The Head of Art Preparation oversees and monitors all aspects regarding the handling and movement of any artwork on as well as off-site; collaborates with curators, registrars, and buildings and grounds staff to ensure the timely installation of special and collection-based exhibitions; and assists Albright-Knox staff and outside researchers requiring access to works in the Collection.
- Ensure the safe installation of art.
- Create, update, communicate and implement processes and procedures with Art Preparation team for the safe and efficiently organized storage of all art objects on and off site.
- Manage the moving, packing and unpacking, receiving and releasing Albright-Knox artworks for in-house use and for loan to other institutions.
- Maintain accurate storage inventory with the Registrars.
- Accompany and install Albright-Knox artworks at other museums when necessary.
- Oversee the receipt and installation of special exhibitions, including projects organized in-house, as well as those contracted from other institutions.
- Assist with handling and installation of artwork including report preparation and documentation of installation process to ensure safety of visitors, staff and the art.
- Partner with Buildings and Grounds to update and maintain a shared published Master Building Schedule
- Partner with Buildings and Grounds to create and maintain documentation of responsibilities for movement and installation of artwork and exhibitions.
- Estimate budgetary and personnel needs and implement cost-control measures such as energy conservation, evaluation of project work bids, etc.
- Create narrative update for Quarterly Director’s report
COMPENTENCIES AND QUALIFICATIONS
- Bachelor of Arts degree required; Masters of Fine Arts preferred
- Five (5+) years experience as an art preparator in a museum setting
- Demonstrated skills in managerial responsibilities
- Impeccable art installation and art handling skills.
- Applicable experience in the preparation of art objects for exhibition and loan.
- Ability to use various hand tools including, if possible, fork and scissor lifts.
- Expertise in art processes and materials.
- Ability to supervise and mentor own staff and to assist outside contractors, visiting artists, curators, and conservators.
- Key Competencies: Excellent communication skills. Must be results-driven, energetic, diplomatic, highly organized, detail oriented, and collaborative.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Software requested.