Smart Museum of Art Preparator

Updated: 2 months ago
Location: Chicago, ILLINOIS
Job Type: FullTime

Department
 

AI Temporary Preparations and Interns


About the Department
 

The Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago (smartmuseum.uchicago.edu), located in one of the nation’s greatest cities for art and on the campus of one of the world’s leading research universities, opens the world through art and ideas. The Smart Museum is widely known for its ambitious exhibitions and programs; its collaborations with scholars and students, often led by the Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry, have animated its collection both historically and conceptually. The Museum plays a central role in the University’s arts initiative, which has brought extraordinary new focus and energy to the arts on campus. At the same time, the Museum collaborates closely with other units on campus as well as institutions and scholars in the city and across the country. Its exhibition projects often arise from partnerships with other institutions and travel nationally and internationally. The Smart Museum is also deeply dedicated to engaging its surrounding communities through Public Practice programming that offers visitors of all ages a transformative experience involving significant and often unexpected examples of artistic expression.


Job Summary
 

The Smart Museum Preparator supports the Museum’s permanent collection, academic engagement, exhibition, and facilities activity. Reporting to the Associate Director of Exhibition Design and Production, the Preparator regularly collaborates with curators, faculty, students, galleries, institutions, artists and community partner organizations and the public. The Preparator will support the Smart’s efforts to provide access to collections and loaned works through its Feitler Center academic engagement, public practice and exhibition programs. The Preparator will work closely with curators and other exhibition staff to supervise and participate in exhibition installation, rotations, and deinstallation and works closely with the Feitler Center staff to facilitate the active use of collection and loaned artworks by faculty and students for classes and research visits, and colleageus in public practice to support use of the collection for our public engagement programming.
This is a 35 hour per week benefits eligible grant funded 12-month position. While we hope to secure funding to continue the position after 12 months, the current position is only funded for one year.

Responsibilities

  • Supervises and participates in exhibition installation, rotations, and deinstallation in conjunction with curators and exhibition staff.
  • Produces 3D models, conceptual and technical drawings for exhibition and facilities use.
  • Fabricates exhibition casework, mounts and furnishings and/or oversees subcontracted work.
  • Prepares gallery spaces and ancillary locations, both on and off campus, for the installation of artwork including large-scale site-specific installations and time-based media.
  • Participates in the exhibition planning processes and creation of layouts, documents, and budgets.
  • Assists with lighting design and execution.
  • Facilitates the active use of collection and loaned artworks by the Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry for classes and research visits; works closely with Feitler Center staff to arrange for works of art to be pulled from storage, prepared, and returned in an organized and timely manner.
  • Assists with internal use of the permanent collection for research, conservation, curatorial and other related uses.
  • Assists with matting, framing, mounting, and conservation as needed.
  • Facilitates day-to-day operations and maintenance in art storage and galleries, works with Registration staff to store, rehouse, and track artworks.
  • Understands of the museum’s database and storage system and assists the registrars with continued maintenance.
  • Attends Smart Staff meetings and participates in Museum committees.
  • Assists with facilities related issues involving security and general building knowledge maintenance.
  • Participates in the planning and implementation of disaster preparedness and emergency response protocols.
  • Stays current in the field, etc.
  • Conducts research and analysis pertaining to collections and external funding and participates in the selection of objects for exhibits.
  • Writes condition reports and performs other inspection documentation. Ensures proper handling, maintenance, and return of pieces loaned to University museums.
  • Performs other related work as needed.


Minimum Qualifications
 

Education:

Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

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Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through < 2 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

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Certifications:

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Preferred Qualifications

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in art history or closely related subject.

Experience:

  • 3+ years previous work experience in a museum or gallery.
  • Working knowledge with domestic and international crating and shipping standards.
  • Background managing interns or volunteers.

Preferred Competencies

  • Meticulous work habits and attention to detail; consistency in procedures and quality of effort in all areas of work.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize tasks and meet competing deadlines in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.
  • Represent the museum in a professional manner to donors, lenders, professional colleagues, and all University constituencies.
  • Knowledge of museum standards regarding the care and handling of art and knowledge of legal and ethical issues surrounding a museum art collection.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of audio-visual equipment and standards involved with the installation of time-based media.
  • Strong computer skills and previous work with Sketchup, Rhino, AutoCAD and/or Adobe products.

Working Conditions

  • Travel and work outside regular business hours.
  • This is a 35 hour per week benefits eligible grant funded 12-month position.  While we hope to secure funding to continue the position after 12 months, the current position is only funded for one year.

Application Documents

  • Resume/CV (required)
  • Cover Letter (preferred)
  • Reference Contact Information (3) (preferred)


When applying, the document(s) MUST  be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Resume/CV of the application.


Job Family
 

Museum & Arts


Role Impact
 

Individual Contributor


FLSA Status
 

Non-Exempt


Pay Frequency
 

Biweekly


Scheduled Weekly Hours
 

35


Benefits Eligible
 

Yes


Drug Test Required
 

No


Health Screen Required
 

No


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required
 

No


Posting Statement
 

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity /Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

 

Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form .

 

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.

 

All offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes a review of conviction history.  A conviction does not automatically preclude University employment.  Rather, the University considers conviction information on a case-by-case basis and assesses the nature of the offense, the circumstances surrounding it, the proximity in time of the conviction, and its relevance to the position.

 

The University of Chicago's Annual Security & Fire Safety Report (Report) provides information about University offices and programs that provide safety support, crime and fire statistics, emergency response and communications plans, and other policies and information. The Report can be accessed online at: http://securityreport.uchicago.edu . Paper copies of the Report are available, upon request, from the University of Chicago Police Department, 850 E. 61st Street, Chicago, IL 60637.



