IMA searching for Paintings Conservator

The Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) is seeking a paintings conservator for a two year appointment as Clowes Conservator of Paintings.  The Clowes Conservator will focus on systematic technical examination and imaging (ultraviolet, infrared, x-radiography, photomicrography, analysis, etc.) for an updated catalogue of the Clowes Collection. The collection, spanning the beginning of the 14th century to the 19th century features Italian, Spanish, Dutch, English, Flemish, French, and German paintings, including masterworks by Rembrandt, Rubens, Brueghel, Ribera, El Greco, Cranach, and others.  The special character of the collection-one of the finest private collections of Old Master paintings to be assembled in the Midwest-is preserved in galleries that suggest the intimate domestic setting in which they were formerly displayed.

Responsibilities will also include: conservation treatments of oil and tempera paintings in the Clowes Collection; working with outside scholars and staff curators on the Clowes Collection catalogue project; writing the conservation section of the Clowes Fund Quarterly Report; performing the annual condition survey of the Clowes Collection; performing monthly dusting/ minor condition checks in the Clowes Galleries; responding to scholarly requests regarding paintings from the Clowes Collection, and responding to loan requests and performing loan assessments on paintings from the Clowes Collection. All conservation work will adhere to the AIC Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice.
Technical examination will require understanding of the materials and techniques of the artists, as well as expertise with a variety of imaging equipment (GE Rhythm Computed Radiography, Osiris IRR camera, DSLR cameras, Leica Photomicrography, and the associated processing software for color correction, entering metadata, and archiving in the museum’s Digital Asset Management System). The Clowes Conservator will work with the IMA’s state-of-the-art conservation science laboratory to perform scientific analyses http://www.imamuseum.org/research/conservation-science and well-equipped conservation labs staffed by specialists in paintings, paper, objects, and textiles conservation http://www.imamuseum.org/collections/conservation.

Applicants must have a master’s degree from a recognized conservation training program and preferably two years of post graduation experience with Old Master paintings; thorough knowledge of conservation theory and practice; materials science as it applies to painting materials; ability to perform complex conservation treatments on paintings to the highest standards; excellent English oral and written communication skills, as well as computer and related technology skills. The applicant must be eligible to work in the U.S. The successful candidate will report to the Chief Conservator/ Senior Conservator of Paintings.

A competitive salary and benefits package is offered.  Interviews will be conducted by phone and, as needed, via electronic media. To apply, please send a letter of interest, a CV, and three letters of recommendation by electronic attachment to the IMA’s Human Resources department, hr@imamuseum.org by October 25, 2013.  The IMA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

David A. Miller
Chief Conservator and Senior Conservator of Paintings

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