Exhibition Carpenter and Assistant Preparator

Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Position Description

The Exhibition Carpenter and Assistant Preparator coordinates the daily activities of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art (ACMAA) woodshop, maintains shop equipment, supplies, inventory items, and storage areas. They produce picture frames and display fixtures and provide carpentry and construction design. When not engaged with projects or maintenance at the woodshop/warehouse, they work at the Museum to perform preparation, installation, and maintenance of collections and exhibitions and galleries and assists with art shipments. This position requires work to be done onsite full time.

Responsibilities

Responsibilities

Oversee the safe operation of woodshop equipment; train and supervise staff in the proper use of shop tools, equipment, and related safety procedures as necessary. Order and maintain lumber and supplies using museum budgetary guidelines.

Produce picture frames as directed by Sr Preparator/Prep Lab Manager. Assist with the design and production of display and interpretation fixtures as directed by the Collection Manager.

Assist the IPS department with record keeping for the casework, vitrine, crate, and frame inventories.

Assist with the installation, receiving, shipping, and general handling of works of art as directed. Adhere to exhibition schedules and shipping deadlines.

Assist with the matting and framing of works of art in the permanent collection for exhibition, photography, storage, and loans.

Clean, paint and/or refinish display walls and fixtures in exhibition areas.

Conduct scheduled gallery inspections to ensure that works of art are secure, properly displayed, and clean.

Maintain records pertaining to the equipment and supplies in the ACMAA woodshop; maintain inventory of items in the IPS storage areas at the 222 Warehouse. Submit recommendations for repairs or new shop equipment to the Collection Manager for budgetary consideration.

Perform museum courier duties when requested.

Provide technical assistance for the construction of approved projects designed for galleries or public spaces for other departments as time allows.

Maintain confidentiality regarding all proprietary museum information.

Other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities

None

Skills and Requirements

Demonstrated carpentry skills; knowledge of casework construction, packing materials, crate design and construction; use of cements, glues, paints, and solvents.

Experience using hand and power tools; general mechanical skills.

Commitment to the proper care of works of art and awareness of preservation, storage, and handling techniques.

Experience handling, matting, and framing works of art a plus.

Must be able to work from ladders and move objects safely, able to operate equipment, able to lift and move items up to 50 lbs.

Computer proficiency with MS Office products. The design software Vectorworks to be learned on the job.

Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.

Familiarity with various mounting techniques used by the Amon Carter Museum of American Art.

Demonstrated understanding of safely and physically moving artwork, tools, equipment, and self within restricted areas (vaults, galleries, etc.) and public areas (galleries, offices, hallways, etc.) when the museum is both open and closed to the public.

Key Characteristics/Traits

Demonstrated commitment to the preservation of the collection and standards of exhibition excellence.

Ability to maintain effective working relationships internally and externally, which includes demonstrating a pleasant, courteous, and professional demeanor and presence at all times. Ability to meet scheduled deadlines and work well under pressure.

Ability to work well with others; willingness to learn, follow instructions, and work as a team member.

Ability to work flexible schedule as needed.

Requirements

Qualifications/Education

B.F.A. or equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.

Minimum five years related art museum, gallery, or fine carpentry experience preferred.

Other Job Requirements

Must be available for travel as required.

Must successfully complete MVR, post-offer background, and drug screen.

Transportation to and from the Museum and Warehouse, a daily requirement.