Museum Preparator Duties
This is responsible professional work in maintaining a
collection of works of art for exhibitions. Work involves
preparing a variety of artistic materials for display, sorting
objects not on display, and assisting with preparing works of
art arriving and leaving the museum.
An employee allocated to this class of work coordinates
activities closely with the curators, guest curators and
registrar of the museum. Work is reviewed by the museum director
through the observation of results obtained.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Packs and unpacks art objects, keeps adequate related supplies
Instructs other employees on proper handling and preparation
Builds containers or contracts for outside assembly of such,
after working with registrar on developing specifications.
Prepares art via matting, mounting, framing, and making minor
repairs with director's approval.
Works with director and curators in planning and designing
installations. Prepares scale drawings and models.
Installs exhibitions in the galleries.
Installs labels and didactic wall copy.
Builds props, screen-prints and signs.
Contracts for the painting of gallery walls, electrical wiring,
and other facility requirements.
Assesses need for building maintenance and repairs and monitors
performance of maintenance personnel.
Keeps records of temperature and relative humidity within the
Conducts periodic evacuation drills for staff.
Responsible for daily security and lock-up of building.
Performs related work as required.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a
masters degree in fine arts, art history or a related field with
a minimum of two to three years of experience working with
museum exhibitions and collections.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Thorough knowledge of preparing works of art for display.
Thorough knowledge of cleaning frames, matting frames and
Thorough knowledge of wood working, metal working, casting and
Considerable knowledge of designing, fabrications, construction
and installation of museum exhibits.
Substantial knowledge of artistic material and processes, as
well as display and lighting techniques.
Material knowledge of physical plant operations.
Ability to supervise the work of others.
Ability to establish and maintain effective, tactful, and
courteous working relationships with fellow employees, faculty
members, department heads and the general public.