse experience that encourages questioning, creativity, and critical thinking. Exhibitions and programs are designed to reflect the dynamic relationship between art and society. The Rochester Art Center is committed to being a cultural forum in the community and to enhancing our region as a destination for learning, creativity and innovation. The Center provides value through engagement with a broad spectrum of stakeholders, strong collaborations with other organizations, and a history of excellence.


The Art Center opened its doors at the current location in 2004. Designed by Hammel, Green and Abrahamson (HGA), the Art Center’s simple and clean architecture works harmoniously with nature – linking the indoors to the outside to create a shimmering complement to the river below. The 36,000 square-foot Rochester Art Center expresses itself as two architectural forms, one covered in copper and the other zinc-covered, linked by a glass atrium that frames views west to downtown Rochester and east to the river corridor. The south side of the building is encased in zinc and houses the galleries and classroom studios. The building’s copper-covered north tower ties the Art Center to the Mayo Civic Center. Visitors enter the Art Center on the first level and transition into the soaring, three-story Wells Fargo Atrium and Mayo Clinic Grand Lobby. The stunning introduction to the building allows visitors to relate with the Zumbro River, Mayo Park and downtown Rochester. 

Rochester Art Center is located at 40 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester, MN, 55904. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm. For more information, please visit www.rochesterartcenter.org.


Opportunity Opens

Friday, Dec 6th 2019

Opportunity Closes

Friday, Jan 3rd 2020, 5:00pm

Application Location

External Site
MN Artists