The Preparator focuses on works of art on paper, with duties including archival matting and framing for display and transport, as well as the housing of art on paper in storage. The Preparator works under the supervision of the Head Preparator.

Specifically, you will:

  • Hinge, mount, mat, and frame works of art on paper in the museum’s collection
  • Create folders, custom boxes, book cradles, and mounts for works of art on paper for storage or travel
  • Work on preparation and display of works on paper for all curatorial departments
  • Work with Library & Archives on storage and installation of materials
  • Other related duties as assigned

Your background and experience include:

  • Experience in handling works on paper at the level of fine art
  • Prior experience matting and framing works of art on paper
  • Ability to assess priorities
  • Ability to recognize a problem, condition, or potential problem in works of art on paper
  • High degree of accuracy and precision
  • Ability to move items up to 50 pounds
  • Familiarity with use of power tools, cutting tools, and hand tools
  • Ability to learn collection database software (TMS)
  • Post-secondary education with particular focus on Studio Art, Art History, or Conservation, with a BA or BFA preferred

Position and Compensation Details

  • The salary for this position is $41,000.
  • This position is full-time, non-exempt, and 35 hours per week.
  • This position is part of the AFSCME Local 397 bargaining unit.
  • COVID-19 vaccination required.

Application Timeline
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We encourage candidates to apply early as the position will close once we have a robust applicant pool or a candidate has been selected.

What We Offer
Our employees are at the center of the museum. As an employee, you will have access to numerous museum perks including, but not limited to:

  • Free general admission to the museum for you and your immediate family
  • Discounted guest tickets for admission
  • Discounts on gift memberships
  • Special staff tours and presentations from our curatorial and conservation teams
  • Discounts at the museum restaurant, museum cafés, and museum retail and online stores

We offer a comprehensive benefits package for employees* including:

  • Medical, dental, and vision benefits
  • Fully paid short-term disability insurance, long-term disability insurance, and life insurance
  • Health savings or flexible spending account program
  • Retirement savings program with museum match
  • Paid vacation, personal days, sick days, and holidays

*Eligibility for certain benefits is based on a variety of factors including the employee’s regular schedule and tenure.