Museum Preparator (One-Year Term Appointment)
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.
Beginning in January 2019, WCMA will be processing 1,000 permanent collection objects from an off-site storage facility into a new college-owned storage facility (LASF) in Williamstown, increasing access and preservation of the objects. The preparator will be working with a team in the new storage facility on this project consisting of a registrar and one more preparator.
Responsibilities for the LASF project include working with a registrar to implement the overall storage strategy, and facilitating re-housing artwork in archival containers for permanent storage. The preparator should be familiar with and adhere to professional standards of collection management in the safe storage and handling of artwork.
WCMA is seeking a skilled and enthusiastic member of the art preparation team. The preparator assists in all aspects of preparation for permanent collection and ensures the smooth transition and handling of artwork and other objects at the museum storage spaces. The preparator will become familiar with and adhere to professional standards of collection management in the handling of art objects 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, expected. The preparator will also maintain clean, efficient, and organized storage areas and workspaces.
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 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
- Prepare artwork for exhibitions and viewings in the Rose Study Gallery: transporting artwork to and from storage and gallery.
- Organize and prepare artwork for photo sessions and re-pack artwork in archival container
- Take documentary digital photography of objects
- Keep inventory of supplies and exhibition furniture.
- Training on and operating a Lift/Picker
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
to do physical work including basic carpentry, lifting more than 50 lbs.
standing for extended periods of time, moving objects, and working at
creativity and willingness to strategize to get storage facility
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.), one-year, term 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 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