Technical Assistant
Boyden Gallery

Name of primary hiring contact: Cristin Cash
Title of hiring contact: Director, Boyden Gallery; Associate Professor of Art History
Email:  clcash@smcm.edu
Phone: 240-895-4246

Responsibilities and benefits to the student:

The Fellow would serve as technical assistant to the Director of Boyden Gallery, professional preparators and collection managers and/or the gallery assistant. Basic responsibilities include exhibition preparation, installation and de-installation; object handling and basic conservation; technical and material support for education and outreach programs. Tasks include painting, basic repairs, lighting design, pedestal and mount fabrication, matting and framing, security and facilities maintenance.

Like all gallery staff, the student will also receive training in exhibition development and design, visitor services and museum education to understand and actively engage in gallery operations and community outreach. The student will build technical and construction/fabrication skills, problem solving, and interpersonal skills through interactions with the Director, professional preparators, curatorial interns, faculty, and the general public.

Qualifications and unique application instructions:

The student must have some basic skills in construction, fabrication, framing, painting, and/or object handling. The student should be highly dependable, independent, and organized with the ability to perform multiple tasks simultaneously and safely. Strong oral communication skills and desire to work collaboratively with faculty and students are essential. The Gallery is a dynamic work environment with tight turnaround times and occasional long hours, so a somewhat flexible schedule (including nights and the rare weekend), patience and an open mind are required. This is a highly physical job, so the student must be able to lift and carry 50 lbs and perform repetitive tasks without injury. We also require a valid MD driver’s license.

The ideal student is a studio art, archaeology, theater/film and media studies, or museum studies student with fabrication or shop experience. However, the position is open to students in any discipline that are competent with power tools and have a desire to learn how to design, build and repair a variety of things.