Museum Associate Preparator

University of Oklahoma

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Exhibition installation, preparation, maintenance & disassembly to include hanging artwork using museum standards for handling art in safe manner, and planning for the order and purchase of prep supplies, frames, and other exhibition preparation materials. On and offsite exhibition installations.


Work closely with museum registrar and curators in all areas of collection care. This includes working closely with registrars, curators, couriers, university administration, museum administration, guest curators, donors, and lendors.

Work closely with museum registrar and curators in all areas of collection care.

Pack and crate art work and at times transport artwork. Construct crates for art shipping.

Matting and framing of artwork.

Design and construct exhibition furniture, including mounts and pedestals for artwork.

General painting and patching of gallery walls.

Prepare orders/purchase of prep supplies, frames and other exhibition preparation materials.

Responsible for maintaining and changing light bulbs in museum galleries as needed.

Assist staff members with set up and break down of tables or equipment for events.

Other duties as assigned.


Bachelor Degree, and/or combination of work experience and education,


0-18 months museum exhibition experience


Able to work well with interdepartmental teams and initiatives

Knowledge in the areas of art handling and installation

Design and construction skills necessary for crates and exhibition furniture

Matting and framing knowledge and experience

Exhibition gallery design

Knowledge of conservation requirements/standards for artwork and museums

Critical thinking

Knowledge of mount making

Woodworking skills

Ability to work under deadlines and pressure


Driver’s license to drive university vehicles

Advertised Physical Requirements:

Ability to lift 50 pounds. Must be able to climb, crouch, pull, push, reach, stand, engage in repetitive motions, communicate, hear, including receiving detailed information orally, see including color, depth, perception, and clarity and grasp.

Departmental Preferences:

Bachelors degree in art or related field preferred.

MFA degree preferred.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit a complete application that includes the application form, resume and cover letter. Apply at

The University of Oklahoma is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Posted on June 11