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Coleen Barry
10-21-2010, 06:44 AM

We are pleased to announce a new search for a Preparator at The Grace Museum in Abilene, TX. The Preparator has a broad range of preparatory duties including exhibition installation and de-installation, exhibition maintenance, as well as assisting with collections management duties including permanent collection inventory and collections storage organization. The permanent collections of about 10,000 objects include special collections of paintings, sculptures, works on paper, fine art photography, historic photographs, library books, rare books, primary documents, and historic objects.

To apply for this position, send a letter of application and resume with list of 3 professional references to Vicki@thegracemuseum.org by November 15, 2010.

The Grace Museum welcomes referrals and nominations for this position.

The Grace Museum
102 Cypress Street
Abilene, Texas 79601
www.thegracemuseum.org (http://www.thegracemuseum.org)

Specific Job Responsibilities and Duties:

Preparatory responsibilities and duties
- Works with Chief Curator on exhibition layout
- Installs and de-installs all permanent and temporary exhibitions. Installation may require carpentry, paneling, painting, cases, partitions, bases, suspended objects, flooring, electrical wiring, lighting, plastics, didactics, graphics, labels, photos, mount making, setting up audio-visual equipment including interactive videos and computers, etc.
- Provides preventative maintenance and repair to all exhibits. Ensures the continuing proper performance of all audio-visual, interactive and computer-aided displays. Promptly troubleshoots and repairs malfunctioning equipment or damaged exhibit material
- Works with the Collections Manager to maintain displayed art and artifacts in proper environment and to eliminate risk to art and artifacts
- Pack or unpack objects according to museum standards for transport and storage
- Occasionally assist with transport of art or history objects
- Assist Collections Manager with organization of permanent collections storage
- Maintain preparatory work spaces and order curatorial supplies as needed

Collections responsibilities and duties
- Works with Curator and Collection Manager to inventory and document permanent collection objects and exhibit furniture/props
- Works with Curator and Collection Manager to condition report art and history objects
- Works with Curator and Collection Manager to catalog and inventory recently acquired special collections: The Clint Hamilton Collection and The Alice and Bill Wright Photography Collection

- Participate in professional development when available
- Performs other responsibilities and duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

Education/ Experience
- Bachelor’s degree and three years professional experience in art handling, exhibition installation or in a related field is required. An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.
- Experience with current technology utilized in the museum field

Skills /Abilities
- Demonstrates knowledge of standard museum procedures
- Possesses outstanding organizational skills as well as flexibility
- Possesses good interpersonal skills and self-motivation
- Demonstrates strong written and verbal communication skills
- Must be a team player with ability to work independently
- Must be committed to the mission of the museum
- Knowledge of power tools, fabrication materials, installation and lighting techniques
- Ability to lift 50 lbs.
- Basic computer skills required: Microsoft Office experience is a must; Past Perfect experience is desirable
- Driver’s license required

- 3 references required