This class is responsible for creating artwork used in museum exhibits and support material and supporting the Curator in other aspects of exhibit design, research and fabrication.
Nature and Scope
The class incumbent reports to the Curator and is responsible for providing support in the design and production of exhibits and support materials. The incumbent confers with the Curator regarding budget, theme, historical information and related factors, studies information to obtain perspective and submits sketches, samples, scale drawings, etc. for approval or desired changes. The incumbent creates and designs artwork which includes original paintings and murals, illustrations, and graphics. Principle contacts are with State Museum staff, library and Archives staff, private museums and collections, vendors and contractual printers.
Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.
Creates exhibit artwork and support materials such as posters, flyers, brochures and signs; designs art and copy layouts; draws or paints illustrations; creates original paintings, murals and maps.
Assists in exhibit fabrication, installation, movement and dismantling including designing, arranging, painting or sketching backgrounds, fixtures and other materials, matting and framing documents, obtaining materials and supplies, etc.
Assists in exhibit design by providing ideas on plans and arrangement of layout, drawing or building scale models, preparing renderings and illustration.
Researches various subjects for exhibits such as design, layout of exhibit space, objects to borrow, assembling of 18th century clothing etc. using research check list and summary formats provided by superiors.
Conducts oral interviews with individuals to obtain information, documents and objects that are related to exhibits.
Write and/or edit exhibits labels as required.
Provides technical assistance to other State agencies and historical groups on exhibit materials and techniques.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
The intent of the listed knowledge, skills and abilities is to give a general indication of the core requirements for all positions in the class series; therefore, the KSA's listed are not exhaustive or necessarily inclusive of the requirements of every position in the class.
Knowledge of the visual arts.
Knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of graphic design and drafting.
Knowledge of printing and reproduction methods.
Knowledge of the methods and techniques of designing and producing museum exhibits.
Knowledge of history, art history, textiles, decorative arts.
Knowledge of the methods and techniques for handling and preserving decorative and historical objects.
Skill in graphic design, art, lay-out, lettering and paste-up.
Skill in drawing and painting artwork.
Skill in use of photographic equipment.
Skill in use of exhibits fabrication/installation equipment.
Ability to coordinate work schedules with exhibit deadlines, printing and publications time requirements.
Ability to conduct historical research.
Ability to be creative and transfer ideas into three dimensional structures.
Ability to communicate orally and in writing.
JOB REQUIREMENTS for Exhibit Art Specialist Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:
Six months experience in graphics and printing work such as planning, designing, creating or producing artistic visual materials, utilizing various techniques and equipment for the development of informational/educational media such as publications, exhibits, outdoor signage, displays and brochures.
Six months experience in using graphics and printing equipment such as digital or off set printers, graphic design equipment, finishing equipment, sign production equipment and machinery.