Hyde Park Art Center
Reports to: Director of Exhibitions
Supervises: independent contractor(s) for exhibitions and intern(s)
Hyde Park Art Center seeks full-time Preparator for the general preparation of the Art Center’s exhibitions program, including the public art digital gallery located on the façade. Hyde Park Art Center is a leading visual-art institution that uniquely combines the qualities of a community-based organization with those of a nationally-recognized exhibitions program and international residency program.
About the Exhibitions Program:
The Art Center’s exhibitions program is focused on showcasing primarily Chicago artists at key points in their career, supporting their ability to investigate new practices and ideas, and connecting them to a broader audience. The Art Center supports more than 150 artists annually through a combination of major solo exhibitions, socially relevant curated group shows, and programs that fill specific needs in the community. The Art Center’s exhibitions program features artists with diverse backgrounds and encourages artists to explore the discourse of contemporary art and culture. With six formal galleries, including an 80-foot long digital projection façade, the Art Center produces 10-15 exhibitions each year.
Hyde Park Art Center’s Preparator is a diligent, supportive, and skilled person that works well independently as well as in a team environment. Flexibility is both a benefit and a requirement of the job: The Preparator is a full-time (40 hours) on-site position that may require flexing evening and weekend hours due to installation schedules. The position includes the management and regular upkeep of the Hyde Park Art Center woodshop, art storage areas, and galleries - ensuring that they are polished, clean, properly lit, professionally installed, and presented by a deadline. This person will also work closely with guest curators and exhibiting artists/ international artists-in-residence in consulting, managing, and/or assisting in the creation of new artwork in all media.
The ideal candidate will have an emerging or established preparator practice. S/he/they are
● Proficient with power tools
● General construction skills required including wall framing and patching
● Confident in problem-solving technology using both PC and MAC computers
● Proven knowledge of best practices for art handling and shipping.
● Must be detail-oriented, keep a clean workspace, reliable, and proactive
● Exercise good communication skills.
● Willing to work within anti-racist and anti-oppressive frameworks and actively engage in organization-wide ongoing learning about these frameworks
● Manage all art handling, art installation and construction for 10-15 exhibitions annually
● Audio visual equipment repairs, purchase, and maintenance
● Maintain and manage a basic wood shop and instruct related workshops when needed
● Manage installation budget for large projects
● Lead installations of all six galleries including on select weekends and evenings
● Support staff with tech needs at openings, talks, and events, when needed
● Plan and schedule deadlines for exhibition installation with Director of Exhibitions
● Coordinate exhibitions from the installation planning process and delivery, to the mounting and breakdown of exhibitions
● Build and maintain all exhibition display materials
● Plan and oversee independent contractors on assisting with installations
● Instruct interns to learn and assist in exhibition installation and maintenance tasks.
Our Hiring Process and Timeline:
Application deadline: June 19, 2021
Anticipated Start Date: September 1, 2021
We will conduct phone interviews on a rolling basis with qualified candidates and expect to host first-round interviews by Zoom beginning June 19, 2021. Finalists will be invited to second-round interviews and may be asked to submit references. We will make every effort to accommodate candidates’ schedules and needs in all parts of the process.
Working Conditions & Physical Demands:
The preparator is required to be on-site at the Art Center. The physical demands described here are representative of those the employee must meet to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to lift objects weighing up to 100 lbs., stand; walk; climb stairs; sit; use hands-to-finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear.
The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, or crouch, and work 20 feet above the ground on an electronic lift.
Hyde Park Art Center promotes and develops a culture within its staff that reflects the values and core principles of equity, inclusion, and access. We understand that these have become buzzwords but we believe deeply in the responsibility we have to change the inequitable landscape of the arts, and we’re committed to the hard work it takes to make it better. We believe in intentional risk-taking and experimentation for good and thoughtful reasons, and work collaboratively with one another to ensure alignment and dynamism throughout all we do.
Compensation and Benefits:
The Preparator is a full-time, salaried position in the mid to high 40s based on experience. Benefits include: health and life insurance, retirement matching, dental insurance, art classes and vacation time.
To apply, please send a cover letter, and resume with the subject line "Last name, First Initial Preparator" to Eileen Truong, Director of Finance & Operations, email@example.com. No applicant for employment with Hyde Park Art Center shall be subjected to discrimination because of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, disability, age, reprisal for engaging in anti-discrimination activities, sexual orientation, or parental status.