Assistant Preparator - Cranbrook Art Museum

Posted on 4/22/24  

Cranbrook Art Museum is a leading venue for the presentation of twentieth- and twenty-first-century art, craft, architecture, and design. The Art Museum is located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, a suburb of metropolitan Detroit, on the beautiful 319-acre historic landmark campus of the Cranbrook Educational Community. The Art Museum’s sister institution is Cranbrook Academy of Art, a renowned graduate school of art, architecture, craft, and design. While the collections of the Art Museum span the 20th and 21st centuries, the permanent collection focus is on the achievements of faculty and students of the Academy of Art and of artists in the Detroit metropolitan area. The Art Museum frequently presents public art programs in the city of Detroit, working with a range of creative collaborators, diverse artists and curators, and various community partners. Each year the Art Museum also presents artworks created by the graduating class of Cranbrook Academy of Art. In 2011, the Art Museum completed a renovation of its original 1942 Art Museum and Art Library building designed by Eliel Saarinen and created a new Collections Wing, a purpose-built, state-of-the-art handling and storage facility for its collections, which allows for a curated and publicly accessible viewing of selections from nearly 7,500 works of art.

Cranbrook Art Museum is accepting applications for an Assistant Preparator. This position will assist the team responsible for the preparation of galleries, installation and deinstallation of objects for exhibition. This is a part-time position, working during installation periods, approximately 10 weeks each year between May and October. The Assistant Preparator must be able to work flexible hours.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Prepares galleries for exhibition, including wall and pedestal construction and painting.
  • Prepares objects for exhibition, including installing, deinstalling, matting, framing, mounting, and lighting.
  • Assists with the movement, transportation, packing and installation of objects in the museum.
  • Maintains attendance, punctuality, and performance standards set forth in Cranbrook’s employee handbook.


  • Excellent technical, construction and woodworking skills.
  • Knowledgeable in art handling techniques and in the care, preservation, and exhibition practices for various types of objects including bronze, ceramic and wooden sculptures, paintings, works on paper and textiles.
  • Interest in contemporary art.
  • Excellent communication skills required. Will regularly communicate with Preparator, as well as Registrar, other museum staff members and work study students.

Compensation: $18.60/hour   

For consideration, please submit a resume and cover letter to: Assistant Preparator | Cranbrook Employment Opportunities (

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