The Preparator is a part-time, as needed, position with duties related to exhibition preparation, including but not limited to installation and de-installation gallery preparation, packing, patching and painting gallery walls, coordination, and movement of materials (pedestals, stanchions, etc.). Hours for this position will increase during the de-installation and installation of exhibitions.
The Preparator reports to the Registrar and Facilities Coordinator.
- Work with the Chief Curator and Registrar on the installation and de-installation of exhibitions and the movement and packing of artworks in the museum’s collection.
- Assist with the packing, unpacking, and crating of art objects and the organization of art storage areas and exhibit preparation spaces.
- Paint gallery walls and platforms, move object cases and other exhibition furniture, assist with hanging wall didactics and signage, and assist with the lighting of the exhibitions.
- Assist with museum maintenance, including dust and or wipe vitrines, pedestals and platforms throughout the building to maintain a clean environment for the art and a better viewing experience. Touch up paint where needed and respond to gallery maintenance requests.
- The Preparator must have excellent communication skills.
- The Preparator must be able to see projects through to completion, think critically and creatively to solve installation problems with attention to detail, work well both as part of a team and under their own direction, and work on multiple tasks simultaneously to meet deadlines.
- Bachelor’s degree in related field and two years’ experience working in museums, galleries, or professional artist studios, with exposure to exhibition planning, construction and installation, including art packing, placing and gallery lighting.
- Knowledge and experience of museum standard art handling procedures
- Ability to multitask on a variety of concurrent projects
- Ability to carefully handle delicate and fragile objects, as well as lift, move and place heavy objects with care
- Ability to lift 50+ pounds
- Ability to climb ladders
- Flexible schedule to work early mornings, evenings or weekends to accommodate art handling, installation or art delivery needs
- Safe use of tools and equipment including, but not limited to, ladders, non-electric hand tools, and basic power tools
To apply for this position, please send your cover letter and resume to Christina Stavros at firstname.lastname@example.org.