Contributor to Art Genome Project

As a part-time contributor to the Art Genome Project, you will create nuanced metadata about contemporary artists, designers and works using The Art Genome Project’s (TAGP) vocabulary for describing art across the globe and across time. Core to every user’s experience of Artsy, The Art Genome Project powers search and discovery on the site, and truly fuses art history with data science.

As a Contributor, you'll learn how to “genome,” or to evaluate artists and works to make them discoverable to Artsy users and personalize collectors’ experiences on the site. While this process is unique to TAGP, it has parallels in cataloging cultural objects or subject cataloging. Our team comprises art historians and information professionals, and while we approach our work from both these angles, our focus is also on the user’s experience of the information we create and on the Artsy products that rely on the data.

While “genomers” (as we call them) conduct their individual work remotely on their own schedules, each team member shares responsibility for creating, shaping, and maintaining the integrity of our controlled vocabulary. We peer review one another’s work to stay in sync, and we gather for bi-weekly in person meetings which are an open forum for debates, new ideas and proposals.

Successful genomers exhibit strong categorical thinking skills, and work methodically and carefully even at rapid, repetitive tasks. Because all genomers work with a wide variety of material, most of it contemporary, broad art history knowledge and incisive visual analysis skills are a must. Master’s degree in Art History or Information Science, or current enrollment in a master’s or PhD program in these fields, preferred. We especially welcome candidates with knowledge of contemporary art from the Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe, South Asia, or East Asia, or a specialty in digital and new media art.


To apply, please submit your resumé and take the “So You Want to Be a Genomer?” quiz here.

This quiz will test your instincts for identifying the characteristics of artists and works. You’ll also find out first hand what the process of genoming is like, and learn if it’s right for you.

A cover letter is not required, but please include a short note about your interest in The Art Genome Project.

This position is a work product-oriented remote contractor role requiring a commitment of approximately 40 hours per month. While we prefer a candidate who can attend biweekly team meetings in person in Lower Manhattan, there are no set work hours. Compensation is commensurate with your deliverable, equivalent to approx. $20-25/hour, and genomers are eligible for tenure-based bonuses.


Artsy’s mission is to make all the world’s art accessible to anyone with an Internet connection. We are a resource for art collecting and education.

Artsy features the world’s leading galleries, museum collections, foundations, artist estates, art fairs, and benefit auctions, all in one place. Our growing database of 500,000 images of art, architecture, and design by 70,000 artists spans historical, modern, and contemporary works, and includes the largest online database of contemporary art. Artsy is used by art lovers, museum-goers, patrons, collectors, students, and educators to discover, learn about, and collect art.


At Artsy there are no specific work hours or policies, no pointless bureaucracy. We only care that you achieve inspiring results and are a joy to work with. This means you must be highly energetic, enthusiastic, and resourceful—no problem is too big or too small for you to tackle. You will enjoy both responsibility and autonomy in your work.  


In addition to our vision of a world where art is as popular as music, Artsy has five core values that will inform your experience at Artsy.  

Art x Science: We believe in uniting empathy with logic, emotion with data, and intuition with research in everything we do. Whether in business strategy or design, culture or code, we seek the magic that happens when the often separate worlds of art and science come together.

People are Paramount: We spend extraordinary energy finding the best person for a job—and once found, we give them the trust and autonomy to be CEO of their role. We avoid pointless bureaucracy and prefer to empower people with information rather than limit them with process.

Quality Worthy of Art: We aim to create an experience worthy of all the world’s art and so hold ourselves to the highest standards in all our work. We believe that the best long term quality comes from rapid shipping, iterating, and learning as we go.

Positive Energy: We know positivity and optimism benefit our work, and we harness positive energy as a vehicle towards greater awareness, growth, and collaboration. We believe in cultivating a positive relationship to art as opposed to one based on exclusivity or scarcity.

Openness: We believe in being open with each other and the world—whether in open-sourcing our code, sharing feedback, or building a diverse and inclusive work culture. We believe in bringing our full selves to work and manifesting an open world where everyone has access to art.

Artsy is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, disability, and veteran status.

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