Preparator, Exhibitions and Collections

Academy Museum (Part-Time)

Job Summary:

Reporting to the Director of Exhibitions and supervised by the Chief Preparator, this position will work as a shared member of the Exhibitions and Collections departments as an Art Handler/Installer.  Primary focus will be on preparation and installation of exhibition galleries, preparing and packing art loans and assisting with collections handling.  Work will include moving/packing/unpacking and installing works of art for display or storage.  Will implement art handling, storage, and installation strategies with equal consideration for conservation, aesthetics, safety, and stability issues.

Essential Duties:

  • Install artwork and exhibition material as directed by supervisors, curators, or exhibit design drawings.
  • Move works of art between storage, exhibition, photography, shipping, and other department areas employing methods from hand-carry to specialized mechanical means, depending on size, weight and condition.
  • Perform object handling and related activities including cleaning, repairing, assembling objects or architectural elements under the supervision of a conservator and/or registrar.
  • Hang, level, and secure paintings, prints, drawings and photographs. Position, mount and secure large and small sculptures.
  • Assist with framing, packing, and unpacking of works of art for transport using established methods and materials.
  • Work with both temporary and special exhibitions to install and secure wall panels, platforms, display cases, pedestals, labels and signs.
  • Construct and upholster case interior components.
  • Assist with the maintenance of art storage spaces; vacuum and dust art storage room and furniture; add or replace materials, as needed, to protect or support works while in storage.
  • Assemble prefabricated cardboard trays and other module packing systems for warehousing artwork.
  • Place modularized, packaged artwork onto various shelving and rack storage systems.
  • Perform duties as requested and/or required and according to a schedule that might rotate or change to accommodate work demands or staffing variations.

Education and Experience:

  • Five years of related work experience and a related degree in the art field.
  • Preferred:  B.F.A or B.A; experience with exhibit lighting; prior experience working with object and/or painting conservators; previous experience utilizing workflow ergonomics and safety practices; previous experience in framing/mounting artwork and knowledge of framing practices.

Additional Education and Experience:

  • Prior experience installing works of art in a museum or institutional setting.
  • Prior experience moving and handling fragile, heavy works of art with great care and delicacy.
  • Experience with museum-level art handling practices; knowledge of archival materials and museum/gallery warehousing best practices.
  • Prior experience using a variety of hand tools with extreme accuracy.
  • Previous experience working in a fast-paced environment while maintaining a high level of attention to accuracy and detail; demonstrated ability to work without close supervision and to communicate problems clearly to supervisor.
  • Demonstrated experience working successfully in an active team environment, performing rotating tasks while exercising discretion and sound independent judgment.
  • Prior experience or willingness to be trained on and utilize OSHA approved safety equipment such as respirators and protective clothing.
  • Preferred:  Some experience with A/V equipment, interactive displays, and digital technology.

To Apply:

Please e-mail a cover letter and resume to:  Indicate Preparator in the subject line.

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