Collections Assistant

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Desired position type: Full-Time
Location: Philadelphia Pennsylvania, United States

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I am looking to apply to a Museum Collections Assistant position or related Museum Collections position. I have an MA in Museum Communication: Collections Management and hands on experience at several galleries and a museum working with art and artifacts, as a gallery treasurer, and a website graphics designer.


The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA. GPA 3.42
Master of Arts in Museum Communication- Collection Management

Albright College, Reading, PA. GPA 3.30
Bachelor of Arts- Combined concentration in Art and English

Training Sessions and Workshops
•Collections Care and Preservation Workshop at the Wistar Institute (April 22, 2009)
•Collections Handling Session ran by Conservator Julia Lawson, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Conservation Center
•Mount Making Session ran by Conservator Julia Lawson, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Conservation Center
•Online Collections II: Practical Demonstration Webinar led by Brian Gomez, VP. PastPerfect Software, Inc. (Tuesday, April 16, 2013) How to create a virtual exhibit and blog

Graduate Museum Projects
•Created a catalogue using Photoshop and InDesign on “The Evolution of Racecar Design” as my part of a group Graduate Museum Project for the Simeone Museum (Spring 2009)
•Wrote a Collections Management Policy Plan for the Philadelphia Library Company’s Curator, Linda August, as part of my Collections Management course training with fellow Museum Education classmate, Kaitlin Ammon (Spring 2009)


Hanover Area Historical Society
Volunteer Website and Graphics Designer
April 2013-Present
• redesigning the Society’s website using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign (no coding, the Webmaster codes and inserts the graphics). I also take
photographs and observe and evaluate information for the website.
• liaising with Library Research, Marketing, Museum, and Programs

Hanover Area Arts Guild, Inc.
Volunteer Executive Board Member- Gallery Treasurer and Finance, Grants, and Corporate Committee Member
December 2010-August 2012
•art sales & class sales/information
•grants, wrote an approved matching façade restoration grant
•processed incoming artwork for juried shows; documented artwork information, if it meets the guild’s standards, and condition upon entry
•hung artwork and created art labels
•monitored gallery expenses and payroll (checkbook & FileMaker Pro)
•presented gallery treasurer reports at monthly board meetings
•front desk volunteer receptionist
•opened & closed gallery

Hanover Hall Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility- Hospitality/CNA Training
November 1, 2010-July 2011
Wonders Personal Care Facility- Personal Care Nurse
April 1, 2010-August 22, 2010
Columbia Cottage Assisted Living Facility- Homemaker/Assisted Living Nurse
September 24, 2007-February 2010

The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
American Section Intern (Assistantship Position)
September 11, 2009-December 4, 2009
•relocated Peruvian pottery as part of a larger relocation project;retagged, bagged, and updated their condition in Argus
•oversaw 1 work study student
•assisted with collections set-up and handling at researcher/artist/speaker visits

The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Oceania & African Collections Intern
June 22, 2009-August 7, 2009
•Argus Collections Management System (entries and clean-up)
•located and documented the location of objects
•bagged and tagged objects
•wrapped and rolled African textiles
• relaxed (misted) and rolled Oceania mats
•organized African textiles to be researched according to Provenience
•inventory (created form and inventoried Oceania and African sections)
•gallery and object condition reports
•reorganized/transferred objects (transfer forms & Argus updates)
•digital photography of objects/set-up
•processed objects (filled out catalog card information on descriptions, condition, measurements, detailed digital photographs, re-housing objects and creating an accession record for the accepted objects)
•oversaw volunteers
•mount/support making (Ethofoam, Polyethofoam, and acid free board, with a heat gun, and hot glue)
•helped with storage facility assessment

The Gershman Y Galleries (Assistantship Position)- Gallery Intern
October 2008-May 2009
•created gallery guides (John Cohen photographs and Selections)
& biographical handout on Leo Lionni and Emanuel Luzati shows
•inventory on Leo Lionni and From Tesfa ti Tikva/From Hope to Hope
artwork using loan forms
•conducted research on artists for Selections gallery guide
•created art labels and Excel contact lists
•assisted with student workshops
•matting and framing
•hung artwork

College of the Performing Arts Dean’s Office, University of the Arts- Office Assistant
September 22, 2008-December 21, 2009
•clerical duties •receptionist (multi-lined phone)
•scheduled meetings •data entry

Older job related postion…

Freedman Art Gallery – Gallery Attendant
February 2005- June 2006
•Opening and closing
•Assisting Head Preparator in handling and preparing artwork for display and
recording the condition
•Put pre-made packets together for children’s tour groups
•Office duties; mailing out invitations, letters, making copies


  • •Argus Collections Management System
  • •PastPerfect Collections Management System
  • •Collections Care & Processing
  • •Collections Management
  • •Policy creation
  • •Researh
  • •Grant Writing
  • •Microsoft Office
  • •Mount Making
  • •Digital Photography
  • •Receptionist (multi-lined phone)
  • •French language (beginner-moderate)
  • •Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign

Spoken Languages

    Basic French, English

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