Museum Assistant – USA

Museum Assistant

10 Apr 2014
Full-Time Museum Assistant
National Museum of American Illustration – Newport, Rhode Island, United States

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Job Description
The National Museum of American Illustration (NMAI) is the first national museum devoted exclusively to American illustration artwork. The NMAI is located in Newport, Rhode Island, on historic Bellevue Avenue at Vernon Court, designed by the noted Gilded Age architecture firm of Carrère & Hastings. The Museum’s collection contains original works by such noted American illustrators as Norman Rockwell, Maxfield Parrish, J. C. Leyendecker, N.C. Wyeth, Howard Pyle, Jessie Willcox Smith, Violette Oakley, and over 150 other luminary illustrators.
Responsibilities and Job Description
Minimum of 40 hours per work week plus variable other hours depending upon scheduling, visiting tour groups, lectures and events at the Museum, work loads, deadlines, and the like. A self-starter with a B.A. degree, previous work in an office environment and customer service backgrounds are all of use and interest to us. Knowledge of art history and a love of art are most important as are specific educational background in the arts, with College and Graduate degrees in the arts.
This Fulltime Position may involve assisting the Museum Director and/or Museum Chairman, but also one must deal with Museum admissions and visitation, stewardship of the American Imagist Collection as well as the furnishings in this amazingly beautiful historic architecture of Vernon Court, our Museum’s venue. You may also be involved with Guided Tours, Museum Shop sales and operations, General Office Administration, and other work efforts including periodic publishing of books and collateral materials. Other tasks include exhibition installations and de-installations, interacting with the public regarding the Museum’s buildings, grounds (we also have a three acre Frederick Law Olmsted Park adjacent to the NMAI), and our American Imagist Collection in particular. Writing abilities are important as well preparing didactical materials and press releases. Supervising the exhibition galleries and the Museum area in general as well as tasks related to the MuseShop are also on the agenda. Writing and proofing documents for publication, dealing with the art press and public relations, as well. Basically all of the above and the general array of tasks, activities and undertakings at most museums worldwide.
The ideal candidate will have great enthusiasm, a self-starting lively personality with natural charm, and a strong interest in art, in other people, graphics, art history, the art museum world, and at least be open minded enough to become prejudiced in favor of illustration art, which always happens after exposure to this art.
Given the varieties of tasks taking place within the Museum, applicants from many areas of scholastic concentration, not solely-art related, are encouraged to apply.
Must be comfortable working with the public as a part of a team in a fast-paced environment, weekends when we are open to the public, and a candidate should possess a flexible attitude regarding one’s schedule and changes depending upon a variety of different causes. The candidate cannot be shy, but rather outgoing and seriously interested in this art and educating our visitors.
Computer Expertise
Familiarity with Macintosh Computers, and abilities with any or all of the following programs is a plus: MS Office Suite, Dreamweaver, HTML, Adobe Creative Suite, InDesign, and Photoshop are all preferred and will be of great use to the NMAI.
How to Apply
Please respond by submitting a cover letter describing your relevant experience, the nature of your interest, your future goals, and please submit an up to date Resume, and cite three (3) personal references and if possible do attach their letters of reference along with contact information.
You may submit the above documents by addressing them to the Museum Director: Judy G. Cutler:
Email: or by
Mail: 492 Bellevue Ave. Newport, RI 02840
Fax: (401)851-8974

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