Art Handler / Preparator

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Contemporary art gallery in Santa Monica, CA seeking art handler/ preparator. Responsibilities include the safe handling of artwork, as well as supporting the team with handling and receiving valuable property. You will be responsible for the completion of installations, deinstallations, as well as packing artworks and site preparation. This is a freelance, project-by-project-based position. Must have a valid drivers license and the ability to drive box trucks for the transportation of artwork.

  • Candidate must be adept at art handling and installation.
  • Have general knowledge of tools and materials
  • Knowledge of best practices and materials for handling, installing, and packing artwork
  • Capable of safely packing artwork for transit
  • Carpentry and building skills are a plus
  • Patient and calm demeanor in high-pressure situations
  • Neat, careful, and clean
  • Detail-oriented and organized
  • Problem solver
  • A team player

Tasks include:

  • Installation and de-installation of rotating exhibitions and viewing rooms.
  • Conducting condition checks for various types of artwork: identifying, noting, and documenting conditions.
  • Locating artworks in storage areas.
  • Preparing the space for client viewings including painting, patching, and installation.
  • Assist with receiving and releasing artworks and loading/off-loading trucks.
  • Ensure the safe packing of works for shipping and storage.
  • Responsible for gallery storage and maintenance.
  • Complete any other ad hoc tasks and projects as necessary.
  • Driving artwork locally