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Contemporary art gallery Corbett vs. Dempsey seeks full-time Preparator to join staff. The preparator will work closely with gallery staff on exhibition installations, artwork packing, shipping and storage. The candidate should be comfortable with a collaborative fast paced environment, taking direction from multiple people, and working closely with the gallery’s artists. This is an excellent opportunity for someone interested in advancing their art handling career.


  • Oversee the safe packing, transportation and handling of artwork during pickups, deliveries and installations
  • Work closely with Registrar, gallery staff, and artist(s) to properly care for all artworks
  • Manage gallery’s onsite and offsite artwork storage, under direction of Registrar
  • Coordinate and oversee all installation and deinstallation of artworks, including but not limited to gallery exhibitions, art fairs and viewings
  • Train, supervise and manage part time freelance assistants during exhibition installations and as needed
  • Assist Registrar in maintaining and updating artwork database
  • Work closely with gallery staff to care for and maintain artwork storage and all gallery facilities


  • Minimum 5 years experience in professional setting
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize, and problem solve in the moment
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills
  • Attention to detail and a positive attitude are a must
  • Highly organized, proactive and comfortable working on long-term projects independently
  • Extensive knowledge of best artwork handling, storage and shipping practices
  • Experience with exhibition management and installation
  • Ability to carefully handle artwork objects, lift up to 50 pounds, climb ladders and reach in high and low spaces

This is a full-time, salaried position, 5 days a week with flexibility to work some evenings and Saturdays. To apply, please send resume and cover letter to by Nov. 19, 2021.

Contact Info:
Katie Cato
Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago