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Exhibition Designer – Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh, PA

Company: Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

  • Full Time

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

Carnegie Museum of Art creates experiences that connect people to art, ideas, and one another. We believe creativity is a defining human characteristic to which everyone should have access. CMOA collects, preserves, and presents artworks from around the world to inspire, sustain, and provoke discussion, and to engage and reflect multiple audiences.

Carnegie Museum of Art is arguably the first museum of contemporary art in the United States, collecting the “Old Masters of tomorrow” since the inception of the Carnegie International in 1896. Today, the museum is one of the most dynamic major art institutions in America. Our collection of more than 30,000 objects features a broad spectrum of visual arts, including painting and sculpture; prints and drawings; photographs; architectural casts, renderings, and models; decorative arts and design; and film, video, and digital imagery. Through our programming, exhibitions, and publications, we frequently explore the role of art and artists in confronting key social issues of our time, combining and juxtaposing local and global perspectives. With our unique history and resources, we strive to become a leader in defining the role of art museums for the 21st century.

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is interested in candidates who, through their experience and collaborations, will contribute to diversity and excellence of the Carnegie Museums community.

Reporting to the Director of Collections and Exhibitions Management, the EXHIBITION DESIGNER will manage the design and production of CMOA’s temporary exhibitions and permanent collection installations. The Exhibition Designer will closely collaborate across departments—Curatorial, Exhibitions, Registration, Art Preparation & Installation, Conservation, and Education—to produce specifications, methods, materials, technical drawings, and display techniques for museum casework, platforms, walls, partitions, fixtures and lighting, in accordance with best museum practices. The position provides support for the administration and execution of all aspects of construction-related activities associated with the exhibition design. The Exhibition Designer works closely with internal and external stakeholders including the Exhibitions Project Manager, Curators, contractors, vendors, and contributing Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh (CMP) and CMOA departments to efficiently and effectively achieve exhibition goals and installation designs on schedule and on budget.

This is a Full-Time position.

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  • Ability to organize, represent, and communicate concepts effectively through design; working knowledge of color utilization and design theory;
  • Familiarity with construction as well as art museum-appropriate materials and fabrication techniques;
  • Understanding and awareness of security, conservation, and accessibility requirements and standards;
  • Highly organized, and able to set and carry out short-term goals while keeping long-term goals in mind;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and be able to work professionally and collaboratively with colleagues from diverse backgrounds in a team-oriented environment;
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists;
  • Initiative to undertake and complete tasks and projects as they arise.


  • Bachelor’s degree in architecture, design, fine arts, or a related field, and at least two years experience in architectural gallery drawing and detailing, interior space planning, materials specification, and/or fixture design (or an equivalent mix of education and experience).
  • Able to administer the drafting and production process from specification through completion;
  • Proficiency in computer aided design programs such as InDesign, CAD, Vectorworks, SketchUp, etc., as well as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook is mandatory;
  • Position requires sufficient mobility to travel throughout the museum’s galleries and storage areas.


  • Working with defined curatorial concepts, manage the overall exhibition design process for temporary exhibitions and permanent collection installations to enhance the curatorial, educational, and interpretive vision for an exhibition through the layout of artwork, creation of additional walls/spaces, color, lighting, and the thoughtful and innovative integration of interpretive elements, including technology;
  • Collaborate with the Curators, Director of Collections and Exhibitions, Exhibitions Project Manager, Registrars, and Chief Preparator on all phases of designing exhibitions and permanent collection installations: scheduling, budget monitoring, design research of objects displayed, space planning, construction and shop drawing documents, revisions, and quality control; coordinate request for proposal, contracting and implementation with outside exhibition design contractors for same;
  • Use computer aided design (CAD) to produce scaled floorplans and elevations including layout of walls, platforms, and furniture as well as specific detailed object placement (case layouts, groupings) and color schemes for review/approval; create three dimensional scale models, quick concept sketches, and renderings as needed throughout exhibition design process; produce final construction and/or shop drawings for fabrication;
  • Prepare/communicate design specifications for gallery installation to museum support staff as appropriate; collaborate with Publications and/or contracted graphic designers to ensure cohesive exhibition and graphic design approach in exhibition and permanent collection presentations;
  • Consult with relevant museum and CMP staff on other aspects of interior design as necessary; create design plans for other special projects in the galleries or museum as directed;
  • Ensure all designs adhere to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations and requirements;
  • Coordinate all construction-related activities associated with the museum’s temporary exhibitions, permanent collection installations, and special projects, including:
  • Oversee requests for proposals, bidding, contractor selection; participate in contractual terms negotiation, preparation of construction agreements, professional service agreements, and/or purchase orders;
  • Manage all pre-construction contractor planning and project preparation with contractors and staff as it relates to specific projects as well as the CMOA exhibitions schedule;
  • Coordinate load in, worksite staging/maintenance, and load out of contractors and materials on site;
  • Estimate, order, and negotiate costs with vendors for construction-related materials;
  • Coordinate with relevant CMP departments, especially Facilities Planning & Operations (FP&O), to facilitate contractor work on site/in galleries;
  • Provide oversight to maintain the high standards of construction established in construction policies and procedures in accordance with CMOA and CMP construction policies and procedures.
  • Manage exhibition documentation and project budget expenses related to the design and production of exhibitions and installations, including:
  • Budget forecasting, managing, and reconciling of expenses for each project;
  • Documenting each installation and special exhibition.
  • Maintain inventory of exhibition furniture and fixtures (casework, visitor seating, tables, floor coverings, etc.) and monitor condition;
  • Undertake additional administrative and/or design responsibilities under the supervision of the Director of Collections and Exhibitions Management as required.

The following PA Act 153 clearances, or proof of application of clearances, are required beginning employment and as a condition of continued employment:

  • Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance
  • Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check
  • FBI Fingerprint Criminal Background Check

Obtaining the required clearances is completed as part of the new hire process.

Carnegie Museums is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minorities / Females / Veterans / Individuals with Disabilities / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity

The above job description reflects the essential functions and qualifications for the position identified, and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the position. The job description does not constitute an employment contract and does not alter the at-will relationship between CMP and the employee.


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