Art Handler/Installer

Virginia Commonwealth University

The Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), designed by the renowned Steven Holl Architects, invites applications for multiple part-time art handler/installers.

Art Handler/Installers will report directly to the Lead Preparator, and assist the Lead Preparator with delivery/receiving and installation/deinstallation of artworks and preparation and maintenance of exhibition spaces. Responsibilities may also include: construction of exhibition furniture and crates; packing and fitting crates, and assistance with inventory control and maintenance of tools and equipment.

Art Handlers/Installers will generally work during the 6-8 week installation and deinstallation periods between the ICA’s three-per-year exhibition cycle, with other hours as required.

Art Handers/Installers work closely with and provide support and assistance to the ICA’s Curatorial Production Manager, the Director of Facilities, Installation, and Exhibition Design, and Acting Registrar.

Responsibilities

Prepare and organize tools and equipment required for installation and deinstallation

Assist in the inventory maintenance of consumable exhibition materials

Assist with incoming and outgoing art and equipment shipments

Prepare gallery spaces for exhibition, including: painting and patching

Assist in the construction and preparation of exhibition furniture and crates

Prepare and install exhibition furniture

Prepare, move, and install artworks, at the direction of the Lead Preparator

Under the supervision of the Lead Preparator, assist artists who are on-site for installation/deinstallation

Assist with the installation of A/V equipment, including speakers, monitors, and projectors

Assist with lighting placement

Install labels, signage and other didactic materials

Other duties as assigned

Requirements

Demonstrated experience with hands-on installation and deinstallation of complex, preferably contemporary, art work

Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with museum best practices for object care and handling, packing and moving of artworks, and appropriate display techniques

Strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills

Demonstrated experience working with exhibitions teams

Good organizational and time management skills

Ability to work in physically demanding situations, including heavy lifting up to 50 pounds and working at heights

Flexibility to work nights and weekends

Preferred Qualifications:

Current driver’s license

Proficiency in carpentry fabrication and production

Demonstrated experience with workshop skills and safety, including using hand and power tools

Demonstrated experience with/licensure in the use of: forklifts, scissor lifts, scaffolding, and rigging

A/V installation and troubleshooting experience

Additional Information

Art Handlers/Installers will generally work during the 6-8 week installation and deinstallation periods between the ICA’s three-per-year exhibition cycle, with other hours as required.

Work is intermittent with recurring shifts.