Frame Designer for High-End Custom Frame Company

Downing Frames, Inc

At Downing Frames, we specialize in custom-built, handmade frames using museum quality framing practices in Long Island City, Queens.

We are seeking a Frame Designer to join our growing Design and Production team. The Designer is able to work and communicate efficiently and effectively with clarity and professionalism in a fast-paced environment. Precise skills in art handling and inventory management are paramount.

$55,000 to $60,000 DOE


The Designer works closely with artists, galleries, collectors and artists estates choosing framing designs that complement the work and keep it safe utilizing strict museum-quality standards. They will complete condition reports, create framing quotes and invoices, and accurately enter artwork information into our database. They will also work closely with our Design Assistant and Production Manager in maintenance of the inventory of incoming and outgoing artworks, art handling, and communication with clients.


Preferred Education and Experience

  • Minimum of two-years as a registrar, frame designer or other art inventory management experience

  • Considerable on the job experience of art handling is a MUST

  • High school graduation supplemented by completion of formal or practical vocational training or Associate’s degree or any equivalent combination of training and experience

  • Specific coursework in art

  • Knowledge of tools and materials such as adhesives, primers, rollers, cardboard, poly, foam, screws, drill bits, drivers, etc.

  • Photography knowledge is a plus

  • Experience working as a frame designer is a plus, but adjacent experience with framing is acceptable


  • Communication proficiency

  • Organizational skills

  • Time management

  • Process improvement

  • Decision making

  • Quality management/control

  • Excellent numeracy

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a resume in PDF format only to with the subject line Frame Designer. Do not submit a cover letter. Instead please tell us why you are interested in the position and why we should select you.

Please do not call the studio.

Posted on June 3