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Art Handler, limited-term position

University of Notre Dame

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Art Handler, limited-term position

Job Description

Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be a member of the museum staff directly involved with the opening of a new art museum.

We are seeking a limited-term Fine Art Handler to work from now through March 2024 under the guidance of the Chief Art Preparator and with the Art Preparator and Art Handler to pack, move, and install 1,300+ fine art objects.

This major project requires the professional handling of paintings, sculptures, and decorative art objects, and various indigenous objects from the Americas and Africa.

Currently, we are deinstalling the Snite Museum of Art permanent collection galleries and preparing for the move next summer into the 70,000 sq. ft Phase I of the new Raclin Murphy Museum of Art at Notre Dame (RMMA).

Once moved, starting in late Summer 2023 the Art Handler will assist with the installation of the new RMMA art galleries in time for its November 2023 public opening and then the installation of the first temporary exhibition in the new museum, which is scheduled to open in March 2024.

They will sometimes be asked to move artworks as needed in the current Snite Museum and in other campus buildings.

They must know and have practiced current art museum professional standards for storing, packing, unpacking, and moving fine art objects properly, and know how to frame works of art.

At times, they may also be asked to assist the Museum’s education curators by moving artworks from storage to the Object Study Room as needed for classes.

Minimum Qualifications

A bachelor’s degree in studio art, graphic design, or a related field and at least 2-3 years of professional experience handling fine art, preferably in a museum or commercial art gallery.

Must know current art museum standards for fine art collections care and safe fine art handling methods; have general construction and painting skills; the ability to operate power tools and work with adhesives and paint safely. Must be able to lift at least 50 lbs. by themselves; be comfortable working on platforms/lifts at heights of 16 ft or more, climbing up and down, and working from ladders at lower heights. Must have a current driver’s license and be willing to become certified in the safe operation of both a forklift and a motorized aerial work platform.

Preferred Qualifications

Education and experience with 2-D and 3-D design software with desktop software such as Google Calendar, Box, and Word; have utilized collections management software; and have the experience and ability to frame artworks.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Must apply using the Notre Dame jobs.nd.edu site. by no later than Wednesday, November 30. 


Snite Museum (41000)

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NIC 2 Coordinator

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Up to $41,000, Commensurae with Experience

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S3 - FT Non-exempt Hourly

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7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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