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paintings conservator

Modern Art Conservation, a large New York City-based conservation practice, is seeking a full-time paintings conservator. The studio specializes in the examination and treatment of modern and contemporary paintings and painted objects. Our clients include museums, galleries, private and corporate collections, auction houses, artist estates/foundations, and contemporary artists. The team comprises paintings and objects conservators, technicians/preparators, a conservation photographer, and registrars/administrators. The practice is expanding both in the physical size of the studio and in period specialization. Conservators of traditional easel paintings are encouraged to apply, but some interest and/or experience in the conservation of modern and contemporary paintings is desired. We value stability and seek candidates who are looking to join a close-knit team, grow professionally in the position, and form a long-term work relationship.


Responsibilities will include conservation assessment, research, treatment, and documentation of individual artworks and large collections. The applicant must be skilled in the practical treatment of paintings and painted surfaces, possess a knowledge of preventive conservation practices, and have a strong interest in technical art history and in writing detailed condition reports. The applicant should enjoy collaborating and problem solving with colleagues, be able to communicate effectively in written and oral form, with a wide range of individuals, show diplomacy and judgment, be open to learning and sharing, and be able to work on multiple projects simultaneously under tight deadlines.


The applicant must be a graduate of a recognized conservation training program and demonstrate a career interest in the conservation of paintings and/or painted objects.  Candidates should be knowledgeable in art history and have an interest in working in a fast-paced environment in which time is spent on treatments and condition reporting for clients both in and outside the studio. Excellent speaking, reading, and writing skills in English required.


Salary ranges from $48,000 -$65,000, commensurate with experience and productivity. Benefits include 100% paid health insurance, matching 401k contributions, continuing education opportunities, paid vacation/holidays, and bonuses/raises subject to revenue and performance.  Applicants should be authorized to work in the US, in-person, and full-time, and be fully vaccinated. Preference given to applications received before January 20, 2022 with the position available immediately.


Please email a letter of interest and PDF of your cv with three professional references listed to with Conservator Position in the subject line. No calls or walk-ins, please.