Associate Conservator of Paintings

The Philadelphia Museum of Art
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Saturday, 15 July, 2017

The Philadelphia Museum of Art seeks to fill the position of Associate Conservator of Paintings. Qualified candidates will have academic credentials from a recognized conservation training program and specialized experience beyond the degree in the study, care, and treatment of paintings. This position requires significant museum experience in the typical range of conservation activities involved in optimal preservation and presentation of a large and varied paintings collection, in the support of active loan and exhibition programs, and in cooperative work with staff at large to meet departmental and institutional goals.

Reporting to the Senior Conservator of Paintings, the Associate Conservator has direct responsibility for conservation of a renowned and growing collection of paintings spanning many cultures and curatorial departments. Candidates must possess outstanding visual and manual aptitudes, strong written and oral communication skills, a sound art-historical and technical knowledge of painting, and demonstrated ability to deal with the complexities and dynamic pace of a large cultural institution.

Duties include:
Examination, integrated technical and historical study, documentation, and treatment of paintings in the collection

Assessing condition of paintings requested for loan or being considered for acquisition, and documentation of the condition of incoming or outgoing loans

Advising on installations, storage, handling, packing, and transport of paintings

Working with conservation scientists in chemical and instrumental analysis and characterization of materials and construction of works of art

Supervising and instructing conservation junior staff, post-graduate fellows, interns, and technicians

Promoting awareness of the role and work of the museum's Conservation Department, in part through developing content for public outreach

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Applications should include pdf files containing a statement of interest, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references familiar with the candidate's critical judgment, treatment work, and interpersonal and organizational skills. The recruitment system allows multiple attachments with your application.

Questions may be directed to Teresa A. Lignelli, The Aronson Senior Conservator of Paintings: