Rolland Gallery of Art and Cal Lutheran Chemistry Department Explore the Work of Art Detectives

At California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, CA, the Rolland Gallery of Art partnered with the Chemistry Department to put on “Traces: Revealing Secrets in Art and History.” This exhibit gives Cal Lutheran students and visitors the opportunity to have “an inside look at the methods used by art detectives to reveal the secrets of artworks, ranging from X-rays and infrared light to solvents that remove varnish. Visitors can compare before and after images, try to identify what has been altered in a work and use ultraviolet light to detect changes.”

This exhibition will be the central focus of a new class: “Chemical Investigations of Art” which Katherine Hoffmann, the John Stauffer Professor of Analytical Chemistry, and Robert Dion, an adjunct professor of chemistry,  will teach in January. (California Lutheran University)

Image: Half of this oil painting by Richard Wilson has been cleaned.

UI students gain professional experience at Stanley Museum of Art

MA film student Dalina Perdomo-Álvarez reflects on her experience working as a gallery attendant and researcher at the Stanley Museum of Art and how this experience helped her to secure a positions a a curatorial assistant the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago and as a distribution assistant at Video Data Bank at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

The Stanley Museum of art draws in students from a variety of disciplines to work with the collection. “These are experiences you don’t get in a classroom,” says Joyce Tsai, clinical associate professor in the College of Education, a curator at the museum, and a past RAAMP Coffee Gathering Host. “We’re really at the leading edge of thinking very seriously about our role as an art museum within a research university. We want our students to be producers of research and producers of knowledge, and not just a one-way dissemination of it.”

“We’re teaching research skills and critical thinking skills,” Lauren Lessing, director of the Stanley Museum of Art, says. “We’re teaching students how to be part of a team and part of a professional workplace. We’re helping them make connections to the professional art world.” (Iowa Now)

Image: University of Iowa graduate and UI Stanley Museum of Art staff member Lindley Warren and UI MFA student Jacob Jones join Stanley Curator Joyce Tsai in showing Lena Stringari, deputy director and chief conservator of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, around the museum’s Visual Classroom in the Iowa Memorial Union. UI students who work in the Stanley and with its curators have the opportunity to make valuable connections with the professional art world. Photo by Tim Schoon.

Objects Conservation Fellow – Harvard University

Duties & Responsibilities

Summary
The Conservation Fellowship Program at the Harvard Art Museums is designed to broaden the experience of conservators embarking on professional careers in museum conservation.

Duties and Responsibilities

  •  The main focus for the objects conservation fellow will be examination and treatment of works of art from the Harvard Art Museums collections as driven by exhibition, loans, and research needs. A collaborative technical research project focusing on a work(s) of art from the Harvard Art Museums’ collections will comprise approximately 15% of the first year of the fellowship.
  •  Under the supervision of the Head of Objects Lab, the fellow carries out a broad range of activities, including treating works of art in the collections; preparing accompanying written and photographic documentation, estimates, correspondence, and condition reports for exhibitions, loans, and acquisitions; and presenting research and other projects.
  •  As a member of the Harvard Art Museums community, the fellow is expected to participate as required in activities such as facilitating Art Study Center appointments, assisting with programs in the Materials Labs, leading tours, and program activities planned for their fellows cohort.
  •  Fellow will be an active member of the Fellows’ cohort and contribute to a group project; this final project will likely take the form of an exhibition, gallery installation, symposium, or other.

Basic Qualifications

Master’s degree in conservation or related field or Bachelor’s degree plus post-graduate qualification in conservation.

Additional Qualifications

  •  Demonstrated record of treatment and research.
  •  Excellent communications skills (listening, verbal and written).
  •  Ability to work independently as well as part of a team. Ability and desire to build trusting relationships with colleagues.
  •  Flexible team player who thrives in environments requiring ability to effectively prioritize and juggle multiple concurrent projects.
  •  Ability to relate to co-workers and inspire others to participate and problem-solve.
  •  Familiarity with state-of-the-art imaging tools used for conservation documentation, including digital photography and x-radiography.
  •  Proficiency with computer software, including image editing and management software and Adobe Photoshop.

