Art Handler


Per diem | Staten Island, NY

The Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden is seeking Art Handlers on a Per Diem basis to install and de-install multiple exhibitions throughout each season. Art handlers work closely with artists, guest curators, and the VP of Curation to ensure the proper installation and de-installation of gallery exhibitions. Handlers work under the supervision of the VP of Curation and the Visitor Services & Gallery Manager.


• Handling and installation of art objects including paintings, framed works, sculptures, mixed media, audio art and video inside 15,000 square feet of gallery space and outdoor locations as needed
• Packing, crating, and preparing art work for shipment
• Installation and de-installation support including painting, labeling, adhering wall text, plaster patches and maintenance
• Working closely with staff, artists, and guest curators to ensure a smooth install and de-install
• Inspection of works prior to display and preparing condition reports
• Ability to lift heavy objects


• High School Diploma or GED
• Recommend 3-5 years of previous art handling experience
• Ability to lift heavy objects
• Experience working in a gallery, museum, art institution setting
• Experience working with art objects
• Experience working directly with artists and guest-curators
• Experience using power tools
• Ability to and experience working in a fast-paced environment while maintaining a professional demeanor
• Excellent organization skills and attention to detail
• Personable with good communication skills
• Has problem solving skills, and can work well both on a team and alone
• Flexible schedule (installs generally take place M-F, 9-5PM with some variation)
• Carpentry skills are a plus


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Snug Harbor celebrates and commits to fostering diversity, equity and inclusion. We value and seek the strengths of human variety across communities, in programming, with staff, the Board of Directors, volunteers, artists and visitors. Snug Harbor strives to build a culture of diversity of voice and representation, authentically inclusive spaces and equity for all. Snug Harbor is an Equal Opportunity Employer.