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Hourly - Assistant Preparator



Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, CA seeks a highly motivated, experienced and detail-oriented Assistant Preparator to join our team.

This is an as needed position for deinstallation & installation dates, about 10 full weeks of work per year.

Bedford Gallery, with 3,500 square feet of exhibition space, is the largest community-based visual arts facility between the Bay Area and Sacramento and attracts an annual audience of over 30,000. The contemporary art space is housed in the Lesher Center for the Arts, and presents 4 exhibitions per year, related programs, daily school tours, and community workshops.



Representative duties of the Assistant Preparator include, but are not limited to, the following responsibilities:

  • Install and de-install artworks for exhibitions


  • Safely receive and handle crates, packaging and artworks


  • For traveling exhibitions: complete condition reports for artworks


  • Unpack and repack artworks safely for exhibition, storage, shipping or off-site deliveries


  • Place artworks of various weights and dimensions in the gallery prior to hanging and installation


  • Transport art to and from the gallery in City vehicles


  • Lighting exhibitions


  • Work on other gallery programming projects as needed



Education and Experience:

At least two years of art handling experience in a gallery or museum with excellent references is required. Applicants with no previous museum or gallery experience will not be considered.

Special Requirements:

Valid Class C driver’s license and clean driving record required.

Ideal Candidate:

The ideal candidate possesses the following:


  • Working knowledge of safe and proper art handling, packing & installation methods suitable to a wide range of media


  • Capability to excel in a detail-oriented work environment


  • Basic maintenance and building skills including carpentry, wall repair, painting, fixture fabrication and picture framing


  • Professional demeanor, positive, upbeat attitude


  • Ability to work with adhesive vinyl signage and object labels


  • Physical ability to use and operate ladders and platform lifts, and safely lift and move objects of varied dimensions and weights with assistance


  • Knowledge of and passion for fine art


  • Ability to follow instructions and also work independently


  • Work experience with Exhibition and Registrar Manuals


  • Ability to off-load crates from trucks and safely move around in gallery


  • Ability to professionally paint walls and pedestals


  • Assist with cleaning and organizing (paint, tools, installation supplies, etc.)



The Assistant Preparator may undergo Department of Justice and FBI fingerprinting as part of the background process.


Interviews will be conducted in late March 2020.



1. Submit your application through NEOGOV.

2. The Department will contact you directly based on current vacancies for an interview. Should you have any questions on the status of your application, please reach out to Emilee Enders AND Erik Mortensen

Internship Opportunities:


Bedford Gallery is currently hiring interns for Spring and Summer 2020. 

Overview of Internship:
The Bedford Gallery Internship offers an opportunity for students interested in visual art careers to get hands-on gallery experience. Interns will work in a broad range of gallery operations – from installation and exhibition research to community outreach and administrative work. Under the supervision of the Curator, with the Intern Coordinator at the lead, interns will receive a well-rounded gallery experience. In some cases, gallery interns will work with other gallery staff (marketing coordinator, preparatory) and will be given projects that will build the resume and advance and sharpen their communication skills, computer skills, and understanding of the art world. The Bedford Gallery team is willing to work with interns to help them achieve
experience in specific areas if requested.

Responsibilities may include:
· Exhibition research
· Preparing for exhibition openings
· Art loans
· Community outreach
· Maintaining contacts database
· Gallery upkeep & organization, including merch counter
· Assist with installation procedures
· Assist with fundraising and tour program
· General administrative work (mailings, filing, scanning, etc)

About the Bedford Gallery:
Bedford Gallery exhibits the work of historic, modern, and contemporary artists. The Gallery is dedicated to providing the public with opportunities to learn about visual arts through public programs that are varied, accessible, challenging, and educational. Its mission is to provide exhibitions and other programs that both reflect and engage the diverse audiences of the entire Contra Costa region. The Bedford Gallery is a program of the City of Walnut Creek's Department of Arts, Recreation, and Community Services and is overseen by the Arts Commission. The Diablo Regional Arts Association, a private non-profit tax-exempt organization, provides vital financial and volunteer enrichment for the Bedford Gallery and other cultural services programs.

Commitment and Compensation:
Interns are asked to make a full semester and/or a three to six month commitment. College students must receive school credit. At least 12 hours/week commitment is preferable,hours must be during gallery office hours: 9am and 5pm Mon-Fri, and schedule within this time frame is flexible. Interns may be asked to work weekends for special events or exhibition openings.
Interns must be at least 18 years old.

How to apply:
Email resume, cover letter explaining your interest in interning at the Bedford Gallery, and schedule availability to No calls please.