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Subject: Position at Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

Position at Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

From: Tracy Pon <tpon>
Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2006
Textile conservator
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco offers an exciting opportunity
for an experienced professional textile conservator to conserve and
restore Asian textiles in this world-renowned collection. The
museum's textile collections span a magnificent range from
Imperial Chinese to Indonesian and contemporary Bhutanese works.
This is a regular, part-time position with 16 hours (2 days) per
week.  The nature of this highly skilled work requires manual
dexterity, intense concentration, and aesthetic sensibility in
addition to excellent organizational skills. The incumbent must have
the ability to prioritize work, coordinate and consult with
curators, preparators, and other museum professionals, and sequence
projects in order to meet agreed-upon deadlines.

Examples of duties:

    1.  Writes condition reports on new acquisitions, art requiring
        treatment, art installed in in-house exhibitions, outgoing
        loans, and traveling exhibitions; conducts surveys of art
        works in storage and on exhibit to determine stability as

    2.  Performs conservation treatments including consolidating,
        cleaning and repairing; conducts scientific tests that aid
        in the authentication and treatment of art; determines the
        materials of fabrication and assesses the stability of the
        object; arranges consultancy resources for additional
        scientific analysis or treatment as needed; provides
        photographic documentation.

    3.  Improves storage and installation methods; investigates and
        researches materials used in contact with textiles such as
        packaging materials, display mounts, and storage cases;
        recommends acceptable environmental control conditions for
        storage and display and equipment for humidification,
        dehumidification, and light levels; advises the building
        engineers on the physical requirements of the collection;
        monitors environmental conditions to ensure appropriate
        conditions are maintained.

    4.  Advises on issues related to preventative conservation,
        including but not limited to storage fixtures,
        isolation/pest control facilities, conservation studio
        design and equipment, and gallery installation methods;
        advises on design of mounts for the proper display, storage,
        and treatment of textiles.

Minimum Qualifications:

    Master of Arts Degree in Art Conservation from a recognized
    college or university, OR:  Master of Arts Degree in Art History
    with a Certificate in Conservation from a recognized
    Conservation Training Program; OR: equivalent training and
    experience AND

    Three (3) years of verifiable conservation experience, beyond
    the degree or certificate, with the techniques, materials, and
    equipment used in the conservation of Asian textiles; or an
    equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

    Knowledge of the technology and materials of Asian textiles and
    of the chemical and physical processes of their deterioration.

    Knowledge of the procedures relating to the examination and the
    preventative and corrective treatment of textiles including
    machine and hand sewing skills.

    Knowledge of the environmental requirements and of controls for
    handling, storage, exhibition, and travel of textiles.

For a full job details, please visit <URL:>

Compensation: $22-81-27.40/hr.
Please note: this position is represented by SEIU 790

Application Procedure:  Apply online at
<URL:> or send a letter of interest and
resume immediately to:

    Human Resources
    Asian Art Museum
    200 Larkin Street
    San Francisco CA 94102
    Fax: 415-861-2359

The Asian Art Museum is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Tracy Pon
Human Resources Specialist
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
200 Larkin Street | San Francisco, CA 94102
Fax: 415-861-2359

                  Conservation DistList Instance 19:33
                Distributed: Wednesday, January 18, 2006
                       Message Id: cdl-19-33-018
Received on Tuesday, 17 January, 2006

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