Registrar


Wichita Art Museum

The Wichita Art Museum—in the largest metropolitan area in Kansas and with a premier American
art collection—seeks a skilled and team-oriented Registrar to oversee the management and care of
the museum’s distinguished 10,000+ artwork collection. The museum stands at an exciting moment
in its history, with a new Strategic Plan, recently opened Art Garden, and growing annual
attendance. With a strong regional presence, the museum has a significant American art collection
with works across media and history. The prized Roland P. Murdock Collection anchors the
museum and features masterpieces of American art from Winslow Homer to Mary Cassatt to
Georgia O’Keeffe.

The Registrar manages all aspects of the Wichita Art Museum’s registration and collections
management functions including temporary and traveling exhibitions, incoming and outgoing loans,
acquisitions, cataloguing, database management, insurance, inventory, and storage. This position
oversees the creation and maintenance of all object-related and exhibition-related records. The
position is also responsible for the physical safety of the works of art in the collection. This includes
ensuring proper installation of objects for display and in storage, ensuring safe methods of packing
and transport of objects, arranging necessary conservation planning and treatment, and monitoring
the museum environment. Working as part of an energetic and collaborative curatorial team, the
Registrar contributes to WAM’s mission to bring “people, ideas, and American art together to enrich
lives and build community.”

Responsibilities Include:

  • Comprehensive and proactive organization and oversight for the museum’s prized art
    collection.
  • Oversees physical care of the collection and loans through safe packing and shipping of
    objects, proper storage, handling, security, and storage methods. Provides condition reports
    and other necessary documentation.
  • Responsible for all aspects of loans to and from WAM, including loan documentation,
    packing, shipping, fine arts insurance, couriers, and assisting with budgeting.
  • Manages collections management database.
  • Creates and maintains collection records (including paper and electronic). Responsible for
    creating records relating to new acquisitions, including donor and purchase records.
  • Prepares and presents reports on collection growth, activity, and care.
  • Recommends and oversees fine arts insurance coverage.
  • Works closely with Facility and Security staff to ensure physical safety of collection and
    exhibitions at all times.
  • Works with Curator and Director to determine need and options for couriers, manages
    courier schedule, and couriers artworks nationally and internationally.
  • Oversees the review of facility reports for borrowing institutions and recommends action to
    Curator and Director.
  • Works in conjunction with Curator and Manager of Imaging and Installation to develop
    exhibition and project production schedules.
  • Responsible for the organization of the registrarial aspects of multiple venue exhibitions, which includes packing, shipping, insurance, couriers, documentation, and assisting with budgeting.
  • Monitors condition of permanent collection artworks and coordinates with Curator and Director to contract with outside conservators for necessary treatments.
  • Monitors art storage and exhibition spaces for climate, light levels, air filtration, and pest control.
  • Participates with Curator and other staff to plan, implement, and review collections management objectives and to develop policies and procedures, including periodic review of Collection Management Policy, Collection Plan, and Conservation Plan.
  • Works with Curator and other departments to prepare and administer grants relating to collection care.
    Remains abreast of evolving issues in the art world and museum field as they relate to registration policy and practice and care of artworks.
  • Other duties as required.

Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred.
  • At least five years museum registration experience strongly preferred; additional museum registration experience encouraged. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
  • Experience with standard office software applications including Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and collections management databases, preferably Mimsy XG.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as part of a team.
  • Exceptional attention to detail; exceptional organizational ability.

For full position description, please visit wichitaartmuseum.org/jobs. Salary commensurate with experience; salary range from $36,000 to $60,000. To apply, email (1) cover letter outlining qualifications, (2) resume, and (3) three references with contact information to poynter@wichitaartmuseum.org. Position will be open until filled.

The Wichita Art Museum opened in 1935 and is home to the Roland P. Murdock Collection, one of the premier collections of American art. With a nationally distinguished collection, Edward Larrabee Barnes facility, $4 million annual budget, staff of 24 full-time, 32 part-time, and a corps of 100+ volunteers, the museum is a public/private partnership, owned by the City of Wichita and managed by Wichita Art Museum, Inc. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Wichita Art Museum’s mission brings people, ideas, and American art together to enrich lives and build community.

Offer of employment will be made contingent upon passing a drug screening and background check. The Wichita Art Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer and offers veteran’s preference to applicants who meet eligibility requirements.

To apply for this job please visit wichitaartmuseum.org.