Associate Exhibition Designer

Whitney Museum of American Art Whitney Museum of American Art Employer:
New York, NY, USLocation:
Fri, Mar 15 '19Posted on:

Reporting to the Director, Exhibition Design, the Associate Exhibition Designer supports the department’s work producing original and impactful designs for the museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions.


  • Produce architectural design documents from schematics through construction, including millwork detailing and material specification.
  • Produce design renderings, maquettes, study models and other presentation materials to convey design and exhibition scope to Curators, Director, and various other Museum departments and outside parties.
  • Assist senior staff with design and planning process: developing design concepts, preparing art layouts, researching installation dimensions/specs/instructions, consulting Conservation, Registrar, Art Handling, Lighting, and Multi Media regarding installation requirements, and liaising with Security, Fire Safety, Facilities, Visitor Services, Education, and Graphic Design to ensure design adheres to museum standards and promotes a successful visitor experience.
  • Assist in sourcing vendors, soliciting quotes, obtaining material samples. Maintain material library.
  • Produce drawings and specifications for mockups and prototypes.
  • Assist senior staff with monitoring quality and fidelity of casework fabrication, wall construction, and other production activities during course of installation.


  • B.A. in Architecture or related field.
  • 2-3 years relevant work experience.
  • Professional experience with millwork detailing, material specifications, and the production of Construction Documents.
  • Advanced 2D drafting skills, preferably Vectorworks, advanced 3D modeling skills, preferably Rhino and V-Ray, and fluency in Adobe Suite.
  • Familiarity with building code and public safety requirements.
  • Facility with building both study and finish models.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with an interest in fine art, particularly modern and contemporary.
  • Ability to think abstractly and design creatively within distinctive architectural environment.
  • Excellent concern for details.
  • Very good communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Ability to collaborate with diverse implementation team is essential.
  • Ability to work in a flexible, fast-paced environment on simultaneous projects.

About the Whitney

The Whitney Museum of American Art, founded in 1930 by the artist and philanthropist Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, houses the foremost collection of American art from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. From her vision arose the Whitney Museum of American Art, which has been championing the most innovative art of the United States for 86 years. The core of the Whitney’s mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit American art of our time and serve a wide variety of audiences in celebration of the complexity and diversity of art and culture in the United States. Through this mission and a steadfast commitment to artists themselves, the Whitney has long been a powerful force in support of modern and contemporary art and continues to help define what is innovative and influential in American art today.

EEO Statement

The Whitney Museum of American Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Museum does not discriminate because of age, sex, religion, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage or citizenship, disability, marital status, partnership status, veteran status, gender (including gender identity), sexual orientation, or any other factor prohibited by law. The Museum hires and promotes individuals solely on the basis of their qualifications for the job to be filled. The Museum encourages all qualified candidates to apply for vacant positions at all levels. This description shall not be construed as a contract of any sort for a specific period of employment.                     


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