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Subject: Posting at Glenstone

Posting at Glenstone

From: Laura Linton <laura.linton<-a>
Date: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Director of Conservation

Reports to: Founder and Chief Administrative Officer

Key Relationships: Curatorial, Facilities

Background: Located on 200 acres in Potomac, Maryland, Glenstone
strives to provide visitors with a unique experience through the
seamless integration of art, architecture, and landscape.  Its first
exhibition building was designed by late architect Charles Gwathmey
and opened to the public in 2006.  It hosts a series of rotating
exhibitions with artworks drawn from Glenstone's permanent
collection of postwar art.  The outdoor landscape is home to
monumental sculptures carefully placed amidst rolling pasture and
unspoiled woodland.  Admission is always free, and visits are
scheduled by appointment to encourage an unhurried, intimate
engagement between the viewer and their surroundings.

Glenstone is now embarking upon an expansion in order to strengthen
its commitment to the viewing public.  The centerpiece of this
project will be the construction of a new exhibition building
designed by Thomas Phifer and Partners.  The building will highlight
a series of discreet pavilions, or "rooms" surrounding a central
water courtyard, many of which will be devoted to single-artist
installations.  It will provide significantly expanded gallery space
and state of the art collection storage.  Landscape architects Peter
Walker and Partners will also oversee a revised master plan of
Glenstone's outdoor landscape.  Finally, the expansion will
incorporate a new public entrance and visitor amenities, to support
a more comfortable and rewarding visit.

Job Purpose: The successful Director of Conservation candidate will
bring a broad range of skills to the position in order to fully
initiate an extensive conservation program for the museum.

Essential Duties: The primary goal is to comprehensively address the
conservation needs of Glenstone's collection which is comprised of
painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, installations,
electronic media, and outdoor sculpture.  Applicants should have a
background in objects conservation and ideally some experience
working with installation art and/or works with electronic media

She/he will be responsible for all aspects of establishing a
conservation program to include treatment, condition assessments,
and documentation for works in the collection falling within their
area of expertise as well as supervising contract conservators
addressing other types of materials.  In addition, the Director of
Conservation will play an active role in Glenstone's ongoing
exhibition and outgoing loan program, providing guidance and support
as needed for stewardship and care of the collection.

A key responsibility will be facilitating dialog with artists,
studio assistants, and/or artist estates regarding documentation of
works in the collection.  Therefore applicants should possess direct
experience and comfort in working with artists and a broad knowledge
of modern and contemporary art.

Glenstone is committed to continuing professional development, and
will enthusiastically encourage research on the collection to
advance both conservation practice at Glenstone and to inform the
conservation community at large, in addition to supporting
attendance at professional meetings and conferences.

Glenstone has undertaken initial steps to construct and outfit a
conservation studio onsite at the museum, therefore the successful
applicant will participate in this process to provide specifications
and define parameters for this dedicated work space.

Other responsibilities to include: routine maintenance of works on
view, guidance regarding preventive conservation within museum
facilities, establishment and supervision of a conservation
internship/fellowship program, and direct collaboration and
engagement with other museum staff (registrar, curatorial, visitor
services, archives, facilities, etc.)

Qualifications: A degree from a recognized conservation training
program with a specialization in objects is required, along with
knowledge of modern and contemporary art and a minimum of five years
work history.  Direct experience with and aptitude for working
closely with living artists is essential.  Excellent written and
verbal communication skills are necessary, as are strong
organizational skills and the ability to collaborate creatively with
other Glenstone colleagues across multiple museum departments.
Candidates should have a demonstrated commitment to advance the
field of conservation through dedicated research projects and
dissemination of this work through presentations and publications.

Salary and Benefits: Glenstone offers competitive salary and a total
compensation package that includes health care and a 401(k) matching
program.  Glenstone is an equal opportunity employer.

To Apply: Send a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and
references to

    Laura A. Linton
    Chief Administrative Officer
    hr<-a t->glenstone< . >org

Application Deadline: April 18, 2014

                  Conservation DistList Instance 27:36
                 Distributed: Saturday, March 22, 2014
                       Message Id: cdl-27-36-016
Received on Wednesday, 19 March, 2014

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