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Head Preparator/ Hunter Museum of American Art

06/28/2017 8:48 AM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

The Head Preparator is part of a six member Curatorial team. Working closely with the Curators and Registrars, the Head Preparator plays a key leadership role in managing all aspects of preparing for installation and de-installation of artwork in the Museum galleries, both temporary and permanent. The Head Preparator also strategically plans for, and maintains, the Museum galleries and outdoor sculptures, both within the Hunter campus and off site.

Key Responsibilities

Logistic planning to facilitate adherence to exhibition and art rotation schedules

Layout and visual design of temporary exhibitions and gallery changes in conjunction with Chief Curator and Associate Curator

Pack, unpack, and/or install art objects within the Museum, in the Sculpture Garden and occasionally off site; ensure proper handling and secure installation of art objects

Design and oversee production of exhibition props and signage

Frequent installation of Audio/Visual equipment in the galleries; oversee and manage exhibition lighting needs

Determine labor, equipment and material costs on projects; work within budget for preparatory supplies

Design and production of crates for art objects with input from Registrars

Carpentry and fabrication as needed

Framing and matting of artwork as needed; occasional repair and restoration of frames as needed

Photography of art and exhibitions

Coordinate outside contractors when needed

Evening or weekend manager as required

Assist with major Museum events such as Spectrum and Hunter Underground

Supervise Preparator, part-time employees, volunteers and outside contractors as needed

Other duties and responsibilities as assigned, including assisting other departments


· Bachelor's degree required

· Museum experience (3-5 years), 1-2 years minimum in a leadership role supervising other preparators

· Photography and Technical drawing

· Excellent communication and teamwork skills; flexibility

· Skilled in exhibition layout and three dimensional design

· High skill levels with carpentry and all types of power tools

· Detail oriented with exceptional organizational skills

· Project management; ability to adapt to shifting deadlines and make effective decisions

· Basic computer skills

· Basic knowledge of Audio/Visual equipment, including digital projectors, media players, etc.

· Ability to creatively problem solve construction and display issues

Working Conditions

· Exposure to vapors, fumes, dirt, noise, mechanical and electrical hazards associated with woodworking

· Occasionally subject to adverse weather conditions when installing exhibits outdoors

· Use of lifts, scaffolds and ladders

· Frequent walking

· Must be able to lift up to 80 lbs.

To apply, submit an application, cover letter, and CV at https://huntermuseum.applicantpro.com/jobs/528170.html

PO Box 330984   Nashville, TN 37203   (615) 495-3354   tnmuseums@gmail.com

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