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After receiving a BFA in sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, I landed my first real job at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. Already knowing how to weld and work with light metals, I was trained in the mountmaking department where I gained the experience of mounting objects ranging from ancient Egyptian straw shoes, to heavy gems and minerals, delicate pure gold ancient jewelry, to textiles, and fossils. Having worked with curators, conservators, and other advanced mountmakers, I learned how to find the best way to handle a multitude of objects and know the best archival methods to display an object safely and discreetly.

 

My experience extended when I moved to New York City. Working at a plethora of different museums in the NYC area, I was able to gain experience mounting and installing a wide variety of objects- from artifacts to contemporary artworks, my abilities as an installer and mountmaker grew. Over time, I held a wide variety of jobs within the exhibitions department, such as registrar, provenance research of paintings and drawings from WWII, collections manager assistant, and was a part of organizing a move of art storage from one location to another.

 

After a move to Austin, TX, I gained employment at the Blanton Museum as an art installer and also as a paper conservation technician. Having worked with their incredible collection of works on paper, I was able to add paper preparation and building archival storage boxes to my list of abilities.

 

I currently offer archival exhibitions work for conservators, museums, cultural institutions, as well as private collectors.

Jamie Berlant

Owner