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CURRENT OPEN POSITIONS


 

Post Graduate Paintings Conservation Fellowship

Williamstown, Massachusetts  –  January 2024

 

The Williamstown + Atlanta Art Conservation Center seeks a qualified and motivated Post Graduate Painting Conservation Fellow to join our team at our Stone Hill Center located in Williamstown, MA. This is a fantastic opportunity for a recent graduate in paintings conservation who seeks to gain significant experience in practical conservation treatment, project management, and teaching. This is a one-year fellowship with the possibility of renewal for a second year.

 

The candidate would be joining a team of three multi-disciplined paintings conservators that work on a wide range of paintings, from 14th century to modern and contemporary works. The conservators in the paintings studio work closely with colleagues in the paper, objects, furniture, and analytical departments and with our colleagues in W+AACC’s Atlanta Conservation Center for a cross-disciplinary, collaborative approach to treatment and collection care. Our diverse range of projects provides the opportunity to work closely with many museums and academic institutions as well as private collectors and the public. The conservation fellow will gain significant practical experience with multiple approaches to structural work (i.e., lining, de-lining, tear repair), surface cleaning, varnish removal, filling, and retouching.

 

The conservation staff is supported by an in-house imaging specialist, conservation technicians, a preparator, and a talented administrative team. Our analytical laboratory and relationship with the Williams College Chemistry Department provide opportunities to integrate technical analysis into conservation methodology. Please see past issues of our Art Conservator publication to see what our community of conservators has been working on and the scope of projects that come through the Center.

 

Education and professional development is integral to our mission as a regional center. Our conservators teach in the graduate art history department at Williams College and provide mentorship to graduate and pre-program conservation interns. The successful candidate will demonstrate an interest and experience in education and preservation outreach.

 

Duties of this position:

  • Design and carry out examination and conservation treatment on a wide range of paintings from the 14thcentury to the 21st
  • Design and perform a range of collection surveys, institutional assessments, and consultations.
  • Collaborate with other conservation and collections professionals in developing and performing treatments and in preventive care activities.
  • Learn estimation practices for treatment duration and materials costs.
  • Communicate with collection stewards regarding inquiries and projects, in coordination with W+AACC’s administrative staff.
  • Interact professionally with a broad range of people concerning conservation and preservation, both in person, over the phone, and via electronic communications.
  • Conduct research to understand objects and to support recommended treatment protocols.
  • Perform onsite work which may involve organizational assessments, collection surveys, examinations, treatments, and consulting.
  • Participate in interdepartmental projects, acting as lead conservator on projects, as assigned.
  • Work with colleagues in other specializations and oversee interns and volunteers, as assigned.
  • Actively participate in W+AACC’s education programs – teaching, lecturing, and leading tours including instruction for a Williams College Graduate Art History course (ARTH 508).
  • Represent W+AACC in meetings with potential clients, donors, and other professionals.
  • Participate in staff meetings.
  • Stay current with theoretical discourse, best practice, and innovation in the field.

Applicant Requirements:

  • A Master’s degree in conservation OR equivalent educational experience.
  • Excellent communication, time management, and interactive skills for frequent collaboration on projects with other departments and member professionals.
  • Active membership in the American Institute for Conservation.
  • Demonstrated versatility and interest in the performance of techniques and materials used to treat a wide variety of paintings.
  • Experience with structural repair, including lining.
  • Experience with the use of the Modular Cleaning Program and/or methodology for the cleaning of unvarnished surfaces (i.e., modern oil or acrylic).
  • Experience with integrating technical analysis into treatment methodologies.
  • Ability to travel to onsite projects in the surrounding region and beyond, as required.
  • Ability to work on scaffolding indoors and out, stand for prolonged periods, lift 40lbs., have a valid driver’s license, and be legally able to work in the United States.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and FileMaker (Preferred).

Compensation + Benefits: 

  • Salary for the Fellowship is $50,000, commensurate with experience.
  • A competitive benefits package is offered including health insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, short- and long-term disability, 403b with 5% employer match, holidays, vacation sick, personal, and research days.
  • A professional development allowance of $1,000 is provided towards workshops and conferences and support for half of the membership dues in the American Institute for Conservation is provided.

Applications are requested as soon as possible. Interviews will begin as soon as applications are received.

 

Applications should include a letter of interest, a portfolio demonstrating three treatments that address the requirements, and a CV. Please send applications to Maggie Barkovic at [email protected].

 

About the Center:

The Williamstown + Atlanta Centers are non-for-profit regional conservation centers that provide conservation expertise and treatment for collections belonging to member institutions, organizations, nonprofit and corporate collection stewards , and private individuals that do not have their own conservation resources. Our state-of-the-art conservation facility in the Berkshires was designed by Pritzker Prize architect, Tadao Ando, and is located on the campus of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, adjacent to Williams College campus.

