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Posted: 10/16/2014

Employer
The J.Paul Getty Trust
Decorative Arts Conservation

The J. Paul Getty Trust is a cultural and philanthropic institution dedicated to critical thinking in the presentation, conservation, and interpretation of the world's artistic legacy.


Position
Mountmaker
Type
Professional Opportunity
Location
Los Angeles, CA
Details
 

JOB SUMMARY:

Under minimal supervision, designs and fabricates mounts for the display and storage of art objects. Undertakes material research and develops advanced knowledge of the safe display and housing of works of art. Collaborates with conservators by providing expertise and fabricating fixtures, supports during conservation treatments. May design packing systems for traveling collection items and may install and deinstall objects in exhibitions and permanent galleries.

MAJOR JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

·         Applies knowledge of current best practice in conservation ethics and mountmaking techniques, policies and procedures to moderately complex tasks

·         Fabricates mounts and fixtures for objects and loans for public display and storage

·         Collaborates on the installation and de-installation of exhibitions

·         Assists conservators in the design and production of both temporary and long term mounts and fixtures to aid in conservation treatments

·         Collaborates on research and selects concepts, materials and technologies to use in the fabrication of mounts and fixtures

·         Retrieves from storage, handles and transports works of art

·         Maintains inventory of equipment, chemicals and shop equipment and documentation related to loans and exhibitions for future reference

·         May collaborate with conservators to effectively integrate seismic resistant mounts

·         May be asked to make presentations to professional audiences or the general public

·         May be asked to advise colleagues from other institutions

·         Maintains written and photographic documentation of all work

·         May courier works of art for loan exhibitions 

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

·         Bachelors degree in fine arts, studio arts, conservation, design, engineering or industrial arts

·         5-7 years experience in design and fabrication of mounts and handling of art objects, preferably in a museum

·         Must be very careful and detail-oriented

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

·         Fabrication experience in a variety of common materials and techniques (machining, welding, plastics, mold-making and shop tool use)

OPen until
Until Filled

How to apply
Please apply online at the indicated application URL.
ADDRESS
Los Angeles, CA 90049

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