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Subject: Position at Philadelphia Museum of Art

Position at Philadelphia Museum of Art

From: Christopher Wasson <cwasson<-a>
Date: Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Project Conservator
Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is offering a 3 year position in
conservation of American furniture and woodwork dating from
1650-1840, beginning early January 2015.  A 2-3 years extension is
possible after the initial 3 years.  The Project Conservator will
work under the supervision of the Senior Conservator of Furniture
and Woodwork to examine, research, analyze, and treat a selection of
the Museum's collection of American furniture dating from 1650 to
1840 towards the publication of a catalogue in both printed and
online formats.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

    Work closely with associate curator of American Decorative Arts
    in devising priorities, research, treatments, and scheduling

    Examine, research, analyze, and treat early American furniture,
    which includes frames and architectural woodwork, that will be
    photographed for collections catalogue

    Travel to study objects related to the Museum's collection

    Participate as an engaged and active member of the Furniture and
    Woodwork Conservation Team and in related activities that
    support the overall mission of the Conservation Department
    including supervision of Mellon Fellow, art handlers,
    conservation technicians, and textile reproduction specialist

Training and experience required:

    Advanced training in conservation or equivalent qualifications,
    followed by a minimum of 6 years of experience in the field,
    ideally in a museum setting

    Hand skills relating to traditional furniture making, carving,
    and woodworking.  Additional skills in microscopy, surface
    treatment, and upholstery desirable

    Experience in and knowledge of the nuances of American furniture
    and its European precedents with a particular specialty in
    Philadelphia furniture

    Experience at establishing priorities and developing a work plan

    Experience at successfully completing projects within deadlines

To apply, create a single document that contains a cover letter
stating interests and qualifications and a resume to upload with
your application at


In addition to the application materials above, two supporting
letters from conservation professionals familiar with your work
should be sent directly by email or mail to the attention of

    Behrooz Salimnejad
    Elaine S. Harrington Senior Conservator of Furniture and
    PO Box 7646
    Philadelphia PA 19101-7646
    bsalimnejad<-a t->philamuseum< . >org

Questions may be sent to Behrooz as well.
Application deadline:  December 31, 2014

Chris Wasson
Conservation Administrator
Philadelphia Museum of Art

                  Conservation DistList Instance 28:26
                Distributed: Saturday, November 29, 2014
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Received on Wednesday, 26 November, 2014

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