Art Handler

21c Museum Hotels

The Art Handler is responsible for all aspects of museum exhibition preparation, installation, and transportation, and helps oversee the safe handling of all artworks in the 21c collection, including incoming and outgoing loans. The position requires a broad variety of experience, flexibility, and demonstrable hands-on abilities with a range of tasks. Exhibition-related tasks include proper art handling, installation and de-installation. In collaboration with the entire museum team, the Art Handler acts as a custodian for collection and loaned objects. Under the directive of the Director of Collections and Collections Manager, the Art Handler may also assist with collection work including art packing and unpacking, assembly and disassembly of artworks, preparing works for exhibition, shipping and receiving, and other collection-related projects.

Must be willing to travel to install and deinstall exhibitions for duration ranging from 1-2 days to 2 weeks, multiple times a year. Position also requires driving heavy-duty trucks over long distances and occasional work on weekends and evenings.


o Installation, movement, storage and preparation of works of art in galleries and storage areas.

o Lighting and label/vinyl installation

o Construction of packs/crates based on needs of individual works. Work with Collections Manager to determine proper packing materials and requirements.

o Assist in the retrofitting of previously constructed crates.

o Packing and unpacking of artworks.

o Pull works for exhibition and stage them in an efficient and organized manner.

o Assess condition and test artworks prior to exhibitions under supervision of Collections Manager and/or Director of Collections.

o Working under the guidance of the Director of Collections and Collections Manager, update, format and maintain crate labels, object transfer forms and bills of lading for artworks in collection, as well as, incoming and outgoing loans.

o Communicate efficiently and effectively with museum team.

o Move crated/packed works on and off trucks.

o Maintenance of the museum’s tools, hardware, and other equipment.


o One to two years of museum or gallery experience.

o Demonstration of organizational skills, attention to detail, ability to focus on tasks, and ability to communicate effectively.

o Ability to follow instructions and to quickly and safely accomplish tasks.

o Experience installing a wide variety of artworks, including digital media works.

o Experience with condition reports.

o Knowledge of design and construction of museum exhibits; lighting concepts and systems; safety regulations, practices, and procedures; and ADA requirements.

o Knowledge of art handling procedures for two- and three-dimensional art objects in a variety of materials, sizes, and weights.

o Knowledge in using the standard tools, practices and methods used in painting, rough and finish carpentry as well as cabinet work.

o Experience with the use and application of different materials such as various kinds of lumber, fabrics, plastics, mechanical fasteners, and adhesives.

o Must bebe able to lift up to 50 lbs.

o Interpret working drawings.

o Participate effectively as a member of a cross-functional team.

o Establish and maintain effective working relationships with museum, hotel, and restaurant staff, the general public, and representatives from other museums.

o Explain and carry out methods and procedures relating to the handling of irreplaceable art objects.

o Must be able to pass DOT required physical examinations necessary to acquire a medical examiner’s certificate from a certified medical examiner listed on the National Registry.

o Experience driving a 26’ truck and both a fork and scissor fork lift. Other duties as needed and required

How to Apply

To apply please send your resume and cover letter.

Posted on April 9