Interim Exhibition Designer

Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA)

The Interim Exhibition Designer at the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) collaborates closely with the curators, artists, and exhibitions project managers to develop design concepts and plans for temporary exhibitions. Using scaled images of objects, prepares accurate drawings to-scale in VectorWorks, AutoCad, Sketchup, InDesign and Adobe CS, including layout of walls and elevations, casework and casework layouts, color and lighting schemes, for each exhibition. Creates three dimensional models, quick concept sketches and renderings as needed.

Responsibilities

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Works closely and communicates regularly with the Director of Installation, preparators, conservators, fabricators and mount-makers during the design planning, construction, and installation process.

  • Consults with curator, conservators, registrars and security to determine the methods, materials and display techniques for the safe and secure presentation of artworks.

  • Provides detailed drawings-to-scale of exhibition furniture, architectural details, risers, platforms, mounts, fabric, etc. to conservation standards; ensures lender display requirements are fulfilled.

  • Develops exhibitions lighting design plans in collaboration with the museum Lighting Designer. Plans design for installation of media artworks in collaboration with the A/V Technician.

  • Develops construction and production drawings for contractors, fabricators, and other vendors.

  • Collaborates with graphic designers, technology and education interpretation on graphic, technology and interpretive elements of each exhibition.

  • Collaborates with facilities, visitor services and educations to ensure designs meet institutional standards for visitor interaction and comply with all facilities standards as well as applicable laws and ordinances.

  • Develops cohesive creative plan for and executes all in-gallery graphics. Collaborates with the Marketing department as needed on exhibition graphic identities and institutional style guides.

  • Actively participates in the exhibition installation, making aesthetic decisions regarding presentation and lighting of artworks in consultation with curator.

  • Ensures that departmental practices remain in accordance with design industry standards; employs leading design programs and stays current with technological advancements.

  • Represents current knowledge of accessibility best practices to meet and exceed Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.

  • Works closely with the Exhibitions department to develop and stay within schedule and approved budgets.

  • Provides layouts and architectural details to tour venues, artists, and guest designers, as requested as well as final exhibition layouts after installation for staff use

  • Reports to the Senior Director of Exhibitions and Program Alignment

Requirements

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • MA / MFA in design, studio arts, architecture or similar, with 3+ years museum design experience

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Strong understanding of art museum aesthetics and design vision for encyclopedic art collection displays. Knowledge and understanding of visitor experience standards and best practices

  • Proficiency in Adobe CS, Vectorworks, Sketchup and AutoCAD; TMS and project management software experience preferred

  • Capability to work with both Metric and Imperial measurements

  • Ability to interpret and provide instructions in written, oral, diagram or schedule form

  • Maintains workflow according to project schedules, with a variety of tasks and deadlines

  • Ability to solve problems and prioritize needs in a variety of situations when immediate decisions may be necessary

  • Highly collaborative and exceptional interpersonal skills

  • Excellent visual, written and verbal communication skills

  • Knowledge of museum display standards

BENEFITS

The BMA is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are committed to building a culturally diverse staff and strongly encourage all qualified professionals to apply.

We offer a competitive salary and a generous benefits package. For this exempt position we offer medical, dental, vision, prescription, 403b retirement plan with matching contributions, long term disability, flexible spending account, flexible and condensed scheduling, museum and restaurant discounts, and reduced fee gym membership. We also offer accrued vacation, holidays, personal days, floating holidays, and sick days.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter with salary requirements and CV/resume to HR@artbma.org with “Interim Exhibition Designer” your first and last name in the subject line.

Incomplete application materials will not be considered.

No phone calls please.

Position will be posted until filled.

Posted on January 8