The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, one of the country's leading art museums is seeking a Part-time Sculpture Technician to join its Conservation and Collections Management team.
One of the country's leading art museums, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is dedicated to the enjoyment and understanding of the visual arts and the varied cultures they represent. At the core of the museum's vision of the future is the goal of playing a central role in Kansas City life by catalyzing connections to neighbors; an ever-expanding range of visitors; and community, civic and cultural partners in the city and the larger region. In short, the Nelson-Atkins is "where the power of art engages the spirit of the community." Museum Collections The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is recognized as one of the world's finest encyclopedic art museums, with collections encompassing more than 40,000 art objects, including masterpieces from diverse world cultures spanning 5,000 years of history. Well known for the arts of China and also Japan, South and Southeast Asia, the museum also holds significant European art, American art, American Indian art, African art and a magnificent photography collection. In addition, the Nelson-Atkins boasts strong modern and contemporary collections with a major emphasis on sculpture that supports the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park, which includes over 30 monumental works. The encyclopedic collection represents a pinnacle of artistic achievement and serves as evidence of humankind's history, religions, philosophies, aspirations, and daily lives. POSITION FUNCTION: To provide daily maintenance of thirty-three sculptures in the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park and others in the museum collection donated by the Hall Family Foundation primarily during the spring, summer and fall seasons. PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES: * To clean, wax and repair coatings on the sculptures. * To report and document damages as required in written and photographic forms * To assist the Conservator of Objects, Associate Conservator and Conservation Associate in performing treatments or other duties as needed in the sculpture park * To perform additional duties as assigned. * Maintain Noguchi sculptures and fountain and monitor and adjust water chemistry. * Survey, monitor and document condition of W. De Maria sculpture. * Must be able to work with many different departments and personalities across the institution to achieve desired results. QUALIFICATIONS: * Prefer an undergraduate degree in studio art, art history and/or chemistry or equivalent experience. * Must have manual dexterity and the patience of a craftsperson. * Must be comfortable lifting heavy equipment (up to 50lbs.) and working on scaffolding. * Must have the ability to do strenuous work in hot and humid conditions and exposure to sun. * Must be detail oriented and able to interact with staff members and the general public in a polite and courteous manner. * Digital photography skills and familiarity with related software programs (Photoshop) are essential. * Must be self-motivated with the ability to work independently and prioritize the positions daily schedule. * The sculpture collection consist of bronze, stone, wood, glass, gilt and painted fiberglass and metals. Broad knowledge of materials is beneficial. *This position description may not be a complete list of all responsibilities expected of this position. PHYSICAL DEMANDS: While performing the duties of this job, the Sculpture Technician is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; climb ladders; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The worker must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color visions, peripheral vision, and depth perception. Must also be physically capable of operating a motor vehicle and have a current driver's license. DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION STATEMENT: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion. Our staff and volunteers are among our most valuable assets. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities and talent that our staff and volunteers invest in their work represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our reputation and achievement as well. We embrace and encourage our staffs' and volunteers' differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make us unique. 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