Exhibits Design Manager

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Desired salary: $65,000.00
Desired position type: Full-Time

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I am an innovative project management professional who works well under pressure and succeeds with challenging, complex assignments under tight budgets and timelines. I take a collaborative approach to problem solving for exceptional quality results. My track record is on-time and on-budget performance in high quantity, fast turnaround environments. I consistently deliver superior production and stakeholder satisfaction results in team leadership role and independent models, rapidly gaining cooperative consensus with both internal and external partners.


BA Arts Administration, Evergreen State College
• Managed 2 on-campus monthly fine arts exhibit galleries for 4 years, and created catalog of 200 piece collection for Art Departments programs use


2012 – Present Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA
Head Preparator
• Manage all aspects of contemporary crafts and design exhibition operations for 10-16 rotations per year
• Budgeting and executing on 10+ projects per year from $25,000 – $150,000 each
• Responsible for coordination of stakeholders participation and resources acquisitions for installation of special programs and exhibits from 100sf to 8500sf
• Develop design and elevation scale drawings in Adobe Illustrator and pdf format
• Initiate and lead LED lighting conversion for 16,000sf of gallery track lighting (650 lamps) in compliance with a Public Utilities Rebate grant program
• Hire, supervise and train crew of up to 8, plus visiting couriers, registrars, and artists
2010 – 2012 Artech Inc., Renton, WA
Art Installer
• Serviced regional clientele for all types of fine art, collectibles, antiquities and special objects display and install needs including:
• Provided expert packing, crating, transport and storage handling support for objects going to auction, outgoing/incoming museum loans requiring detailed condition reporting, on purchase preview and for international, TSA compliant shipping
• Drafted advanced sections of training manuals covering operational site assessment and project management planning for budgets up to $20,000 lasting up to 6 months
• Outlined integrated modules for delivery and metrics accomplishment throughout entire training program

2008 – 2010 Microsoft Art Collection Management Services / Artech Inc. Redmond, WA
• Oversaw all art collection objects care, storage, handling, records and reproduction rights requirements:
o Negotiated acquisition contracts with US and International galleries
o Coordinated & processed all shipping of acquisitions & outgoing loans
o Managed data & inventory for 5000 objects in 180+ buildings/sites worldwide
• Drafted Procedures and Policy manuals and advised on implementation. Established de-acquisitions program based on policy and corporate client requirements

2003 – 2005 Artech Inc. Renton, WA
Project Manager
• Managed private, corporate and institutional client’s needs in art and antiquities display, storage, transport and packing with budgets up to $20,000 per instance and multiple activity timelines
• Supervised crews of 2-6 both in person and remotely
• Vetted, secured and managed sub-contractors services
2001 – 2003 Vulcan Inc., Seattle, WA
Art Handler
• Fine art and antiquities collection logistics services in 15 private and corporate locations world-wide

1998 – 2001 Experience Music Project, Seattle, WA
Senior Preparator
• Managed crew of 4
• Designed and fabricated necessary artifact display to install 1,200 objects in 6 months during final construction phases for museum grand opening
• Supervised two relocations of 100,000 piece collection


  • • Extensive project management experience: sales response, establishing deliverables, budgets, timelines, delegations, sub-contractor procurement and supervision, billing and job evaluation: 15 years
  • • Documentation origination: policy, reporting, training manuals, technical process documents, press releases, blogs: 15 years
  • • Inventory management: data entry, error reconciliation, reporting and analysis: 20 years
  • • Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Illustrator, Vector-works, AutoCAD, Adobe Illustrator: 10 years


    Art dislay, Art Handling, Art storage, Artifact storage, Catalogging, Climate Management, Display fabrication, Equipment operations, Exhibit design, Intergrated Pest Management, Lighting Design, Logisitics coordination, Mount Making, Registration records management, Team Management

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