Preparator: Collections and Photography

Saint Louis Art Museum
St. Louis, Missouri, USA


Preparator: Collections and Photography
Part – Time: 20 – 25 hours per week, 3 year term (No Benefits)
(non-exempt, grade G $16.83/hour)

Head Preparator and Senior Preparator

No one

BA/BS/BFA or equivalent work experience preferred. High school diploma required, 1-2 years of experience in exhibit preparation, installation, and/or collections management preferred. Experience in museum collection storage and object handling, photography background a plus. Job requires good communication skills, attention to detail, and the ability to lift heavy objects.

Knowledge of the following is also required:
  • Current museum professional standards and best practices with handling and storage for works of art.
  • Ability to identify and use appropriate material handling equipment for object movement, storage and safe object photography set up.
  • Versed in archival materials commonly used within museum collections.
  • Preferential consideration for experience with computerized database systems, preferably TMS (The Museum System)
The Collections / Photography Preparator will review with the Head Preparator, location change requests generated through the Registration and Digital Assets departments of proposed collection photography. The Collections / Photography Preparator will help to identify object concerns, consult with the Head Preparator and Conservation department on developing reasonable and safe procedures for object handling and display during studio photography and the safe return to storage. This position will work with the Head Preparator on scheduling to provide safe, efficient object movement and proper photography object setup within parameters for the digital photo studio. This position may be involved in exhibitions and installations as needed, while the job purpose does not represent all the responsibilities and there could be additional assignments and / or training.

  • Works with the Head Preparator and Conservators to review and assess requested objects for photography.
  • Collaborate and assist with the Installation department Preparators for object gathering, handling, object movement, and object set up as needed for photography and / or other required object movement requests or installation responsibilities.
  • See that works are collected safely, documented photographically, safely returned to their appropriate storage locations and / or housings, and that accurate locations for all art movement is recorded in the museum database system (TMS).
  • Assist full time Preparators as needed within exhibit installations, object movements, packing and unpacking, or other duties as requested.
The above statements of this job description describe the general duties and level of work performed by employee assigned to this position. They do not claim to describe all of the functions of this position. Employees may be assigned other duties and the essential functions may change or be changed from time to time.

Applicants should apply through the Museum’s website – Additional questions regarding the position or the collection should be directed to the Head of Installation –

The Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to treating all applicants and employees fairly based on their abilities, achievements, and experience, without regard to sex, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by law.

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This job posted by MERC from February 14 through May 16.


Contemporary Arts Center
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

The Contemporary Arts Center is seeking a candidate to fill our Curator position.

Founded in 1939 as one of the first institutions in the United States dedicated to showing contemporary art, the Contemporary Arts Center seeks applicants for the full time position of Curator.

The Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Ohio seeks a dynamic, knowledgeable, and highly motivated curator to organize and steer its international contemporary exhibition program.  Working with the Director and curatorial staff, the curator will be responsible for advancing the CAC’s vision through a multi-faceted program that reflects a spectrum of artistic disciplines, ethnic diversity, gender equality and subject matter. The curator also convenes a Board-level advisory committee that provides feedback on the exhibition and performance programs.

The curator will research, propose, implement, and oversee one-person exhibitions, group shows of varying size, and thematic projects for its Zaha Hadid designed gallery spaces. There is also the possibility to instigate work in public space, including temporary works, performances and interventions. This range of programs will be accessible and engaging for a broad range of constituencies, while also circulating within a global discourse of peer institutions. The curator will be responsible for generating a range of writing to accompany each exhibition, which can include introductory texts, wall labels, brochure essays and/or catalogues.

The CAC presents 6-8 exhibitions per fiscal year, in roughly 20,000 square feet of exhibition space. The ideal candidate for curator will marry lively ambition with financial responsibility, ensuring that exhibitions adhere to annual budgets. This position is part of the senior leadership team of the institution and needs to be a team-oriented, inclusive leader for a superb department of six. In addition, the curator works closely with the CAC Development department to identify and secure a broad range of sponsors for exhibitions, as well as contributing writing and editing to grant proposals and foundation reporting.