Additional Information

Application Instructions:
A complete application includes a curriculum vitae; a statement, not to exceed one page, single-spaced, summarizing the applicant’s interests and intent in the fellowship and their chosen specialization; transcripts of both undergraduate and graduate courses of academic study, with an explanation of the evaluation system if it is not equivalent to that of the United States; and three letters of recommendation. All application materials must be in English.

Please apply online: http://hr.harvard.edu/search-jobs.
Search by School/Unit: Harvard Art Museums.

1. Please upload curriculum vitae, statement of interest, and transcripts.

2. Please ask references to send letters of recommendation to: am_straus@harvard.edu.
Letters of reference will be verified.

3. Deadline for receipt of application materials and supporting documents is January 18, 2019 Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Department
Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies

For more information and to apply: https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGnewUI/Search/home/HomeWithPreLoad?partnerid=25240&siteid=5341&PageType=JobDetails&jobid=1418510#jobDetails=1418510_5341

Paintings Conservation Fellow – Harvard University

Duties & Responsibilities
Summary
The Conservation Fellowship Program at the Harvard Art Museums is designed to broaden the experience of conservators embarking on professional careers in museum conservation.

Duties and Responsibilities

  •  The main focus for the paintings conservation fellow will be examination and treatment of works of art from the Harvard Art Museums collections as driven by exhibition, loans, and research needs. A collaborative technical research project focusing on a work(s) of art from the Harvard Art Museums collections will comprise approximately 15% of the first year of the fellowship.
  •  Under the supervision of the Head of the Paintings Lab, the fellow carries out a broad range of activities, including treating works of art in the collections; preparing accompanying written and photographic documentation, estimates, correspondence, and condition reports for exhibitions, loans, and acquisitions; and presenting research and other projects.
  •  As a member of the Harvard Art Museums community, the fellow is expected to participate as required in activities such as facilitating Art Study Center appointments, assisting with programs in the Materials Labs, leading tours, and program activities planned for their fellows cohort.
  •  Fellow will be an active member of the Fellows’ cohort and contribute to a group project; this final project will likely take the form of an exhibition, gallery installation, symposium, or other.

Basic Qualifications

Master’s degree in conservation or related field or Bachelor’s degree plus post-graduate qualification in conservation.

Additional Qualifications

  •  Demonstrated record of treatment and research.
  •  Excellent communications skills (listening, verbal and written).
  •  Ability to work independently as well as part of a team. Ability and desire to build trusting relationships with colleagues.
  •  Flexible team player who thrives in environments requiring ability to effectively prioritize and juggle multiple concurrent projects.
  •  Ability to relate to co-workers and inspire others to participate and problem-solve.
  •  Familiarity with state-of-the-art imaging tools used for conservation documentation, including digital photography, x-radiography, and infrared reflectography.
  •  Proficiency with computer software, including Adobe Photoshop.

Additional Information

A complete application includes a curriculum vitae; a statement, not to exceed one page, single-spaced, summarizing the applicant’s interests and intent in the fellowship and their chosen specialization; transcripts of both undergraduate and graduate courses of academic study, with an explanation of the evaluation system if it is not equivalent to that of the United States; and three letters of recommendation. All application materials must be in English.

Please apply online: http://hr.harvard.edu/search-jobs.
Search by School/Unit: Harvard Art Museums.

1. Please upload curriculum vitae, statement of interest, and transcripts.

2. Please ask references to send letters of recommendation to: am_straus@harvard.edu.
Letters of reference will be verified.

