Assistant Exhibition Designer | Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

  • 11 Jan 2019 12:02 PM
    Message # 6995564

    Position Overview

    The Assistant Exhibition Designer, under supervision and guidance of the Exhibitions Designer, and in collaboration with curators, interpretation managers and others, brings creativity to the design of assigned focus exhibitions and collection installations in the galleries, on the grounds, and in other museum-related spaces. Through this work, s/he engages visitors aesthetically, emotionally and intellectually and delivers on the Museum’s mission. S/he also assists with the development of major temporary exhibitions, re-installations, and other projects, as needed.

    S/he consults with curators, registrars and preparation staff to determine the methods, materials, and display techniques for the presentation of works of art to ensure visual appeal, visitor engagement and learning, optimum traffic flow, adherence to object requirements, and safety. S/he develops drawings and scale models, using a Computer Aided Design (CAD) based program and other design tools, as well as presentation skills, to communicate design ideas. S/he collaborates with in-house designers to specify and integrate exhibition graphics and digital elements, and with operations, collections, and other museum staff, as needed. S/he will work with outside designers, artists, architects, contractors, fabricators and others from time to time, as needed.

    Principle Responsibilities (Essential Functions)

    • Works with curators, interpretation managers, educators, project managers, registrars, preparators, graphic and digital designers, artists, and others to organize works of art and interpretive elements into an engaging exhibition plan for public display to determine how the experience unfolds for focus exhibitions and collection installations.
    • With curators and others, makes aesthetic recommendations regarding the presentation of artworks, including wall colors, material selections, and case designs.
    • Collaborates with Exhibition Designer, Director of Exhibitions & Interpretation, and others, for design direction and feedback.
    • Collaborates with in-house graphic designers in the development of exhibition identity and graphic designs. Incorporates all graphics into scaled drawings.
    • Generates, collects and organizes the appropriate documents for each phase of a project, and, at major milestones, presents design plans for review by supervisor, curator, Director of Exhibitions & Interpretation, Executive Director, and others.
    • Develops designs which fit within the budget and schedule for each project, in close consultation with project managers. Finds avenues for re-use and cost savings while delivering excellent design work.
    • Uses computer aided design (CAD) to produce scaled floor plans and elevations, and detailed casework drawings. Proofs drawings for errors and consistency.
    • Maintains organized records for each project. Accommodates and tracks changes to designs. Ensures revisions are shared with the appropriate parties.
    • Communicates verbally, in writing and through drawings with contractors and fabricators. Ensures execution of vision.
    • Consults with facilities, trails and grounds, guest and protection services teams to solicit input, obtain buy-in and ensure best outcomes for guests and the museum.
    • Attends project meetings, as well as relevant departmental and other meetings.  
    • Performs other duties as assigned

    Minimum Qualifications

    Education, Training and Traits:

    • Bachelor’s Degree in architecture, industrial design, interior design, or related field from an accredited college or university, or commensurate work experience, is required
    • Additional education and/or experience in exhibition design, architecture, theater design, museum studies or related area desirable but not required
    • Knowledge of principles, techniques and best practices of exhibition design, lighting design, graphic design, or multi-media technology is strongly preferred
    • Demonstrates an understanding of basic construction methods and materials
    • Knowledge of the requirements for guests with disabilities and familiarity with the principles and benefits of Universal Design is a plus
    • Ability to conceptualize exhibition design and make refined aesthetic judgments that are appropriate to the exhibition criteria, materials, museum goals and brand
    • Ability to organize, represent, and communicate information effectively through sketches, renderings, models, verbal presentations, and other forms of representation
    • Ability to identify and solve problems creatively
    • Ability to think and design creatively within the limits of the budget
    • Ability to consider and appropriately incorporate ideas and input from others while maintaining a compelling vision and sense of humor
    • Keeps abreast of trends and technologies
    • Ability to understand and maintain the highest levels of confidentiality and discretion

    Experience and Skills:

    • Proficiency in AutoCAD, SketchUp, Adobe Photoshop, and Microsoft Office is required
    • Experience in the planning, design, and implementation of designs using CAD programs is required
    • Previous work or internship experience in gallery or museum design strongly preferred
    • Self-directed and highly organized; ability to balance the demands of a fast-paced working environment with multiple overlapping projects and deadlines
    • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly, professionally, and effectively, verbally and in writing; position requires design presentation skills
    • Demonstrated planning, organizational, problem-solving and collaboration skills
    • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
    • Positive attitude and strong work ethic

    Portfolio Requirement:

    • A portfolio, including examples of scaled floorplans and elevations (created in a CAD-based program), along with conceptual drawings or images, is required as part of this application. Please include a PDF document with your upload or provide a link to an online folder or website.

    Physical Demands and Work Environment:

    The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    •  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to travel independently within museum office and gallery spaces, construction sites and grounds. In the work environments described below, position requires verbal and written conversation with others, sitting, moving throughout the museum, trails, and associated buildings, reaching, lifting/moving objects up to 30 pounds, and use of hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls. The position requires the ability to focus and work at a computer for long periods of time, listening, analyzing and summarizing large quantities of information. Vision abilities required by the job include close vision and the ability to discern nuances of measurements, accuracy of detailed drawings, and nuances of color, and lighting.
    • Work Environment: Work will be performed in an office environment, interior and exterior museum spaces and grounds, and construction sites. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The noise level in the office work environment is usually low to moderate. The noise level on construction sites can be medium to high.

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    Last modified: 11 Jan 2019 12:10 PM | Founande Oladipupo