Preparator Opportunities: Block Museum - Northwestern University
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Preparators at The Block Museum

Preparator Opportunities

Under the supervision of the Lead Preparator and Chief Registrar, preparators are responsible for all aspects involving the physical installation and care of exhibitions and collections, and work closely with other museum professionals and artists. 

The Block Museum Exhibits and Collections Department maintains an ongoing roster of preparators and is happy to meet anyone interested in being added to our list, as our crew numbers fluctuate with each exhibition.

If you have previous preparator experience and would like to be considered, please contact Lead Preparator Mark Leonhart


Typical Duties

Engage in all activities related to the turnaround of exhibitions from gallery preparation to art handling, including:

  • moving crates into and out of the building
  • packing and unpacking objects
  • building and painting temporary walls
  • preparing cases, platforms and mounts for display
  • installing signage and graphics
  • installing works of art
  • assisting visiting artists with site-specific work
  • coordinating and installing audio-visual components
  • lighting exhibits
Assist with special projects, collections care and maintenance, external pick-up & delivery.

Required Skills

  • ability to perform tasks in professional manner according to established standards
  • solid work ethic, collaborative spirit and cheerful flexibility
  • ability to lift 50 pounds and climb ladders
  • meticulous attention to detail and safety