Preparator - Grand Rapids Art Museum (8/27/2019)

Compensation: $15/hr

Department: Curatorial
Job Status: Seasonal
FLSA Status: Non-exempt
Reports to: Lead Preparator
Work Schedule: Flexible
Travel Required: Yes
Positions Supervised: Installation crew

Position Summary

The Preparator assists with exhibition and installation projects that may include: art handling and installation, painting of the gallery spaces, lighting maintenance, changing exhibitions projects and care of the permanent collection as needed. Works in accordance with the professional standards for art handling policies and standards of the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

Essential Job Functions

1. Art Handling: Art handling procedures for two-dimensional, three-dimensional and technology-based art in a variety of materials, sizes, and weights, including the rigging and movement of art.
2. Changing Exhibitions: assist with shipping & receiving, unpacking, layout, building and preparation of traveling exhibitions.
3. Lighting: work on a ladder, assist with changing of bulbs and lamps, fix/maintenance to light fixtures.
4. Painting: work on a ladder, assist with touch-up painting of gallery walls.
5. Cleaning: assist with cleaning of the Plexiglas object cases, Plexiglas glazing on 2D objects, stanchions, gallery furniture, gallery floors, gallery walls and preparations workspace.
6. Permanent Collection: assist with duties relating to care, movement and recording of objects in the permanent collection.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

To perform the job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or ability required. Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Experience with construction and painting are preferred. Art History, Art Education, Fine/Studio Art or Museum Studies majors are also preferred. A minimum of 1-year experience is preferred. Candidates must have strong organizational skills, an aptitude for detail, clean practices when it comes to building and painting projects, clear and effective communication skills, the ability to take direction and exhibit confidence when working around historic objects or artworks, and the ability to work independently.

Physical Job Requirements

While performing this job the employee will be required to sit (10%), stand and walk (90%). Will be required to lift various artwork, frames, and objects up to 30 pounds, on a daily basis. Will be required to do close work with a computer monitor and perform repetitive hand movements. Must be able to communicate verbally.

This is a seasonal position that does not guarantee any hours on a regular basis. Typical exhibition changeovers occur quarterly for a period of 3-5 weeks at a time. Assigned hours are dependent on the curatorial needs of the specific changeover. A final schedule proposal will be drafted based on the availability of all GRAM team members.

GRAM has a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion

To apply, please visit the Grand Rapids Art Museum career page

Posted on 8/13/2019

 The Michigan Museums Association is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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