Lead Preparator/Art and Artifact Handler
The Columbus Museum
1251 Wynnton Road
Columbus, GA 31906
The Columbus Museum seeks a Lead Preparator/Art and Artifact Handler to assist with all aspects of exhibit preparation, construction, installation, and dismantling, as part of the museum’s design team. The museum, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, has a collection of American art, a collection of regional historical artifacts, and a garden designed by the Olmsted Brothers firm in the 1920s for homeowner and noted industrialist W. C. Bradley.
Duties and responsibilities: Under general supervision, participate in all aspects of the planning, preparation, design, and installation of museum exhibits, art collections, historical artifacts or other display materials. Designs and constructs display materials as required. Assists with moving, maintenance, and security of collections. Adheres to all standard museum conservation practices.
Installing and de-installing permanent galleries and temporary exhibitions, including but not limited to the fabrication of exhibits; installing objects, labels, text panels, graphics; creating hands-on interactives; lighting objects, as well as preparation of galleries for installation by doing light construction, patching and painting. Removal or relocation of artwork, artifacts, and exhibition materials. Mat and frame artwork, including building and assembling frames. Produce exhibit mounts and supports, including furniture and archival supports for housing and displaying artifacts and artwork. Create and implement lighting design of exhibitions. Establish timelines for production logistics, such as detailed production schedules, estimating time and cost involved. Work closely with Designer/Exhibition Coordinator, Exhibition Manager, and Collections team, as well as workers in other areas such as Security or Development. Other duties as assigned.
Skills: Proficiency in carpentry and fabrication; understanding of advanced construction and structure, carpentry techniques and methods of installation and construction; skill in the operation of power and hand tools used in woodworking; skill in light welding and working with foam core, Plexiglas, fabrics, paints and other finishes. Knowledge of lighting, especially in regards to museum settings, is highly desirable. Computer skills are required, especially skill in Adobe Programs: Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign preferred. Excellent communication, time management and organizational skills, as well as a proven ability to consistently meet deadlines and budgets. A take-charge attitude and flexible outlook as well as emotional maturity and self-motivation are highly desirable.
Knowledge: Working knowledge of museum standards for exhibition fabrication and installation, including safety requirements associated with such work; knowledge of art and artifact conservation display methods, techniques, and procedures.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in fine arts or closely related design field. Associates degree with comparable experience and training may be substituted for bachelor’s degree.
Experience: Experience in handling art and historical artifacts in accordance with standard museum conservation practices; must be proficient in handling fragile pieces without damage. Minimum of 2 years job-related experience is a must.
This is a full-time position with full benefits. Interested applicants should visit the Muscogee County School District website at www.muscogee.k12.ga.us to submit an online application (art preparatory, https://mcs.tedk12.com/hire/index.aspx ). The Columbus Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, gender, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.
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