Exhibitions Lighting Coordinator
Job Details
Denver Art Museum - Denver, CO
Full Time
Not Specified

Position Purpose: This temporary full-time position will assist DAM’s Exhibitions and Collection Services team to successfully plan, install and maintain the highest standards of exhibition lighting in all galleries and exhibition spaces.

Assist with all aspects of lighting design, planning, ordering of fixtures, maintenance and tracking of inventory for all galleries and exhibition spaces.  In addition, and as the schedule allows, assist with buildout and production work related to exhibitions including but not limited to: drywall and build-out, painting, cabinetry, wiring and electrical work, lighting, installing graphics, and demolition, matting and framing, art installation and crating and packing.  Assist with other projects throughout the Exhibition and Collection Services department as needed.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Work with DAM’s contract lighting designer to plan, coordinate, install and maintain all aspects of gallery and exhibition lighting for the newly renovated Martin Building gallery reinstallations. In addition, plan, coordinate, install and maintain all aspects of gallery and exhibition lighting for the Hamilton building including burnout replacements.  
  • Assist with the coordination, scheduling and oversight of outside on-call lighting technicians and outside lighting contractors as needed.  Assist the Manager and Associate Managers of Exhibition Production to ensure on-call and contractor work is within specification. Assist with managing and escorting contractors while they are on DAM premises and coordinate their access and necessary paperwork with Protective and Facilities Services.
  • Setting and maintaining light levels with a light meter (foot candles or lux) for all specific types of artworks in many different settings; special exhibition galleries, collection galleries, atrium spaces and rotating galleries.  Work closely with conservation staff to identify and appropriately light objects to required levels.
  • Assist in securing estimates, ordering, and arranging delivery or pickup, and processing invoices for related gallery lighting fixtures, supplies and materials.
  • Assist with fabricating, modifying, and maintaining integrated lighting for exhibition platforms, cabinetry and pedestals. Must be able to interpret production drawings and specifications of exhibition components.  
  • Work closely with Manager of Exhibition Production, Project Managers, staff electrician, contract designers, curatorial, L&E and Office of the Director and other museum stakeholders. Organize, prepare and coordinate all lighting mock ups and develop various lighting layouts and specifications for all lighting fixtures.
  • Assist with wall installation, gallery patching and painting, gallery maintenance and other build-out activities as needed in preparation for an exhibition or installation.
  • Assist with all aspects of rotation activities in museum galleries, and work closely with other areas of ECS to ensure a seamless and efficient implementation process
  • Assist with other Exhibitions and Collections Services departments including Collections Management, Registrar, and Photography on various projects as needed.
  • Train and supervise on-call employees
  • Other duties as assigned.



Job Qualifications:

  • Excellent communication skills and an ability to work collaboratively and constructively within a team framework
  • Knowledge of museum exhibition processes, theatre/stage lighting and art handling practices
  • Knowledge and understanding of conservation requirements and rationale for lighting art objects
  • Extensive knowledge of gallery and/or theatre lighting
  • Knowledge of general electrical systems and best practices
  • Knowledge of electrical codes, proper electrical wiring and repair
  • Proven ability to interpret architectural drawings and specifications of exhibition components.
  • Proven skills related to the lighting of complex museum exhibitions
  • Good reasoning and problem solving ability
  • Knowledge of museum lighting practices and applications

Knowledge, Skill and Ability

  • Ability to work independently or with a team
  • Skill in using museum equipment such as lifts, ladders, etc.
  • Knowledge of safety practices and issues
  • Skill in communicating and presenting factual information relative to the work assignment.
  • Skill in establishing priorities and coordinating work activities.
  • Ability to deal with multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to find creative solutions in a flexible manner.
  • Ability to work with a wide range of disciplines and interests.
  • Ability to understand and work within institutional priorities.
  • An appreciation for the Museum’s focus on improving our visitors’ experience.

Education or Formal Training

  • Degree in art, art history, studio arts museum studies, theatre, or other related field preferred.


  • Minimum 3 years successful experience in a museum/gallery/theatre environment
  • Successful experience managing outside contractors
  • Carpentry skills preferred

Material and Equipment Directly Used

  • Computer and ARGUS database
  • Microsoft office
  • Knowledge of auto cad, sketch up and/or vector works preferred
  • Hand and power tools
  • Art moving equipment including A-frame, carts, furniture dolly, pallet jack
  • Lift equipment (scissor lifts, forklift, rugger, stacker)
  • Camera (35M, Polaroid, digital, ipad)
  • Trucks and vans

Working Environment/Physical Activities

  • Museum, gallery, storage locations
  • Temperature changes
  • Exposed to hazards from electrical/mechanical/power equipment
  • Subject to many interruptions
  • Lifting, pushing or pulling more than 50 pounds
  • Standing, walking, sitting, and climbing
  • Eye/hand/foot coordination

In order to best serve our current and future audience, we strive to maximize the diversity, equity, and inclusiveness of our organization. Candidates committed to promoting diversity, inclusion, and multicultural competence are encouraged to apply.