The Davis Museum Assistant Preparator / Collections Care Specialist is responsible for the care, handling, and display of all artwork at the museum. This role is within the Operations and Collections Management Department and reports to the Manager of Exhibitions and Collections Preparation. The Assistant Preparator / Collections Care Specialist is responsible for a variety of specialized tasks relating to the installation, de-installation, display, care, and handling of artworks owned by, loaned to, and exhibited by the Museum.
The Assistant Preparator / Collections Care Specialist is an integral member of the Operations and Collections Management team, to manage the housing, mount making, matting, and framing of art objects. S/he is responsible for the care of objects owned by or loaned to the museum, and also assists with overseeing collections storage at the museum, including providing for the safe storage of all objects within the building. This position also provides for the accessibility of the collections to students, faculty, and outside scholars.
Primary Position Responsibilities:
Assist with general art handling and installation needs within the museum
Maintain standards of gallery lighting and manage lighting inventory
Provide ongoing support for painting, cleaning, repair and technical needs of museum exhibitions
Light construction of walls and display furniture
Installs wall texts, labels and other exhibition didactics
Mat, frame, and provide storage housings for artwork
Assists with managing collections storage, provides for safe storage and transportation of all objects within the museum
Provide collections access for faculty, students, and outside scholars
Collaborate with the Exhibition Manager and Curator(s) for assigned projects in planning, layout and logistics
Work with museum registration staff to monitor gallery environments using hygrothermographs and dataloggers
Oversee workshop/loading dock and inventory of tools, materials, and supplies
Perform regular maintenance on outdoor sculptures
Provide basic training for student assistants and interns in techniques and principles of collections care and management
Assist with annual inventories of collection
Position requires demonstrated proficiency in handling valuable works of art in a wide variety of media including but not limited to paintings, bronze, ceramic, glass, metals, mixed media, textiles, works on paper, contemporary art and new media. Demonstrated proficiency with installation of exhibitions, layout and lighting design. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, the ability to coordinate and implement complex projects, diligence, ability to work independently as well as enthusiasm for team collaboration, flexibility in scheduling, professionalism, collegiality, and informed adherence to best museum practices and standards in the field. Also requires physical agility, good vision, ability to lift 50 lbs., and manual dexterity required to move artwork and to operate tools/equipment (genie lifts, pallet jacks, etc.) Experience with practices and methods in mount making preferred, and demonstrated ability to apply this knowledge with initiative and judgment, concern for detail, accuracy, and neat execution of work.
Supervises student assistants, as needed.
B.A. degree preferred.
Experience Required: Minimum of 3 years’ experience or equivalent combination of training and experience preferably in a museum setting. Demonstrated proficiency in handling valuable works of art in a wide variety of media including but not limited to paintings, bronze, ceramic, glass, metals, mixed media, textiles, works on paper, contemporary art and new media. Demonstrated proficiency with installation of exhibitions, layout, and lighting design. Ability to move or assist in moving heavy objects (must be able to lift 50 lbs.) and ability to operate genie lifts, pallet jacks, etc. Experience with practices and methods in mount making preferred, and demonstrated ability to apply this knowledge with initiative and judgment, concern for detail, accuracy, and neat execution of work. Experience with matting and framing required.
Skills and Abilities Required: Skills and knowledge of shop equipment preferred and ability to effectively perform various skilled and semi-skilled tasks, including woodworking, brazing, use of adhesives and fasteners, construction methods, and use of stationary and portable power tools. Demonstrated skills and knowledge of archival materials and storage techniques for loaned and museum collection objects required. Ability to work collaboratively with a team and work collegially with fellow preparators, staff, designers, guest curators, vendors, and the general public. Proficiency
with design programs such as Adobe InDesign and Illustrator, Google Sketch-up highly desirable and familiarity with computer applications in a multi-platform environment including Microsoft Word and Excel required. Experience with museum collections management systems preferred. Effective oral and written communication skills. Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment with demonstrated ability to manage multiple competing tasks and demands. Exceptional organizational skills; ability to set priorities and adapt as priorities shift, handle multiple assignments and deadlines. Displays excellent judgment, while operating in a flexible and professional manner. Photography knowledge preferred.
Success in the position, as an essential member of the Davis team, requires commitment to professionalism, cordial collegiality, and collaboration. Other duties as assigned. Overtime and some local travel may be required as needed.
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