Experienced Art Handler - Full Time

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 looking to hire an experienced FULL-TIME art handler who is a hardworking, detail-oriented team player. You must be able to work and communicate efficiently and effectively in a fast-paced environment and must have a minimum of 2 years of fine art handling experience in a fine art shipping/logistics company or at a major gallery/museum. You must be available for a full time, Monday through Friday job.

The ideal candidate is a self-starter, yet can take direction and maintain a high standard of quality and accuracy at all times. Downing Frames is known for excellence and quality and you would be playing a vital role in a team of highly-trained art handlers and frame builders.


Daily responsibilities:

  • Handle framed and unframed artwork safely

  • Securely wrap framed and unframed artwork for local and international transport

  • Pack crates with artwork and foam

  • Open crates and safely remove artwork

  • Order packing materials as needed

  • Assist Frame Design department in handling, condition reporting & safely storing art

  • Clean and organize the frame fitting area


Applicant must:

  • Be able to lift and carry 4 x 6’ sheets of material & large frames safely (up to approx 75lbs)

  • Identify and solve problems as they arise

  • Possess a clear understanding of art inspection and ability to create condition reports

  • Have knowledge of and skill with a wide variety of hardware and tools

  • Have strong math skills

  • Include 3 professional references that we may email

How to Apply

Please send us your resume in PDF FORMAT ONLY with the subject line: FULL TIME EXPERIENCED ART HANDLER

Do not attach a cover letter. In the body of the email, please emphasize any specific skills or experience which may be relevant in your cover letter, such as specialized handling, complex installation, client interaction, condition reporting, registration, crate building, etc: nic@downingframes.com

Please do not call the studio. Applications that do not follow this format will not be reviewed. Due to the volume of applicants, only successful contacts will be contacted.

Posted on January 4