Preparator – Princeton University Art Museum, NJ

The Princeton University Art Museum welcomes applications for the position of Preparator who thrives in a collaborative and goal-oriented environment. Reporting to the Manager of Exhibition Preparation & Art Handling, the Museum Preparator will help install and preserve our collections in alignment with the Museum’s priorities. The Museum Preparator will join the Art Museum at a dynamic time as we construct a new building designed by Sir David Adjaye, scheduled to open in 2024. Located at the center of campus, this bold and welcoming design will roughly double the space for exhibition, conservation, study, and interpretation of the Museum’s globe-spanning collections.

About the Museum:

The Princeton University Art Museum is one of the world’s greatest teaching museums, with globe-spanning collections that include more than 114,000 works of art spanning 5,000 years of human history. As an academically based, public-facing museum to which admission is always free, the Museum is committed to shaping welcoming and challenging experiences that unite outstanding art, fresh scholarship accessibly presented, and diverse perspectives.

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Priorities for the Museum Preparator will be to assist with the preparation for the eventual return of the collections to the new building and to prepare objects for the future galleries. Primary duties include installation of exhibitions, preparation of outgoing loans, general art handling and location tracking in the inventory system, and maintenance of our campus art collections. Further duties include handling, mounting, matting, and framing of works on paper for the purposes of study, imaging, collections storage, and gallery display. The Museum Preparator will work with conservators, registrars, project leads, curators, designers, and fellow preparators to fulfill these duties.


Required Qualifications:

  • At least 5 years handling a wide range of fine art media, with particular attention to works on paper
  • Knowledge of fine art packing methods, materials, and related transit
  • Gallery installations and carpentry skills, having familiarity with a variety of hand tools, hardware, shop equipment, ladders, lifts, and safety protocols.
  • Fine motor skills, keen eyesight, and an ability to stand for long
  • Lift up to 75 lbs. to waist height and up to 30 lbs. in a range of motions overhead; work on loading docks and outdoors in a variety of environmental conditions; possess the ability to work at heights and maintain
  • Strong orientation towards collaborative and often complex work assignments
  • General knowledge of preventive conservation standards for storage and
  • Detail-oriented and self-motivated with excellent communication and problem-solving
  • Proficiency in basic computing, including Microsoft Office software.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience employed in an academic
  • In-depth knowledge of artists’ methods, materials, and techniques, as well as a general knowledge of art history
  • Willingness to work early mornings, evenings, or weekends when projects call for it.
  • Proficiency in TMS preferred.

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