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Assistant Preparator
Bedford Gallery

Walnut Creek, CA

The Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, CA seeks a highly motivated, experienced and detail-oriented Assistant Preparator to join our team.

This position is an as needed position for deinstallation & installation dates, about 10 full weeks of work per year. Compensation is $18/hr.

Start Date: August 28th, 2017
Availability: Mon – Fri (8:30am – 5:00pm) on needed dates 

The ideal candidate has the following:

  • At least two years of art handling experience in a gallery or museum with excellent references
  • Working knowledge of safe and proper art handling, packing & installation methods suitable to a wide range of media
  • Capable of excelling in a detail oriented work environment
  • Basic maintenance and building skills including carpentry, wall repair, painting, fixture fabrication and picture framing
  • Professional demeanor, positive, upbeat attitude
  • Ability to work with adhesive vinyl signage and object labels
  • Must exhibit an ability to pay careful attention to detail at a high level
  • Physically able to use and operate ladders and platform lifts, and safely lift and move objects of varied dimensions weighing up to 75lbs. with assistance
  • Knowledge of and passion for fine art
  • Ability to follow instructions and work independently
  • Valid driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Refined taste in various genres of music

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Install and de-install artworks for exhibitions
  • Safely receive and handle crates, packaging and artworks  
  • For traveling exhibitions: complete condition reports for artworks
  • Unpack and repack artworks safely for exhibition, storage, shipping or off-site deliveries
  • Placing artworks of various weights and dimensions in the gallery prior to hanging and installation
  • Transport of art to and from the gallery in City trucks.
  • Lighting exhibitions 

Applicants with no previous museum or gallery experience will not be considered.

Deadline: 07-24-2017

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