Worcester Art Museum

55 Salisbury St.
Worcester, MA 01609

Date Posted:
January 27, 2020

Central Massachusetts



Exhibition Designer


Worcester Art Museum



Title: Exhibition Designer

Curatorial Division

Type: Full Time, Exempt

Reports To: Director of Curatorial Affairs

Direct Reports: None

Purpose: To act as exhibition designer, responsible for the design of temporary exhibitions and long-term installations, including permanent gallery renovations and upgrades, together with design for third-spaces in the museum.


· Comprehensive design of temporary exhibitions, permanent gallery and other museum space renovations and upgrades, including creation of production drawings.

· Working with the Director of Curatorial Affairs and museum curators, translate curatorial visions and concepts into achievable, budget-sensitive designs for both long-term installations and temporary exhibitions.

· Develop designs working to museum best practices in visitor experience, learning, and communication design standards.

· Prepare design drawings for exhibition construction and case fabrication, in coordination with the Chief Preparator.

· Collaborate with the Publication and Graphic Designer on exhibition graphics, publications and museum wayfinding.

· In coordination with the Chief Preparator, establish and maintain exhibition production guides for temporary exhibitions and long-term installations, including permanent gallery renovations and upgrades, as well as for installations, renovations and upgrades in the museum.

· Serve as a member of museum project teams for exhibition and display development and implementation.

· Working in collaboration with the Chief Preparator and exhibition project managers, contribute to the development of the design and fabrication elements of exhibition project budgets.

· Remain current with approaches and developments in the theory and practice used in the display of museum collections.

· Represent design related issues at meetings and on internal committees

· Represent Director of Curatorial Affairs in his/her absence regarding exhibition design

· Perform other related duties as assigned



• Proven project management skills, including the ability to work collaboratively and cooperatively within a team, comprising museum staff, contractors, and vendors

• Experience managing complex projects: ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, working to strict deadlines

• Ability to prepare and manage project budgets

• Strong communication and interpersonal skills

• Knowledge of and experience working with museum exhibition design standards and techniques

• Ability to express design intent through sketches or computer renderings

• Experience with presentation drawing, drafting, and construction drawing

• Proficient with VectorWorks or AutoCAD, Adobe CS, MS Office software and/or 3-D model or drafting experience

• Knowledge of museum fabrication materials, graphics production, installation techniques, mount making techniques, requirements for display of sensitive objects and ADA requirements


BA/BS required; MA, MS preferred, or equivalent training in visual art, architecture, design or related field.


Three or more years in a museum, gallery, or similar exhibiting institution with extensive design experience and portfolio, and knowledge of exhibition planning, lighting, fabrication, installation and exhibit furniture design.

Apply by:
February 27, 2020
About this Organization:

Collection Information

The Worcester Art Museum creates transformative programs and exhibitions, drawing on its exceptional world-renowned collection of 38,000 works of art spanning 51 centuries. Central to its mission is a focus on audience engagement, connecting visitors of all ages and abilities with inspiring art and demonstrating its enduring relevance to daily life. The Museum’s creative initiatives—from pioneering collaborative programs with local schools, to fresh approaches to exhibition design and in-gallery teaching, to a long history of studio class instruction—provide opportunities for its diverse audiences to experience art and learn both from and with artists.

Centrally located in New England, Worcester is an hour from Boston, Providence and Hartford, an hour and a half from the Berkshires, three hours from New York City, and is convenient to Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

The Museum is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity.