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    Hi PACCIN Peeps,

    We have one of this precious and rare full-time positions open. It's for a preparator that can also preform conservation framing. If you don't have a ton of framing knowledge this job may still be for you if you have the right sensibility and are eager to learn. Here is the link and full job description:


    TITLE: Full-Time Preparator

    DEPARTMENT: Curatorial

    SUPERVISOR: Manager of Exhibition Design



    The Crocker Art Museum is dedicated to promoting an awareness of and enthusiasm for human experience through art. We measure our success by our ability to enrich the intellectual and cultural life of the communities we serve. This position helps fulfill this by engaging audiences by creating dynamic and educational exhibition installations. Working as part of a team of art preparators/installers, this position is primarily responsible for facilitating the installation of exhibitions in the Museum per the Museum exhibition program.


    Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Frame paintings and works on paper.
    • Cut and assemble matting for prints, drawings, and photographs.
    • Collaborate in a team environment to produce superior quality exhibitions.
    • Installing and deinstalling exhibitions and installations according to the plans of the Exhibition Designer, Registrar, or designated Curatorial staff.
    • Preparing and packing/unpacking objects for travel and assisting with incoming and outgoing shipments.
    • Ability to safely use hand and power tools and other necessary equipment.
    • Paint galleries and exhibition furniture.
    • Prepare signs and labels.
    • Build furniture, platforms, and mounts.
    • Fabricate hanging and mounting systems for works of art.
    • Ability to perform physical work associated with preparation of exhibits.
    • Perform maintenance duties to keep exhibits and displays clean and clearly labeled.
    • Prepare artwork and historical artifacts for shipping; receive and unpack shipments of art objects and other exhibition related materials.
    • Transport art in 26’ moving trucks; knowledge of proper strapping techniques .required.
    • Ability to multi-task and assume a variety of projects simultaneously.
    • Perform related duties as required.

    Design and build object mounts, frames, and exhibit furniture
    Successful completion of a four-year degree from an accredited college or university in art, commercial art, museum studies, art museum education, or a closely related field.

    • Ability to solve problems and find attractive and safe solutions to hanging and/or showcasing unusual works of art.
    • Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with staff members, volunteers, and subcontractors.
    • Ability to work under pressure and adhere to aggressive changeover schedule.
    • Valid California driver’s license.

    Preferred Skills and Knowledge
    • Matting and framing skills.
    • Rigging techniques for large and small objects.
    • Three years of professional art installation experience working in an art museum, gallery, related institution, or art studio.
    • Familiarity with lighting art.
    • Complicated fabrication of wood, metal, or plastic.
    • Familiarity with welding techniques; MIG, Oxy, and brazing.
    • An understanding of the goals and strategies of art museum education.
    • Knowledge of art history.
    • Strong design skills and knowledge of a range of aesthetic styles to assure historical. appropriateness and compatibility between the exhibition design and the art presented.

    The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand and walk for long periods of time; use hands and arms to reach, handle, and feel. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 75 lbs or more.

    Support the Museum’s mission, vision, values, strategic plan and institutional DEAI initiatives.
    Commit to a positive organizational culture based on mutual respect, cooperation, and openness to other’s perspectives.

    This position has no direct reports.

    Ensure that projects and supplies are within the annual fiscal budget.

    Crocker Art Museum is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.
    Last edited by Matt I; 05-06-2024 at 01:08 PM.

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