The RISD Museum is actively seeking On-Call Museum Preparators to join its Preparation and Installation team.
On-Call Museum Preparators perform a wide variety of art preparation and installation work with an emphasis on the safe handling of works of art during receipt, installation, storage, packing and shipment to the highest museum standards. They utilize carpentry, construction and other fabrication skills to make necessary structures for museum-quality display, storage, and shipment of permanent collections and loan objects. On-Call Museum Preparators will work closely with Preparation and Installation department colleagues, registrars, conservators, curators, photographer and collections management staff in storage and on exhibition related duties to ensure timely execution of multiple projects.
The RISD Museum was founded on the belief that art, artists, and the institutions that support them play pivotal roles in promoting broad civic engagement and creating more open societies. Established in 1877 as part of a vibrant creative community, the RISD Museum stewards works of art representing diverse cultures from ancient times to the present and interprets our collection with a focus on the maker and deeply engages with art and artists.
Prepare and install works of art in all media utilizing proper installation techniques and incorporating proper aesthetic considerations under the direction of department colleagues, conservators, design staff and curators. Secure and alarm artwork, when necessary.
Construct and maintain museum-quality exhibition furnishings and packing items (walls, pedestals, platforms, crates, etc.). Transport materials/furnishings to and from off-site storage. Prepare and maintain museum galleries including, but not limited to patching and painting walls and installing gallery signage.
Safely prepare, handle and move for exhibition, study, shipping and storage works of art in all media. Construct mounts and storage housings for works of art. Maintain art storage, reintegrate art back to storage. Pack and unpack works of art for loan and exhibition, applying the most advanced museum standards of packing materials and techniques.
Minimum 1 year of experience handling and installing a variety of high-value 2 and 3-dimensional art objects, preferably in a museum or gallery environment. Knowledge of installation materials and techniques, gallery preparation and fine art packing.
Carpentry and construction skills.
Ability to work effectively both independently and in a team setting with the capacity to work collaboratively and foster a team environment.
Demonstrated capacity to develop and maintain effective working relationships with individuals reflecting a broad range of identities, perspectives, and experiences.
Must have a valid Aerial Access Card (scissor lift certification) or be able to obtain it within 90 days of hire.
BA/BFA or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Valued but not required skills and experience:
Knowledge of museum standards of conservation, security, environmental controls and safety preferred.
Experience with audio-visual and digital media preferred.
Mount-making skills preferred.
Employment Status (Temp, Term, On-call, etc)
On-Call, this position works on an as-needed basis. Work hours are not confined to weekdays and may also include evenings and weekends.
Documents Needed to Apply
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please upload all required documents.
The successful candidate will be required to meet our pre-employment background screening requirements.
RISD recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to its learning community and integral to an art and design education. We welcome candidates whose experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. RISD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), founded in 1877, is a fine arts and design college located in Providence, Rhode Island. Enrolling about 2000 undergraduates and 400 graduate students from across the United States and 55 other countries, RISD offers 16 undergraduate majors and 16 graduate majors, and is ranked annually by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top art and design schools in the United States. RISD’s rigorous education encourages creative experimentation and intellectual risk-taking, challenging students to question their approach to art making through critical thinking. There are over 90,000 works of art in the RISD Museum, which houses a collection of fine and decorative art objects. The first public galleries opened in 1893. The RISD Library is one of the oldest independent art college libraries in the country with more than 150,000 volumes and 380 periodical subscriptions which offer unusual depth and richness in the areas of architecture, art, design, and photography. The RISD campus is contiguous with the campus of Brown University and the two institutions share social, academic, and community resources.RISD recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundament...al to its learning community and integral to an art and design education. We welcome candidates whose experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. RISD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.