Judd Foundation

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Judd Foundation

Marfa, TX

Judd Foundation maintains and preserves Donald Judd’s permanently installed living and working spaces, libraries, and archives in New York and Marfa, Texas. The Foundation promotes a wider understanding of Judd’s artistic legacy by providing access to these spaces and resources and by developing scholarly and educational programs. Judd Foundation is a 501©(3) non-profit organization.

Position Summary

Judd Foundation seeks a Preparator located in Marfa, Texas to safely handle, move and store artworks and to assist with the preservation of the permanently installed collection. The Preparator will be responsible for addressing specific care requirements of the permanently installed collection through collaboration with Judd Foundation’s Collections and Facilities staff and consulting conservator. Reporting to the Collections Manager, the Preparator will work to assist in the preparation of

outgoing loans, crating and shipping logistics, handling manuals, condition reports and cataloguing projects of uninstalled artworks. The Preparator will work closely with Facilities staff during deinstallation activities related to building restorations and for regularly scheduled maintenance of the installed spaces. The position is based at the Marfa, TX office of the Foundation.

To be successful in this role, the Preparator will be capable of customizing best possible collections care and management practices for the eighteen unique “installed spaces” where collections are located. To achieve this, collaboration with Foundation Collections and Facilities staff is crucial. The Preparator will be able to work independently and initiate recommendations and dialogue with relevant staff to ensure successful project completion. The Preparator will be comfortable with the administrative tasks of documenting works through written and photographic reports.



  • Deinstalling and re-installing permanently installed collection items as well as uncrating and re-crating artwork in storage, often oversize, requiring coordination and scheduling with Facilities staff.

  • Framing and unframing artwork and archival material.

  • Managing light levels, implementing and maintaining UV shades/blinds to windows.

  • All aspects of Integrated Pest Management; scheduling and supervising mitigation efforts.

  • Managing environmental monitoring program and uploading collected data.

  • Ordering of equipment and archival packing supplies.

  • Conduct routine gallery checks, identifying and communicating preservation needs for the permanently installed collection.

  • Photographing collection items for inventory records.

  • Documenting the condition of collection items in written and photographic reports.

  • Responding to incident reports related to collection items in installed spaces.

  • Working closely with the collections team on preventive conservation, and with the

Collections Manager to advise and assist with special projects related to the exhibition, inventory, storage, and preservation of Foundation Collections. Coordinate and physically work with Facilities team to move large artworks and collaborate for installed exhibition spaces projects.



  • High school diploma or equivalent certification or knowledge required

  • Minimum of 3 years handling art, working in an art museum, cultural institution, or alternative space

  • Experience working in non-traditional collection spaces, such as historic sites preferred

  • Experience and knowledge of safe art handling practices

  • Knowledge and understanding of conservation best practices and standards for collections care

  • Ability to operate a pallet jack, lever bar, and experience with shop machines, hand and power tools, and rental trucks

  • Ability to work independently in the collection spaces and collaboratively in project-based work

  • Good communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills

  • Experience with Filemaker databases, Microsoft Office Suite, digital photography, and Adobe suite preferred

  • Current driver’s license, ability to operate the organization’s vehicles

Working Conditions

  • This position requires extended periods of standing, walking, and working in awkward positions

  • Ability to work in high temperatures from 80-105 degrees F, and low temperatures from 30-65 degrees F

  • Ability to tolerate insects, pests, and other wildlife

  • Ability to lift 40lbs

  • Ability to carry materials over uneven terrain onsite

  • Ability to carry and climb a ladder

  • Ability to wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) such as respirators, dust masks, gloves, and Tyvek suits as required

How to Apply

Judd Foundation recognizes that not all compelling applicants will have experience in every area listed above. Successful candidates may have an equivalent combination of education, training and experience that meet the job requirements. A thorough understanding of art handling practices is required.

This position is full-time, 40-hours per week with competitive benefits including full individual healthcare. The annual salary range for the position is $45,000–$50,000, commensurate with experience.

Judd Foundation is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, disability status, familial status, or any other category protected under applicable federal, state or local law. We strongly encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply.

Procedure for Application

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to Judd Foundation Human Resources at with “Preparator” as the subject line. No phone calls, please. Due to the number of submissions, only candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

Posted on March 19