Williams College

100 Spring StreetSuite 201
Williamstown, MA 01267
www.williams.edu
hr@williams.edu

Date Posted:
December 04, 2018

Region:
Western Massachusetts

Category:
Other

Type:
Full-Time

Museum Preparator

Description:

Museum Preparator
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 employee community.
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 institutions;
  • 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 painting walls;
  • Install and deinstall exhibitions;
  • Prepare exhibition furniture: interior painting; build cases and shelves as needed;
  • Light galleries in consultation with curators and registrar;
  • 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; and
  • Maintain audio-visual technology used in exhibitions.
Qualifications:

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Art 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.
  • Awareness of conservation issues and experience with archival packing materials and practices.
  • Awareness of and experience with the aesthetics of exhibition design.
  • Ability 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.
  • Experience with digital technology and lighting, familiarity with a range of audio-visual equipment and appropriate methods of installation.
  • Flexibility, creativity and willingness to strategize to bring the concepts of curators and artists to fruition.
  • Bachelors degree or equivalent and between 3-5 years professional experience in a gallery or museum
  • Database 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 appointment.
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 athr@williams.edu.
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 thrive.





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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.