Paper Conservator

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Museo de Arte de Ponce
Job location: 
Puerto Rico
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US Dollar
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Wednesday, 31 May, 2023 - 12:00

Through access to art-based experiences, the Museo de Arte de Ponce pursues to promote discovery, stimulate curiosity, and foster dialogue to enhance the life of its community. It was founded by Luis A. Ferré (1904-2003), a Puerto Rican philanthropist, industrialist and governor of Puerto Rico, who started buying works of art for the Museum by first establishing The Luis A. Ferré Foundation, in 1957.
The Museum opened its doors to the public on January 3, 1959, in a colonial house in Ponce, Puerto Rico. In 1965, the building that is home today to the Museum was designed by the renowned architect Edward Durell Stone. An Annex Building was added in 2010 to expand its facilities and services to the community. The collection of the Museum consists of approximately 4,500 works of art and is renowned for its great examples of Baroque, Pre-Raphaelite and Victorian paintings as well as Puerto Rican and Latin American art.
Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums since 1987, the Museo de Arte de Ponce has become an essential institution for the educational development and social transformation of our communities.

The Anton J. Konrad Conservation Center, named after its founder, was established in 1979 to conserve and maintain the Museo de Arte de Ponce’s permanent collection. It has 3,420 square feet and it is divided into 3 service areas: conservation of paintings, conservation of works of art on paper and conservation of sculptures and three-dimensional objects. The Conservation Center was the first specialized space dedicated to the preservation of works of art in Puerto Rico. Today, it lends professional advice to other cultural institutions as well as it actively supports the education of future conservation and museum professionals.
The Paper Conservator on is responsible for the conservation and restoration of the museum’s permanent paper collections and those under its temporary custody (itinerant exhibitions). Must possess a conservation master’s degree in paper conservation or equivalent and professional knowledge in conservation of works of art on paper through conservation apprenticeship and museum internships. Must possess advanced knowledge and experience in different paper techniques such as: silk-screen, water color, printmaking, drawings, among others. Must collaborate with teaching basic collection care procedures to interns and supervise their assigned tasks. Agrees to abide by the AIC (American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works) Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice. Reports to the Chief Conservator.

The Paper Conservator on is a full-time, exempt position, with a salary range of $60,000 to $80,000 annually. The specific compensation offered to a candidate may be dependent on a variety of factors, including, but not limited to, the candidate’s experience, education, special licensing or qualifications. Benefits include: medical, dental, vision and organ transplant insurance (fully paid by the museum), paid time off, short term disability insurance, Chrsitmas bonus, relocation fee of $2,000, staff discount in museum shop, paid memberships for professional associations.

Master’s degree in paper conservation and a bachelor’s degree in fine arts, art history or chemistry. Three (3) years of experience in works of art on paper conservation, preferably in a museum environment.

Applications will be accepted only electronically. Please submit a letter of interest, a CV, a portfolio of recent treatments and their documentation. Documentation should be saved as a single document and sent to: Only qualified candidates will be interviewed. Please reference Paper Conservator position opening. EEO EMPLOYER