TITLE: Exhibition Graphic Designer
DEPARTMENT: Collections & Exhibitions
REPORTS TO: Exhibition Designer
EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Full Time
FLSA STATUS: Exempt
NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.
Please apply on http://www.mintmuseum.org/about/careers/
Under the creative direction of the Exhibition Designer, the Exhibition Graphic Designer is responsible for designing a wide variety of graphics, signage, wayfinding, and exhibition related materials that align the museum’s physical space and its visual communication with the curatorial vision and institutional branding. A highly collaborative working environment, the designer will work closely with the Exhibition Designer to develop and design compelling and creative solutions, including engaging graphics for the museum’s special exhibitions and collections galleries. The Exhibition Graphic Designer builds lasting relationships with local vendors and is responsible for the graphic production and installation schedules, working with internal and external members of the installation team to prepare and install graphics. The designer will also collaborate with marketing graphic designers on external branding for exhibitions.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES – ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
- Works collaboratively with the Exhibition Designer and Curatorial team to create environmental graphics for exhibition galleries. Including but not limited to: exhibition branding and identity, title treatments, large scale environmental graphics, text panels, banners, and object labels.
- Works with staff to design, manage, and produce internal wayfinding ensuring a consistent high-quality visitor experience.
- Designs and creates layout for exhibition publications as assigned including but not limited to catalogues, gallery guides, and brochures. Oversees the print production of same.
- Produces final graphics using both vendors and internal wide format printing equipment. Manages production and installation schedules with both internal and external installation teams.
- Maintains inventory of materials used for wide format printing and vinyl. Oversees general maintenance on machines when needed. Works with Exhibition Designer to schedule major maintenance on machines.
- Coordinates with Advancement & Communications department to maintain museum branding with exhibition branding and permanent collection branding.
- Collaborates with Learning & Engagement, Curatorial, and Exhibition Designer to develop interactive educational activities that integrate into special exhibitions, rotating gallery and permanent collections.
- Supports policies and procedures of the highest museum standards and best practices, coordinating with Registration and Art Services staff on materials and methods particular to a museum environment, and creatively working within requirements set down by contracts and copyright law.
- Plays key role in fostering an organizational culture that values positive leadership, innovation, and inclusion, and inspires excellence in the work environment.
- Other duties as assigned.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS FOR CONSIDERATION:
EDUCATION: Degree in Graphic Design, and/or visual communication from an accredited institution. Other credentials and/or experience may be considered for applicability.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Portfolio demonstrating extensive knowledge of design, typography, color theory, and branding. Gallery and/or museum experience a plus.
- Exceptional design sense with the ability to integrate messaging, color imagery, and typography into three-dimensional environments.
- Adept at developing creative design concepts as well as having technical working knowledge in preparing final documentation and artwork for print.
- Extensive knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud.
- Strong understanding of Adobe InDesign and the correct use of Paragraph and Character styles
- Demonstrate ability to visualize in two and three dimensions.
- Knowledge of signage requirements and procedures, materials and installation techniques.
- Experience with wide format printing and large format production.
- Experience in vinyl cutting, preparation, and installation.
- Working knowledge of hand production methods including mounting and cutting.
- Excellent time management, planning, and organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to work on multiple projects concurrently in a fast-paced environment.
- Strong communication skills and the ability to work well collaboratively.
- Excellent interpersonal skills, systematic, meticulous, patient, self-starter and works well under pressure.
- Must be responsible, dependable, and able to work effectively in a team-based environment.
DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS/ATTRIBUTES: NON-ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
Desirable functions: Familiarity with museum best practices and trends in the field. Familiarity with OSHA standards. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to set priorities. A strong sense of maintaining confidentiality while exercising good judgment in the workplace is highly desirable.
Normal office environment, periodic travel, night, or weekend work required. Physical ability for exhibition installations required. Must have the ability to bend, lift a minimum of 50 pounds without assistance, and climb stairs. Valid driver’s license.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: No
ADDITIONAL EDUCATION, CERTIFICATION OR PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATIONS: Knowledge and/or background in Fine Arts, design and/or Art History a plus.
DISCLAIMER: The preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees to this job. The Mint Museum reserves the discretion to change this job description at any time.
ABOUT THE MINT MUSEUM
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 innovative collections, groundbreaking exhibitions, and riveting 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, Mint Museum Randolph opened in 1936 in Charlotte’s Eastover neighborhood as the state’s first art museum. Today, in a beautiful park setting, intimate galleries invite visitors to engage with 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 featuring lectures and performances, and a museum shop offering merchandise that complements both the permanent collection and special exhibitions.
Mint Museum Uptown houses the internationally renowned Craft + Design collection, as well as outstanding 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 exhibitions to provide visitors with unparalleled educational and cultural experiences. Located in the heart of Charlotte’s burgeoning center city, 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. Mint Museum Uptown also features a wide range of visitor amenities, 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.