The Institute of Contemporary Art strives to share the pleasures of reflection, inspiration, provocation, and imagination that contemporary art offers through public access to art, artists, and the creative process.

Teen arts education is central to the ICA. At the ICA, we believe that robust arts education—including learning by doing—is critical to building future artists, audiences, and engaged citizens, and we aim especially to create a more equitable education for teens. Members of our Teen Programs return year after year, becoming familiar faces who we get to see learn, grow, do amazing things, and head out into the world.


The ICA/Boston is seeking to hire a Contract Teaching Artist for the fall 2020 semester. The contract artist will provide services for a photography workshop for high school students; the contract may extend to the spring 2021 semester. The workshop runs remotely (with the possibility of in-person engagement) in block sections on Fridays from November through December, from February through April, and additionally with time at the end of May and into June (with some additional days for exhibitions and presentations). Qualified individuals must have experience as a photographer, exhibit a solid understanding of photography as it relates to contemporary art and must have an understanding of the history of the medium as well as teaching experience. This workshop will be expected to embody anti-racists ideals and navigate social justice topics with the teens.

The objective of the workshop is to assist students with developing an in-depth understanding of photography as an artistic and historic medium. Students will create from inception to presenting their work at the end of the year in either a gallery show or other culminating presentation, and will be expected to develop a portfolio of their work. Candidates should have experience preparing for an exhibition and be able to develop a theme-based curriculum relevant to teens living at this moment in history.

By the end of the program students should have refined skills in camera work and composition based around themes, solid experience and understanding of both giving and receiving critique, visited the galleries and connected work to the current exhibition, built a portfolio of work, curated an exhibition and presented the exhibition. Students should have a better understanding of the history of photography, and how it relates to contemporary art. They should also develop confidence in themselves through their abilities, and become connected to a community of other artists.


  • Experience as a photographer
  • Understanding of the medium and its history, and an understanding of contemporary art
  • Previous experience working with teens
  • Experience printing, framing and preparing for exhibitions/gallery presentations
  • Experience developing a portfolio
  • Bilingual in Spanish is preferred

To Apply

Interested parties must provide a cover letter and resume to Sean Snyder, Teen New Media Program Manager at  Final candidate will be CORI screened.

The ICA is located at 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston, and is accessible by public transportation (Red and Silver Line). Currently, ICA staff is primarily working remotely until further notice.

The ICA is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic staff committed to working in a multicultural environment. Qualified candidates from groups historically underrepresented in the museum professions are strongly encouraged to apply.

The ICA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to being a diverse and inclusive workplace. We are an EOE/AA employer dedicated to fair and inclusive employment practices for all individuals.