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Subject: Position at ARTEX Fine Art Services

Position at ARTEX Fine Art Services

From: De'Aira Mitchell <dmitchell<-a>
Date: Friday, March 21, 2014
Conservator of Paintings
Conservation department
ARTEX Fine Art Services
Washington DC

FLSA Status:  Non-Exempt

The nation's largest and most comprehensive fine arts service
provider to museums, galleries, auction houses and private
collectors has an immediate opening for a Conservator of Paintings.
The essential functions of this position are to carry out the
examination, documentation and treatment of paintings while adhering
to acceptable professional standards and to the AIC Code of Ethics
and Guidelines in all aspects of conservation treatment.

Specific duties and responsibilities are as follows:

    Surveying the physical condition of paintings in order to assist
    in the planning of treatment priorities perform detailed
    examination and prepare the respective written reports of the
    materials, structure and condition of painting, and on
    treatments proposed for those works and estimated costs

    Carry out complete conservation and restoration procedures of
    minor to major complexity on paintings by performing treatments
    such as solubility testing, consolidation, reduction of
    deformation, facing, lining, lining removal, surface cleaning,
    varnish removal, over paint removal, infilling, inpainting and
    surface coating application

    Implement preventative conservation measures, frame
    modification, re-framing, and others to prepare paintings for
    display, exhibition, loan, photography and storage

    Perform slide and digital photography as well as image

    Operate specialized equipment such a stereo binocular
    microscopes, ultra-violet lamps, a heated suction table, Willard
    heated spatula and hot air pen, aerosol generator, etc in the
    course of painting examination, analysis, conservation and
    restoration treatment

    Maintain accurate records and preparation of written final
    report of treatments

    Maintain an awareness of hazardous materials and performing
    duties in accordance with accepted standards of health and

    Contribute to the safe display, storage and movement of
    paintings while adhering to safe handling procedures relative to
    framing and hanging systems, light and temperature exposure and
    safe packing methods for art works being stored and/or

    Perform other incidental and related duties as required

The ideal candidate will possess the following knowledge, skills and
abilities as minimum qualifications:

    A Master's degree in Art Conservation with a minimum of five (5)
    years conservation experience in the examination and treatment
    of paintings in a major fine art gallery or museum preferred

    Periodic professional development through attendance of
    conservation workshops, seminars and/or professional conferences

    Proficient in examining paintings to establish their physical
    condition, distinguishing between original materials and later
    additions, recommending conservation measures and carrying
    through to completion conservation and restoration operations of
    major complexity

    Knowledge of the materials and techniques of tradition and
    modern easel paintings on canvas, woods and related supports

    Working knowledge of the principles, processes, and practices
    involved in the preservation and treatment of paintings, both
    traditional and the recent developments

    An understanding of safe handling, display, storage, framing,
    crating, and shipping

    Ability to interact and work effectively with staff and clients
    as a positive and productive team player

    Demonstrated working knowledge of materials, techniques, and
    ethics of painting conservation

    Ability to carry out routine procedures that have a low degree
    of tolerance of error due to interruption, distraction and/or
    the effects of fatigue

    Extremely fine manual skills, coordination, and precision

    High degree of patience, concentration, and attention to detail

    Sound critical judgment in a work situation that has attendant
    risks of damage to works of art

    Ability to work effectively under pressure of deadlines and
    departmental objectives while maintaining high standards in
    conservation work

    Familiarity with Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel,
    Outlook, etc.) and Filemaker.

If you feel that you possess the experience and qualifications
outlined, please submit your cover letter, resume and salary
history/requirements to our HR department at jobs_dc<-a t->artexfas< . >com
for immediate consideration.  Consideration will be granted *only*
to those who possess the minimum requirements as stipulated above.

An AA/EEO Employer

                  Conservation DistList Instance 27:36
                 Distributed: Saturday, March 22, 2014
                       Message Id: cdl-27-36-018
Received on Friday, 21 March, 2014

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