Chief Exhibition Designer – Axios Charlotte

As the oldest art museum in North Carolina, with one of the largest collections in the Southeast, the Mint Museum offers its visitors inspiring and transformative experiences through art from around the world via collections innovative, ground-breaking exhibitions and engaging educational programs. The Mint Museum is a non-profit visual arts institution comprised of two dynamic facilities: Mint Museum Uptown and Mint Museum Randolph.

Located in what was the original branch of the United States Mint, the Mint Museum Randolph opened in 1936 in Charlotte’s Eastover neighborhood as the state’s first art museum. Today, in a beautiful park, intimate galleries invite visitors to explore the art of the ancient Americas, ceramics and decorative arts, fashion, European art and African art. , among other collections. Resources include a reference library with over 18,000 volumes, a theater offering lectures and performances, and a museum shop offering merchandise that complements both the permanent collection and special exhibits.

The Mint Museum Uptown is home to the internationally renowned Craft + Design Collection, as well as exceptional collections of American, contemporary and European art. Designed by Machado and Silvetti Associates of Boston, the five-story, 145,000-square-foot facility combines inspiring architecture with cutting-edge exhibits to provide visitors with unprecedented educational and cultural experiences. Located in the heart of thriving downtown Charlotte, the Mint Museum Uptown is an integral part of the Levine Center for the Arts, a cultural campus that includes the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture, the Knight Theater and the Duke Energy Center. The Mint Museum Uptown also offers a wide range of facilities for visitors, including the 240-seat James B. Duke Auditorium, the Lewis Family Gallery, art studios, a restaurant and a museum shop. For more information, visit mintmuseum.org

Job summary:
The Chief Exhibition Designer is a key member of the Collections and Exhibitions Department team, responsible for the creative direction and development of innovative and engaging designs, the implementation of the museum’s strategic priorities and the alignment of the museum’s physical spaces with the curatorial vision and institutional branding. The Chief Designer works in conjunction with curators, the Director of Collections and Exhibitions, Marketing and Communications, Learning and Engagement, Graphic Designers, Art Services, Registrars and other staff on the research, concept development, design, production and installation phases in carrying out the Museum’s ambitious program of exhibitions, installations and gallery rotations.

The lead designer is also responsible for managing the design and production of internal signage and guidance systems. The position provides leadership for interdepartmental collaboration to implement the highest standards of management for the Museum’s collections and exhibits and plays a key role in fostering an organizational culture that values ​​positive leadership, innovation and inclusion, and inspires excellence in the work environment.

Responsibilities:
• Part of exhibition teams for internal and traveling exhibitions, working in collaboration with curators to design exhibition layouts and environmental treatment that are respective of conservation locations and interpretive strategies. Works with registrars and arts departments to create a layout that adheres to posting guidelines and safety of the artwork
• Organize presentations, design notes, identify and support initiatives for innovative implementation of designs for all permanent collection exhibits and installations including, but not limited to renderings, schematic designs, Conceptual designs and shop drawings, if applicable, for review by in-house staff and to inform tenders for external contractors
• Creative leads and oversees the Exhibition Graphic Designer in the development of environmental graphics for exhibition spaces and galleries, museum stores, internal orientation and special event signage ensuring a high quality visitor experience consistent
• Works closely with the curators and the exhibition designer to design the exhibition branding, coordinating with members of the Advancement and Communications team to ensure consistent application of the brand image and graphic identity of the exhibition and compliance with the recognition commitments of donors and sponsors
• Consult and advise other staff on design aspects between the Uptown and Randolph facilities to ensure a consistent visual brand, style and voice for the museum; this includes collaborating, advising and guiding design decisions, working with the communications and marketing team, the museum shop and visitor gathering spaces, indoor and outdoor
• Works closely with key members of the conservation and learning and engagement team to ensure the appropriate delivery of conservation concepts and interpretive methods and messages by developing interactive elements and overseeing the design and integration of all interpretation elements
• Identifies exhibition furniture; design specifications, methods, materials and display techniques for museum furniture, platforms, walls, partitions, fixtures and lighting associated with carrying out the design and layout
• Works closely with artistic and recording services to determine technology and equipment needs for installation, including digital and audiovisual equipment, lighting and other electrical equipment. Help with stock keeping
• Coordinates with Art Services and the Exhibition Graphic Designer to manage external services required for fabrication and construction associated with exhibitions and permanent collection facilities
• Collaborates with the registrar and artistic services to manage the installation of art objects, exhibition materials and didactics, and exhibition lighting.
• Work with the exhibition coordinator on the exhibition schedules and graphic deadlines
• Develop and follow the budget of the design department
• Participates in the installation of all designed projects, helping with complicated graphics, lockers and art installations, adhering to best practices for handling, installation and movement of objects; help with art movement as needed
• Plays a role in the planning and logistical support of capital projects
• Plays a key role in developing policies and procedures of the highest museum standards and best practices, coordinates with recording and art departments on materials and methods specific to a museum environment, to work creatively within the requirements of contracts and copyright law
• Develops, implements and oversees programs aligned with the Museum’s strategic priorities
• Maintains an international, national and regional network
• Participate in special projects assigned by the President and CEO and Director of Collections and Exhibitions
• Other assigned tasks

Education:
Bachelor of Arts or related field preferred. Another degree, diploma and / or experience may be taken into consideration for applicability.

To live:
• Recommended five (5) to seven (7) years of experience in a relevant design discipline and portfolio demonstrating substantial experience in leading collaborative design processes and producing highly creative and engaging design products that can be implemented within budget and architecture
• Understanding of the proper handling and maintenance of museum objects
• Strong communication skills and proven knowledge of construction techniques, fabrication, lighting requirements, graphic design and production, maintenance, shipping and de-installation
• Demonstrate mastery of project management, tasks and time as well as experience in budget forecasting, management and supervision

Knowledge and skills:
• Ability to organize, represent and communicate concepts effectively through design
• Strong knowledge of color use and design theory
• Excellent time management, planning and organizational skills and the ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment
• Extensive computer skills are essential, including experience with Sketch Up, Adobe Creative Cloud, AUTOCAD or 3D design software and Microsoft Office
• Demonstrate the ability to visualize in two and three dimensions
• Strong communication skills and the ability to work well collaboratively
• Strong enthusiasm and personal motivation
• Must be responsible, reliable and able to work effectively in a team environment
• Working knowledge of best practices for art movement and installation
• Practical experience in construction as well as materials and fabrication techniques suitable for art museums, shop drawings, fabrication, lighting design and graphic production
• Hands-on experience with tools and equipment associated with woodworking, construction, lighting, electrical and audiovisual / computer displays
• Must have excellent interpersonal skills and be able to work professionally and collaboratively with colleagues from diverse backgrounds in a team-oriented environment
• Must be able to lift over 50 lbs, use hand tools safely, and operate a van and box truck

Desired qualities:
Knowledge of best practices and museum trends in the field. Knowledge of OSHA standards. Strong supervisory skills and the ability to prioritize staff and delegate responsibilities. A strong sense of maintaining confidentiality while exercising sound judgment in the workplace is highly desirable.

Work conditions:
Normal office environment, periodic travel, night or weekend work required. Physical fitness for exhibition facilities required. Must have the ability to bend, lift a minimum of 50 pounds unassisted, and climb stairs. Valid driver’s license.

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