Visual Culture Editor

New York City, New York (US)
May 31, 2018
Metro Area
New York
Full Time

Artsy is looking for an experienced editor to lead our coverage of visual culture. Within Artsy’s vision of a world where art is as ubiquitous a part of culture as music, Artsy Editorial strives to broaden the audience engaging with art and visual culture on a daily basis. We tell stories that make art more accessible, celebrate creativity, and unpack the contemporary visual landscape in a timely, engaging, and educational manner.

The Visual Culture Editor will lead one of our fastest-growing verticals, which seeks to look at and analyze the world in the same way we look at art. Through both writing and assigning stories, they will play a crucial role in increasing our coverage of photography and photojournalism, design, architecture, internet culture, and more.

We’re looking for someone who’s excited to unpack images of a major news event, key issue, or cultural epoch; be at the forefront of who’s evolving social and cultural representation; analyze how innovation is influencing the way images are made and circulated; describe how visual trends arise and what makes some stick; and tell stories about everything weird, wonderful, and seemingly banal in between.

Reporting to the Executive Editor, the Visual Culture Editor will embrace opportunities for growth and work well both independently and as part of a close-knit team. The ideal candidate brings strong writing and editing skills to the table as well as experience conceiving of big-picture strategy for a content vertical within a fast-paced digital publication. They are comfortable pitching, assigning, writing, and editing under tight, daily deadlines, balancing their own writing with contributions from internal writers and freelance contributors. And they’re passionate about joining a fast-growing startup that puts an emphasis on collaboration over individual accomplishments.


  • Minimum three years experience writing and editing for an online publication; people management experience is a plus
  • Self-motivated and excited to work at a fast pace, ensuring that stories are being published on a daily basis
  • Ability to balance writing and editing at a roughly 50/50 split, while maintaining a respectful and empathetic approach to collaboration
  • Comfortable writing 2-3 stories per week and editing 3-4 stories per week.
  • Passionate about helping to bring about Artsy’s vision of a world where art is as popular as music
  • Flexible schedule that can accommodate spot work on weekends and nights


This position is full-time and starts immediately. Please include links to at least three recent stories you have written or edited that would fall within Artsy’s coverage of visual culture—or where you think we should be—in your cover letter as well as three ideas you would want to assign or write this week and one larger feature you would want to produce in the next quarter.

To apply, please submit your resumé, a cover letter, and assignment.



We think of Artsy less as a business with employees, and more as a community of people who have chosen to work together towards a common goal, and who share a common set of values.

Artsy’s mission is to make all the world’s art accessible to anyone with an Internet connection. Our vision is a world where art is as popular as music. 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 400,000 images of art, architecture, and design by 50,000 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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