Lead Preparator

Frye Art Museum

The Frye Art Museum is a living legacy of visionary patronage and civic responsibility, committed to artistic inquiry and a rich visitor experience. A catalyst for our engagement with contemporary art and artists is the Founding Collection of Charles and Emma Frye, access to which shall always be free.

THE POSITION: Lead Preparator

DEPARTMENT: Exhibition Design and Installation

REPORTS TO: Manager, Exhibition Design and Production

SUPERVISES: On-call preparators as needed


STATUS: Full-time (28 – 35 hours per week)

BENEFITS: Full benefits including medical, dental, PTO accrual, 403(b) and more


The Frye Art Museum is seeking a flexible and detail-oriented team player to join the Exhibition team. The Lead preparator will assist the Manager, Exhibition Design and Production with the planning and implementation of exhibition needs. The Lead Preparator will also take a leadership position with managing planning on particular installation projects as well as managing a team of on-call preparators in collaboration with the Manager, Exhibition Design and Production. This position will also maintain and improve shop, prep, and storage areas. The Lead Preparator also works with the Collections and Registration team on the movement, storage, and maintenance of works in the collection or on-loan.

  • Packing/unpacking and handling art including flatworks and objects

  • Designing and building crates and other packing as-needed

  • Producing drawings for and fabricating museum furniture

  • Testing and setting up A.V. equipment

  • Matting and framing

  • Maintaining the woodshop and improving storage areas

  • Organizing and tracking AV inventory

  • Assisting Exhibition Designer with model and other layout planning

  • Collections storage and maintenance

  • Gallery maintenance

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience preparing and installing exhibits in a museum setting

  • Hand tools such as drills, circular saws, and sanders

  • Woodshop tools such as the table saw and chop saw

  • Matting and framing

  • Mount-making

  • Familiarity with archival materials and best museum practices

  • Overhead rigging and suspension

  • A.V. planning and installation including projectors and sound systems

  • Pedestal and other museum furniture design and fabrication

  • Wall building and demolition

  • Wall painting

  • Shop maintenance & organization

  • Outlook, Microsoft Word, Photoshop, SketchUp


In-between installs: Tuesdays – Fridays 8:30-4:30

During Installs: Monday – Friday 8:30 – 4:30

Possibly on-call on weekends as gallery tech (to be negotiated)


Work areas are inside, in a climate-controlled environment with light background noise. Work may require long periods of sustained standing during Museum events.

The incumbent will be expected to diligently and consistently comply with all health and safety protocols related to the pandemic.

The Frye Art Museum will consider reasonable accommodations for those applicants with disabilities who may need reasonable accommodation to perform the essential functions/duties. Please contact the Human Resources Department (jobs@fryemuseum.org) for additional information.

How to Apply

Candidates should send cover letter and resume with “Job Position” in the subject line to smontgomery@fryemuseum.org. In your email, explain how you meet or exceed the minimum qualifications, describe your current availability, and tell us why you would make an excellent addition to our team!

No phone calls please.

This job summary is a summary of the primary duties and responsibilities of this role at the Frye Art Museum. Employees must maintain a high degree of flexibility in our rapidly changing environment and, as such, may be required to perform additional duties beyond the scope described here from time to time.

Posted on May 17