John Michael Kohler Arts Center
Job Title: Preparator
Department: Exhibitions & Collections
Summary: Working with the Director of Exhibitions and Exhibitions department, the Preparator is responsible for the installation of exhibitions, the packing and crating related to exhibitions and collections, and for transportation of works of art. This includes but is not limited to construction, cleaning, crating, painting, and planning.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
In collaboration with the Exhibitions department, the Preparator is responsible for the following:
- Long- and short-term planning for exhibitions collaborating with the Director of Exhibitions and curatorial team on exhibition design and scheduling installation and de-installation of exhibitions.
- Preparing for all aspects of exhibitions at the Arts Center, as well as touring venues. This includes but is not limited to wall construction, wall painting and repairing, pedestal and/or mount construction.
- Transporting works of art, related materials, and equipment for exhibitions and collections, internally and externally.
- Managing the care, packing, and shipping of all works of art and related materials loaned to or owned by the Arts Center.
- Responsible for installation of eight to ten exhibitions per year, including several site-specific installations.
- Ability to work directly with artists to install their works of art.
- Work closely with the registrars to oversee the safety and movement of all artwork entering and leaving the facility.
- Maintain the organization of the workshop; maintain inventory controls and tracking and oversee general maintenance of equipment.
- Work collaboratively both within the Exhibitions department and with other departments in the Arts Center on special projects, as needed.
- Maintain and instill a high level of standards related to exhibition preparation.
To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
Design—Generates creative solutions, translates concepts and information into images, uses feedback to modify designs, applies design principles, demonstrates attention to detail.
Problem Solving—Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner, gathers and analyzes information skillfully, develops alternative solutions, works well in group problem-solving situations, uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
Technical Skills—Assesses own strengths and weaknesses, pursues training and development opportunities, strives to continuously build knowledge and skills, shares expertise with others.
Planning/Organizing—Prioritizes and plans work activities, uses time efficiently, plans for additional resources, sets goals and objectives, organizes or schedules other people and their tasks, develops realistic action plans.
Safety and Security—Observes safety and security procedures, determines appropriate action beyond guidelines, reports potentially unsafe conditions, uses equipment and materials properly.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
Qualified candidates must have a BA or BFA, and a minimum of three years of experience handling and installing works of art. Experience in a museum preferred. MFA or arts background preferred.
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Internet software including spreadsheet and word processing software. CAD knowledge and exhibition software knowledge preferred.
OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Knowledge and experience in carpentry, welding, construction, painting, matting and framing art, mount-making, rigging, mounting signs, and graphics.
Knowledge and experience in exhibition design programs.
Knowledge and experience with time-based media, including video and audio.
Operational knowledge and experience using a forklift, and general knowledge of how to use it to lift heavy and sometimes awkward loads.
Experience driving a 25 ft. truck.
Ability to think on the fly and solve installation and handling problems on a timely basis.
Heavy lifting, climbing, and strenuous physical activities are essential functions of the position.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
A valid Wisconsin driver’s license is required of employees who drive Arts Center vehicles.
The John Michael Kohler Arts Center is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all EOE and ADA requirements. We are committed to employing a diverse workforce, and we have a strong organizational commitment to racial equity. People of color, gender non-conforming people, people with disabilities, and low-income people are encouraged to apply. Please let us know if we can help make the application or hiring process more accessible for you.”