Reporting to the Director of Curatorial, the Exhibit Specialistis responsible for design, installation and maintenance of all in-house exhibits throughout the museum including changing exhibitions, permanent installations, and other projects as assigned. The Exhibit Specialist works closely with the curators, collections manager, and other staff on conceptual planning, design, scheduling and implementation of all in-house exhibit development.
This position is Full Time, Salaried, Exempt and Benefit Eligible. At times, weekday evening and weekend hours are required as needed to accommodate installation schedule.
Design and fabricate innovative gallery exhibitions highlighting historic objects from Old Sturbridge Villages collection
Design, fabricate, paint, and install all necessary components for assigned projects: exhibit cases, barriers, panels, pedestals, mounts, partitions, etc.
Assist curatorial and collections staff in the planning of exhibitions to estimate time, labor, materials, etc.
Install exhibition related graphics or didactics, or arranges for contract installation as appropriate
Work with staff to implement gallery lighting as required
Prepare works of art for travel, including building crates when necessary. Accompanies collections staff for pickup and delivery of artwork
Work with the curatorial staff to improve the quality of design, project installations and professional standards
Inspect and maintain exhibits, including dusting and cleaning of artwork, paint touch-up, etc.
Assist with care and conservation of objects as necessary
Other duties as assigned
Two to five years of collections/exhibits experience in a museum, gallery, or arts organization is required
Bachelors degree in art, design or related field or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience
Experience with exhibit design, preparation and installation, art handling and crating, carpentry, fabrication, and painting
Demonstrated experience with advanced carpentry techniques and with woodworking machinery and tools
Familiar with museum standards for handling and installing works of art and professional collections practices, policies and procedures
Familiar with standard safety procedures
Must be organized as well as flexible, and able to be self-directed in prioritizing tasks and work
Excellent interpersonal skills and team work required