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Special Projects Phototgrapher (Requisition #2017-7093)
The Princeton University Art Museum seeks an exceptional Special Projects Photographer. This position is a six-month term at 50% duty time under the supervision of the Manager of Collections Information in the Information and Technology department. The Special Projects Photographer (SSP) will be solely responsible for the digital photography and image post-processing for over 9,000 negatives and 7,000 fine art photographs from the Minor White Archive (MWA.) The MWA is singularly the most important collection of primary source material in existence by and about the artist, containing his negatives, library, correspondence, and nearly 20,000 prints by himself and other artists. The SSP will utilize state of the art equipment (PhaseOne camera back, CaptureOneCH software, ISO standard golden thread color targets) to produce preservation master Tiffs, high resolution jpeg2000 and deliverable jpeg derivatives. The SSP is responsible for image processing, editing and organizing digital files on Museum storage servers. The successful candidate will record administrative metadata in image headers. The SSP self-manages and documents workflow, from retrieving, securing and returning works of art through image capture, processing and metadata creation.
CONSERVATOR (Requisiton Number D-17-UAM-00001)
Under the supervision of the Chief Registrar and Manager of Collections Services, the Conservator oversees the Museum’s conservation laboratory and has responsibility for the physical care of the Museum’s extensive collections. The Conservator supervises, schedules, and/or performs conservation and preservation of the Museum’s collections, including examination, documentation, analysis, research, preventative maintenance, and treatment. The Conservator also manages all contract conservators, student interns, and volunteers who participate in conservation activities, and coordinates with the Director, curators, registrars, and other staff members to establish procedures and priorities for safe handling, storage, exhibition, and loan of the collections. Moreover, the Conservator collaborates with Museum educators to inform the campus and community about conservation and preservation initiatives. The position requires the ability to develop and oversee faculty and student collaborations and innovative art-science partnerships, and may require the ability to plan and oversee a substantial expansion of the Museum’s conservation activities and facilities at a future date. Working with the Director, the Associate Director for Institutional Advancement, and others, the Conservator assists in the stewardship of donors, prepares grant documents, and advances funding strategies.
Required qualifications include an advanced degree in art conservation. A concentration in painting conservation is preferred, although a background in the conservation of three-dimensional objects may be considered. A minimum of five to ten years of conservation laboratory work beyond the internship level, including administrative or supervisory experience, is essential. Candidates with additional experience will be prioritized.