Part-Time Contributors, The Art Genome Project

We’re looking for someone to take an important role in The Art Genome Project, Artsy’s search technology for discovering art.

The Role

The Art Genome Project is an ongoing effort to map the characteristics that connect the world’s artists and artworks. There are currently over 1000 characteristics in The Art Genome Project, ranging from the more art-historical or conceptual (Pop, Minimalism or Nostalgia) to the more concrete (Silkscreen, Landscape or Portrait). Every artist and every artwork on the site is evaluated according to these characteristics in order to make them accessible for education and discovery.  

As a contributor, you will be responsible for “genoming”—or evaluating artists and artworks and creating high quality metadata for them based on The Art Genome Project’s vocabulary, which consists of approximately 1,000 terms. Our database currently includes 3000,000 works by over 40,000 artists—from over 500 museums, private collections, foundations, and estates as well as over 3,000 galleries. We also feature one of the largest collections of contemporary art available online.


Genoming requires a strong art historical foundation, attention to detail, and focus. If you are passionate about art, methodical, good at synthesizing information, and good at managing your time, genoming might be for you. Genomers complete a high-volume of genomes, and this requires the ability to think quickly without compromising accuracy and quality of interpretation. As a genomer, you will discover new artists on a daily basis, sharpen your eye and art historical vocabulary, engage with hundreds of works of art, and collaborate with a team to build a discovery engine that strives to make art accessible to anyone with an internet connection. Contributors work remotely, but we invite you to join us for team events and weekly genome meetings.


As a genomer, you will also be asked to:


  • Work remotely, with the possibility for an Artsy HQ-workspace pending completion of our office expansion.  
  • Be available to dedicate approximately 12-20 hours per week, based on your own schedule. The only scheduling requirements are attending twice-monthly all-hands genome meetings, either virtually or in person.
  • Conduct art-historical research on primarily contemporary art, as well as art from other periods and subject areas, and analyze and annotate hundreds of artworks and dozens of artists per month.
  • Participate in 1 day genome training intensive, ideally in-person at Artsy HQ in NYC.


Ideal candidates have a:


  • BA or MA in Art History or 1+ years of relevant experience in art-historical research, controlled vocabularies, cataloguing, or archival work. We also are interested in undergraduates with extensive experience in art-historical research.
  • Knowledge of postwar and contemporary art as well as a broad understanding of survey art history.
  • We are particularly interested in candidates with coursework in Information and Library Sciences, or relevant cataloguing experience, as well as candidates with specializations in Non-Western art.


The position starts immediately and is paid on a monthly basis.

To Apply


To apply for this position please email a cover letter and resumé to genome_contributors@artsy.net and complete the separate Art Genome Project test. This is a timed test (65 minutes); you will need uninterrupted internet access during the duration of the test and will only be allowed to take it once. It will test both general art historical knowledge as well as your “genoming” instincts.


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, citizenship, disability, and veteran status.

About Artsy

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 300,000 images of art, architecture, and design by 40,000 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.

See Artsy’s Annual Report:  2014.artsy.net

why artsy

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.