Executive Director

Studio Incamminati, School for Contemporary Realist Art
May 13, 2022
Philadelphia, PA
Job Type


Studio Incamminati, School for Contemporary Realist Art, located
in Philadelphia, PA is seeking an Executive Director to lead the
school. Founded by renowned painters, Nelson and Leona Shanks,
Studio Incamminati is dedicated to the study and practice of
realist art, and trains professional artists by fusing the
classical drawing and painting traditions of the Baroque and the
luminous color of the Impressionists with a fresh, contemporary
sensibility. The school has trained artists from throughout
the world over its 20 years and recently inaugurated a new location
to teach its acclaimed Advanced Fine Arts program. Studio
Incamminati sponsors lectures, continuing artist workshops,
instruction for emerging high school age artists as well as
innovative educational programming.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will
have overall strategic and operational responsibility for Studio
Incamminati’s staff, programs, growth, and execution of its
mission. In this role, the Executive Director will oversee
business, finance, and operations and will work directly with the
Board in fundraising and donor relations. In collaboration with the
Dean of Fine Arts, the Executive Director will also develop new
programs. An administrative staff of four, plus the Dean, report to
the Executive Director. It is expected that the chosen individual
will serve on an interim basis with the position becoming permanent
upon an appropriate demonstration of skills.

The ideal candidate will possess an advanced degree in arts
administration or a related field or have demonstrated professional
and administrative experience, preferably in an educational setting
or cultural arts organization. Candidates must have significant
experience and demonstrated success with nonprofit fundraising and
donor relations. Experience with nonprofit regulations and
accounting as well as familiarity with legal and regulatory
requirements peculiar to educational institutions is preferred.

Salary will be commensurate with experience with a target range
of $100,000-$125,000. Start date TBD.

A letter of interest together with a current curriculum vitae or
resumé describing one’s experience and qualifications should be
sent to:

Chair, Search Committee
Studio Incamminati
1901 S. 9th Street, BOK, 7th floor
Philadelphia PA 19148

Or email information to [Click Here to Email Your Resumé]


About the school


Studio Incamminati is a unique and singular four-year
conservatory for visual arts that nurtures big ideas and concepts
through a higher awareness of natural beauty. We believe
that mastery of technique is the prelude to
creative expression.

Guiding Principle:

We hold that the ability to visually manifest concepts into a
poetic form is essential to humanity.


  • Founded by Nelson & Leona Shanks, SI was inspired by the
    Italian Baroque aesthetic, when drawing proficiency was fused with
    newer, luminous approaches to the artist’s palette.
  • Studio Incamminati, from the Italian for “those who are
    progressing,” was named after the celebrated 16th century
    academy founded by the Carracci family.
  • SI is, and will remain, accessible to all with the
    desire to learn
  • SI has a faculty of passionate and visionary
    artists dedicated to passing on their experience and
    exuberance for contemporary realist
  • SI has a unique pace of learning to support the
    individual progression of each student in a positive, dynamic, and
    demanding learning environment.
  • SI’s curriculum teaches students to see the
    human figure from direct observation.
  • Studio Incamminati is THE center for contemporary realist
    art that nurtures the extraordinary potential of realizing
    aesthetic Beauty through the study of representational painting in
    vivid color.

For more than two decades, Studio Incamminati has been in the
forefront of the contemporary realist art movement. Founded by
Nelson and Leona Shanks, it is now recognized nationally and
internationally for its rigorous curriculum, accomplished
instructors who are master artists in their own right, and diverse
outreach efforts.

The school, modeled on the traditional Italian accademia and
French atelier, is committed to the belief that mastery of
technique is essential to creative expression. Its innovative
curriculum fuses classical traditions of the Renaissance and
Baroque era masters, luminous color of the Impressionists and a
fresh, contemporary sensibility. Its goal is to produce highly
skilled artists who call upon their training and abilities to
create art with depth of purpose. Its artists, faculty and alumni
have been featured in numerous museums and private collections
which include the European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM) in
Barcelona, Spain; the World Art Museum in Beijing, China; the
Butler Museum of American Art; the Bennett Collection; and the
National Arts Club.

The school’s name is filled with symbolism, as “Incamminati”
means “moving forward” and invokes the spirit of its namesake
studio founded by the Renaissance artist, Annibale Carracci. Studio
Incamminati, one of the few schools of its type accredited by the
National Associations of Schools of Art and Design, fulfills its
vision in several ways. In addition to its core Advanced Fine Art
Program, the school offers workshops open to the public both in
Philadelphia and with an expansive international audience via
online instruction. Other programs serve younger artists and art

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