Assistant Museum Registrar/Collections Manager

Georgia College - Milledgeville, GA4.0

30+ days ago
The mission of the Department of Art is to prepare our students to be arts practitioners with the skills and values that will make them active and responsible participants in society. The intent is to educate graduates to engage in questions of self-expression, artisanship, identity, community, values, politics, and meaning.

The Department of Art is committed to delivering excellence in teaching, scholarly activity, university/community service, and the delivery of instruction. The department offers a balance of studio work, history and theory courses, and organizes them around a combination of activities. These include various teaching methods in courses, visiting artist experiences, exposure to contemporary art through the galleries on campus, independent learning opportunities, and a senior project.

The Department of Art consists of four areas of program study in Art History, Studio Art, Museum Studies, and Graphic Design. We serve more than 100 undergraduate majors with courses taught by eleven permanent and full-time faculty, including three art historians. Our faculty embrace diversity, interdisciplinarity, multiculturalism, and community engagement in our teaching, research, and service. The department is housed in a new, multi-million dollar facility that boasts gallery space, studios, and lecture rooms scaled for our small class sizes.

Encompassing the arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences, sciences and mathematics, fine and performing arts, and select professional programs, the College of Arts and Sciences is the largest of the university’s four colleges. Approximately 190 full-time faculty in thirteen departments teach approximately 2,700 students with arts and science majors. Most of the core curriculum and many service courses to the other colleges are taught by Arts and Sciences faculty.

Georgia College is known for combining the educational experience of private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public universities. The university’s main campus is a residential learning community focused on undergraduate education and a select number of graduate programs. Faculty and staff are dedicated to engaging students through high impact pedagogies that foster intellectual curiosity, reasoned inquiry, and critical thinking. We strive for excellence in the classroom and beyond. We nurture collaborative leadership and global citizenship. We value reason, respect and responsibility.

Georgia College seeks faculty and administrators who understand and embrace our public liberal arts mission and are dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through teaching, scholarship and service. All Georgia College faculty share the responsibility of teaching our core curriculum and providing foundation courses for majors and non‐majors alike. To carry out our public liberal arts mission, we seek faculty with the desire and ability to engage students as they launch their intellectual journey.

Georgia College is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative-Action Institution committed to cultural, racial, and multi-ethnic communities and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. It is expected that successful candidates share in this commitment.

Primary Purpose of Position
Assist in the daily oversight and preservation of the Georgia College Permanent Collection. This position reports to the department chair and falls under the direction of the GC Gallery Coordinator. The Assistant Museum Registrar/Collections Manager will be involved in the full range of registration and collections management activities. Responsibilities include the care and handling of object collections, condition and inventory reports, contributing to cataloging and collections documentation, and providing exhibition installation / de-installation support as needed. Best museum practices will be followed in cataloging a wide variety of fine and decorative art objects.

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The Georgia College Museum of Fine Arts is located in the historic Underwood House, designed in the neo-classical style by renowned architect Philip Trammell Shutze. The museum is home to the university’s Permanent Collection, featuring an impressive body of Asian, European and American art from the 18th to the 21st centuries. Käthe Kollwitz, Utagawa Hiroshige, Honoré Daumier, Salvador Dali, Grant Wood, Sue Coe and James Luna are among the artists in this exceptional collection. Georgia College also maintains the largest single collection of works by American artist Jerome Kaplan, 1920-1997. Mr. Kaplan’s work is also found in the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art (NYC), the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

The primary purpose of the position is to assist with the full range of routine registration and collections management activities, including but not limited to processing/cataloging, integrated pest management, environmental monitoring and object condition reporting.

Duties of the position will include some or all of the following. Training in various skills will be available.

Assist in the care, handling, packing/unpacking and moving of furniture, decorative arts, fine art, textiles, two-dimensional and three-dimensional objects. Assist with shipping and receipt of crates.

Aid in the maintenance of and updates to physical and electronic object records; assist with the cataloging and documentation of incoming acquisitions and collections backlog.

Handle objects professionally for digital photography.

Participate in rolling inventory of the permanent collection; update object records in the collection management database accordingly; document and track physical location of objects in the museum, storage and offsite locations.

Assist in the organization of collections storage, fabrication of storage mounts, re-housing objects and improvement of storage sites.

Responsible for full-range of routine housekeeping activities in collections storage and in exhibition galleries, such as monitoring pest traps, monitoring environmental conditions, cleaning exhibition furniture and replacing light fixtures.

Participate in minor conservation treatment projects under the training and periodic supervision of a professional conservator.

Researches, develops, and creates permanent, temporary, and traveling exhibits collaboratively with Gallery Coordinator.

Assist with exhibition installation as needed, including fabricating preservation-standard mounts for the safe display of object collections.

Perform general administrative duties such as filing, scanning, copying, complete related project errands, as necessary.

Perform general gallery support, greeting visitors and providing docent-led tours.

Perform other duties as assigned.

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Equal Opportunity Statement
Georgia College is committed to the fundamental principle of equal opportunity and equal treatment for every prospective and current employee and strives to create a campus environment which understands, fosters, and embraces the value of diversity. No person shall, on the grounds of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information, be excluded from employment or participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination, under any program or activity conducted by Georgia College.

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Proposed Minimum Experience/Education
Bachelor’s degree in Art or in a field closely related to the duties of the position.

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Preferred Years Experience, Skills, Training, Education
The ideal candidate will have:

B.A. degree or higher, preferably in Museum Studies, Library Science, Art History, or in a field closely related to the duties of the position.

At least two years registration experience in a museum working with diverse collections, materials and tasks.

Commitment to adhere to ethical and legal standards and best museum practices as outlined by the American Alliance of Museums.

Ability to work independently, in coordinated team settings, and under tight, sometimes competing deadlines.

Excellent attention to detail and strong organizational, interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.

Proficiency using Word and Excel and experience with PastPerfect museum collection management system preferred.

Ability to safely lift and move objects and/or crates with and without assistance.

Ability to bend, sit, push, pull, lift and perform tasks requiring manual dexterity and upper body strength.

Knowledge of and ability to operate hand or power tools, moving and lifting equipment, and matting/framing tools, while maintaining safe workplace practices and procedures.

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