Exhibition Preparator

  • Full Time
  • Part Time
  • Kalamazoo

Website Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

SUMMARY OF POSITION: The Exhibitions Preparator prepares and installs art work and related materials for both temporary, traveling, and permanent collection exhibitions, works with the Registrar to maintain order and security in permanent collection and other art storage, and prepares and installs signage as required for general KIA needs.  The Exhibitions Preparator is responsible for documenting all exhibitions, as well as artworks in the permanent collection, via photography or other digital means.


Prepares art works for temporary and traveling permanent collection exhibitions, including lighting, framing, unframing, and mounting of works.
In conjunction with exhibition curators assists with the design and layout of exhibitions, including the creation of exhibition mock ups using exhibition design software.
Manages installation scheduling and remains flexible when schedules or designs change; keeps accurate and thorough records.
Installs in-house exhibitions; assists with occasional off-site installations related to KIA activities.
Prepares/installs signage as needed for exhibitions and KIA special events.
Fabricates all object labels and educational wall text for exhibitions.
Works with a wide range of artists in different media (including electronic media), internal and guest curators to resolve installation, construction, or design concerns in a timely and courteous manner.
Familiarity with best practices for the handling of art works including packing/unpacking, crating/uncrates artwork for maximum safety; moves art within building; transports artwork/exhibitions as required.
Designs, builds or directs construction of crates as required.
Maintains order and security within all art storage areas and the art preparation work shop/office.
Provides or upgrades archival matting and framing for the permanent collection; assists in maintaining sculpture and other works with 3-D elements.
Maintains equipment and installation supplies inventory as required to accomplish duties; works with Chief Curator to develop appropriate budget for department.
Provides high quality photographic and digital documentation of all exhibitions and permanent collection objects.
Communicates effectively with team members.
Performs other duties as assigned by the Chief Curator.

Part-Time or Full-Time, Depending on Candidate Qualifications. Hourly Rate $18-$21 plus some benefits.

To apply for this job email your details to jobs@kiarts.org