Sculpture Technician (Kansas City, MO, USA)

By Carmina Lamare-Bertrand posted 04-16-2019 14:53

  

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
(Part-time, non-exempt)

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, one of the country’s leading art museums is seeking a Sculpture Technician.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is dedicated to the enjoyment and understanding of the visual arts and the varied cultures they represent. At the core of the museum’s vision of the future is the goal of playing a central role in Kansas City life by catalyzing connections to neighbors; an ever-expanding range of visitors; and community, civic and cultural partners in the city and the larger region. In short, the Nelson-Atkins is “where the power of art engages the spirit of the community.” 

POSITION FUNCTION
To provide daily maintenance of thirty-three sculptures in the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park and others in the museum collection donated by the Hall Family Foundation primarily during the spring, summer and fall seasons.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. To clean, wax and repair coatings on the sculptures.
  2.  To report and document damages as required in written and photographic forms
  3.  To assist the Conservator of Objects, Associate Conservator and Conservation Associate in performing treatments or other duties as needed in the sculpture park
  4.  To perform additional duties as assigned.
  5.  Maintain Noguchi sculptures and fountain and monitor and adjust water chemistry.
  6.  Survey, monitor and document condition of W. De Maria sculpture.
  7.  Must be able to work with many different departments and personalities across the institution to achieve desired results.
  8.  Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

  1. Prefer an undergraduate degree in studio art, art history and/or chemistry or equivalent experience.
  2. Must have manual dexterity and the patience of a craftsperson.
  3. Must be comfortable lifting heavy equipment (up to 50lbs.) and working on scaffolding.
  4. Must have the ability to do strenuous work in hot and humid conditions and exposure to sun.
  5. Must be detail oriented and able to interact with staff members and the general public in a polite and courteous manner.
  6. Digital photography skills and familiarity with related software programs (Photoshop) are essential.
  7. Must be self-motivated with the ability to work independently and prioritize the positions daily schedule.
  8. The sculpture collection consist of bronze, stone, wood, glass, gilt and painted fiberglass and metals. Broad knowledge of materials is beneficial.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS
While performing the duties of this job, the Sculpture Technician is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; climb ladders; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.  The worker must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color visions, peripheral vision, and depth perception.  Must also be physically capable of operating a motor vehicle and have a current driver’s license.

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