Past work should demonstrate creativity in curatorial approach, a global perspective, a representation of diverse artists, and sensitivity towards local audiences. Proven capacity for developing relationships is paramount for this position, which will include working with emerging and established artists as well as a network of art world colleagues and institutions from different parts of the world. The curator will also be responsible for cultivating strong relationships with the local creative community of artists, designers, collectors, donors, as well as partners in the professional community.

A primary responsibility of the curator is to build a strong community constituency for the curatorial program, including partnerships and collaborations with local organizations. Public presentation and speaking skills are integral to success, including leading guided tours of the exhibitions for security, docents, board members, college students and professional groups. The curator also supports development and marketing efforts, including the solicitation of artworks for the yearly fundraiser, consultation for exhibition invitations, and writing texts for the CAC journal Epicenter.

Equally important is:
  • Willingness to develop strategies to engage visitors and the greater Cincinnati community
  • Ability to work in concert and in a congenial manner with other professionals within the institutions who shape creative programs.
  • Desire to work collaboratively with a cross-disciplinary team.
  • Ability to balance the creative and intellectual process of curating with administrative, financial and wider institutional duties.
  • Interest in expanding the dialogue around art.
  • A comprehensive record of writing about art and culture.
All of these duties are to be done in a manner that best animates the mission, mandate and vision of the CAC. The person in this position will be conscious of other CAC programs, exhibition needs and CAC policy and procedures.

Minimum Requirements:
Qualified candidates will have a MA degree in art history, art criticism, or a related field of study plus three to five years of experience working in an advanced curatorial capacity with a record of exhibitions, artistic projects, touring exhibitions, and publications in the field of post-war and contemporary art.  Preference will be given to candidates with a compelling body of curatorial projects, strong interpersonal and communications/presentation skills and advantageous relationships in the global art world. 

Application Process:
Please send cover letter, resume and a writing sample by March 1, 2019 to:

Contemporary Arts Center
44 East 6th Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Attn: Human Resources

Also, application materials can be mailed to No phone calls accepted, nor will they be returned.

The Contemporary Arts Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer where all applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, Veteran or disability status.

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This job posted by MERC from February 8 through March 1.


Wichita Falls Museum of Art, Midwestern State University
Wichita Falls, Texas, USA

Wichita Falls (TX) Museum of Art at Midwestern State University (WFMA) seeks an innovative, collaborative Director to position the museum as a vibrant and interdisciplinary laboratory for exhibitions, programs and events, benefiting the university, city life, and the broader North Texas community. WFMA, first accredited in 1973, has a significant collection of 3,000 works of American art, focused on works-on-paper and emphasizing the development of American printmaking, as well as works in all media by regional/national contemporary artists. Its expansive, recently renovated facility includes an outdoor pavilion for concerts and special events. The new director will bring great imagination, excel at communications, and seek collaborative opportunities to provide a welcoming, rich and engaging museum experience on campus and beyond. The Director reports to the Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs, oversees 6 full-time staff, and develops an annual budget of $500,000, plus significant in-kind university support from departments including marketing, advancement, HR, security and facilities. RESPONSIBILITIES: Be the face of the museum and an effective advocate and communicator with broad constituencies. Energetically bring in resources to mount a robust schedule of annual exhibitions and programs, supplementing and effectively managing university support and developing long-range financial objectives. Oversee professional staff and artistic programming. Required: Advanced degree in art history, art, museum studies or related field. Minimum four years’ experience in a museum executive-leadership position. Fundraising track-record; financial acumen; excellent communication/collaboration skills; engaging, creative leader. Academic-museum experience an asset. Details/how to apply at Apply by 3/15/2019 to EOE. Nominations welcome.

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This job posted by MERC from February 8 through March 15.

Associate Museum Educator

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Bentonville, Arkansas, USA

Position Summary
The Guide Program at Crystal Bridges currently encompasses approximately 80 guides in the subject-areas of art, architecture, sculpture, and nature. Volunteer guides deliver tours on a daily basis for the public, and for special groups, and programs. The Associate Museum Educator will be the lead on select educational programs offered by the Guide Program and also provide some administrative support for the program. The ideal candidate is organized, detail-oriented, and capable of building meaningful, professional relationships with our dedicated volunteers. The Associate Museum Educator reports directly to the Guide Program Manager, and works with many members of the museum team in departments including education, volunteer services, guest services, special events, curatorial, and trails and grounds.

