Job Posting – Indianapolis Museum of Art

 Associate Conservator of Objects

A competitive salary is offered for all positions and a generous benefits package for full-time positions. To apply, please send your resume, a letter of interest, and the names/contact information for three professional references to: ATTN: Human Resources – 4000 Michigan Road; Indianapolis, IN 46208, e-mail to, or fax to 317-920-2655. No phone calls, please. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.




(Please specify “ASSOCIATE CONSERVATOR OBJECTS” in subject line if you email your resume)

Reports To: Chief Conservator

Basic Work Week: 37.5 hours per week, M-F.



The Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) seeks a highly motivated objects conservator for the position of Associate Conservator of Objects. This full-time staff position will be responsible for active objects conservation efforts for its significant collections of African, American, Asian, European, contemporary art and design arts that span 5,000 years of history, including outdoor sculpture on the museum campus and The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres, as well as furnishings within Oldfields–Lilly House and Gardens, a historic Country-Place-Era estate and National Historic Landmark on the IMA grounds; and the Miller House and Garden in Columbus, Indiana, one of the country’s most highly regarded examples of mid-century Modernist residences. The IMA features well-equipped conservation labs for paintings, paper, objects, textiles conservation, and a state-of-the-art conservation science laboratory



The Associate Conservator of Objects’ responsibilities include preventive care, examination, documentation, treatment, exhibition and loan preparation, research, advocacy and outreach. All work must adhere to the Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. The Associate Conservator of Object will share a Conservation Technician with Textile Conservation. The position reports to the Chief Conservator directly.

Other duties may be assigned.

To perform the job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



Applicants must have a Master’s degree from a recognized graduate conservation training program with a minimum of three years of museum experience in objects conservation following graduation. Excellent project management, written, verbal and interpersonal skills are required. Demonstrable skill and ability to prioritize and work independently as well as in collaboration with other museum staff and outside contractors to meet deadlines on multiple projects is essential. A broad knowledge of traditional materials, cultures/art history, and documentation and research techniques is expected.   Familiarity and conservation experience with modern materials, electronic, video, and time-based artworks is a plus, as is experience with supervision or mentoring of conservation/contract staff, graduate interns and pre-program interns. Ability to wear a respirator is required.



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