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Art Handler/Preparator


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Salary is commensurate with experience.


  • General Art Movement
    • Responsible for object movement and retrieval for all areas of the museum including off site
    • Responsible for installation/de-installation of collection & loans in galleries
    • Assist with loading and unloading of crates to & from delivery trucks
    • Works with registrars to retrieve frames from offsite storage
  • General Gallery Maintenance
    • Removes and replaces substitute works of art being prepared to go on loan
    • Assists conservation in the rotation of manuscripts & other works on paper
    • Installs case security hardware, cleans vitrines, repairs/touch-up wall and pedestals as needed
    • Retrieves requested objects from cases in galleries for visiting scholars and conservators
  • Collection Maintenance
    • Collaborates with registrars to maintain care of the collection in storage and in galleries
    • Works in storage to accommodate space for incoming/returning works to the collection
    • Maintains daily tracking of art movement throughout museum
    • Carries of maintenance of shop tools, carts, lifts and related material
  • Fabrication
    • Collaborates with conservation on design of brass mounts to display objects
    • Collaborates with conservation to design and construct cradles to display manuscripts
    • Assists with the fabrication and assembly of display components such as cases and interiors
    • May be required to mat and frame works on paper
  • Other Duties
    • Shifting material in storage to create more room
    • Help with removal of display cases to and from wood shop
    • Help in the construction of temporary storage
    • Prepare/build temporary pallets for transport/storage


  • AA or BFA or equivalent museum experience
  • Knowledge of museum practices related to art handling, packing, rigging and mount fabrication
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Skilled in use of power/hand tools
  • Must be able to follow directives
  • Strong manual dexterity
  • Ability to work on feet for a sustained length of time

Job Type: Full-time

The Walters Art Museum provides an excellent comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental, prescription, vision, subsidized transportation and parking, museum membership, FSA (flexible spending account), 457b retirement, and free professional financial management counseling.

Salary is commensurate with experience. For consideration, send your résumé and cover letter including salary requirements to

The Walters Art Museum is an Equal Opportunity, Equal Access Employer. Our policy prohibits discrimination based on race, creed, color, national origin, religion, age, sex or gender (including pregnancy), veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identify, marital status, mental or physical disabilities, or any other legally protected characteristic. This policy applies to all employment actions and complies with all provisions of federal, state, and local laws enforcing nondiscrimination in employment practices. Volunteering opportunities and employment at the Walters is contingent on a favorable investigative background check. The museum is a drug-free and smoke-free workplace. The Walters Art Museum is an at-will employer.

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