What is a Fine Art Preparator?

Installing a  Charles M. Russell exhibit at The Rockwell Museum of Western Art
Preparator Steve Carver installing the Charles M. Russell Exhibit “Harmless Hunter”

An Art Preparator is a trained individual who works directly with objects in museums and art galleries. They work in coordination with registrars, collection managers, conservators, exhibition designers, and curators, among others, to ensure that objects are safely handled and cared for. They are responsible for packing and unpacking art, installing and de-installing art in exhibitions, and moving art around the museum and storage spaces. They are an integral part of a museum and collections care.

Here at NFA we have perfected the fine art of Fine Art Handling. Recent jobs have included installing the Charles M. Russell Exhibit “Harmless Hunter” at the Rockwell Museum of Western Art as well as transporting the Thomas Paquette exhibit “Touching on Water”. NFA preparators are also assisting in the installation at the new expansion wing of The Corning Museum of Glass.

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