View Full Version : Position Available at Corcoran Gallery of Art: Preparator

08-12-2011, 05:37 AM
DEPARTMENT: Museum Registrar Department
REPORTS TO: Senior Preparator
The Preparator assists in all technical aspects of art handling with regard to storage, installation, and packing of objects under the direction of the Head Registrar, Conservator, and Curators. Team member of exhibition / project teams for planning and implementation. He/she assists the Senior Preparator with the maintenance of the Preparators’ Studio, art storage areas.
Duties and Responsibilities:
· Assist in responsibility for all technical aspects of museum-standard art handling practices with regard to storage, installation, and packing of objects under the direction of the Head Registrar, Conservator, and Curators

· With Senior Preparator works closely with registrars, conservators, curators, artists and other museum staff to implement an ambitious schedule of exhibitions and collection displays

· With Senior Preparator works closely with Head Registrar and Registrar staff to review and track project deadlines and departmental priorities

· Is a team member of exhibition/project teams for planning and implementation

· During times of installation and deinstallation, provides supervision of contract preparators

· Acts as a source of knowledge for proper museum standard art handling practices and display; continually investigates new methods and provides recommendations to Senior Preparator and Head Registrar for potential implementation

· Performs detailed work using reasoning and problem solving skills, performing multiple concurrent tasks with constant interruptions

· With Registrars, maintains storage inventory and location of art objects

· Assists with maintaining the appearance of exhibition space, including dusting, cleaning of plexi, paint touch-up, and sweeping; as well as care and cleaning of exhibit cases, plexi vitrines, and various other miscellaneous exhibition furniture

· Departmental point person in the maintenance and upkeep of all Art Storage areas

· Assists in the maintenance of the Preparators’ Studio

· Assists with preparation of exhibition furniture: fabrication, construction, and painting; works on frame build up projects as needed pertaining to outgoing loans or exhibitions

· Able to lift and move objects weighing 50 pounds, and to work at heights over eight feet

· Maintains and continually increases level of professional expertise through professional training (workshops) and contact with others in the field

· Performs other duties as assigned by the Senior Preparator

BA/BFA Degree and 2–4 years museum work experience in the technical aspects of museum standard art handling practices, storage, installation and packing
Must be responsible, maintain a professional demeanor, have the ability to work as team member and also work independently on projects
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Knowledge of basic carpentry skills
Computer literate
Ability to work unscheduled overtime during periods of installation/deinstallation
Ability to lift and move objects weighing 50 pounds

Updated 7/2011