3. Deadline for receipt of application materials and supporting documents is January 18, 2019. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Department
Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies

For more information and to apply: https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGnewUI/Search/home/HomeWithPreLoad?partnerid=25240&siteid=5341&PageType=JobDetails&jobid=1418515#jobDetails=1418515_5341

Craigen W. Bowen Paper Conservation Fellow – Harvard University

Duties & Responsibilities

Summary

The Conservation Fellowship Program at the Harvard Art Museums is designed to broaden the experience of conservators embarking on professional careers in museum conservation.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • The main focus for the Craigen W. Bowen Paper Conservation Fellow will be examination and treatment of works of art from the Harvard Art Museums collections as driven by exhibition, loans, and research needs. A collaborative technical research project focusing on a work(s) of art from the Harvard Art Museums collections will comprise approximately 15% of the fellowship.
  • Under the supervision of the Philip and Lynn Straus Conservator of Works of Art on Paper, the fellow carries out a broad range of activities, including treating works of art in the collections; preparing accompanying written and photographic documentation, estimates, correspondence, and condition reports for exhibitions, loans, and acquisitions; and presenting research and other projects.
  • As a member of the Harvard Art Museums community, the fellow is expected to participate as required in activities such as facilitating Art Study Center appointments, assisting with programs in the Materials Labs, leading tours, and program activities planned for their fellows cohort.

Fellow will be an active member of the Fellows’ cohort and contribute to a group project; this final project will likely take the form of an exhibition, gallery installation, symposium, or other.

Basic Qualifications

Master’s degree in conservation or related field or Bachelor’s degree plus post-graduate qualification in conservation.

Additional Qualifications

  •  Demonstrated record of treatment and research.
  •  Excellent communications skills (listening, verbal and written).
  •  Ability to work independently as well as part of a team. Ability and desire to build trusting relationships with colleagues.
  •  Flexible team player who thrives in environments requiring ability to effectively prioritize and juggle multiple concurrent projects.
  •  Ability to relate to co-workers and inspire others to participate and problem-solve.
  •  Familiarity with state-of-the-art imaging tools used for conservation documentation, including digital photography and x-radiography, and infrared reflectography (IRR).
  •  Proficiency with computer software, including image editing and management software and Adobe Photoshop.

Additional Information

Application Instructions

A complete application includes a curriculum vitae; a statement, not to exceed one page, single-spaced, summarizing the applicant’s interests and intent in the fellowship and their chosen specialization; transcripts of both undergraduate and graduate courses of academic study, with an explanation of the evaluation system if it is not equivalent to that of the United States; and three letters of recommendation. All application materials must be in English.

Please apply online: http://hr.harvard.edu/search-jobs.
Search by School/Unit: Harvard Art Museums.

1. Please upload curriculum vitae, statement of interest, and transcripts.

2. Please ask references to send letters of recommendation to: am_straus@harvard.edu.
Letters of reference will be verified.

3. Deadline for receipt of application materials and supporting documents is January 18, 2019. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Department
Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies

For more information and to apply: https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGnewUI/Search/home/HomeWithPreLoad?partnerid=25240&siteid=5341&PageType=JobDetails&jobid=1418508#jobDetails=1418508_5341

Collections Specialist, Corcoran Study Collection – George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum

Job Description Summary:

The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum is home to collections of more than 20,000 textiles from around the world. The Collections Specialist, Corcoran Study Collection is a two-year limited term position working to process the incoming Corcoran study collection into the university collections.

Reporting to the Museum Registrar of the GW Museum and The Textile Museum, the Collections Specialist works closely with the Corcoran School and Brady Art Gallery staff and is responsible for the following duties:

  • Organizing and supervising the physical movement of collections from various storage facilities owned by the National Gallery of Art to the Flagg Building on GW’s Foggy Bottom Campus and the Avenir Center on GW’s Virginia Science and Technology Campus
  • Performing necessary pest inspections and vacuuming of materials stored at the Avenir Center
  • Coordinating the receipt of object paperwork and organizing object files
  • Rehousing photographs, works on paper, and sculpture; some matting and framing
  • Entering data on collection objects into the museum collections management software (MuseumPlus)
  • Digitizing objects to create high resolution images, when needed.
  • Developing procedures and protocols for accessing collections by independent researchers, students, and GW classes
  • Creating and implementing a regular inventory of the collection
  • Assisting with the development and implementation of an installation plan for oversized sculptures in the collection

The position will work from a variety of locations, including Foggy Bottom and Ashburn, Virginia. The incumbent may perform other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.

