Experienced Frame Fitter for High End Frame Shop

Downing Frames, Inc

Downing Frames is a contemporary art framing studio specializing in the fabrication of handmade, museum-quality frames in NYC. We are looking to add a full-time experienced frame fitter who is a hardworking, detail-oriented team player. The ideal candidate works efficiently and effectively in a fast-paced environment.

The applicant that we hire will have at least 5 years of framing experience and knowledge of archival hinging materials and techniques. You must be available for a Monday through Friday full-time job.


Basic daily responsibilities include:

Fitting high-end art into custom frames

Art handling/packing art

Additional responsibilities include:

Cutting mat boards to size

Cutting Museum Glass

Cutting spacers / fillets

Making boxes for shipping art

Installing frame glazing and fillets



5+ years of on-the-job experience fitting high-end artwork

Ability to read and understand frame designs

Experience handling and packing art

Confident with hand-held power tools such as drills

Preference to experience with framing for extremely valuable art for high-end clients

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience cutting windows in 8 and 12 ply boards with Fletcher mat cutter

Experience stretching canvases

Understanding of mounting processes and materials

Understanding of different hinging techniques

Experience fitting acrylic boxes

Art conservation knowledge is a plus

How to Apply

Please email your resume in PDF FORMAT ONLY with the subject line: EXPERIENCED FRAME FITTER to nic@downingframes.com.

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

Include 3 professional references (email addresses) that we may contact.

  • Applications that do not follow this format will not be reviewed.

  • Please do not call the studio.

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Posted on September 27