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Paintings Conservator
Paintings Conservator
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Post Date: 08 Jan 2022


The Elise S. Haas Conservation Studio of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art seeks a Paintings Conservator to join their team in the preservation, conservation, research, and display of modern and contemporary artworks, and in the exploration and documentation of artists’ practices.

The art of our time necessitates new models of care for preservation and access, and SFMOMA conservators work collaboratively both intra- and inter- departmentally to address new challenges presented in unorthodox materials and emerging art-making methods. A shared studio space for five conservation disciplines (electronic media, objects, paintings, paper, and photography) supports synergistic exploration. Multiple hybrid Collections spaces within the museum and Collection Center underpin collections care through expansive staff expertise. The Artist Materials Collection contains physical manifestations of artists’ practices and is displayed and housed on the Inge-Lise Eckmann Lane Artist Materials Tower in the center of the Conservation studio.

Under the supervision of the Head of Conservation, the Paintings Conservator oversees all aspects of the care, maintenance, handling, storage and study of paintings in the SFMOMA collection, spanning early 20th through contemporary time periods. They work collaboratively with other departmental conservators on the care of mixed media artworks. The Paintings Conservator performs examination of artworks, preparation of treatment proposals, and execution of conservation treatment of works being considered for acquisition, loan, display, and deaccession. They manage a heavy workload with a high level of autonomy and responsibility, which may include supervision of on-call paintings conservators as needed.

The Paintings Conservator works alongside conservators in the department to:

  • Acknowledge that our profession is not neutral, and that we must intentionally and regularly revisit our assumptions, approaches, and practice in the work we do to promote a more equitable and inclusive practice.
  • Assist in developing initiatives aimed at fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment.
  • Aid in activating equitable conservation training at multiple levels, including the post-graduate Fellowship in the Conservation of Contemporary Art and pre-program opportunities.
  • Stay current with international approaches to the conservation of contemporary art.
  • Contribute at a high level to the general operation of the conservation studio.
  • Explore new methods for documentation that more fully represent the stories held by works in the collection.

SFMOMA believes the art of our time is vital and shares it with passion and purpose. As an ambassador for SFMOMA, the Paintings Conservator strives to reflect the values of the museum (inclusive, passionate, brave, and empathic) and support the Head of Conservation in implementing SFMOMA’s strategic goals:

  • Affirm our role in making the art of our time matter.
  • Become a human-centered, community-driven museum.
  • Transform our culture from the inside out.

Cultivate sustainability and growth with creativity and impact. 

SFMOMA is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity.

If you are already a paid SFMOMA employee and are interested in applying for the above position, please apply directly through the website by the closing date.

Job Details

Reference #33619
Posted on22 Dec 2021
Closes on31 Jan 2022 23:55
Expertise10+ years
Career levelMA
More details (document)Paintings Conservator 2022.pdf


San Francisco, USA

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