Minimum Qualifications:

Qualified candidates will hold a Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position. Degree requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Recent graduate of a museum studies, art history, or studio art master’s program is preferred.
  • Knowledge of standard museum registration, preventive conservation, object storage, and inventory practices.
  • Demonstrate strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Proficiency in computer applications, including collections management database software, Microsoft applications.
  • Experience with rehousing and knowledge of matting and framing is desirable.
  • Experience with object handling.
  • Familiarity with digitization and imaging technology and software.
  • Demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work well independently and as part of a small team.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

  • This is a two year limited term position, effective 12/10/2018 – 12/12/2020.
  • Employer will not sponsor for employment Visa status.
  • In order to gain a better understating of your experience, the professional experience section of your resume must include months in addition to years. For example, instead of “2014 – 2015,” it should include “April 2014 – January 2015” or similar information.

For more information and to apply:  https://www.gwu.jobs/postings/63666

University of Oregon student curates exhibition of 1950s French artist books

University of Oregon History of Art and Architecture graduate student, Emily Shinn, curated the exhibition “Fernand Léger’s ‘Cirque’ and the ‘livre d’artiste’” at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. Shinn worked under the guidanc eof  Danielle Knapp, McCosh Associate Curator, to complete this M.A. terminal project.

“I think the exhibition, my experience behind the scenes, and the final product open to the public, will provide a much needed example of an MA terminal project in Art History,” says Shinn. “It demonstrates the relationships possible for students between the Department of the History of Art & Architecture and the JSMA.” (Art Daily)

Preparation and Production Intern – Oakland Museum of California

Overview

The Oakland Museum of California strives to provide innovative learning opportunities to students of diverse backgrounds and areas of study that are interested in working with a multidisciplinary museum that puts visitors and community at the center of our work.

The Oakland Museum of California values are fundamental to our institutional culture and guide our work together.

Excellence: We are committed to excellence and working at the highest standards of integrity and professionalism.

Community: We believe everyone should feel welcome and part of our community, both within the Museum and with our visitors and neighbors.

Innovation: We embrace innovation and calculated risk-taking to achieve our mission.

Commitment: Our work at the Museum demonstrates a sense of purpose and a shared accountability for the institution’s success.

Position Description:

The Preparation and Installation Intern will work as part of a team that constructs, installs and maintains museum exhibits. The intern will learn best practices and museum standards for exhibit fabrication, installation and maintenance. The intern will gain familiarity with specialized skills used in the production of museum exhibits including wall preparation and painting, woodworking, art handling, transportation of collections, graphics production, frame-shop techniques and mount-making.

Responsibilities

Educational Objective:  

Through interaction with museum professionals and hands on experience the intern will learn museum standards for wall painting, basic art handling, basic woodworking, installation of graphics, maintenance of exhibits and transportation of collections. They will gain knowledge about the different types of preparation techniques and skills used in a museum setting.

Under the close supervision of Preparator Supervisor, the intern will learn about and gain direct experience in:

  • Assisting with weekly maintenance of exhibits in all gallery spaces (Art, History, Natural Sciences)
  • Assisting with scheduled exhibit and collections rotations
  • Assisting with transportation of exhibit and collections materials

Requirements:

  • Interest in developing skills and experience in the Production, Installation and maintenance of museum exhibits
  • Ability to focus on detailed work for several hours at a time
  • Ability to work as part of a team performing physical work.
  • Ability to work within established guidelines for safety of both people and museum collections
  • Some experience working with hand tools and an interest in developing skills related to mount making, wall patching and painting, graphics installation

 

Qualifications

Work Environment and Physical Requirements:

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently exposed to the following:

  • Ability to lift up to 35 pounds

Benefits:

  • Paid hourly rate
  • Free one year annual membership including cafe and store discounts
  • Cultural Connections Membership

We are happy to work with your educational institution to provide credit for this internship.

EEO STATEMENT

The Oakland Museum of California is dedicated to diversity, inclusion, accessibility and equity. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ability/disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We highly encourage our diverse community to apply for available employment, internship, fellowship and volunteer positions at the Museum, as we aim to ensure our staff reflects the diversity of our visitors and surrounding community.