Lead Installer/Preparator (SHRA Staff) – Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Appalachian State University

Position Number: 088351

Salary Range: $35,000 – $42,912

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Position Description:

The Lead Installer/Preparator is a curatorial specialist position at Appalachian State University. This position is instrumental to the implementation of the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts’ programming through the supervision of and participation in all technical and mechanical aspects for the preparation and installation/de-installation of approximately 12-15 exhibitions per year in 6 changing gallery spaces and additional interior and exterior sites across campus (Smith Gallery – Summer installation in conjunction with An Appalachian Summer Festival and the Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition), as they relate to the Center’s mission.

The Installation Manager, Lead Installer/Preparator reports directly to the Curator and works closely with the Collections Manager at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts and is a vital member of the Turchin Center’s curatorial team attending all team meetings for the planning and implementation of exhibitions as this position is responsible for the installation and de-installation of all exhibitions, while actively participating in the movement, hanging, and placement of artwork in the Center and across campus. The Lead Installer/Preparator supervises all technical aspects of the Center’s art handling projects including the safe transport of all incoming and outgoing loans, as well as the daily art movement of the museum’s collection and temporary exhibitions, as well as overseeing all storage and work facilities throughout the center’s various buildings. Additionally, the Lead Installer designs wall and label text for each installation in conjunction with the Curator. 

Specific responsibilities include:

Installation Responsibilities:

·      Facilitates the installation and de-installation of exhibitions including site-specific and new media installations using museum best practices

·      Manages the receiving, shipping, handling, packing, and storage of artworks according to museum standards, including the design and implementation of long-term storage solutions for the museum’s permanent collection

·      Designs and fabricates custom mounts and exhibition furniture, building and installing temporary walls

·      Oversees lighting and HVAC monitoring in the galleries and works with the Collections Manager to monitor the permanent collection storage facilities.

·      Coordinates and manages art installation schedules with the Curator, Collections Manager, Housekeeping, Visitor and Donor Services, Curatorial Assistants, and any additional contract personnel as necessary

Gallery Management and Maintenance:

·      Supervises the general maintenance of all gallery spaces, workspaces, tool storage, and all art storage facilities. This includes daily gallery inspections and daily inspections of works on view in temporary exhibitions and assisting with follow-up arrangements in the event of damage, deterioration, etc. with the Collections Manager and Curator

·      Performs weekly gallery walkthroughs, as well as, scheduling and supervising a team of interdepartmental staff who perform daily security walkthroughs to check for security, temperature and humidity, pest, or any other concerns

·      Coordinates with the Office Manager in submitting work orders to the university’s department of facilities, working with facility personal to implement necessary upgrades, repairs, and various building improvements in the Turchin Centers physical structures

·      Must have good dexterity, hand-eye coordination, and ability to climb and work on ladders up to 75 feet in the air for extended periods of time, to reach works of art above shoulder level, to lift heavy objects (up to 75 pounds).

·      Coordinates the installation of the Outdoor Rosen Sculpture exhibition including contracting the crane and rigging services.


·      Trains and supervises student workers assisting with preparation, installation and de-installation to complete all projects on schedule

·      Foster a collaborative and inclusive team-oriented environment in the department that extends to other museum departments.

·      Serves as the Emergency Building Coordinator by assisting university safety and emergency personnel.

Organizational Functions:

·      Fully participate as a team member of the TCVA staff by working closely with staff colleagues in the curatorial, education, outreach, marketing, visitor/member services, administrative and financial areas of the center’s operations

·      Attend and participate in staff meetings, planning sessions and retreats, and other meetings, as necessary

Job Requirements


·       College degree (in studio art, museum studies, art history or related field) and at least 3 years of related experience is required.

·       Tested art handling and project managing skills.

·       Graphic design proficiency

·       Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

·       Ability to multi-task, prioritize and work under deadline.

·       Ability to work cooperatively as part of a team.

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