Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami

ICA Miami is accepting applications for a part-time Preparator. The expected weekly time commitment is 20 hours per week, with an increase to 40 hours per week during installation and de- installation periods (periods and frequency vary depending on the exhibition schedule and nature of the exhibitions).


The duties and responsibilities of the position will consist of the following.

  • Oversee effective exhibition installations and de- installations;

  • Seek out creative solutions for exhibition making with Exhibition team;

  • Submit budget proposals related to labor and fabrication costs, as well as budgets for any contract labor;

  • Liaison with vendors as necessary to support Exhibition team;

  • Supervise exhibition contractors and act as liaison between contractors and ICA Miami exhibition staff;

  • Ensure all exhibition installations and de-installations adhere to safety standards and comply with AAM standards and OSHA regulations;

  • Ensure that exhibition team is equipped with proper material for installation and de-installation in advance of service;

  • Conduct daily reviews of exhibition spaces and perform touchups as needed;

  • Assist in special projects;

  • Oversee, in consultation with the Director of Exhibitions and Collections, the security of all artwork and gallery spaces;

  • Manage and oversee ICA Miami’s warehouse space; and

  • Assist with the management of artwork in storage.


Knowledge of:

  • Art storage and display methods, techniques, and procedures;

  • Proper Art packing and crating methods;

  • Art/museum security systems and procedures;

  • Principles and practices of museum exhibit and display design, construction and finishing, carpentry work, alterations and repairs;

  • Lighting techniques in a gallery setting;

  • The occupational hazards and safety precautions of the trade; and

  • Exhibit installation and hanging.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Project management principles, practices, techniques, and tools;

  • Effectively communicate with others in producing desired exhibitions;

  • Work under the pressure of deadlines;

  • Maintain effective supervisory relationships;

  • Make effective decisions impacting projects;

  • Determine labor, equipment, and material costs on projects;

  • Handle and install works of art in all media;

  • Solve construction and display problems;

  • Be flexible in context of changing schedules and designs;

  • Work with a wide range of artists in different media (including electronic media) to resolve installation concerns in a timely and courteous manner; and

  • Work with fabricators, artists and curators on artwork and installation projects.

Physical Requirements

  • While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently required to stop, reach, stand, walk, lift, pull, push, grasp, communicate, and use repetitive motions;

  • While performing the duties of this potions, the employee may frequently lift and or move 25 pounds of materials;

  • The position requires the individual to meet multiple demands from multiple people and interact with the public and other staff.

How to Apply

Please send your resume and a cover letter to

Posted on October 12