 

W+AACC’s mission is to protect, conserve and maintain heritage objects from all cultures; to provide examination, treatment, consultation, and related conservation services for member institutions and other non-profit organizations, corporations, and individuals; to conduct educational programs with respect to the care and conservation of works of art and objects of cultural interest; to participate in the training of conservators; to promote the importance of conservation and increase the awareness of the issues pertinent to collections care; and to conduct research and disseminate knowledge to advance the profession.

 

Our conservation and preservation work touches upon objects born of all cultures, all times, all geographies, and all belief systems. It is imperative that W+AACC conduct its work within an environment that transcends any race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, age, veteran status, citizenship, immigration status, disability, or protected class. At W+AACC, all perspectives are relevant, vital, and welcome in the development and implementation of the best solutions to conserve, preserve, and share our visual material culture.


 

Preparator

Williamstown, Massachusetts  –  January 2024

 

Position Description

The Williamstown + Atlanta Art Conservation Centers (W+AACC) seeks a qualified and motivated Preparator to join our team to assist the Paper, Objects, Furniture, and Paintings Conservators and other staff in their work at our location in Williamstown, MA.

The Preparator assists the conservators and others by tracking object location, receiving, unpacking, unwrapping, unframing, reframing, moving, handling, rewrapping, repacking, and releasing objects to transport providers and clients. They will also assist with team-based projects such as installing, deinstalling, and transporting objects and the maintenance of the wood shop. The Preparator will work with all Williamstown staff and clients and reports to the Director of Operations.

 

The Preparator’s duties include:

  • Tracking object location within the W+AACC faculty. (10%)
  • Receiving objects entering the Williamstown Center. (15%)
  • Unpacking and unwrapping objects for conservation, analytic, and imaging services. (10%)
  • Unframing and reframing works. (10%)
  • Moving objects as requested within the Williamstown facility. (15%)
  • Rewrapping and repacking objects as requested. (10%)
  • Releasing objects for transport out of the Center by owners and owning institutions. (10%)
  • Assisting in team-based work involving objects, conservation work, and preservation activities which may require use of specialized hand and power tools. (10%)
  • Assisting in transporting objects, as needed. (5%)
  • Attending staff meetings and performing other duties as assigned. (5%)
  • Adhering to all relevant health and safety practices for hazardous materials and tools.
  • Performing care and maintenance of wood shop and preparation studio tools and equipment.

 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Art, Art History, or closely related field from a recognized college or university or a combination of equivalent experience and education.
  • Ability to handle objects of all media, delicate scientific instruments, and hazardous materials with extreme care.
  • One year of related experience handling art objects and working in an art conservation laboratory; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
  • Basic knowledge of equipment, materials, and techniques used in housing, storing, and displaying art objects.
  • Ability to learn knowledge and techniques used in conservation and to use lab equipment and devices used in the labs and in environmental monitoring.
  • Ability to follow specific instructions and to work effectively with other staff and colleagues.
  • Good judgment, a careful approach, and a flexible workstyle are required.
  • Demonstrated physical ability to handle and work on large objects, indoors and outdoors, on ladders/scaffolding, as necessary, stand for prolonged periods, and lift over 50 lbs.
  • Ability to travel offsite for specific projects and stay away several days as needed.
  • Collaboration on projects across specializations is common; the applicant must exhibit effective communication skills, work well in a team setting, be willing and able to learn new techniques, and be able to understand and follow detailed instructions.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and credentials permitting legal work in the U.S.

 

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for this position starts at $45,000. The salary offered to the applicant will be based on the applicant’s combination of skills, abilities, experience, and education.

 

A competitive benefits package is offered including health insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, short- and long-term disability, 403b with 5% employer match, holidays, vacation, sick, and personal days.

 

To Apply

Applications are requested as soon as possible. Interviews will begin as qualified applications are received.

 

Applications should include a letter of interest, résumé, and contact information for three references to Julie Reilly, W+AACC’s Executive Director, at [email protected].

 

About W+AACC

The Williamstown + Atlanta Centers are nonprofit regional conservation centers that provide conservation expertise and treatment for collections belonging to 57 member institutions, nonprofit, corporate, and private stewards. Our Williamstown Center is located on the grounds of the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA.

 

W+AACC’s mission is to protect, conserve and maintain heritage objects from all cultures; to provide examination, treatment, consultation, and related conservation services for member institutions and other non-profit organizations, corporations, and individuals; to conduct educational programs with respect to the care and conservation of works of art and objects of cultural interest; to participate in the training of conservators; to promote the importance of conservation and increase the awareness of the issues pertinent to collections care; and to conduct research and disseminate knowledge to advance the profession.

 

Our conservation and preservation work touches upon objects born of all cultures, all times, all geographies, and all belief systems. It is imperative that W+AACC conduct its work within an environment that transcends any race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, age, veteran status, citizenship, immigration status, disability, or protected class. At W+AACC, all perspectives are relevant, vital, and welcome in the development and implementation of the best solutions to conserve, preserve, and share our visual material culture.