Reporting to the Director of Collections and Exhibitions, the Exhibition Designer will manage the design and production for the High’s collection galleries and special exhibition projects. All duties will be approached in a manner consistent with the High’s commitment to growth, inclusivity, collaboration and connectivity.
Manages the overall exhibition design process of collection galleries and special exhibitions, working closely and collaboratively with museum staff and third parties such as artists, lenders, co-organizers, vendors. (60%)
Uses current technology to design and produce exhibition scaled floor plans and elevations including layout of walls, casework, specific detailed object placement (case layouts) and color schemes in consultation with design team and curator of record.
Creates three dimensional models, quick concept sketches and renderings.
Collaborates with Creative Services, Multi-Media Technology and Education Interpretation on graphic, technology and interpretive elements of each exhibition or installation.
Working with Exhibitions and Preparator departments, develops the schedule for construction and object installation in galleries and actively participates in the installation, making aesthetic decisions regarding presentation and lighting of artworks in consultation with curator(s). (30%)
Develops construction and production drawings for contractors, fabricators, and other vendors; supervises vendors on site.
Coordinates contract bidding, generating contracts and managing and tracking payments
Manages exhibition and project budget expenses related to the design and production of exhibition and project installations (10%)
Budget forecasting, managing, and reconciling of expenses for each project.
Documents each installation and special exhibition.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education and Experience:
BA/BFA or MA/MFA in architecture, industrial design or studio arts or other relevant field
5 to 10 years museum design experience.
Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite and AutoCAD, TMS preferred
Knowledge of museum display standards
Skills and Abilities:
Ability to interpret and provide instructions in written, oral, diagram or schedule form.
Maintains workflow according to project schedules, with a variety of tasks and deadlines
Ability to solve problems and prioritize needs in a variety of situations when immediate decisions may be necessary.
Highly collaborative and exceptional interpersonal skills
Physical Demands/Work Environment:
The work environment and physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Some standing, walking, bending, frequent use of hands, stooping and light lifting (at least 10 pounds) is needed.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.