Art Preparators are an integral part of our shipboard art programs. Successful Art Preparators are able to assist with operations and logistics of the art program and its various art events. Main responsibilities include gallery and art auction artwork curation and setup, maintaining art and supply inventories, and managing the quality and integrity of the onboard art collection, art gallery, and art storage lockers in keeping with shipboard standards. Art Preparators have an opportunity to advance to Associate Art Auctioneer when the necessary skills for the Associate job are demonstrated.
Job functions of the Art Preparator include, but are not limited to:
• Lead art display setup for gallery events and art auctions according to best practices for handling and displaying art in accordance with shipboard safety requirements
• Maintain the quality of the onboard art collection
• Lead and manage a team of hired art movers, educating them in best practices of art handing in accordance with shipboard safety requirements
• Assist during the art auction: gather requested artwork to be auctioned, help with bringing work on or off main easel quickly and safely, lead setup of art and safe return of art to storage in a timely manner
• Ability to recognize our various artist’s work and their style
• Ability to distinguish artwork “lot” types as well as mediums, and know where to find these works on the ship
• Assist with onloads (and offloads) of artwork onto (or off of) a ship
• Manage artwork, marketing collateral, and supply inventory
• Package “Take Off” works safely for clients
Art Preparators are selected from a variety of backgrounds and countries worldwide. The strongest candidates are chosen based on a number of personal and professional characteristics:
• Coachable and has the willingness and desire to learn
• Ability to speak English clearly, distinctly and cordially with guests
• Ability to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds
• Professional demeanor
Accommodations and meals onboard are provided, as well as travel to and from ship assignments.
Art Preparators are given a weekly base salary and branded polo shirts to be worn while performing work duties.
• Passport: Everyone working at sea must maintain an up-to-date passport valid at least through the end of one 6 month contract.
• Visas: United States citizens and Canadians are not required to obtain any visas. Candidates from other countries are responsible for securing any visas required by the itinerary and/or cruise line. This requirement also includes a C1/D visa to travel in and out of the United States.
• Medical Exam: All members of the art team must complete a medical exam and be declared fit for duty by a physician. Each cruise line maintains a list of required medical exam documents. All art team members must bring this medical paperwork onboard the ship with them.
• Background Check: Park West Gallery requires each independent contractor to undergo a full background check. This investigation will include both employment and criminal background investigations.
• Drug Screening: Park West Gallery also requires each independent contractor to undergo a full drug screening. Any individual that tests positive for any illegal substances will not be eligible to represent Park West on board the ship.
• Ability to speak English clearly, distinctly, and cordially with guests.
• Ability to read and write English in order to understand and interpret written procedures. Must be able to give and receive instructions in written and verbal forms to present information and respond to questions from guests, supervisors and co-workers.
• Other language skills such as fluency in Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, French, Mandarin or Japanese are preferred, but not required.
• Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
• You must be physically able to participate in emergency life saving procedures and drills.
• Full use and range of arms and legs as well as full visual, verbal and hearing abilities are required to follow instructions in the event of an emergency including the lowering of lifeboats.
• Ability to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.