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Museum Preparator Duties

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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.


Packs and unpacks art objects, keeps adequate related supplies on hand.

Instructs other employees on proper handling and preparation techniques.

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 facility.

Conducts periodic evacuation drills for staff.

Responsible for daily security and lock-up of building.

Performs related work as required.


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.


Thorough knowledge of preparing works of art for display.

Thorough knowledge of cleaning frames, matting frames and hanging exhibitions.

Thorough knowledge of wood working, metal working, casting and electrical circuits.

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.



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