Williams College Museum of Art
The Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) makes
dynamic art experiences to incite new thinking about art, museums, and the
world—and it does so from within the nation's top-ranked liberal arts college.
A vibrant center for the arts at Williams, the Museum embodies the liberal
arts' ability to catalyze both creative and critical thinking.
WCMA is seeking a skilled and enthusiastic
member of the art preparation team. The preparator assists in all aspects of
preparation for exhibitions and permanent collection and ensures the smooth
transition and handling of artwork and other objects at the museum. The
preparator will be familiar with and adhere to professional standards of
collection management in the handling of art objects both in the galleries and
in storage. Proactive participation in professional development, day-to-day
initiative and creative problem solving, and knowledge of current museum
practices in art handling, collections care, conservation, and installation is expected.
The preparator must also be familiar with technology used in exhibitions
including but not limited to, projections, video, film, sound and all related
audio-visual technology. The preparator will also maintain clean, efficient,
and organized storage areas and workspaces.
Beginning January, 2019 WCMA will be processing
1,000 permanent collection objects from an off-site storage facility into a new
Williams College storage facility (LSF) in Williamstown increasing access and
preservation of the objects. The first year of this position the preparator
will be primarily working with a team on this project.
Responsibilities for the LSF project include
working with a Registrar to implement the overall storage strategy and
facilitating re-housing artwork in archival containers for permanent storage.
Williams is committed to enriching its
educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its staff. The
successful candidate will excel at working in a community that is broadly
diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender,
nationality, sexual orientation and religion. Applicants should highlight in
their letter relevant experience working with and supporting a broadly diverse
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Organize museum collection spaces;
- Packing and unpacking crated and soft-packed outgoing
and incoming artwork from the collection and artwork on loan from other
- Packing and improving housings of artworks in storage;
- Training on and operating a Lift/Picker;
- Prepare galleries for exhibitions: carpentry; building
and dismantling display furniture; gallery lighting; spackling and
- Install and deinstall exhibitions;
- Prepare exhibition furniture: interior painting; build
cases and shelves as needed;
- Light galleries in consultation with curators and
- Fabricate and install labels and vinyl texts;
- Prepare artwork for exhibitions and viewings in the
Rose Study Gallery: hinging, matting, framing, fabrication of mounts,
transporting artwork to and from storage and gallery;
- Monitor galleries regularly to replace light bulbs and
torn labels, touch-up scuffed walls, and dust/clean vitrines;
- Keep inventory of supplies and exhibition furniture;
- Maintain audio-visual technology used in exhibitions.
handling, which requires that the employee be familiar with best practices
for matting, framing, and installing works of art in accordance with
museum art conservation practice.
of conservation issues and experience with archival packing materials and
of and experience with the aesthetics of exhibition design.
to do physical work including carpentry, interior painting, lifting more
than 50 lbs. standing for extended periods of time, moving objects, and
working at heights.
with digital technology and lighting, familiarity with a range of
audio-visual equipment and appropriate methods of installation.
creativity and willingness to strategize to bring the concepts of curators
and artists to fruition.
degree or equivalent and between 3-5 years professional experience in a
gallery or museum
user experience with TMS (The Museum System) or a similar relational
database is highly desirable.
The preparator reports to the Chief Preparator and works
closely with the registrars and curators as well as with artists, faculty and
other administration of the museum and college.
This is a full time (35hr/wk.), year-round, regular
Review of applications will begin on January 4, 2019, and
continue until the position is filled.
Employment at Williams is contingent on the verification of
background information submitted by the applicant, including the completion of
a criminal record check, and education when applicable.
To apply for this position, please visithttp://staff-careers.williams.edu. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us
via phone at (413) 597-4247 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Williams College is a coeducational liberal arts institution
located in the Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts with easy access to the
culturally rich cities of Albany, Boston, and New York City. The College is
committed to building and supporting a diverse population of approximately 2000
students, and to fostering an inclusive faculty, staff and curriculum. Williams
has built its reputation on outstanding teaching and scholarship and on the
academic excellence of its students. Please visit the Williams College website (http://www.williams.edu).
Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for
non-discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and
inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn and
How To Apply:
December 04, 2018
About this Organization:
Williams is a coeducational liberal arts institution located in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts with access to the culturally rich cities of Albany, Boston, and New York City. The College is committed to building and supporting a diverse population of approximately 2,000 students, and to fostering an inclusive faculty, staff and curriculum. Williams has built its reputation on outstanding teaching and scholarship and on the academic excellence of its students.