Frame Designer for High-End Custom Frame Company

Downing Frames, Inc

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At Downing Frames, we specialize in custom-built, handmade frames using museum quality framing practices in Long Island City, Queens.

We are seeking an experienced Frame Designer to join our growing design team. The Designer is a hardworking, detail-oriented, team player. They are able to work and communicate efficiently and effectively with clarity and professionalism in a fast-paced environment. Precise skills in art handling and inventory management are paramount.

This is a full-time salary position.


The Designer works closely with artists, galleries, collectors and artists estates choosing framing designs that complement the work and keep it safe utilizing strict museum quality standards.

They will maintain the inventory of incoming and outgoing artworks, complete condition reports, create framing quotes and invoices, and accurately enter artwork information into our database. They will also work closely with our Logisitics and Administrative Coordinator in both art handling and communication with clients.

  • Minimum of two-years as a registrar, frame designer or other art inventory management experience

  • Considerable on the job experience of art handling is a MUST

  • High school graduation supplemented by completion of formal or practical vocational training or Associate’s degree or any equivalent combination of training and experience

  • Specific coursework in art

  • Knowledge of tools and materials such as adhesives, primers, rollers, cardboard, poly, foam, screws, drill bits, drivers, etc.

  • Photography knowledge is a plus

  • Experience working as a frame designer is a plus, but adjacent experience with framing is acceptable


  • Communication proficiency

  • Organizational skills

  • Time management

  • Process improvement

  • Decision making

  • Quality management/control

  • Excellent numeracy

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. This position is very active and requires standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, and crouching. The employee will have to lift and/or move items over 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a resume in PDF format only to with the subject line Frame Designer. Do not submit a cover letter. Instead please tell us why you are interested in the position and why we should select you.

Please do not call the studio.

Posted on August 13