The Art Institute of Chicago, founded in 1879, is a world-renowned art museum housing one of the largest permanent collections in the United States. An encyclopedic museum, the Art Institute collects, preserves, and interprets works in every medium from all cultures and historical periods. With a collection of approximately 300,000 art works and artifacts, the museum has particularly strong holdings in Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painting, contemporary art, early 20th century European painting and sculpture, Japanese prints, and photography. The museum’s 2009 addition, the Modern Wing, features the latest in green museum technology and 264,000 square feet dedicated to modern and contemporary art, photography, architecture and design, and new museum education facilities. In addition to displaying its permanent collection, the Art Institute mounts more than 30 special exhibitions per year and features lectures, gallery tours, and special performances on a daily basis
The Ryerson and Burnham Library is currently seeking an assistant who will manage image reproduction orders and contracts, process archival collections and provide administrative support for department.
- Manage orders for images (photocopying and image reproduction through Library and/or Museum Imaging Department) and prepare Licensing Contracts when appropriate. Collect all fees for image reproduction from patrons
- Provide reference assistance with collections to AIC and SAIC staff and external patrons
- Provide general administrative support, including: maintenance of collection, correspondence and contract files; shelving of collections; monitoring and restocking of supplies
- Process archival collections (architects’ and artists’ correspondence, photographs, drawings, and memorabilia), establishing intellectual and physical organization of the collection; examine documents for conservation or special housing needs and refer to Conservation Department as needed
- Write descriptive inventories (finding aids) of the collections using Encoded Archival Description markup language; update existing EAD finding aids as needed
- B.A. preferred in art history or related field; knowledge of 19th- and 20th-century American art and architecture
- Well-organized; attentive to detail; capable of handling fragile materials with sensitivity; able to work independently
- Research skills; familiarity with architectural drawings and digital imaging
- Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Adobe Photoshop, and HTML/XML/EAD highly desirable
Part-time; this is a 20 hour per week position, to be scheduled during the week Monday – Friday, 9AM – 5PM.