• Preparator (Hourly)

    Location US-NY-Manhattan
    Job ID
    # of Openings Remaining
    PAADM LPA Administration
  • Overview

    The Exhibition Department organizes exhibitions that highlight the theater, music and dance collections of the Performing Arts Library.  The Library has three galleries of different sizes.


    The Preparator helps prepare materials for exhibition, including matting and framing; installs artwork, photographs and documents; helps perform basic exhibition carpentry and fabrication; and undertakes related duties as required.

    Principal Responsibilities

    Under the direction of Curator of Exhibitions, the Preparator will:

    • Design and creation of safe and supportive mounts, cradles, or brackets built of wood, metal, plexiglas and other materials according to proper museum standards for 2-D and 3-D artifacts, fabricates and positions labels.
    • Measures, installs, and maintains all exhibition signage/graphics created out-of-house such as digital or silk-screened graphics.
    • Frames artwork, photographs, and documents.
    • Performs basic carpentry including demolition, wall repair, painting, and fabric wrapping. Fabricates and constructs exhibition components as instructed.
    • Ensures all artifacts for exhibition are safe and secure.
    • Assembles installs, and operates shop machinery, hand tools, shop and museum carts, materials' handling vehicles, as necessary.
    • Performs routine exhibition maintenance including cases, platforms, and frames as needed.
    • Works with Installation Coordinator as necessary, regarding production elements including measurements, materials, fabrication methods and lighting.
    • Performs related duties as required.

    NYPL Core Values

    • Helpful
    • Resourceful
    • Curious

    Minimum Qualifications

    • Bachelor's degree in an art related field and relevant experience in museum or gallery work or; an equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Successfully demonstrated experience with artifact handling, exhibition installation techniques, mount making, and framing.
    • Demonstrated ability to handle detailed work with speed and accuracy.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of basic carpentry tools and machinery and an understanding of the practices of museum exhibition construction.
    • Demonstrated ability to follow written and oral instructions as to all aspects of exhibition installation.
    • Strong organizational skills. Good interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel.

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Knowledge of Access and Sketchup.
    • Ability to read and work from sketches, shop drawings and/or architectural renderings.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of preservation practices.

    Work Environment

    Research Library

    Starting Salary

    USD $25.00/Hr.


    Schedule will vary depending on exhibitions. Range of 3-5 exhibitions per year; work time can vary from 1 day to 6 weeks. Average time per exhibition: 5 days

    Union / Non Union

    Non Union


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