Junior Exhibition Designer


Date Posted



Miscellaneous August 10, 2017 Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation NYC, NY, USA

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The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is seeking a Junior Exhibition Designer. As a member of the Exhibition Design Department, the Junior Exhibition Designer is responsible for the design, coordination, and implementation of exhibition designs within the museum’s galleries. The Junior Exhibition Designer is also responsible for supporting senior staff with large-scale exhibition designs from conception to implementation within the Guggenheim Museum network.

Founded in 1937, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of art, primarily of the modern and contemporary periods, through exhibitions, education programs, research initiatives, and publications. The Guggenheim network that began in the 1970s when the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, was joined by the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, has since expanded to include the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (opened 1997) and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi (currently in development). Looking to the future, the Guggenheim Foundation continues to forge international collaborations that take contemporary art, architecture, and design beyond the walls of the museum. More information about the foundation can be found at guggenheim.org.

Supervisory Responsibilities

There are no direct reports associated with this position. This position may occasionally oversee interns.

Key Responsibilities

  • Coordinate implementation of exhibition design in conjunction with senior exhibition design members, curatorial staff, and outside designers (as required) to determine all aspects of the gallery environment including layout of art work, wall construction, custom casework, finishes, etc.
  • Collaborate with senior exhibition design staff on large-scale exhibitions at various Guggenheim locations worldwide as well as touring exhibitions.
  • Produce design renderings, study maquettes/models, and other presentation materials to convey design and exhibition scope to Curators, Director, and various other project constituents and outside parties.
  • Interface with the departments of Art Preparation, Construction, Fabrication, Graphic Design, Facilities, Visitor Experience, Security, Fire Safety, Lighting, Media Arts, Education, and Special Events to ensure exhibition design meets Museum standards for fine art display, safety, and visitor experience.
  • Manage the production of models and maquettes as well as prototypes and mock-ups. Assist senior staff with on-site mockups, installation support, and documentation as needed.
  • Work closely with the Fabrication and Construction departments to ensure that design elements are executed according to plan.
  • Conduct field surveys of galleries. Maintain departmental digital archive of CAD files, including plans, sections, and 3D models.
  • Assist in sourcing vendors, soliciting quotes, and obtaining material samples. Help maintain material library.
  • Prepare exhibition budget projections and cost analysis reports as directed and with support as required. Manage relevant project invoices.
  • Other duties, as assigned.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • BA or MA in Architecture or 3D design field.
  • 1-3 years relevant work experience in architectural/3D design field.
  • Professional experience with millwork detailing, material specifications, and the production of Construction Documents.
  • Advanced 2D drafting skills (preferably Vectorworks), 3D modeling and rendering skills (preferably Rhino and V-Ray), and advanced knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Facility with building both study and finish models.
  • Familiarity with DoB variances, TPA submissions, and public safety requirements a plus.
  • Demonstrated interest in fine art, particularly modern and contemporary.
  • Ability to think abstractly and design creatively within distinctive architectural environment.
  • Excellent concern for detail while working within fast-paced project timelines.
  • Good communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Ability to collaborate with diverse implementation team is essential.

The Guggenheim offers a competitive salary and excellent medical, dental, life, disability, and retirement plan coverage. Our staff also enjoys generous vacation, sick leave and personal days, access to a variety of cultural institutions, discounts to museum stores, and a stimulating and collegial work environment.

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

Qualified applicants please send your resume and cover letter, including salary expectations, to [email protected]. Indicate the job title “Junior Exhibition Designer” in the subject line. Only those applicants who meet our requirements for this position will be contacted.