Department
 

AI Temporary Preparations and Interns


About the Department
 

The Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago (smartmuseum.uchicago.edu), located in one of the nation’s greatest cities for art and on the campus of one of the world’s leading research universities, opens the world through art and ideas. The Smart Museum is widely known for its ambitious exhibitions and programs; its collaborations with scholars and students, often led by the Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry, have animated its collection both historically and conceptually. The Museum plays a central role in the University’s arts initiative, which has brought extraordinary new focus and energy to the arts on campus. At the same time, the Museum collaborates closely with other units on campus as well as institutions and scholars in the city and across the country. Its exhibition projects often arise from partnerships with other institutions and travel nationally and internationally. The Smart Museum is also deeply dedicated to engaging its surrounding communities through Public Practice programming that offers visitors of all ages a transformative experience involving significant and often unexpected examples of artistic expression.


Job Summary
 

The Smart Museum Preparator supports the Museum’s permanent collection, academic engagement, exhibition, and facilities activity. Reporting to the Associate Director of Exhibition Design and Production, the Preparator regularly collaborates with curators, faculty, students, galleries, institutions, artists and community partner organizations and the public. The Preparator will support the Smart’s efforts to provide access to collections and loaned works through its Feitler Center academic engagement, public practice and exhibition programs. The Preparator will work closely with curators and other exhibition staff to supervise and participate in exhibition installation, rotations, and deinstallation and works closely with the Feitler Center staff to facilitate the active use of collection and loaned artworks by faculty and students for classes and research visits, and colleageus in public practice to support use of the collection for our public engagement programming.
This is a 35 hour per week benefits eligible grant funded 12-month position. While we hope to secure funding to continue the position after 12 months, the current position is only funded for one year.

Responsibilities

  • Supervises and participates in exhibition installation, rotations, and deinstallation in conjunction with curators and exhibition staff.
  • Produces 3D models, conceptual and technical drawings for exhibition and facilities use.
  • Fabricates exhibition casework, mounts and furnishings and/or oversees subcontracted work.
  • Prepares gallery spaces and ancillary locations, both on and off campus, for the installation of artwork including large-scale site-specific installations and time-based media.
  • Participates in the exhibition planning processes and creation of layouts, documents, and budgets.
  • Assists with lighting design and execution.
  • Facilitates the active use of collection and loaned artworks by the Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry for classes and research visits; works closely with Feitler Center staff to arrange for works of art to be pulled from storage, prepared, and returned in an organized and timely manner.
  • Assists with internal use of the permanent collection for research, conservation, curatorial and other related uses.
  • Assists with matting, framing, mounting, and conservation as needed.
  • Facilitates day-to-day operations and maintenance in art storage and galleries, works with Registration staff to store, rehouse, and track artworks.
  • Understands of the museum’s database and storage system and assists the registrars with continued maintenance.
  • Attends Smart Staff meetings and participates in Museum committees.
  • Assists with facilities related issues involving security and general building knowledge maintenance.
  • Participates in the planning and implementation of disaster preparedness and emergency response protocols.
  • Stays current in the field, etc.
  • Conducts research and analysis pertaining to collections and external funding and participates in the selection of objects for exhibits.
  • Writes condition reports and performs other inspection documentation. Ensures proper handling, maintenance, and return of pieces loaned to University museums.
  • Performs other related work as needed.


Minimum Qualifications
 

Education:

Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

---
Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through < 2 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

---
Certifications:

---

Preferred Qualifications

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in art history or closely related subject.

Experience:

  • 3+ years previous work experience in a museum or gallery.
  • Working knowledge with domestic and international crating and shipping standards.
  • Background managing interns or volunteers.

Preferred Competencies

  • Meticulous work habits and attention to detail; consistency in procedures and quality of effort in all areas of work.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize tasks and meet competing deadlines in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.
  • Represent the museum in a professional manner to donors, lenders, professional colleagues, and all University constituencies.
  • Knowledge of museum standards regarding the care and handling of art and knowledge of legal and ethical issues surrounding a museum art collection.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of audio-visual equipment and standards involved with the installation of time-based media.
  • Strong computer skills and previous work with Sketchup, Rhino, AutoCAD and/or Adobe products.

Working Conditions

  • Travel and work outside regular business hours.
  • This is a 35 hour per week benefits eligible grant funded 12-month position.  While we hope to secure funding to continue the position after 12 months, the current position is only funded for one year.

Application Documents

  • Resume/CV (required)
  • Cover Letter (preferred)
  • Reference Contact Information (3) (preferred)


When applying, the document(s) MUST  be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Resume/CV of the application.


Job Family
 

Museum & Arts


Role Impact
 

Individual Contributor


FLSA Status
 

Non-Exempt


Pay Frequency
 

Biweekly


Scheduled Weekly Hours
 

35


Benefits Eligible
 

Yes


Drug Test Required
 

No


Health Screen Required
 

No


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required
 

No


Posting Statement
 

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity /Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

 

Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form .

 

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.

 

All offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes a review of conviction history.  A conviction does not automatically preclude University employment.  Rather, the University considers conviction information on a case-by-case basis and assesses the nature of the offense, the circumstances surrounding it, the proximity in time of the conviction, and its relevance to the position.

 

The University of Chicago's Annual Security & Fire Safety Report (Report) provides information about University offices and programs that provide safety support, crime and fire statistics, emergency response and communications plans, and other policies and information. The Report can be accessed online at: http://securityreport.uchicago.edu . Paper copies of the Report are available, upon request, from the University of Chicago Police Department, 850 E. 61st Street, Chicago, IL 60637.


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