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Job ID: 183396

Chief Preparator
Auburn University

Date Posted Apr. 7, 2022
Title Chief Preparator
University Auburn University
Auburn, AL, United States
Department JCSM Operations Budget
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Other Administrative Departments

Job Summary
Reporting to the Director of Curatorial Affairs of the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, the Chief Preparator is responsible for the overall safe, efficient, and highly specialized internal movement, housing, and installation of the university art collection and loaned objects, all to expand art’s impact and grow and enrich the relationship of the museum with its communities, the region, and the state.

Maintains professional museum standards of care and maintenance of collections and all exhibition and other curatorial areas. Serves as a key member of the curatorial unit team, whose work supports the implementation of the Museum’s vision of a highly-creative, outward-facing, visitor-centered institution in service to the university, the region and the nation that welcomes everyone to explore, experience, and engage with the visual arts.

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Essential Functions
1. Prepares gallery spaces in advance of exhibition installations.
Leads hanging, installing, and deinstalling exhibitions; in collaboration with the Director of Operations, installs, deinstalls, and maintains outdoor sculpture; and arranges and designs lighting in galleries, ensuring strict adherence to required light levels.

2. Directs and oversees, and/or collaborates with Director of Curatorial Affairs to install art into display and storage units both on site and at off site locations. Designs, builds, or retrofits crates and packages for safe shipping; packs and unpacks outgoing and incoming art shipments; and
transports works of art locally and regionally.

3. Designs, oversees, and/or undertakes the fabrication and production of archival quality art display cases, art storage solutions, customized mounting systems, specialized and alternative hanging systems unique to museums, conservation mats and frames.

4. Under the direction of the Director of Curatorial Affairs, supervises and/or participates in the safe, efficient, and highly-specialized movement of all works of art in the museum’s care, whether part of the collection or on loan, including packing, unpacking, crating, and decorating works of art for travel.

5. Oversees and maintains safe working conditions during gallery turnover and of the carpentry and fabrication workshop. Manages and procures departmental supply inventories. Oversees and trains assistants in proper use of tools and materials. Assists the Director of Curatorial Affairs, art and graphic design colleagues, and vendors in exhibition design concepts and solutions as needed.

6. Performs such other duties as assigned by the Director of Curatorial Affairs that may arise in the course of the museum’s development and needs.
Minimum Education and Experience
Education Level Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
Field of Study
Art Education, Art History, Museum Studies, Public Humanities, Cultural Studies, Library Studies or relevant field.

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