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SPARC (The Social and Public Art Resource Center)

Digital/Mural Lab Digital Artist

Employment type
3 months ago
Los Angeles

Job Description
Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) is a community-based non-profit arts organization founded in 1976 by muralist Judith F. Baca, filmmaker Donna Deitch and artist Christina Schlesinger. SPARC is dedicated to producing, presenting and preserving public artworks in Los Angeles neighborhoods. The organization is best known for its work in hundreds of Los Angeles neighborhoods at a grassroots level to produce the rich legacy of Los Angeles murals and the ethnic face of our city.
The Digital/Mural Lab Digital Artist provides hands on support for art projects and public art commissions, located in a community setting at the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC). The DM/L is a unique research and artistic production facility that combines state-of-the art computer technology with the production of public artworks, curriculum and media. Created in 1996 by UCLA Professor Emeritus Judith F. Baca, the facility focuses its research and teaching on her process of community engagement through the arts developed over a 50-year career as a leader and innovator in the field. The DM/L provides the opportunity to work alongside SPARC artists in a community context toward the production of artworks rooted in social engagement.
We are seeking a Digital Artist who is adept at photoshop for digital composition, digital painting, and following the directions of an Artistic Director in the creation of public artworks. The Digital Artist will work beneath the art director in the creation of digital mural commissions. Digital artists must be available to work in-house in our digital/mural lab facility. Time commitment 5 days a week, and potentially some weekends for full time employment.
The Digital/Mural Lab is equipped with outstanding tools and technology, collaborative spaces, a mural painting studio, and mural fabrication and prototyping equipment–we work in a creative, stimulating environment. The DM/L is an environment that is highly flexible and customizable for creative projects. Ultimately, the projects that are envisioned in the DM/L endeavor to contribute a body of public imagery that speaks of both beauty and social change in our public spaces.

Digital Mural Lab Digital Artist:
Lab Management:

  • Enforcement of DML Policies and Procedures
  • Contributes to supervision of lab Interns and volunteers
  • Provides Artistic Support for projects, commissions, and workshops


Project Support:

  • Graphic work for Artistic Director (Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator)
  • Able to communicate status of Projects and anticipate potential issues
  • Creation of dynamic PowerPoint and Prezi presentations (Microsoft PowerPoint, Prezi )
  • Capable of Photography and Video (Nikon D800E, care of equipment, lenses, batteries, SD Cards)
  • Advanced Photo editing knowledge. Video editing a plus.
  • Knowledge of latest Technology and Software; able to research new solutions and implement them to improve the digital/mural lab’s capabilities and digital painting environment
  • Research Support on Projects (Subject matter related OR materials and media for public art installations)
  • Contributes to Budget Creation (Project based OR DML expendables such as ink, papers, supplies)


IT systems:

  • Support Artistic Director with computer fixes or glitches
  • Basic knowledge of Software upgrades and fixes (Regular updates of computers clients, software, printers, etc.)
  • Scheduling/Coordination of IT Support for more complex problems or fixes
  • Basic Troubleshooting Mac OS Clients, Mobile Devices, iPads
  • Internet, e-mail, domains, calendar and contacts management (SPARC G Suite)
  • Desktop Support for Lab Users (Basic access to software, server, email)



  • Knowledge of web publication and content creation a plus



  • Knowledge of large format inkjet printing



  • Instruction for students and lab staff for Adobe Creative Programs, Film Editing, Office work and student correspondence


Lab Housekeeping:

  • Maintain and enforce organization of Lab and cleanliness of equipment and materials
  • Check in /out computer/video audio equipment.



  • Bachelor’s Degree (B.A., B.S.) from an accredited university required


Skills & Experience

  • 2-3 years work experience a plus
  • Required Skills: Photo editing & Video editing
  • Previous work experience with a non-profit arts organization and/or communications role, preferred
To apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter to [email protected] Please include a link to your portfolio/website with current work.

In your cover letter, please answer the following:

  1. How many years experience do you have working in concept art or digital painting/composition?
  2. What training/certification have you received that is related to digital composition and painting?
  3. Do you work well in teams and under artistic direction?