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Painter Richmond

Commonwealth of VA Careers

Commonwealth of VA Careers Richmond VA United States

2 weeks ago

Title: Painter

Hiring Range: $15.75 per hour...

Pay Band: 3

Agency: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts


Agency Website:

Recruitment Type: General Public - G

Job Duties

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) seeks a dynamic and energetic Painter in the Department of Exhibition Design & Production. Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Applying finishes, including paint, stain, varnish, fabrics, and other wall coverings, to all forms of exhibit construction, including walls, pedestals, and other casework, adhering to the high standard of quality and appearance that the museum requires.

Performing maintenance painting in the galleries and all other spaces in and around the museum.

Fabric wrapping Case parts as needed, to apply marvel seals as needed. Training will be provided.

Removing labels and patch and painting.

Attaching hanging clips for graphic panels that need to be installed.

Assisting with fabrication of display casework, pedestals, and architectural elements involved in the installation of the museum’s temporary exhibitions and permanent gallery displays, adhering to the high standards of quality and appearance that the museum requires.
Ensuring proper care in the use and maintenance of equipment and supplies; promoting continuous improvement of workplace safety and environmental practices.

Position Benefits & Details:

This is an hourly/wage, non-exempt, non-benefited position, eligible to work up to approximately 28 hours per week on average and up to 1,450 hours annually (May 1 – April 30).

VMFA staff also enjoy museum perks like free admission to special exhibitions, previews of special exhibitions, employee pricing for select museum programs and classes, and discounts at Amuse Restaurant, Best Café, and VMFA Shop.

About the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts:

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia, is one of the largest comprehensive art museums in the United States. VMFA, which opened in 1936, is a state agency and privately endowed educational institution. Its purpose is to collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret art, and to encourage the study of the arts. Through the Office of Statewide Partnerships program, the museum offers curated exhibitions, arts-related audiovisual programs, symposia, lectures, conferences, and workshops by visual and performing artists. In addition to presenting a wide array of special exhibitions, the museum provides visitors with the opportunity to experience a global collection of art that spans more than 6,000 years. VMFA’s permanent holdings encompass nearly 50,000 artworks, including the largest public collection of Fabergé outside of Russia, the finest collection of Art Nouveau outside of Paris, and one of the nation’s finest collections of American art. VMFA is also home to important collections of Chinese art, English silver, and French Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, British sporting and modern and contemporary art, as well as renowned South Asian, Himalayan and African art. In May 2010, VMFA opened its doors to the public after a transformative expansion, the largest in its history.

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts recently began a new expansion and renovation project led by the international architecture firm SmithGroup. Tentatively scheduled for completion in Fall 2027, the project consists of adding a new wing of nearly 170,000 square feet and renovating 45,000 square feet of existing spaces, while maintaining four acres of green space in the Sculpture Garden. Visitors will experience a seamless journey through the collections in the new wing, which will house American and Indigenous American art, African art, 21stcentury art, and a new suite of galleries for rotating special exhibitions and a special events space.

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is the only art museum in the United States open 365 days a year with free general admission.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of painting and other finishing techniques related to museum exhibit and display work.

Considerable skill in the use of brushes, rollers, spraying and related tools and equipment.

Ability to apply a variety of finishes to meet high museum quality standards.

Skill in selecting and applying paint and associated products.

Skill in applying coatings and/or caulking and completing repairs to exterior and interior surfaces.

Skill in wood surface preparation, staining, and/or sealing techniques.

Ability to use hand and power tools applicable to trade.

Ability to select, mix, and apply surface coatings which successfully match and/or restore historic interior or exterior surfaces.

Ability to read, understand, follow, and enforce safety procedures.

Ability to estimate basic project time and material quantity requirements.

Ability to communicate effectively and work on installations with a wide range of staff members.

Flexible approach to work, but highly committed to overall project.

Ability to work under pressure while maintaining high quality output.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.

Prior experience in a cultural arts or museum setting, highly preferred.

Special Instructions:

You will be provided a confirmation of receipt when your application and/or résumé is submitted successfully. Please refer to “Your Application” in your account to check the status of your application for this position.

You will be provided a confirmation of receipt when your application and/or résumé is submitted successfully. Please refer to “Your Application” in your account to check the status of your application for this position.

Selected candidates must pass a criminal history background check.

Please submit three (3) references. Provide full name, phone number and email address. References may be attached in a separate document in the “other” field in the portal; or they may be included with the resume or cover letter. Professional references are preferred. Other reference types will also receive consideration. References should be able to attest to your knowledge, skills, and abilities, especially qualifications relevant to the position for which you are applying.

Interested individuals must submit an on online application. Posting has been reopened and is open until filled.

Please contact the HR office at [email protected] if you need assistance.

VMFA is an EEO/AA and Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Certified Employer. Diverse and inclusive hiring practices are at the heart of what we do at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Contact Information:

Name: Human Resource Services

Phone: Please email Human Resource Services at [email protected]

Email: [email protected]

In support of the Commonwealth’s commitment to inclusion, we are encouraging individuals with disabilities to apply through the Commonwealth Alternative Hiring Process. To be considered for this opportunity, applicants will need to provide their Certificate of Disability (COD) provided by a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor within the Department for Aging & Rehabilitative Services (DARS), or the Department for the Blind & Vision Impaired (DBVI). Veterans are encouraged to answer Veteran status questions and submit their disability documentation, if applicable, to DARS/DBVI to get their Certificate of Disability. If you need to get a Certificate of Disability, use this link: Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities, or call DARS at 800-552-5019, or DBVI at 800-622-2155
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