Objects Conservator, Conservation of Modern and Contemporary Art

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Preservation Arts
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Wednesday, 1 June, 2022 - 23:45

Summary: Preservation Arts is expanding and offering a full time position of Objects Conservator, focusing on the treatment of modern and contemporary objects and sculpture.

The conservator will have a unique opportunity to further skills, knowledge, and research into modern and contemporary sculptures, objects, installations, and time-based media art, while working in the fast paced private sector. They will gain experience with a wide variety of artist materials and techniques, condition issues, and treatments. Our projects routinely involve and are informed by, interactions with artists, artist studios and foundations, as well as diverse stakeholders which include major museums, galleries, corporate and private collections nationwide. While the position is primarily treatment-focused, research is an important component. The conservator will work closely with the President of Preservation Arts, Rowan Geiger, on a variety of research projects, including high level material assessments for newly commissioned artworks.


A Master’s degree in conservation with a speciality in objects.

Experience with the treatment and documentation of modern and contemporary artworks.

Excellent documentation and assessment skills.

The conservator should possess a wide range of hand skills, impeccable inpainting skills, and the ability to perform physical tasks both in an indoor and outdoor setting.

Must be able to lift a minimum of 25 pounds and stand for long periods of time while working in an open studio environment or outdoors.

Position Responsibilities: The Preservation Arts Objects Conservator will have the following responsibilities: The conservator will undertake studio treatment of objects as well as occasionally assisting with the conservation of outdoor sculpture in a team setting. There are often opportunities for cross-disciplinary team working such as on exhibitions, public art projects, time based media and murals.

Treatment of Objects: The conservator will undertake a range of treatments on objects and outdoor sculpture for private, institutions, and public clients with differing materials to the highest level of quality, and to AIC ethical guidelines.

Documentation: The conservator will be responsible for documentation and treatment reports in accordance with the Preservation Arts protocols and standards.

Anoxia and Pest Management facility: As needed will assist the Senior Objects Conservator to manage the day to day activities at the Pest Management Facility. This will include assisting in the documentation of objects, equipment troubleshooting, maintaining and monitoring the bubble and/or other enclosures, tracking environment and maintaining supplies.

Research: The conservator will work collaboratively with the President of the company and others to conduct research, write academic papers, or prepare for conference presentations.

Interdisciplinary Duties: The conservator will often be required to work collaboratively and in an interdisciplinary way with other conservators in different departments at Preservation Arts. They will be required occasionally to assist with the Outdoor Sculpture Department projects, and work on site in a team setting.

Represent the Company: Represent Preservation Arts for onsite work at institutions, clients residences and art shipping companies while undertaking assessments, condition reports, condition surveys and treatments. The conservator may occasionally be asked to travel onsite for the above mentioned tasks.

The entire Objects Department will be at the AIC Annual Meeting in Los Angeles as well as presenting, and we will be available to conduct in person interviews at that time.

The company prides itself on providing a creative, positive and supportive team environment. We supported all of our staff through the challenges of the last two years. The staff follows a comprehensive list of COVID 19 procedures and protocols.

Salary range starts at $72,000 per annum for assistant level. Benefits include a medical/dental and retirement plan, as well as an annual stipend for professional development and research.

If you are interested in joining our collaborative and multidisciplinary team, we will encourage and assist you to develop and expand your skills, and produce your best work.

Note: Proof of eligibility to work in the United States must be provided if selected for hire.