DEPARTMENT: BWAM / Curatorial SUPERVISOR: Dir. Curatorial Services
SUMMARY: To assist in the design and development of all of the Booth Western Art Museum’s exhibitions, and to coordinate such with other staff members. This applies to all in-house temporary exhibitions, outgoing traveling exhibitions, and longer-term permanent in-house exhibitions.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Schedule all aspects of permanent, temporary and traveling exhibitions, including transportation, purchasing and delivery of supplies, gallery painting, crate construction, installation and de-installation. Note: Requires close consultation with Director of Curatorial Services and Executive Director.
Assist with development and review of layout designs and graphics for all Museum exhibitions, long-term, temporary and traveling.
Develop and fabricate signage throughout the building as needed.
Advise Director of Curatorial Services and other staff about appropriate materials for use in exhibitions.
Maintain all exhibitions, long-term, temporary and traveling; including lighting, object mounts, cleaning, preventive maintenance, repairs etc. Troubleshoot and repair malfunctioning exhibition equipment or damaged exhibition material or contact appropriate staff member or vendor.
Fabricate (or oversee fabrication firm), install and de-install all exhibitions, long-term and temporary using high caliber, professional exhibition techniques. Install outgoing traveling exhibitions at other venues as needed.
Assist Registrar with shipping, packing, transportation and delivery of artwork as per AAM Registrar guidelines.
Participate on exhibition planning team by assisting with drawings and reports.
Oversee completion of final design, exhibition furniture, crate building, object mounts, painting, lighting, and installation using high-caliber, professional exhibition techniques.
Evaluate all exhibition techniques to ensure the safety and security of the public, staff, collections, and loaned objects.
Responsible for securing gallery areas under installation and establishing guidelines regarding access to such spaces.
Maintain a clean, safe, and well-organized shop compliant with all city, state, and OSHA safety regulations.
Independent and unassisted operation of all power tools necessary for exhibition fabrication and installation.
Prepare works in the collection (hinging, matting and framing) for exhibition.
Ensure proper handling and exhibition of objects following current conservation and curatorial standards.
Oversee design, fabrication and installation of exhibitions to be available for display outside the museum as instructional, educational or promotional media.
Negotiate, administer, and evaluate contracts for services with outside vendors (i.e. lighting manufacturers), all such contracts to be approved by the Executive Director.
Responsible for training staff and volunteers who work in the department as well as providing guidance to housekeeping staff with regard to basic cleaning in the exhibition galleries.
Ensure that employees: understand the mission and goals of the museum, maintain building and collection security, maintain building cleanliness, handle and care for art appropriately, and project a warm and friendly attitude toward visitors.
Responsible for preparing and monitoring an annual department budget in coordination with the Director of Curatorial Services.
Responsible for ensuring high standards of professionalism in all areas of responsibility.
Remain current on pertinent museum industry policies, laws, and accepted practices through involvement in industry trade groups and continuous professional development.
Degree or certificate in design or related field and prior exhibitions experience preferred. Knowledge of fabrication materials, installation, and lighting techniques and technologies. Knowledge and experience in the proper handling of artifacts with an innate sense of caution, care and reverence in doing so.
Fabrication and mount-making skills may include fine woodworking with fixed and portable power tools, plexiglass/glass cutting and shaping, metal/plastic mount work, basic electrical work, painting, color mixing and matching, etc. Extensive use of ladders and scaffolding. All of this requires a high degree of independent, unassisted mobility, dexterity and judgment.
Knowledge of computers, including data management and entry, Microsoft Office and Past Perfect is preferred. Position requires visual acuity including the full color spectrum, manual dexterity, ability to stand and walk for extended periods of time, ability to sit and work at a computer for extended periods of time, logic and reasoning skills, ability to hear what is happening in the museum, ability to stoop, bend, kneel, reach, and climb/descend stairs. Muse be able to lift 50 pounds. Must be able to operate a motor vehicle as needed.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:
Driver’s License, any professional certificates are a plus.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: Office environment with extensive work in shop and exhibit galleries. Non-standard hours, generally within 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Monday through Friday, extended hours and weekends probable. Overnight travel out-of-state may be required occasionally. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to high.
PAY RANGE: $17 - $20 per hour
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