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Museum administration is my passion!

Resume posted by kareneckhaus in Museum and Gallery.
Desired position type: 'Full-Time/ Part-Time/ Contract'.

kareneckhaus@gmail.com
Tel:
9177566244

Summary

I am a museum professional who has developed and managed budgets of $1.8 million dollars, lead curatorial teams, headed collections projects and overseen exhibit, staff and facilities operations for various museums and education programs and I am excited for a new opportunity to do the same.

Skills

    Education

    Post Graduate Diploma, Museum Studies
    University of Leicester, May 2008

    Bachelor of Arts, Cultural Geography and Anthropology
    Southern Connecticut State University, 2000

    Experience

    CURATORIAL, EXHIBITION AND RESEARCH
    I have provided curatorial research and project management services for museums, private collections, public exhibitions and publications, including:
    • Conceptualize and develop temporary and permanent exhibitions including drafting narrative gallery text, developing educational materials, and serving as content consultant
    • Served as project manager for exhibition planning, design and installation at the Museum of Sex including:
    • Supporting production, installation, evaluation, and remediation phases of an exhibition and related educational programs and other deliverables.
    • Project documentation duties include assisting with the maintenance of the project database
    • Facilitating production and fabrication tasks; and supporting the development and production of multimedia components and educational program materials
    • Serving as liaison with other institutions, galleries and private collectors
    • Drafting press and exhibition text
    • Help conduct the institution’s research projects and related educational programs for Museum of Sex, Merchant House Museum, New York Historical Society, and Brooklyn Children’s Museum
    • Maintain artifact and display integrity at Ripley’s Believe it or Not!
    • Provide research support for independent documentaries, specials, and publications such as the History Channel’s Wild West Tech, Berg Publications, HBO Films The Notorious Bettie Page, and GQ

    OPERATIONS AND ADMINISTRATION
    I have established and managed operations and administration logistics and visitor services procedures for a variety of museums, traveling exhibits and attractions, including:
    • Coordinate and manage exhibition plans and budgets
    • Administered rental programs for traveling exhibits and activity kits domestically and internationally, including ongoing communication with rental partners, budget and supply tracking, pick-up/drop-off planning, host cultivation, and overall customer service and care for the Brooklyn Children’s Museum
    • Secure insurance for facilities, storage and artifacts
    • Draft and manage contracts with curatorial contractors, exhibition designers, lenders, and borrowing institutions
    • Create, maintain and guide exhibition development and installation schedules
    • Lead interdepartmental exhibition development meeting
    • Serve as liaison with outside developers and designers
    • Maintain archive of exhibit development process including all relevant proposals, contracts and registrarial paperwork
    • Work with marketing and sales representatives to develop and implement marketing campaigns and sales and promotions initiatives
    • Edit and design catalogues and brochures and promotional materials
    • Oversee facilities including capital construction projects
    • Hire, train and manage permanent and temporary staff members

    COLLECTIONS AND REGISTRARIAL
    My experience includes a wide-range of records management practices, collections storage strategies and acquisition, loan and condition reporting procedures.
    • Devise collection acquisition and storage plans for private collections and start-up museums and exhibitions
    • Directed the acquisition, storage, records management systems and exhibition programs of the Museum of Sex permanent collection (over 20,000 artifacts). This included:
    • Researching, planning and implementing preventative conservation measures
    • Devising solutions for physical storage of three-dimensional artifacts and custom build archival storage boxes
    • Managing the project for digitalizing collections including tools, ephemera, textiles, costumes, ceramics, and furnishings
    • Researching and securing loans and coordinating acquisitions for a variety of exhibitions domestically and internationally
    • Standardized collections databases and processes for the Museum of Sex, Merchant House Museum, and Rubin Museum of Art
    • Developed procedures that clarify and enhance condition reports and data collection procedures for the Rubin Museum of Himalayan Arts

    EXPERIENCE
    Collections/Curatorial Consultant (July 2006-present)
    New York Botanical Garden (March 2010-August 2014) Director of Student Services
    Associate Director of Student Services
    Manager of Student Services
    Manhattan Education Center Coordinator
    Discovery Times Square Exposition (2009), Director of Exhibitions
    The Math Factory, New York, NY (2009), Exhibit/Project Manager
    Rubin Museum of Art, New York, NY (2009), Collections Intern
    Sports Museum of America, New York, NY, (March 2008-February 2009), Manager of Guest Services
    New York Historical Society, New York, NY, (2008), Assistant to the VP of the Library
    Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, New York, NY, (March 2007-January 2008), Assistant Manager
    Brooklyn Children’s Museum, New York, NY, (December 2006-March 2007), Manager of Exhibits
    New York Historical Society, New York, NY, (2006), Curatorial Intern
    Merchant’s House Museum, New York, NY, (July 2006-November 2006), Collections Intern
    Museum of Sex, New York, NY, (May 2003-July 2006), Exhibit and Curatorial Manager

     

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