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Gallery Assistant Apprenticeship:

Communications Specialist

11 Months


Length: April 30, 2021 – March 30, 2022

Job Posting Closing Date: April 15, 2021 5:00pm Central Standard Time

Primary work location: Mall of America (Up to 30 hours each week)

Part-time: 25-30 hours per week Annual Compensation: Up to $18,500

The Gallery’s Communications Apprentice will strive to provide exceptional service to both internal and external guests. The Communications Specialist is primarily responsible for maintaining and improving the artistic and commercial success of the gallery within the digital world by sharing stunning images and ads that showcase the gallery’s mission and events. S/he will be responsible for exemplifying the F. Sherrod Gallery & Studio culture as well as promoting F. Sherrod Gallery & Studio as the gallery of choice for those in the market for art!

Creating marketing plans to increase sales and customer base
Advertising artists and collection through the gallery’s digital media platforms
Advertising artists and collections through the gallery’s digital media platforms
Promoting exhibits and installations
Developing and maintaining relationships with artists
Processing sales and maintaining visitor records while working in the primary location
Attending staff meetings


Employees are held accountable for all duties of this job and other duties as assigned.


This apprenticeship is designed for youth between the ages of 18-24 who are enrolled in a visual arts program through a college or university or who are pursuing a visual arts career on their own.

High school diploma required
1-2 years of experience in art related field preferred
Working knowledge of studio art
Retail experience preferred 

Social Media pro


Student council or other leadership experience that shows your ability to speak publicly and to a variety of people.

Must be authorized to work in the United States
Must be punctual and responsible

Must be able to accurately follow instructions, both verbally and written

Must be professional in appearance and demeanor
Must be reliable and honest
Must be able to perform in a highly confidential environment
Must be able to read, write and speak English proficiently

Must be available to work on-site a minimum of 3 days each week
Ability to work a flexible schedule that may include evenings, weekends, and holidays. Working schedules depend on gallery hours, with longer hours during exhibit preparations
Must have the ability to deal effectively and interact well with the guests and associates



Intermediate to moderate Digital Marketing skills
Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs

How to operate Point of Sales Systems

The ability to work under pressure
Organizational skills
The ability to work in a fast-paced environment
Excellent listening skills
Excellent Visual Arts communication skills
Knowledge of professionalism in appearance and demeanor
The ability to resolve problems/conflicts in a diplomatic and tactful manner
How to professionally respond to negative comments and/or complaints via digital media 

Employees who are hired at the F. Sherrod Gallery & Studio, LLC will be verified through the federal E-Verify system.

Must be able to sit or stand for long periods of time (not your entire shift).
Must be able to perform simple grasping, fine manipulation, and repetitive hand & arm movements frequently.
Must be able to bend, squat, crawl, kneel, push, pull, walk on uneven surfaces on an occasional basis.
Must be able to clean/sanitize the premises before during and/or after operating hours.
Must be able to climb stairs occasionally, both indoors and outside in a variety of weather conditions (rain, wind, heat).

Must be willing to wear a mask while working. Masks must be worn properly on the gallery showroom floor during your shift. Masks can be removed while eating at a seated area only.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an associate to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


To apply for this position 

Job Posting Closing Date: April 15, 2021 5:00pm Central Standard Time

Send your resume and cover letter to Please include in your resume:

  1. 2 professional (School or work) references 

  2. 2 references from the arts field

  3. 2 personal references including one parent or guardian and one friend not related to you. List email, phone, their position or how you know them, and for how long you have known each reference. 


Note: All references will be contacted and verified as a condition of employment.

An apprenticeship is a paid, on-the-job-training opportunity for someone to learn a trade, or work towards professional qualifications. Apprenticeship programs focus on teaching specific skills needed to work independently in a trade or position… 

Source: Q: What Is the Difference Between an Apprenticeship and an Internship? | ZipRecruiter

There are no health, savings or retirement benefits, however, all employees will receive Mall of America dinning, shopping, and hotel stay discounts.

Apprentices who wish to exhibit art in the gallery are required to submit work for appraisal/approval and sign a formal exhibition agreement. *The artist exhibition fee is waived while apprenticing.