*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 spaces. 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. *Qualifications:* 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 Photoshop. 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 312-857-7110 alang...@artic.edu -- * ** * **Mirroring China’s Past: Emperors and Their Bronzes** <http://www.artic.edu/exhibition/mirroring-china-s-past-emperors-and-their-bronzes> Through May 13 The Art Institute of Chicago Top Ranked in the World by TripAdvisor—Five Years in a Row ****** Unsubscribe by sending a message to consdistlist-le...@cool.conservation-us.org Searchable archives: http://cool.conservation-us.org/byform/mailing-lists/cdl/