Associate Preparator

Posted on 06/11/2019

Associate Preparator
Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art – Application Deadline: Open until filled


  • Exhibition installation, preparation, maintenance & disassembly to include hanging artwork using museum standards for handling art in safe manner, and planning for the order and purchase of prep supplies, frames, and other exhibition preparation materials. On and offsite exhibition installations.
  • Work closely with museum registrar and curators in all areas of collection care. This includes working closely with registrars, curators, couriers, university administration, museum administration, guest curators, donors, and lenders.
  • Work closely with museum registrar and curators in all areas of collection care.
  • Pack and crate art work and at times transport artwork. Construct crates for art shipping.
  • Matting and framing of artwork.
  • Design and construct exhibition furniture, including mounts and pedestals for artwork.
  • General painting and patching of gallery walls. 
  • Prepare orders/purchase of prep supplies, frames and other exhibition preparation materials. 

Required Education:
Bachelor Degree, and/or combination of work experience and education, AND 0-18 months museum exhibition experience


  • Able to work well with interdepartmental teams and initiatives
  • Knowledge in the areas of art handling and installation
  • Design and construction skills necessary for crates and exhibition furniture
  • Matting and framing knowledge and experience
  • Exhibition gallery design
  • Knowledge of conservation requirements/standards for artwork and museums
  • Critical thinking
  • Knowledge of mount making
  • Woodworking skills
  • Ability to work under deadlines and pressure

Driver's license to drive university vehicles

Advertised Physical Requirements:
Ability to lift 50 pounds. Must be able to climb, crouch, pull, push, reach, stand, engage in repetitive motions, communicate, hear, including receiving detailed information orally, see including color, depth, perception, and clarity and grasp.

Departmental Preferences:
Bachelors degree in art or related field preferred.
MFA degree preferred.

No Supervisory Duties

Special Instructions:
If you are selected as a final candidate for this position, you will be subject to The University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Tuberculosis Testing policy.  To view the policy, visit

Application Procedures:
Applicants must submit a complete application that includes the application form, resume and cover letter. Apply at

The University of Oklahoma is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.