Principle Responsibilities

Act as lead-educator for selected projects assigned by the Guide Program Manager based on prior experience and fit within the existing program. This includes but is not limited to:
  • Developing an educational training plan for selected projects by determining topics for trainings, contracting guest speakers, collaborating with the guide program and curatorial staff, and facilitating trainings to enhance the continued education of the guides.
  • Creating educational content to align with trainings and tours for selected projects.
  • Developing new tour routes to benefit selected projects where needed.
Plan and facilitate off-site training experiences for guides that offer additional learning opportunities in differing subject areas.

Work closely with the Guide Program Manager with informal and formal assessment for all guides.

Maintain the program’s online learning management system to ensure that content and resources are available to the volunteer guides.

Serve as first staff back-up for tours when a guide is unavailable.

Serve as first point of contact for all volunteer guide inquiries and events, both from internal and external partners.

Monitor volunteer software and communicate with volunteer services to ensure all tours are loaded and filled.

Maintain information systems including EMS and Outlook to make sure that all tours, trainings, and programs are entered.

Keep up to date records of tour attendance.

Cultivate professional, friendly relationships with our dedicated volunteers and museum staff.

Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Education, Training, Traits:

Degree in art, education, museum studies, or a similar field is desirable.

Knowledge of current practices in docent / tour guide programs is desirable.

Interest in a wide variety of topics, including but not limited to art, architecture, sculpture, and nature.

Work Experience:

Two years’ experience teaching a range of ages in museum, school, or community setting or equivalent is desirable.

Two years’ experience in leading tours, presenting programs or public speaking.

Experience working with volunteers, especially in a museum environment is desirable.

Experience providing administrative support, specifically scheduling and program coordination.

Licenses and Certifications:

Valid Arkansas driver’s license with clean driving record. Willing and able to travel locally for program development.

Skills and Abilities:

Proficiency in the use of computer systems, software, and internet based scheduling. Microsoft Office experience required. Knowledge of (or ability to learn) specialized software, including Samaritan, The Museum System (TMS), and Event Management System (EMS).

Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking.

Strong organizational and interpersonal skills.

Ability to work independently, as well as within a team.

Ability to work some weekends and evenings.

Ability to effectively multitask in a fast paced environment.

Flexibility, creativity and a good sense of humor.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable a qualified individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical demands: Occasionally, while performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to travel independently regionally and in communities served. In the work environment described below, position requires working at a desk and utilizing a computer and a telephone for prolonged periods of time and good eye/hand coordination, bending and stretching for filing, and physical stamina to lift a minimum of 10 pounds to a height of at least three feet for art materials storage and preparation and as appropriate for the demands of the division office. Vision abilities required by the job include close and distant vision. When not in the office, the person in this position will require the capability of staying in the galleries extended periods of time and navigating through the different Museum buildings and on the trails and grounds also for extended periods of time.

Work environment: Work will be performed in an office environment, museum spaces, outdoors, and in the communities served. When not in the office, the employee will be spending extensive amounts of time in the Museum buildings, galleries, and library as well as on the grounds. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The noise level in the Museum work environment is usually low to moderate.

Applicants must apply using the below link:

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This job posted by MERC from February 2 through May 2.

Head of Public Programming

The Phillips Collection
Washington, DC, USA

The Phillips Collection, America’s First Museum of Modern Art, is one of the premier collections of Impressionist, modern, and contemporary art. Created by the visionary collector Duncan Phillips when he opened his home to the public in 1921, the museum’s intimate environment encourages people to make personal connections with art. Its permanent collection contains more than 5,000 works. The museum organizes numerous traveling exhibitions that expand scholarship and, combined with an active lending program, makes its works available to audiences throughout the world. The museum also produces some of the industry’s most effective and in-depth education programs for teachers and students. Its long-standing music program attracts top classical performers. The Phillips Collection is a privately-supported, not-for-profit organization that raises over 75% of its annual budget through contributions and earned revenue.

Envision and execute the museum’s public program initiatives for both special exhibitions and the permanent collection, both onsite and in external spaces and in partnership with local community partners/institutions. Researches, develops, and implements robust, innovative, and inclusive visitor experiences and public programs in alignment with the Phillips’s mission and strategic initiatives. Collaborates extensively with interdepartmental museum teams and external museum partners to create cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural programs that engage current and builds new audiences.

