Assistant Registrar

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Santa Barbara Museum of Art


1130 State Street
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, CA 93101

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Job Description: 


The Santa Barbara Museum of Art, a leading West Coast art museum, presents internationally-recognized collections and exhibitions and a broad array of cultural and educational activities.  We are seeking assistance for our Collection Areas: 19th and Early 20th European Art, Asian Art, Contemporary Art, and Photography & New Media. 

This position supports the Collections Management department in managing permanent collection and loan artworks.  Will assist in documenting and cataloguing permanent collection and loan artworks, including tracking and documenting locations, and updating Registration records.  Works on the museum’s art collection database TMS to create and update artwork records.  Works on permanent collection exhibitions and gallery rotations as assigned.  Supports department in managing exhibition loans, traveling exhibitions, long term loans, and the permanent collection.  Works on projects designated by the Director of Collections Management which may include physical inventory and monitoring storage and environmental conditions of loans and permanent collection.  Substantial art handling may be required for completion of some duties.

BA degree is required, preferably in Art History, Studio Art, or Museum Studies, and knowledge of art media and art handling/packing/shipping methods is preferred.  Excellent record keeping, computer and clerical skills required.  Two year’s experience in Registration/Collections Management highly desirable.  Must be able to lift art objects up to 50 pounds.

  • The position reports to the Director of Collections Management.
  • Schedule: 40 hours per week
  • Salary is $19.00 per hour
  • Full Time Status provides competitive benefits including paid vacation/sick/paid holidays and medical/dental/retirement plan eligibility/working in downtown Santa Barbara    
  • Successful Background Check is required.

Please submit via email your cover letter, résumé, and SBMA Application with contact information for 3 professional references to: (preferred)

Human Resources Department

Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Fax option: 805-966-6840


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The Santa Barbara Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer.