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Harn Museum Preparator II


Supervise and assist in the planning, design, and installation/deinstallation of art museum exhibits and oversees the packaging and transportation of artwork.

Examples of Work

Job functions are specific duties that would be included in the essential functions of the job description.  These functions are not all-inclusive nor do they cover the full extent of the duties performed.

  • Manages design and construction of display cases, panels, and customized mounts and frames.
  • Oversees and prepares the matting and framing of artwork, handling the movement of objects, hanging and installing/deinstalling exhibitions, and arranging lighting in galleries.
  • Coordinates the movement of all works of art in the museum’s care, internally and externally.
  • May serve as a courier accompanying valuable objects of art in transit as required; supervises loading and unloading of crates at airports, borrowing museums and other venues; oversee installation of objects.
  • Collaborates with curators and registration staff in design of gallery space, including layouts and exhibition furniture such as display cases, to ensure appropriate, safe, and secure conditions; coordinates with curatorial staff to prepare gallery spaces and displays in advance of exhibition installations
  • Manages the fabrication of crates for shipping works of art.
  • Supervises preparators in the packing and crating of works of art.
  • Supervises interns, volunteers, and paid staff, as needed.

Education and Experience

High school diploma or equivalent and five years of experience, preferably in museum exhibits; and two years in a supervisory capacity.

Licensure and Certification



This position does have supervisory responsibility.

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