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Art Handler - Contract Based

Atelier Fine Art Services

Atelier FAS, LLC is seeking an eager and qualified Art Handler to work 4 to 5 days a week on a 4 month long period with the opportunity for extension of contract or full-time employment after the initial 4 month period is completed. The Art Handler will work as part of a team of art handlers in the successful completion of art services tasks including, but not limited to, art installation, transportation, art exhibition packing, crating, and storage warehouse registration and organization. The Art Handler must have a dedication to the Atelier culture of excellence in art stewardship, a clear understanding of tools and materials, awareness of museum best practices and standards, good hand skills, and the ability to work in a high-pressure environment while keeping a cool head. The Art Handler reports directly to the Art Technician or Project Manager for daily operations in the successful completion of each project and must have a clean-cut professional appearance at all times. Prior experience is required. Pay will be commensurate with prior experience. 

Atelier FAS, LLC is a full-service fine art services company with locations in New York, Philadelphia and Delaware. Atelier works directly with major cultural institutions and prominent private collections as well as major national and international galleries. Atelier FAS has two museum-quality storage facilities on the East Coast, and employs staff in the areas of Client Services, Logistics, Operations, Art Handling, Registration, Fabrication, Storage and Security.

Requirements:

  • BA or BFA with at least one-year experience in art handling within, or for, museums, cultural institutions, or galleries.
  • The Art Handler is expected to have basic carpentry skills, truck driving skills preferred.
  • Physical Requirements: Physically capable of lifting objects weighing up to 80 pounds; physically capable of moving objects weighing up to 150 pounds; and physically capable of climbing ladders up to 20 feet and working on scaffolding and lifts of at least 30 feet; physically capable of using hand tools such as drills, hammer, screwdrivers, pliers, and wrenches.
  • Visual Requirements: Some computer use, ability to see and ascertain condition of artworks as they are being handled.
  • Hearing Requirements: Telephone use; ability to hear instructions, as to how an object is being handled and moved.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Good understanding and judgment in the handling and conveyance of collection objects as it relates to the condition, media, placement, and weight of objects.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills which will be used to maintain contact with office staff.
  • Ability to work well with others as well as the ability to work independently.
  • Maintain a professional appearance and demeanor at all times.
  • Art handling of artworks of various media. Activities such as unframing and reframing of paintings and works on paper may be required, securing new hardware to frames, removal of objects from display cases, and the set-up and dismantling of scaffolding and ladders may be required. 
  • Responsible for reporting any damage that may occur during handling, or any damage that may be noted prior to handling, to Atelier Senior Staff.
  • Responsible for keeping work space and collection storage areas maintained and clean.
  • Completing other assignments as requested
Education Level: 
BA or BFA
To Apply

Please send an email with your resume and cover letter in a single PDF attachment to Resumes@AtelierFAS.com. Please include the position you are applying for (Art Handler-PA).