Exhibit Assistant II – Harvard University Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts

Posted: 10/01/2018

Exhibit Assistant II, Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Job Code: 403084 Exhibit Assistant II

Duties and Responsibilities: 

The Exhibitions Productions Assistant position supports all aspects of exhibition production including: installation, preparation, fabrication, equipment/supply inventories, and gallery maintenance. Responsible for assisting in the coordination of artist commissions, and public programs throughout the calendar year at the Carpenter Center.

Responsibilities Include: 

  • Safe handling of works of art for CCVA exhibitions, including receiving and releasing fine arts shipments, movement, packing, unpacking, placement, and installation/deinstallation of exhibition works.
  • Fabricate and install exhibition furniture, pedestals, cases, object mounts and patch/paint; build walls as needed; install vinyl graphics and produce labels. Prepare art work for exhibitions.
  • In collaboration with Exhibitions Manager/Registrar, works closely with on-call installers, contractors, registrars, curatorial staff, artists, and other stakeholders to produce high-quality exhibitions under strict deadlines.
  • Assist in the scheduling of technical, material and staffing needs for installation and deinstallation of exhibitions, including evaluation and coordination of on-call perpetrator staff.
  • Collaborate to generate creative solutions for installation challenges.
  • Work closely with Exhibitions Manager/Registrar in planning installation schedules and production of artist commissions.
  • Assume primary responsibility for the daily operation and maintenance of exhibitions.
  • Create and modify gallery plans, drawings and SketchUp models.
  • Preparing/mounting A/V equipment, media players, basic electrical considerations. Knowledge of projection installation and ability to troubleshoot computer related media output devices.
  • Maintain inventory of supplies, lighting, and other materials, providing specs, and placing orders as needed and authorized; including researching upgrades and maintain and develop supply tracking database.
  • Work closely with Exhibitions Manager/Registrar to create expensive projections in relation to project needs and budgets.
  • Maintain galleries and exhibition spaces, installing lighting, dusting exposed art and pedestals.
  • Assists with set up of public programming and related events; audio/video set up, reception and general visitor service support.
  • Perform basic administrative tasks related to exhibitions, including travel and accommodation coordination for artists, materials research and production scheduling.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Basic Qualifications: 

At least 3-years of experience as preparator or in a similar position in a museum, gallery or arts organization. Demonstrated knowledge of museum installation techniques. Thorough knowledge of construction techniques, materials and carpentry/woodshop skills.

Additional Qualifications: 

Bachelor degree in Studio Arts, Art History, Design, Architecture, or similar field preferred.

Responds creatively to situations, problem-solving; experience with gallery preparation; woodworking skills; mechanical ability and shop experience essential; carry out instructions precisely; work well under pressure and meet deadlines; excellent teamwork skills. High level interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal); desire to work with public. Demonstrated ability to prioritize tasks and to meet competing deadlines in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment. Proven ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of individuals and groups. Patience and strict attention to detail, consistent, methodical work approach; good time-management skills and ability to work independently. Ability to work with minimal day-to-day supervision in a collaborative environment. Proficiency in Microsoft Office, particularly Word, Excel, and Outlook. Competency with Photoshop and InDesign and ability to learn new computer applications. Familiarity with Dropbox, Basecamp, and SketchUp.

Must be able to lift up to 50lbs. Must be able to stand, walk, carry, stoop, kneel, twist, squat, bend and reach overhead. Comfortable with heights, climbing ladders and using scissor lift.

Schedule: 35 hours a week, occasional weekend and evenings as needed.

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