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Paintings Conservator

Monday, June 30, 2014

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Paintings Conservator

Conservation department

The Detroit Institute of Arts seeks a Paintings Conservator to care for one of the finest encyclopedic paintings collections in the country. The successful applicant will manage the Paintings Conservation Lab, joining a department that includes conservators in paper and objects, a research scientist, an imaging specialist, and a mounts specialist. Position requirements include:

·         Examination, treatment, and research related to the comprehensive DIA paintings collection, ranging from early European to contemporary art.

·         Sound knowledge of artists’ techniques and materials from every period. 

·         Thorough understanding of conservation theory and practice.

·         Comprehensive understanding of museum care and preservation, essential to the role of the Conservation Department in gallery display and storage environments.

·         Assessments, preparation, treatments, and courier travel related to the museum’s active loan program. 

·         Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with colleagues within the Conservation Department and from other departments throughout the museum. 

The successful candidate should be a graduate of one of the recognized fine arts conservation programs with a paintings specialization and have at least five years of experience, preferably in a museum environment. In addition to possessing the requisite paintings conservation expertise, the candidate must also have excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, and excellent organizational ability, extending from managing the conservation workload to developing and implementing a budget for the paintings section. Conservators report to the Director of Conservation. 

The position is full-time with excellent benefits and compensation commensurate with experience.    Please provide a letter of intent, curriculum vita, writing sample, and contact information for three professional references in a single PDF file. The position will remain open until filled. Applications must be submitted online HERE.

The Detroit Institute of Arts is an Equal Opportunity Employer


The Detroit Institute of Arts is an Equal Opportunity Employer