It Takes Diversity of Thought, Culture, Background, and Perspective to Create a Truly Equitable and Inclusive Museum.

The Newport Art Museum’s mission is to share a diversity of art and experiences that spark reflection, inspiration, discovery, and connections within our Newport community and beyond. We are committed to cultivating and preserving a culture of inclusion because the collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, innovation, self-expression, and talent that our employees invest in their work ensures the Museum is a welcoming place for everyone. In recruiting for our team, we welcome the unique contributions that new employees can bring in terms of education, opinions, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, veteran’s status, color, religion, disability, sexual orientation and beliefs.

Preparator (Independent Contractor)

Join the dynamic curatorial team at the Newport Art Museum as we install new exhibitions, refresh galleries, and care for our collection. The Preparator is involved in all technical aspects of art handling working with the Chief Curator, Curatorial Assistant, and Registrar. The Preparator assists with the maintenance of the Museum exhibition spaces, art collection storage, and prep-room workspace. He/she/they plays an integral role in preparing galleries for exhibition and works of art for both display and storage.

Essential Functions:

  • Prepares artwork for exhibition– tasks include but are not limited to framing/unframing 2D works; mount-making and fabrication; and assisting with object packing/unpacking as needed; experience with matting is preferred
  • Prepares gallery spaces for exhibition– including wall preparation (patching, sanding, painting); installation/deinstallation of art objects; vinyl title and text installation; and label/wall text panel construction and installation
  • Researches and purchases supplies/equipment as necessary for exhibition installation
  • Transports works of art locally as needed
  • Adheres to standard practices for museum collection care and art handling
  • Interacts and works with fellow contractors, Museum employees, collectors, donors, and visitors in a courteous and professional manner
  • Performs required work effectively and efficiently

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Knowledge of art handling practices / procedures and exhibition installation techniques (knowledge of preventative conservation practices is a plus)
  • Experience using power tools, ladders, and other large equipment
  • Basic math skills
  • Is an organized, resourceful, and results-oriented problem-solver with good communication skills that lends itself to working well in a team environment
  • Ability to work in both support and leadership roles
  • Possesses excellent time-management and planning skills
  • Ability to work well under pressure
  • Knowledge of or an eagerness to learn about new media installation is a plus

Required Education and Experience:

  • A., B.F.A., M.A., or M.F.A. in studio art, art history, or a related field
  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience as a preparator in a gallery or museum
  • Valid driver’s license

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

  • Work may be performed both indoors and outdoors on Museum campus as well as off-site locations
  • Position may require standing for prolonged periods, walking, climbing, bending and stretching
  • Ability to lift and carry a minimum of 50 pounds unassisted
  • Ability to climb ladders etc. in excess of 8 feet

This is an independent contractor position. Work is conducted during installation periods and during Museum office hours: Monday – Friday 9:30am- 5pm, with occasional nights and weekends when needed. Installation periods typically occur quarterly, for a period of 4-6 weeks.

Payment rates are at discretion of the contractor in agreement with the Museum.

Qualified candidates should send a cover letter, current résumé, and three references to: No phone calls please.

The Newport Art Museum recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to its work culture and integral to its role as a cultural institution serving the public. We welcome candidates whose experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence.