Associate Preparator

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Associate Preparator

Founded by Detroit philanthropists George and Ellen Booth in 1904, the Cranbrook Educational Community is one of the world’s leading centers of education, science, and art. Comprised of a graduate Academy of Art, contemporary Art Museum, House and Gardens, Institute of Science, and more than 1,600 students attending our Pre-K through 12 independent college preparatory Schools, Cranbrook welcomes thousands of visitors and students to its campus each year. Critics have called Cranbrook “the most enchanted and enchanting setting in America” and in 1989, it was designated a National Historic Landmark. The campus is located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, about 20 miles north of Detroit. For more, please visit our website:

The Associate Preparator is responsible for the preparation of the galleries and the installation and deinstallation of objects for exhibition within Cranbrook Art Museum. The Associate Preparator also assists with overseeing Assistant Preparators during the installation and deinstallation periods and assists with facilitating the digital rendering and fabrication of exhibition furniture, gallery layouts, and designs. This is a part-time position, working on average 30 hours each week with approximately twenty six 35-hour weeks and twenty six 25-hour weeks each year. The Associate Preparator must be able to work flexible hours.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Prepare galleries for exhibition, including wall and pedestal construction and painting.
• Prepare objects for exhibition, including installing, deinstalling, matting, framing, mounting, and lighting.
• Assist with the movement, transportation, packing and installation of objects in the museum.
• Assist the Head Preparator/Exhibition Coordinator to oversee the work of the Assistant Preparator during the active exhibition installation and deinstallation periods.
• Assist the Head Preparator/Exhibition Coordinator with their daily responsibilities, including the general care of the Art Museum’s permanent collection and the general maintenance of the storage vaults and galleries.
• Assist the Head Preparator/Exhibition Coordinator with the preparation of digital renderings, models, and working drawings as well as the fabrication of designs.
• Available to attend Exhibition Staff meetings in order to further expedite the needs of the Art Museum.
• Assist with the design and production of wall labels for exhibitions, as well as other temporary signage for use throughout the museum, and other exhibition spaces on campus as required.
• Maintain attendance, punctuality, and performance standards set forth in Cranbrook’s employee handbook.

• High School Diploma or GED required.
• Excellent technical, construction and woodworking skills.
• Knowledgeable in art handling techniques.
• Knowledgeable in the care, preservation, and exhibition practices for various types of objects including bronze, ceramic and wooden sculptures, paintings, works on paper and textiles.
• Interest in contemporary art.
• Minimum of one year of related work experience, preferably within a museum or art gallery environment, is required.
• Experience in exhibition design and/or a background in architecture, interior architecture, or furniture design is desired.
• Familiarity and comfortability working with 3D rendering software such as GoogleSketchUP, Adobe Illustrator, or Rhino.

Rate: $25/hour

This part-time position includes eligibility for paid time off, participation in our retirement programs with employer contribution, and a unique environment in an educational setting that values collaboration.

For consideration, please submit a resume and completed Employee Application to: Cranbrook – HR, P.O. Box 801, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303-0801, or email or fax (248) 645-3014. Our application can be downloaded from the Employment page of our website at (Please note that a fully completed employment application is required for consideration.)

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