Grounds For Sculpture (GFS) is at the beginning of a long journey towards building a more equitable, diverse and inclusive (EDI) institution. We are looking for people, at all levels of the institution, who want to join us on this journey of intentionality and public accountability. This path expands our workforce (board, staff, volunteers), broadens our practice of selecting and acquiring artists, and strengthens our internal and external communication systems, networks and standards.
The preparer is an experienced art manager with a minimum of three years of work experience in an art museum or gallery. They will enjoy working with contemporary artists and will be familiar with tools and equipment. They will perform a wide range of duties related to the Curatorial Department function, including installing art and maintaining the display of indoor and outdoor exhibits and collections to the highest standards. This position requires knowledge of proper art handling techniques and health and safety standards.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Work alongside colleagues in the conservation department, contract preparers, riggers, artists and others to safely complete the installation of indoor and outdoor exhibits. Includes physical handling of artwork, loading/unloading of trucks, overhead signage, lighting, providing valuable expertise and contributing to pre-planning meetings. May require the use of ladders, tail lifts, hand trucks, pallet jacks, forklifts, scissor lifts and carts. Sometimes it may be necessary to drive trucks for regional artwork deliveries.
- Serve as an ambassador for Grounds For Sculpture to help foster a culture of inclusion for all members, donors, volunteers and guests.
- Prepare interior exhibit galleries for new exhibits which may include painting, patching, sanding, cleaning, moving pedestals, framing, and erecting/removing temporary wall panels.
- Build pedestals, shelves and supports as needed for exhibits. Requires knowledge of carpentry and experience in the use of saws, hand and power tools.
- Maintaining the appearance of outdoor facilities, which includes installing metal edging for gravel beds, filling beds with gravel, rock, wood chips, etc., hand cutting grasses in areas where landscapers cannot, pruning sculpture beds, advising on the need for tree landscaping and repairs.
- Cleaning of the exterior sculpture seasonally from April to October.
- Perform weekly inspections of interior galleries, exterior collections and storage areas.
- Install, inventory and maintain the appearance of exterior signage.
- Maintain cleanliness and order in storage areas and advise on replenishments.
- Attend weekly meetings with the Curatorial Department team. Attend monthly all-staff meetings.
- Participate in the training and supervision of volunteers in charge of the maintenance of the collections.
- Participate in the annual inventory of the collection.
- Interact with exhibition staff, visitors, artists and partners in a positive way. Must be comfortable under pressure and meet deadlines.
- The schedule is Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., but the flexibility to work an adjusted schedule according to the needs of the project is required.
- All other assigned tasks
- Bachelor’s degree in fine arts, art history, museum studies or other similar fields preferred
- 3 or more years working in an art museum or gallery
- Demonstrate respect and inclusion to all employees, accepting differences
- Graphic design skills an asset
- Preferred Certified Forklift
- Loves contemporary art and working with artists
- Experience with proper art manipulation techniques
- Ability to work with hand and power tools
- Carpentry experience required
- Rigging experience/Knowledge of safe rigging of objects
- Basic experience in electricity and wiring desired
- Experience with SketchUp or similar program is a plus
- Grounds For Sculpture requires all new hires to be fully immunized* against COVID-19 prior to the first hire date. As required by applicable law, Grounds For Sculpture will consider requests for reasonable accommodations. *2 doses of Pfizer or Moderna, 1 dose of J&J
GFS is stronger because of the diversity of ideas, lived experiences, passions and skills of our people. To this end, we provide equal employment opportunities to all persons without regard to race, color, ethnic origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, parental status, housing status, source of income. or military status, in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local EEO laws.
Compensation and Benefits:
Hourly rate: $25.00
Full time (not exempt)
Benefits: Grounds For Sculpture offers a benefits package including: 403b plan with discretionary consideration, medical benefits, dental and vision benefits, paid time off, company paid time off, company paid life insurance. company, long-term disability and ADD benefits.
Grounds For Sculpture (GFS) is a 42-acre non-profit sculpture park, arboretum and museum, founded by the late artist and philanthropist Seward Johnson. Showcasing nearly 300 contemporary sculptures by renowned and emerging artists in an inviting landscape, Grounds For Sculpture combines art and nature to surprise, inspire and engage all visitors in the artist’s act of invention. In addition to its permanent collection, Grounds For Sculpture offers rotating special exhibitions in its six indoor galleries, rich educational programs and dynamic family events. Located in Hamilton, New Jersey, Grounds For Sculpture is easily accessible from the New York and Philadelphia metropolitan areas and is now open year-round. For more information, visit terrainsdesculpture.org.