Job Opportunities

The Milwaukee Art Museum is committed to equal employment opportunity and to recruiting staff that represents the diverse communities we serve. We welcome you to apply for the employment positions listed below.

Art Preparator

Job: Full Time

General Purpose: Be a part of the Art Preparator team! Install, rotate and de-install artwork and maintain pristine gallery spaces throughout the Museum.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Exhibition Installation: Assist in the arrangement of moveable walls and partitions for exhibitions. Patch and repair walls, display cases, and props. Hang paintings, install sculptures, labels, vinyl, banners, and signs.
  • Shipping and Receiving: Receive and unpack works of art and general supplies. Pack and ship works of art and other materials as assigned. Pick up and deliver works of art, equipment, and supplies as directed.
  • Construction: Operate hand and power tools such as a drill, band saw, table saw, sander, jointer, etc. to construct shipping crates, pedestals, props and display cases.
  • Museum Maintenance: Dust and/or wipe vitrines, pedestals, and platforms throughout building to maintain a clean environment for the art and a better viewing experience. Touch-up paint where needed.

Education/Experience Requirements: Knowledge of handling artwork. Experience using shop tools helpful.

Physical Requirements: Ability to care fully handle delicate and fragile objects a must, as well as lift, move, and place heavy objects with care and grace. Ability to lift 50+ pounds. Ability to climb ladders and/or squeeze into small spaces helpful.

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The Demmer Curator of 20th-Century Design

Job: Full Time

The Milwaukee Art Museum seeks an experienced design curator to manage a growing part of the Museum’s Collection at a time of tremendous opportunity. The successful candidate will have an excellent understanding of modern and contemporary design and will be able to guide the collection’s growth into the twenty-first century. Expertise in the following areas is required: Prairie School, American Art Deco, Machine Age industrial design, Mid-Century Modern, and the sculptural jewelry movement. Significant knowledge of twentieth-century ceramics and the studio glass movement is also required.

In late 2014, the Museum will close the two buildings that house its Collection Galleries—the significant 1957 Eero Saarinen building and the 1975 addition designed by David Kahler. This entire wing, with over 100,000 square feet, will be renovated and reopened in late 2015 as the central element of a $25 million capital campaign. The 2001 Santiago Calatrava–designed addition will remain open during this period. The Demmer Curator of 20th-Century Design will play a lead role in implementing the reinstallation of the design collection.

Duties and Responsibilities: The Demmer Curator of 20th-Century Design will:

  • Originate major exhibitions, accompanied by scholarly publications and lively public programs
  • Develop plans to install the design collection that balance scholarship and connoisseurship with strategies for visitor engagement
  • Guide acquisitions and cultivate donors and collectors to build support for the growth of the collection and the Museum

Education and/or Experience: The successful candidate will have:

  • A minimum of three to five years experience as a curator of design
  • Broad knowledge of modern and contemporary design
  • A charismatic personality and the ability to convey a passion for the Museum and design to colleagues, donors, and the public
  • A team approach and the ability to work effectively and collaboratively across departments, and to work with flexibility and a good sense of humor
  • A strong network of professional contacts nationally to advance the Museum’s exhibition and acquisition programs
  • A record of scholarly publications, exhibitions, and public and professional programs
  • A master’s degree; Ph.D. preferred

The Demmer Curator of 20th-Century Design will report to the Chief Curator. A competitive salary and benefits package is offered. The Milwaukee Art Museum is an equal opportunity employer. This position is currently open and will remain open until filled.

Please send cover letter, résumé, professional references, and support materials to:

Jan Fleming
Director of Human Resources
Milwaukee Art Museum
700 N. Art Museum Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53202

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Special Events Manager

Job: Full Time

General Purpose: The Special Events Manager is responsible for implementing the fundraising events to raise support for the Milwaukee Art Museum. Work with volunteer committees to maximize volunteer efforts and event income and utilize best practices in events management, volunteer motivation, development and interaction with donors.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Provide support to the Director of Special Events and staff volunteer committees as needed to implement the major fundraising events organized by the Museum and related support groups including, but not limited to Bal du Lac, Lakefront Festival of Arts, bi-annual Art Auction, Art in Bloom, Yoga @ the Museum, and MAM After Dark.
  • Serve as staff liaison to the FOA board of directors, as needed.
  • Serve as development team liaison on special event issues.
  • Assist in tracking event goals and the overall strategic analysis of each event during an ongoing evaluation process.
  • Assist in preparing and maintaining all required event documentation and paperwork (budgets, event recaps, sponsor reports, etc.).
  • Assist with the development, design and distribution of advertising, press releases, mailings, brochures and other promotional materials, as needed.
  • Assist in the development and manage the implementation of new fundraising events and other projects, as needed.

Required Skills:

  • Ability to maintain a flexible work schedule, including some evenings and weekends.
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Excellent personal and written communications.

Education/Experience Requirements: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience. 2 to 4 years of experience (non-profit fundraising and/or special event experience preferred)

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