Gabriel Sierra, Installation View, 2015.

The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago presents contemporary art exhibitions, events, and publications. Founded in 1915 by a group of faculty members, we are an independent, non-collecting museum that combines a flexible, experimental ethos with focused, rigorous inquiry.

We aim to create the best possible conditions for art and artists, and our commitment to supporting ambitious artistic expression frequently takes the form of newly commissioned exhibitions. Regular events include artist talks, lectures, concerts, and readings, which present opportunities for further discovery and discussion, while our publications offer critical reflection on and documentation of the exhibitions.

In our first 100 years over 3400 individuals have contributed to our program. Artists include: Henri Matisse, Alexander Calder, Fernand Léger, Mies Van Der Rohe, Käthe Kollwitz, Joseph Cornell, Joseph Kosuth, Louise Bourgeois, Dan Graham, Mike Kelley, Isa Genzken, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Kerry James Marshall, Joan Jonas, Steve McQueen, Danh Vō, Nora Schultz, and Mathias Poledna.


The Renaissance Society

at the University of Chicago
5811 South Ellis Avenue
Cobb Hall, 4th floor
Chicago, Illinois 60637

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For press inquiries:
Please contact Jessica Cochran,
Interim Director of Communications
773 834 8049

For archives and research inquiries:
Please contact Karen Reimer,
Registrar/Director of Publications


Solveig Øvstebø
Executive Director
Chief Curator
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Robert Bain
773 795 7050

Jessica Cochran
Interim Director of Communications
773 834 8049

Julia DeRose
Development Coordinator
773 795 2397

Max Guy
Program and Research Assistant
773 834 3597

Michael Harrison
Program and Research Assistant
773 834 3597

Colleen Kelly
Director of Development
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Maria Lubliner
Director of Finance and Operations
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Karsten Lund
Assistant Curator
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Karen Reimer
Director of Publications
773 795 0906

Nicole Schonitzer
Development Assistant
773 795 0642

Anna Searle Jones
Director of Communications
(on leave until April 2017)
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Heiji Choy Black
Anita Blanchard
Mary Frances Budig
Jorge Cauz
Vanessa Copans
Marilyn Fields
Martin Friedman
Laura Front
Mirja Haffner
Charles Harper
Glenn Holland
Jill Ingrassia-Zingales
Randall Kroszner
David Lassiter
Jennifer Levine
Ivan Moskowitz
Canice Prendergast
Neil Ross
Maxine Snider
Margaret Stone
Rebecca Ford Terry
Anne Van Wart
David Williams
Richard Wright


Posted: February 26, 2017

Title: Chief Preparator

General Summary

The Renaissance Society seeks a Chief Preparator. Playing a key role at the institution, the Chief Preparator assists in the planning of art exhibitions and advises the curatorial staff on installation methods and security issues. The Renaissance Society has a focus on commissioning new work, so the Chief Preparator will work closely with both artists and curators on all aspects of this process, from the production of new works to their presentation in the space. He/she recruits and supervises an installation crew and oversees the installation and de-installation of exhibitions. He/she obtains the necessary materials, supplies, and equipment for gallery preparation and art installation, as well as general maintenance.

We see our Chief Preparator as integral to the success of the exhibition program, which is fast-paced and ambitious. Our ideal candidate is a creative, curious, and organized individual with excellent team skills and initiative, and deep knowledge and experience with art handling, installation, production methodologies, and select construction techniques. Audio/visual expertise and knowledge of media equipment is highly desirable as well. Strong communication skills, problem-solving abilities, and understanding of artistic processes will be crucial to the candidate’s success. BA degree required; MA or MFA degree in the arts is preferred.

This is a 50% position, with benefits.

View the complete position description.

To apply, please email a current CV/resume and letter of interest to Maria Lubliner, mlubliner@uchicago.edu. Priority will be given to applications received by April 1.

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Lead support for the Renaissance Society’s Next Century Fund is generously provided by:

Edlis Neeson Foundation
Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation
Zell Family Foundation

Additional support for the Renaissance Society and the Next Century Fund is provided by:

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
The Chauncey and Marion D. McCormick Family Foundation
Marilyn and Larry Fields
McArthur Fund for Arts and Culture
The Office of the Provost at the University of Chicago
The Efroymson Family Fund
The Michael Asher Foundation
The Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation
The John R. Halligan Charitable Fund
Nuveen Investments
Our Board of Directors
Our many individual donors

Download the Renaissance Society’s 2013/2014 Annual Report.