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Visual Arts Handler

Shed NYC Inc
Full Time
New York, NY 10001
$35 an hour
Posted 30+ days ago
Job description

About The Shed
The Shed is a new cultural institution of and for the 21st century. We produce and welcome innovative art and ideas, across all forms of creativity, to build a shared understanding of our rapidly changing world and a more equitable society. In our highly adaptable building on Manhattan’s west side, The Shed brings together established and emerging artists to create new work in fields ranging from pop to classical music, painting to digital media, theater to literature, and sculpture to dance. We seek opportunities to collaborate with cultural peers and community organizations, work with like-minded partners, and provide unique spaces for private events. As an independent nonprofit that values invention, equity, and generosity, we are committed to advancing art forms, addressing the urgent issues of our time, and making our work impactful, sustainable, and relevant to the local community, the cultural sector, New York City, and beyond.

About the Position
The Shed seeks a project based Art Handler to join a small but dynamic Visual Arts team who is highly organized, detail-oriented, and professional, with extensive art handling skills.

Reporting to our Director of Exhibitions and Exhibition Producers, the predominant role of an Art Handler is supporting artists, studio, and The Shed’s Visual Arts team with condition reporting, art handling, gallery maintenance, organizing storage, etc.

This position is for a motivated solution-oriented problem solver who enjoys hands-on tasks. The ideal candidate must be able to multi-task and thrive working in a high-volume and fast-paced environment while maintaining level-headedness and possess an excellent ability to work with a team and independently, as needed.

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to

  • Handling of artworks including packing, uncrating, installation, de-installation, condition reporting artworks
  • Responsible for gallery maintenance and upkeeps, including light wall repairs, touch-ups, and painting
  • Lighting of works for each exhibition
  • Organizing the exhibition team’s storage, including maintaining an inventory of tools, packing materials, etc.
  • Conduct, produce, incoming, and outgoing in-house condition reporting per Exhibition Team’s specifications
  • Must have a flexible schedule as the person in this position may be required to stay for openings, viewings, or other requests

Qualifications and Qualities

  • BA or BFA, or three or more years of proven work experience at an art auction house, art gallery, art museum, art studio, art transport services industry, or equivalent environment
  • Familiarity with various mediums of artwork and extensive experience safely handling and packing artworks with vast knowledge of installing artworks
  • Knowledge of AV equipment and systems is a plus
  • Knowledge and experience as a registrar is a plus
  • Ability to both follow instructions and instruct a team as needed
  • Able to work on multiple projects at once and follow through on each task
  • Ability to lift at least 50 lbs
  • Ability to operate a scissor lift


The rate for this position is $35 an hour. Compensation is commensurate with experience.

Application Process
Interested candidates should complete an application and submit résumé and cover letter in a single Word or PDF document saved as candidate's first and last name through our Career Center page here. Only résumés and cover letters submitted in this format will be reviewed. No phone calls, please.

Please note: The Shed has adopted a COVID-19 vaccination policy to safeguard the health and well-being of our employees. As a condition of employment, Shed employees are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless a reasonable accommodation is approved or as otherwise required by law.

The Shed is dedicated to building an equitable environment that is mixed across lines of difference and strongly encourages applications from Black, Indigenous, people of color, women, transgender, and non-binary candidates. This position will remain open until filled and until a diverse and qualified pool of candidates is identified. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the arts field are strongly encouraged to apply. Whether you’re new to arts and culture administration, returning to work after a gap in employment, simply looking to transition, or taking the next step in your career path, we will be glad to have you on our radar.

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