This museum position is responsible for imaginative installation of exhibitions with the requisite skills of packing, crating, framing, gallery furniture fabrication, and installation. The preparator reports to the manager of imaging and installation and works collaboratively with the curatorial team and other museum employees.

Responsible for exhibition preparation and installation, including:

  • Work as part of team with manager of imaging and installation, curator, and other museum staff in developing exhibitions and their installations
  • ​With manager of imaging and installation, establish work plans and assignments to meet museum deadlines and priorities
  • Work independently and assume direct responsibility for complex tasks
  • Facilitate the installation of exhibitions, including packing/unpacking, framing, painting, gallery furniture fabrication, and mounting-making
  • Develop drawings and/or scale models using computer programs and other design tools to effectively communicate design ideas
  • Oversee fabrication of all gallery interpretation--computer-generated wall panels, texts, labels
  • Contributes to planning and projects for efficient and professional collection storage
  • Coordinate productive relationships with suppliers and contractors
  • Maintain shop with its tools and equipment for woodworking, electrical, light construction, and audio-visual and computer gallery displays
  • Participate in facility monitoring and planning
  • Maintain professional gallery presence through daily installation maintenance
  • Other duties as assigned

Required experience and training:

  • Minimum Education: Four years at undergraduate level
  • Preferred education requirements: Master of Fine Arts
  • Minimum Experience: One year of museum preparator experience
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications such as Word, Excel and Adobe Creative Suite including Photoshop, Illustrator and SketchUp preferred.
  • Skill in the safe use of tools to construct and maintain display apparatus and to cut mats and frames.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds.
  • Ability to bend, twist, and reach while operating hand tools.
  • Ability to acquire and maintain a valid driver's license.
  • An employee shall not pose a direct threat to the health or safety of other individuals in the workplace.

Starting pay $38,000 - $45,000 annually.

TO APPLY: Send a cover letter and resume to Applications will be taken until the position is filled.

Museum Information:

The Wichita Art Museum opened in 1935 and is home to the Roland P. Murdock Collection, one of the premier collections of American art. With a nationally distinguished collection, the museum is a public/private partnership, owned by the City of Wichita and managed by the Wichita Art Museum, Inc. The Wichita Art Museum brings people, ideas, and American art together to enrich lives and build community.

The Wichita Art Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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