Exhibitions Coordinator/Preparator

NMSU Art Museum

Oversees and coordinates activities related to developing, installing, monitoring and maintaining exhibitions, museum spaces, and day-to-day museum facilities operations. Participates in development of exhibitions concepts, designs plans, and implements exhibits, and collaborates with artists and curators to create high-quality exhibition design and responds to the needs of artwork and audience.

  • Constructs and installs exhibitions for display of artifacts, data, artwork, memorabilia, collections, including site-specific, artist-led, and traveling exhibitions.

  • Builds and maintains pedestals, cabinets, and other exhibition furniture; framing; mounting; installation of technology (video/audio/computers) and solves other elements in relation to exhibits.

  • Participates in long-term exhibit planning and development with museum staff and collaborates on exhibition production schedules, exhibition budgets and timelines.

  • Oversees handling, packing, movement/shipment, and inspection of all art objects, including permanent collections, and photographs and creates condition reports for all objects entering and leaving museums and collections.

  • Oversees the maintenance and repair of tools and equipment; estimates costs, purchases materials, equipment and supplies.

  • Prepares spaces onsite and off for exhibition related programming.

  • Manages consultants, volunteers, and student staff during installation periods and in the handling of the permanent collection.

  • Trains/teaches volunteers and students in proper art handling techniques and in preparation of museum spaces.

  • Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

  • Knowledge of building design, construction, and maintenance.

  • Must have previous construction experience related to building or maintaining drywall.

  • Must be able to sit or stand for long periods of time, lift, push, pull heavy, fragile, odd-shaped objects carefully (up to 50lbs).

  • Travels as necessary for professional development and the occasional transportation of artwork.

  • Ability and skill to safely employ the use of a variety of tools, painting equipment, aerial platform lift, palette jack, forklift, ladders, scaffolding, and other heavy equipment and to handle oversized and/or heavy art objects and exhibition material.

  • Knowledge of carpentry and electrical wiring, A/V, and digital equipment and installation.

  • Knowledge of art handling, conservation, and exhibition-related materials and standards, and museum best practices.

  • Knowledge of supplies, equipment, and/or services ordering and inventory control.

  • Ability to produce exhibition layouts and design drawings.

  • Attention to detail, ability to create and maintain production schedules, ability to prioritize, supervise and delegate efficiently for both short and long-term projects in a dynamic work environment.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite.

  • Ability to coordinate the maintenance and repair of exhibition facilities, standard artwork exhibition areas (offices and hallways) equipment, and supplies.

  • Ability to monitor and/or maintain quality control standards.

  • Ability to operate, troubleshoot, and perform routine repairs on a range of art exhibition equipment and facilities.

  • Knowledge of current exhibition theory, and standard knowledge of current museum practices and standards.

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field.

  • Two (2) years of experience related to the standard duties as outlined.

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NMSU is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Posted on February 20