  • Leads the vision, strategy, and implementation of the museum’s public program portfolio, including programming for special exhibitions, permanent collection, academic collaborations, and interdisciplinary programming.
  • Manages the museum’s public programs for adult audiences: developing, implementing, marketing, and evaluating programs with strong collaboration with curatorial and other departments.
  • Manages the museum’s strategic public programming (including music, education, member, and special events) monthly meeting to ensure cohesion and collaboration in all programming efforts.
  • Fosters and manages public program partnerships including cultural organizations, embassies, and other museums to produce strong global/local partnerships and collaborative programs.
  • Collaborates with Curatorial staff regarding upcoming exhibition opportunities regarding programming opportunities, audience development plans, and visitor experience. Manages the implementation of the audio guide for special exhibitions.
  • Collaborates with the University of Maryland to create and develop unique programming opportunities (including the annual International Forum).
  • Co-creates monthly Phillips after 5 program with cross-departmental collaboration between public programming, special events, marketing, and membership.
  • Works with the Chief Diversity Officer to develop equitable, inclusive, and diverse programming opportunities at the Phillips and satellite locations.
  • Collaborates with Development staff to craft engaging proposals, donor cultivation strategies, grant writing and reporting.
  • Oversees budgets for public programs and visitor engagement initiatives.
  • Directs annual reporting and evaluation research related to principal functions.
  • Maintains, synthesizes, and applies current knowledge and research on museum programming and practice; researches exhibitions and the permanent collection to support visitor engagement.
  • Supervises volunteers and interns in public programming.
  • Provides departmental administrative support as needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • 3-5 years of experience developing, managing, coordinating, and implementing public programs for a museum or equivalent cultural institution.
  • Strong interest in and familiarity with museums, art history, education, and visual culture.
  • A track record of successful event planning and execution (coordinating with external partners and day-of management experience).
  • Demonstrated experience with engaging diverse audiences/stakeholders/constituencies
  • Demonstrated experience collaborating with external partners, including (but not limited to) cultural institutions, foundations, embassies, restaurants, musicians, independent artists and creatives, etc.
  • Budget management.
  • Ability to lead, manage, delegate, and juggle multiple priorities and simultaneously meet deadlines.
  • Ability to maintain big picture programming initiatives while maintaining minute details regarding specific programs.
  • Superior interpersonal skills with an ability to work with a range of individuals and departments to adapt and exceed visitor expectations.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills.
  • Appreciation and understanding for the important history and public mission of The Phillips Collection.
The Phillips Collection is an equal opportunity employer and administers all employment decisions and personnel actions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic disposition or carrier status, marital status, veteran status, personal appearance, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, or any other category protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.

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This job posted by MERC from January 27 through April 28.

Romare Bearden Graduate Museum Fellowship

Saint Louis Art Museum
St Louis, Missouri, USA

The Romare Bearden Graduate Museum Fellowship is a 12-month museum paid fellowship that seeks outstanding candidates from backgrounds historically underrepresented in professional positions at art museums and who are more representative of the growing diversity of the American people. The cross-departmental position gives beginning professionals opportunities to work with various departments including possible assignments in research, public programming, interpretive materials development, marketing, curatorial and audience development. Specific assignments are tailored to the Museum’s needs and the Fellow’s skills and interests.

Eligible candidates must have completed at least one year of graduate school by June 2019 in art history, art education, museum studies, or related fields. Applicant must have good written and verbal communication skills, be able to work independently and manage multiple assignments.

The Romare Bearden Fellow receives $36,395 annual salary, full time benefits package along with moving and educational travel allowances.

Candidates must complete the on-line application at, upload a cover letter explaining your interest in the fellowship, a resume, a writing sample in a humanities area not to exceed 1500 words, contact information for three references (academic and professional), and undergraduate and graduate transcripts (copies are acceptable). Only complete applications will be reviewed.

March 22, 2019

July 15, 2019 – July 31, 2020

Submission Questions:
Saint Louis Art Museum

Fellowship Questions:
Renee Franklin at;
(314) 655-5437


All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.

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This job posted by MERC from January 18 through March 22.