*The Art Institute of Chicago – Associate Paintings Conservator*

The Art Institute of Chicago, founded in 1879, is a world-renowned art
museum housing one of the largest permanent collections in the United
States. An encyclopedic museum, the Art Institute collects, preserves, and
interprets works in every medium from all cultures and historical periods.
With a collection of approximately 300,000 art works and artifacts, the
museum has particularly strong holdings in Impressionist and
Post-Impressionist painting, contemporary art, early 20th century European
painting and sculpture, Japanese prints, and photography. The museum’s 2009
addition, the Modern Wing, features the latest in green museum technology
and 264,000 square feet dedicated to modern and contemporary art,
photography, architecture and design, and new museum education facilities.
In addition to displaying its permanent collection, the Art Institute
mounts more than 30 special exhibitions per year and features lectures,
gallery tours, and special performances on a daily basis.

The Art Institute of Chicago seeks to fill the position of Associate
Conservator of Paintings. This is a full-time position with occasional
travel. The Associate Conservator will carry out treatment and research on
a large and varied paintings collection, will assist with preparation,
installation, and documentation for exhibitions and loans, and will take an
active role in museum-wide environmental monitoring of gallery, exhibition,
and storage spaces.  Applicant must be comfortable working within a large,
dynamic museum environment, carrying out assignments both independently and
as part of a team.

*Primary responsibilities:*

Conservation treatment and research on a wide-range of paintings, from old
master to contemporary.  Long-term treatments will focus on pre-20th C
paintings, however, the position requires flexibility and adaptability to
work on all types of paintings as work flow demands.

Technical examination of artworks, including X-radiography, IR imaging,
preparation of all types of supporting documentation, and collaboration
with scientists and curators.

Assistance with all aspects of preparation, installation, and documentation
for exhibitions and loans, including travel as needed.

Assistance with museum-wide environmental monitoring: evaluate and update
protocols for monitoring light levels in galleries and exhibition spaces
working with multiple conservation specialties and scientists to develop a
database for the museum; assist with ongoing monitoring of temperature,
relative humidity and air quality in the galleries, exhibitions and storage

Publish results of research projects in museum publications, social media,
and journals aimed at both professional and general audiences.  Present
conservation research and initiatives at professional conferences, and to
the general public through lectures, tours, and gallery talks.


Applicants must have an advanced degree in art conservation with a
specialization in paintings conservation. A minimum of five years
post-graduate experience is required, with considerable experience working
on pre-20th C paintings. Applicant must have strong written and oral
communication skills.  Knowledge of and interest in preventive conservation
practices preferred.  Candidate should be proficient using Excel and Adobe

Anticipated start date: Fall 2018

Application deadline: June 1, 2018

*How to Apply:*

Candidates should submit their resume, two references, a cover letter
detailing the candidate’s interest in applying for the position and what
skill set the candidate would bring to the position, along with one sample
of a relevant publication, and a portfolio with two or three examples of
projects (please attach all as one document).

Application submission questions apply_h...@artic.edu

Please apply at: https://hrweb.artic.edu/recruit/applyjob.html

*The Art Institute of Chicago is an equal opportunity, equal access
employer fully committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workplace.*

Allison Langley
Head of Paintings Conservation
Art Institute of Chicago


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