Senior Mountmaker

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The Getty
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Getty Villa
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Saturday, 8 January, 2022 - 00:00

The J. Paul Getty Museum seeks a qualified Senior Mountmaker to join the Department of Antiquities Conservation located at the Getty Villa. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in museum mountmaking with experience in designing mounts for a diverse collection, including archaeological materials and large-scale objects, as well as exhibition installation. Preference will be given to applicants who are proficient in seismic mountmaking and have an interest in advancing knowledge and practices in this field. Working as a collegial and engaged team member with other mountmakers, conservators, and curators at the Getty Villa, and with Museum staff across two campuses, the Senior Mountmaker will design and fabricate mounts for exhibitions, during special conservation treatments, and supports for photography. They will undertake research into material use and technological innovation and strive to advance methods for the safe display of works of art for the display of the Museum’s collection, special exhibition program, and out-going loans.

Major Job Responsibilities
Applies expert knowledge of current best practices in seismic mountmaking techniques and theories, as well as in conservation ethics.
Designs and fabricates unique and complex mounts for a wide variety of objects and loans.
Collaborates on the design and production of both temporary and long-term mounts to aid in conservation treatments.
Researches materials and technologies to use in the fabrication of mounts and fixtures of works of art.
Collaborates across departments to develop detailed plans, coordinate work schedules, and monitor budgets for exhibitions.
Ensures mountmaking records are thoroughly documented.
Researches and develops technologies and engineering concepts to house and protect objects from seismic risk. This includes testing mount designs and materials for their ability to safely withstand seismic activity.
Contributes to the advancement of the field through lectures and publications.
Collaborates across institutions on initiatives that mutually benefit and contribute expertise to the profession.
Couriers works of art for loan exhibitions.
Works with outside institutions to design mounts for in-coming loans, including possible site visits to other collections.
May coordinate and supervise the work of other mountmakers and outside contractors.
Create presentations to professional audiences or the public.

Bachelor’s degree in fine arts, studio arts, conservation, design, engineering or industrial arts
7-10 years experience in design and fabrication of mounts and handling of art objects, 5 years of which in a museum

All employees must be fully-vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus as a condition of employment. Exemptions from this requirement as a reasonable accommodation due to medical contraindication, disability or sincerely held religious belief or practice will be considered.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Advanced fabrication experience in a variety of materials and techniques (machining, welding, shop tool use).
Advanced knowledge of proper art-handling protocols.
Experience with seismic mitigation fundamentals and techniques.
Ability to visualize and apply solutions to complex structural and dynamic problems.
Skilled with CAD software that aids in design and analysis, such as Vectorworks or Rhinoceros.
Skilled in the use of Artec Eva, Spider and/or Leo 3D scanners and processing software, and the ability to operate 3D printers.
Advanced knowledge of rigging large scale sculptures in a safe and controlled manner, including the ability to design and implement lifting rigs, when necessary.
Demonstrated ability to collaborate and direct teams across disciplines, as well as build long-term relationships.
Advanced knowledge of exhibition installations.

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