Art Gallery Preparator

United Talent Agency

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United Talent Agency (UTA) is seeking an Art Gallery Preparator in our Los Angeles office. The Art Gallery Preparator ensures that UTA Artist Space in Beverly Hills runs effectively and efficiently. This includes performing art-handling, fabrication, transportation, and audio-visual related duties to support frequently rotating exhibitions. Candidate must be able to efficiently multitask while working in a busy environment. Attention to detail, excellent communication, and creative problem-solving skills are required.

UTA Fine Arts are the agency’s experts on the world of art. The team works with contemporary artists whose work intersects with entertainment, media, and culture. UTA Artist Space solidifies UTA’s reputation as a forward-thinking agency devoted to expanding and redefining the role of talent and literary agencies globally.

The role will pay an annual base salary of $55,000 - $65,000

About UTA

UTA unites ideas, opportunities and talent. The company represents some of the world’s most iconic, barrier-breaking artists, creators and change makers—from actors, athletes and musicians to writers, gamers and digital influencers. One of the most influential companies in global entertainment, UTA’s business spans talent representation, content production, as well as strategic advisory and marketing work with some of the world’s biggest brands. Affiliated companies include Digital Brand Architects, KLUTCH Sports Group, Curtis Brown Group, and MediaLink. UTA is headquartered in Los Angeles with offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Nashville, New York and London.

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UTA and its Affiliated Companies are Equal Employment Opportunity employers and welcome all job seekers including individuals with disabilities and veterans with disabilities.


What You’ll Do

  • Perform the unpacking/packing, logging, preparation, and installation/de-installation of artwork and exhibit related elements.

  • Transport artwork through hallways, elevators, galleries, offices, private residences and outdoors, including the safe and secure loading/unloading of vehicles. Direct crews in safe loading and unloading of trucks and movement of art.

  • Install graphics, signage, labels, and lighting.

  • Assist with the interpretation of drawings and plans and the preparation, fabrication, and finishing of elements related to exhibitions and installations.

  • Perform basic fabrication and construction related tasks such as painting, patching, framing, sheetrocking, taping/mudding, sanding, finishing, and assembling.

  • Assist in the installation and de-installation of time-based/new media-based artwork and other audio-visual and technical elements related to exhibitions.

  • Maintain accurate records of artwork movement and condition.

  • Maintain organized and clean storage and exhibition spaces. Ensure that tools and vehicles are maintained, and that supplies are consistently stocked.


What You’ll Need

  • Minimum of two (2) years of professional experience working as an art handler, fabricator, carpenter, or A/V tech at museums, galleries, design/build firms, academic institutions, etc.

  • Able to work independently or in a team setting with a high level of attention to detail, sense of urgency, and ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines.

  • Working knowledge of gallery/museum best practices and standards in handling artworks (during transportation, unpacking, condition reporting, and hanging) and in installing and de-installing artwork (hanging, rigging, anchor types and installation methods, security hardware types and installation, etc.)

  • Working knowledge of audio-visual and lighting equipment.

  • Experience with Microsoft Office. Experience with Adobe CS, ArtLogic, AirTable, Sketchup and/or other relevant design and data management software a plus.

  • Excellent communication and listening skills.

  • Professional demeanor when interacting with staff, collaborators, vendors, and artists; including but not limited to safe/proper dress code.

License to operate a motor vehicle. Additional licenses for the operation of specialized vehicles a plus.

  • Proficiency with moving and lift equipment including but not limited to staging dollies, a-frames, painting carts, pallet jacks, and scissor lifts.

  • Proficiency with a variety of tools including but not limited to non-electrical hand tools and various portable and stationary power tools.

  • Ability to calculate measurements and assess capacities. Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to interpret miscellaneous drawings and schematics.

  • Ability to work nights and weekends as needed.