Interested in joining the ICA team? Visit VCU eJobs to discover current opportunities. Only electronic applications submitted via VCU eJobs will be accepted. Materials sent to the ICA’s staff offices and email accounts will not be considered.

Applications will be reviewed until positions are filled or unless otherwise stated. Phone calls and emails to staff are respectfully discouraged.



Preparator/Lead Preparator

The Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU is currently accepting applications for the position of Preparator/Lead Preparator.

Driven by a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and cultural equity, the ICA at VCU is dedicated to producing and sharing new art and ideas, and to supporting creative communities. The ICA’s program includes artist commissions, exhibitions, film screenings, talks and discussions, publications, and performances. It features artists and thinkers from around the world.

The ICA is in direct dialogue with VCUarts, the #1 public art school in the country, and is a space for multi-disciplinary experimentation across a major, urban public research university while simultaneously providing opportunities for creative collaboration locally and internationally.

Reporting to the ICA’s Chief Preparator, the Preparator is a critical member of a collaborative team charged with producing the ICA’s ambitious exhibition program within the allotted budget, space, and time. The Preparator is responsible for technical aspects of museum-quality art handling including receiving, shipping, packing, framing, mounting, and storage. They will assist the Chief Preparator with exhibition planning and preparation, working together to ensure the smooth operation of installations and management during the run of an exhibition. In addition to their work in exhibitions, the Preparator may also assist their supervisor with the facilities and programmatic operations at the ICA, including after-hours and weekend events and programs.

For more a full job description and to apply for this position, click here.



Work Study

The ICA offers a variety of work-study positions for students with federal work-study awards. Opportunities will be posted on VCU’s Career Services HireRams site.

For more information or to apply, visit HireRams.


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