The Exhibitions Production Assistant is responsible for the preparation,
installation, and de-installation of exhibitions at the Carpenter
Center for the Visual Arts. As a key member of the exhibitions team, and
reporting to the Exhibitions Manager/Registrar, the Exhibitions
Production Assistant supports all technical aspects of the exhibition
process from early planning through completion, including exhibition
design development and drafting plans, coordinating, and executing
gallery construction and exhibition build-out, and ensuring the safe
handling and installation of artworks. This position works closely with
artists on installation methods as well as the fabrication and
production of new artwork commissions. Additionally, this position is
responsible for the overall maintenance and upkeep of the gallery
spaces, storage areas, and equipment and supply inventory. The
Exhibitions Production Assistant works closely with all members of the
Carpenter Center staff and collaborates with stakeholders in the
department of Art Film and Visual Studies, Harvard Film Archive, and
Building Operations staff.
- Prepares, installs and de-installs artwork for exhibition according to professional museum standards.
and constructs artwork mounts and determines safe installation methods
in collaboration with the Exhibitions Manager/Registrar.
- Plans for and installs media-based artworks and technical equipment.
- Receives and releases art shipments, packs/unpacks artwork, and coordinates the movement of artwork within the building.
- Prepares galleries for exhibition, including constructing, patching, and painting walls, and overseeing contractors.
- Collaborates with artists on the fabrication of newly commissioned artwork.
- Works with the exhibition team on the development and implementation of exhibition designs including drafting design plans.
fabricates, and installs exhibition furniture, pedestals, cases,
one-of-a-kind artist driven constructions, and other display elements.
- Installs and maintains lighting in exhibition galleries.
- Produces and installs exhibition graphics and labels and coordinates with vendors and graphic designer as needed.
- Supports the Exhibitions Manager/Registrar in hiring, scheduling, and overseeing contract installation staff.
- Maintains exhibition galleries including daily artwork and equipment maintenance as needed.
- Manages and organizes supply and equipment storage and inventory.
- Supports building projects and operations as needed in consultation with the Exhibitions Manager/Registrar and Building Manager.
- Works closely with the Exhibitions Manager/Registrar to create project budgets, process payments, and track expenses.
- Assists with the setup for public programing and related events including audio/video set-up and general support.
- Attends and participates in meetings and ongoing communications with internal and external stakeholders on a regular basis.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
of 3-years of experience as a preparator, installer, art-handler,
exhibition technician, or similar position in a museum, gallery, or arts
Additional Qualifications and Skills
- Bachelor’s degree in Studio Arts, Art History, Design, Architecture, or similar field preferred or commensurate work experience.
- Demonstrated knowledge of museum best practices and standards in exhibiting, handling, and installing artworks.
- Familiarity with exhibition design practices and a thorough knowledge of construction techniques and materials.
- Excellent carpentry and woodworking skills, and the ability to safely use power tools and specialized equipment.
- Experience installing media-based artwork or audio-visual equipment.
- Working knowledge of exhibition lighting.
- Experience with and interest in working with contemporary art and artists.
- Proven ability to work collaboratively, conscientiously, and effectively with others in a team environment
- Flexible and creative problem solver.
- Ability to take initiative to work independently to manage assigned projects and deliverables.
- Ability to work well under pressure amidst shifting priorities, managing time, staying organized, and meeting deadlines.
- Meticulous attention to detail.
- High level interpersonal and communication skills.
in Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Cloud, Dropbox, Basecamp, and
Sketchup or AutoCAD and ability to learn new computer applications.
be able to lift up to 50lbs. Must be able to stand, walk, carry, stoop,
kneel, twist, squat, bend and reach overhead. Comfortable with heights,
climbing ladders and using scissor lift.
COVID Vaccine Policy
will require COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members who
will have any on-campus presence. Individuals may claim exemption from
the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More
information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement and
exceptions may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine
Information” webpage: http://www.harvard.edu/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-information/.
All formal offers will be made by FAS Human Resources
USA - MA - Cambridge
403084 Exhibit Assistant II
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M-F, 9-5 with occasional nights or weekends.
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