Chief Preparator – Penn State

The Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State is seeking applicants for the position of Chief Preparator.  This is a full-time staff position reporting directly to the Assistant Director. This is a professional position that requires considerable experience and expertise in art handling, preparation, and installation, as well as mastery of specialized skills, strategic thinking, and knowledge of best practices in the field of museum preparation. The Chief Preparator supervises and coordinates the installation of permanent collection displays and temporary exhibitions; oversees the preparation and maintenance of gallery spaces (including painting, lighting, and exhibition furniture); matting, framing, and mounting works of art; and preparation of budgets for maintaining and upgrading design, exhibition furniture, framing, gallery lighting, and shop supplies. This position directs and supervises a full-time preparator.  As a collaborative member of the exhibition leadership team, the Chief Preparator will strive to accomplish the museum’s mission and to support its strategic direction as set by the Director and the senior leadership of the university.  Extensive experience in fine art handling and installation, with a minimum of five years’ experience in a museum or gallery setting.  Supervisory experience and familiarity with principles of exhibition design are strongly preferred.  Willingness to work occasional evening and weekend hours.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Open until filled. Information about the salary range and full benefits package are available through the portal.

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