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Head of Exhibitions



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The Folger Shakespeare Library, located on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, is seeking an innovative leader to join its Collections department as Head of Exhibitions. This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced creative visionary who is interested in establishing an exhibitions program from the ground up.  

Under the supervision of the Eric Weinmann Librarian and Director of Collections, this individual will actively participate in the creation of a new Exhibitions department, with emphasis on re-envisioning the scope, content, and implementation of a dynamic, community-focused program of rare materials display and interpretation. With 6,000ft² of new exhibition space currently under construction, the Head of Exhibitions will play an integral role in designing both permanent and temporary programs in two new halls. 

This individual will supervise up to three full-time employees in the design and installation of gallery content, and be responsible for multi-year planning and coordination with institutional programming goals.   

The standard schedule for this role is Monday-Friday, 8:45am-4:45pm, which is a 35-hour work week with an hour unpaid lunch daily. Installation, de-installation, and courier trips will require work outside normal office hours, including late nights and potential out-of-town travel. These dates will be prescheduled, with very rare last-minute shifts. This position will start out working remotely, and move to a hybrid role as construction is completed. 


  • This position has a salary range of $80,000-$90,000. 
  • Total compensation includes extensive benefits plan, including fully-covered health, dental, and vision insurance and a generous 403b match, outlined at  

Pandemic Response: All staff, contractors, and visitors working or visiting onsite are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and furnish proof of vaccination (unless they have a medical or religious exemption). Masks are required in all shared or public spaces onsite until further notice. 


Leads the creation of a new exhibition program at the Folger, focused on attracting new audiences and introducing them to the Folger’s values and mission, both onsite and through traveling exhibitions. 

Applies creative vision to the long-term planning of the Folger exhibition program – interprets programming goals, Director and Senior Director priorities, institutional mission, and exhibition program values. 

Advises curatorial staff and guest curators on the structural soundness and feasibility of installations, demonstrating a shared understanding of how audiences will encounter works of art and ideas. Collaborates with staff across departments, external partners, and artists to execute a shared vision for exhibitions through the iterative development of an installation’s layout and design solutions. 

Collaborates among exhibition stakeholders – curators, conservators, designers, marketers, fundraisers, sponsors, docents, and other internal colleagues. 

Ensures the integration of institutional programming goals and opportunities into exhibition activities, and activates partnerships internally and externally to create new types of programming for expanded audiences. Maintains a collaborative and cross-institutional approach to exhibition decisions and space usage within the Exhibition Halls. 

Manages external partnerships for successful exhibitions and programming, such as collection item loans, co-hosted displays, conference support, and commemorative event tie-ins. 

Employs creative and thoughtful installation strategies to ensure the safety of collection objects, while allowing audiences to have transformative experiences in the proximity of these objects during events in the galleries.   

Coordinates installation of objects with the experiences of all visitors in mind by adhering to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements, considering the needs of diverse visitors. 

Manages all aspects of design and lighting, and serves as a spokesperson for aesthetic requirements while integrating security and safety of objects. 

Works closely with the Librarian and Associate Librarians to increase communication on priorities and projects throughout the Collections Division and the Folger. 

Co-creates and implements policies for use of new gallery spaces, and manages all aspects of a new department at the Folger. 

Works closely with internal and external design and retail partners to develop exhibition tie-in merchandise and pursue other revenue opportunities. 

Works closely with colleagues in service to institutional goals, and seeks opportunities for exhibitions to support work taking place in other divisions of the Folger. 

Oversees Exhibitions staff (up to three full-time roles) in: 

  • Creating detailed exhibition installation and de-installation plans and budgets 
  • Managing loan process and item tracking for exhibitions 
  • Ensuring accessibility best practices are met in all exhibitions 
  • Coordinating graphic design elements 
  • Orienting key staff to exhibitions, including Security, Visitor Services, and Programming teams 
  • Participating in monitoring for climate, lighting, and safety needs 
  • Developing online content 
  • Managing the departmental budget  

Contributes to the planning and development of proposals to federal agencies, private foundations, and individual donors by writing and reviewing text, and co-developing content such as visual materials and supporting documents (e.g. floor plans, renderings, illustrations, etc.). 

Maintains confidentiality of all sensitive exhibition information. 

This individual may serve as a courier. 

Serves on committees as requested.  

Performs other duties as assigned. 


Education and Experience: 

  • M.A. in Museum Studies or related field, or equivalent experience in exhibitions with rare materials, is required. 
  • Experience in a similar position, including management of staff, is required. 
  • Experience with exhibitions and/or art handling in a rare materials library, art museum, or similar environment is preferred. 
  • Experience with and knowledge of standard loan and registration practices preferred, including experience with government regulations, international regulations, and legal requirements relating to collections. 
  • Experience implementing architectural and exhibition fabrication/production techniques is needed. 
  • Work experience in oversight of museum or climate-controlled environments, including knowledge of established museum practices with lighting, temperature, and humidity, is desired. 
  • Experience with lighting works in a museum environment, and demonstrated knowledge of current museum lighting technologies, including preventative conservation and lighting design, is helpful. 

