Head Preparator

Michael Rosenfeld Gallery

Head Preparator:

We are currently seeking a full-time individual who will lead a staff of preparators in the execution of all exhibitions/installations, client viewings, and art fairs, while managing our Chelsea inventory rooms and off-site storage.


Michael Rosenfeld Gallery operates at the highest level of excellence and this preparator will oversee the following duties that include but are not limited to:


  • Oversees and participates in the installation/ de-installation of all exhibitions in the Gallery, client homes and art fairs, working with the Director and Registrar to coordinate all phases of planning and implementation by staff and contractors

  • Assesses art works to determine appropriate installation gear, crates, mechanical supports, vitrines, pedestals, hardware, or other needs; coordinates the fabrication or purchase of these items as needed

  • Supervises the construction of temporary display walls and exhibition furniture, installation of all media equipment, lighting of exhibitions, and installation of graphics, including signage and labels


  • Executes daily maintenance of the gallery

  • Assigns preparators daily tasks and monitors workflow to ensure activity is being performed correctly and effectively

  • Coordinates and implements proper training for preparators per Gallery standards and expectations

  • Locates, hires, schedules, and supervises contractors as needed

  • Regularly re-examines structure and working methods. Recommends and implements changes, remaining up-to-date on institutional safety standards and ensuring these are implemented within the department

  • Maintains and organizes inventory of all equipment and hardware and coordinates timely purchase of required departmental supplies

  • Performs other duties as assigned



  • BA, MA, or MFA in studio art, art history, architecture, design, or related field required.

  • Minimum of 5-7 years of experience in exhibition planning, preparation and management in a public gallery, museum, or equivalent is required.

  • Thorough knowledge of Museum standards for packing, crating, handling, installing, and housing artworks.

  • Thorough knowledge of and hands-on experience with architectural planning and execution, building and construction, and display, lighting, and media.

  • Familiarity with security measures and loss-prevention techniques.

  • Physical abilities to perform the essential functions of the job, including working at elevated heights.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; aptitude for quick learning, problem solving and teamwork, as well as informed on contemporary issues and artistic concerns.

How to Apply

Please send your resume and cover letter to: mrgjobapplications@gmail.com

Please also include a detailed description of a project that you managed and executed successfully in a previous role. Include details of the conception, execution, and why you believe it was successful.

Posted on February 6