Concept Artist

Purpose: To develop 2D and 3D concepts, digital models and renderings for various forms of art and creative initiatives at Meow Wolf.
Location: Santa Fe, NM.
Compensation: This is an exempt position. The starting pay for this position is $60,629. Compensation will vary based on experience.

Meow Wolf is a social impact art project that fuels a business, and a business that fuels a social impact art project. We create immersive and interactive experiences that transport audiences into fantastic realms of story and exploration.
Are you a “multidimensional” creative with solid experience producing 2D and 3D concept art and renderings? Join the multiverse of Meow Wolf and its growing Visual Development team as a Concept Artist, where you’ll primarily focus on projects for our new exhibitions and Blue Sky endeavors. This versatile role will collaborate closely with Creative Directors and Artists to visually realize compelling and descriptive visualizations and ideation for all forms of art and entertainment design such as immersive spaces, narrative-based projects (character development, prop design, scenic, vehicle, environmental design, etc.) and a variety of other Meow Wolf created content. Additionally, there may be opportunities for the Concept Artist to create renderings for Meow Wolf’s marketing, merchandise and operations teams.
Concept Artists work across multiple departments to maintain consistent aesthetics and feeling throughout each part of a project. The Concept Artist will be adept at working in many styles, acting as a conduit for visualization and articulation, taking ideas from Creative Directors and Artists and representing those ideas in a format that responds to the most immediate needs of project development.
A Concept Artist will use their rendering and modeling skills to help visualize an Artist or Creative Director’s vision as well as to convey a sense of emotion. It is important that a Concept Artist is proud of their work, but not necessarily attached to a particular direction. Concept Artists provide preliminary option paths for Creative Directors and Artists. As those paths narrow and direction comes into focus those works become more refined and pass on to the next stage.
Concept Artists will work in both analog and digital media according to the objectives of each project. Candidates must be self-motivated, organized, resourceful, and capable of working collaboratively with directors, artists, designers, and other creatives on projects at multiple scales and varied artistic objectives.

Requirements

You will create 2D and 3D concepts, renderings and designs to help visualize the art and creative direction of Meow Wolf’s new exhibitions and creative initiatives, thereby contributing to a spectacular immersive experience for our guests.

How you will do it…
  • Develop descriptive 2D and 3D concept art, digital models and renderings for communicating with art, design and other creative teams.
  • Represent other artists’ ideas in a variety of styles and methods according to the projects’ directives and/or development needs.
  • Assist in live visualization during meetings and ideations converting verbal ideas into visual.
  • Create detailed storyboards for a variety of animated and live action productions
  • Develop detailed character sheets and undertake pre-viz for animation
  • Manage multiple tasks and make solution-driven decisions in a fast-paced work environment
  • Adhere to tight schedules with minimal supervision and work well under pressure.
  • Collaborate with a variety of interdisciplinary teams, including Creative Directors, Artists, fellow concept artists, marketing, merchandise and operations.
  • Other duties as assigned
To be successful in this role…
  • You bring 5+ years experience working in a creative or design environment.
  • You come with 2 + years of experience 2D and 3D concept art and visualizations in a professional capacity.
  • You preferably come from themed entertainment, the film industry, rendering spaces or a comic book background.
  • You come with industry knowledge on materiality and production methods.
  • You are well versed working with print and digital formats.
  • You have the ability to stay focused under pressure, including prioritizing and managing multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment.
  • You are able to drive improvement of company graphics standards and be a self-starter.
  • You come with a portfolio of professional design work that demonstrates skills and experience as a Concept Artist, as well as a keen visual aesthetic.
  • You are collaborative, open-minded and come with excellent communication skills.
Essential tools to set you up for success…
  • You must possess an in-depth knowledge of core platforms and programs as they will be utilized on a daily basis:
    • Procreate, Maya, ZBrush, Painter, or equivalent
    • SketchUp or other 3D/architectural program
    • Adobe Creative Suite, including Photoshop
    • Google Suite
  • Hand drawing and ability in VR and/or animation software are a plus.
  • Ability to read and understand architectural plans, elevations and designing “in scale” is also preferable.
Work environment and physical demands…
  • This position is based in Santa Fe, NM.
  • This is a full-time position averaging 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm MT or 10 am to 6 pm MT – occasionally requiring flexibility to work during evenings or weekends based on business needs.
  • All employees will comply with company and OSHA standard workplace safety protocols. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
We will teach you the Meow Wolf way by…
  • Taking a deep dive into departmental inner workings and reviewing project goals.
  • Exploring Meow Wolf Origins.
  • Attending Meow Wolf’s Immersiversity
  • Reviewing Meow Wolf’s purpose and corporate policies and training.
Are you…
  • Forward thinking and creative in your approach to problem solving with the ability to identify process improvement opportunities?
  • Experienced in managing processes or projects and driving change through positive influence?
  • Adept at learning new platforms?
  • Highly organized with meticulous attention to detail and the ability to prioritize multiple tasks while demonstrating excellent time management?
  • Able to exhibit professional judgment and decision-making skills?
  • Self-motivated, self-managing, adaptable to changing needs and taking on new tasks, and receptive to receiving direction?
  • Patient with yourself and with others, and able to work collaboratively and thoughtfully with fellow human beings?
  • Able to contribute to the overall happiness and health of the team and help keep the vibe alive?
If you answered ‘YES’ to all of the above, then what are you waiting for? APPLY MEOW!

JOIN MEOW WOLF
The organization is comprised of individuals who inspire creativity in people’s lives through art and exploration, so that our combined imaginations can transform the world we live in. Every role is a vital component and thereby essential in creating exhibitions that will serve as anchors, borne in deep radical collaboration with local artists and communities, thus fueling our social impact initiatives. Each hire allows us to enhance our surrounding communities and the true source of our creativity, reputation, and vitality.

Meow Wolf is committed to our DIY roots and grassroots community support principles. To document that commitment, we converted our legal designation into a Delaware Public Benefit Corporation and have certified as a B Corporation. As a B Corp, we have a triple bottom line of supporting financial, social and environmental wellbeing in our community.

Our four areas of impact are:

  • Respect for Creative Communities
  • Respect for Collaborating Artists
  • Respect for our Environment
  • Respect for our Employees
BENEFITS
The choices we make concerning our benefits during open enrollment are among the most important we select for ourselves and our families. As part of your total compensation package, Meow Wolf offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes various options to meet your healthcare and financial needs along with many perks. Please visit www.meowwolf.com/careers for more information.

COME AS YOU ARE
Meow Wolf is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. We are committed to ensuring all employees enjoy and thrive in a work environment where differences make us the vibrant, wonderful community we are! All employment decisions at Meow Wolf are based on business need, job requirements, and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age, disability, gender identity, results of genetic testing, veteran status, service in the military or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.