Knowledge and Skills: 

  • Must have excellent administrative and communication skills, and exceptional organizational and interpersonal skills. 
  • Must be able to manage and implement budgets, bid out contracts and negotiate terms and conditions, and keep accurate and detailed records. 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, practical experience with electronic databases, and proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point are required. 
  • Must be able to prioritize and meet deadlines, and work independently and in collaboration with others with a very high degree of accuracy. 
  • Understanding of current museum methodologies and trends is needed. 
  • Familiarity with art and rare materials handling is necessary; specific training on Folger collection(s) will be provided.  

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements: 

This position operates in a professional office and library/museum environment. The employee may be exposed to various components of an office environment, such as fluorescent lighting, pollen, dust, recycled air, cooling fans, semi-enclosed areas, central heating, seasonal warmer temperatures, and office noise. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  

  • Normal work week is Monday-Friday, 8:45am-4:45pm. This is a 35-hour work week with an hour unpaid lunch daily. 
  • Installation, de-installation, and courier trips will require work outside of normal office hours, including late nights and possible out-of-town travel. These dates will be prescheduled, with very rare last-minute shifts. 
  • Must have dexterity to handle fragile items with great care. 
  • Ability to work at a computer for an extended period of time, with accuracy, is required. Desk includes sit-stand options. 
  • Willingness and capacity to work in an office environment at a workstation, and to come and go repeatedly throughout the day as needed to perform various responsibilities is needed. 
  • Capacity to communicate, in-person or using video, phone, or electronic communication methods in a manner which can be understood by others, is required. 
  • Must have the ability to direct and guide the work of interns or fellows involved in exhibition work as needed. 

Supervisory Duties: 

Direct supervision of Exhibitions staff (anticipated to be up to 3 full-time roles). May direct the work of colleagues working on exhibitions. 

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Dept-Registar's Office - Maintainer/Fine Art Packer



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About the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art collects, studies, conserves, and presents significant works of art across all times and cultures in order to connect people to creativity, knowledge, and ideas.

The Met presents over 5,000 years of art from around the world for everyone to experience and enjoy. The Museum lives in two iconic sites in New York City—The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters. Since it was founded in 1870, The Met has always aspired to be more than a treasury of rare and beautiful objects. Every day, art comes alive in the Museum's galleries and through its exhibitions and events, revealing both new ideas and unexpected connections across time and across cultures.


The Maintainer will report to the Associate Manager Packing and Art Services.  The Maintainer is responsible for the packing and unpacking of artwork both to and from the Museum as well as handling the art in a safe and proper manner.


  • Art handling and packing of art objects
  • Constructing wooden packing crates using manual and/or power tools while following standard safety procedures
  • Lifting and moving packing crates safely and properly
  • Measuring artwork and calculating interior and exterior specifications of packing materials 
  • Candidate must complete Security Threat Assessment application
  • Other duties as assigned


Fully vaccinated with an FDA or WHO authorized vaccine (or approved for an exemption as a reasonable accommodation due to a disability, sincerely held religious belief, or pregnancy, or because you are a victim of domestic violence, stalking, or sex offenses).

Experience and Skills:

  • Minimum two years’ experience working with detailed and/or fragile materials is required.  The detailed and/or fragile materials need not be artwork, but the appropriate candidate must have experience in a field with an equivalent skill set.
  • Minimum two years’ experience with power tools (saws, drills, pneumatic guns), ability to do mathematical calculations, ability to lift a minimum of 100 lbs. with or without assistance, and carpentry skills are all required.
  • Candidate must be detail oriented, able to work under pressure and with close supervision.
  • Candidate must be able to interact in a professional manner with Metropolitan Museum of Art staff and visiting museum professionals.  
  • Candidate must be willing to work regularly scheduled overtime and be available to work overtime during busy exhibition periods.

Knowledge and Education:

  • Knowledge of basic packing materials required
  • A Bachelor’s degree is preferred with a minimum of an Associate’s degree required


The Metropolitan Museum of Art provides equal opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, alienage or citizenship status, marital status or domestic partner status, genetic information, genetic predisposition or carrier status, gender identity, HIV status, military status and any other category protected by law in all employment decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, training and apprenticeship, promotion, upgrading, demotion, downgrading, transfer, lay-off and termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment.

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Art Handler/Framer



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Established Soho Photography gallery seeks art handler/preparator available to start immediately.

Duties include:

- packing photographs for shipping and storage
- exhibition preparations, installations, and de-installations
- general gallery maintenance and upkeep
- mat cutting and fine art framing
- ordering packing and shipping materials and supplies
- organizing inventory and managing storage
- art fair transportation and installation
- inspection of prints at printers and framers

Requirements include:

- experience matting and framing (important)
- experience handling photographs
- experience in fast-pace gallery setting
- professional demeanor
- personable with good communication skills
- good computer and moderate Photoshop skills
- ability to multi-task multiple short-term and long-term projects

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