About

Minnesota Street Project Art Services provides museum standard, one-stop storage, installation, transportation, and collection management solutions for private collectors, galleries, and institutions. Our select team of experienced art handlers, registrars, warehouse and shipping managers, and client services personnel deliver a level of customized and comprehensive service not otherwise available in the Bay Area.

Minnesota Street Project Art Services was established by Deborah and Andy Rappaport, experienced collectors and founders of Minnesota Street Project. The Art Services business was developed to provide new and needed services for the Bay Area collector and gallery communities while generating sustainable financial support for Minnesota Street Project.

100% of our profits are used to support the artists, galleries, and institutions that comprise the Minnesota Street Project.

Leadership

Andy and Deborah Rappaport, Principals
Andy and Deborah Rappaport have been collectors and supporters of Bay Area artists and art institutions for more than twenty years. In early 2014, as a response to the rising rents and other business costs for galleries, artists, and non-profits, they combined their backgrounds and interests in business, arts management, marketing, and finance to create the Minnesota Street Project. Minnesota Street Project Art Services is an integral piece of the Project, both because it provides a much needed level of service and innovation and because all proceeds from the business support the financial sustainability of the Project as a whole.

Eric Lendl, Director
Eric Lendl has over fifteen years of experience directing art operations and exhibition management. He is equally adept at managing client relationships, caring for artwork, and leading an extraordinary team of art professionals. Eric brings a focused dedication to supporting the arts, artists, and artwork alike and has worked at renowned San Francisco galleries such as John Berggruen Gallery and Catharine Clark Gallery. He holds a BA in English from UC Berkeley and a MFA in Photography, Video, and Related Media from School of Visual Arts, New York.

Justin Mata, Manager
Justin Mata expertly balances the management of the warehouse with our robust on-call fieldwork. He skillfully installs, packages, and transports work for long-term storage, while working with clients and coordinating each of our team’s diverse jobs. Justin is versed in the proper techniques for handling various artwork types, from painting and sculpture to new media. Justin was formerly a key player at Connect Art International, Saffron Art, and the Seattle Art Museum. Justin is a practicing artist with an MFA in Fine Arts from School of Visual Arts, New York.

Amber Goldstein, Client Services Manager
Amber Goldstein has over twelve years of experience in the private and public sectors of the international art market. In Boston, Amber worked as an independent art advisor, assisting with corporate and residential art consulting, estate appraisals, and cataloguing for corporate and private collections. Previously, she held a Senior Sales Associate position at Firestone and Parson, specializing in unique antique and estate jewelry and antique British and Early American silver. She holds a Master’s Degree in Fine and Decorative Arts from the Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London.

Emma James, Registrar
Emma James oversees the systematic logging and tracking of every artwork in our database, generation of digital condition reports of incoming works, and coordination of all loans and appraisals for our clients. Emma’s Master’s thesis, “Digital Preservation Planning and Policy in Museums” from San Francisco State University is the cornerstone of our digital archiving storage system. She has held registration roles at SFO Museum, the California Academy of Sciences, and the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.

Ben Vilmain, Lead Preparator
Ben Vilmain skillfully transports, handles, and installs artwork at private collectors’ residences, offices, galleries and art institutions. In the office, Ben manages shipping logistics for Art Services. He has honed his skill as an art handler for the past five years at premier local arts institutions including Ship/Art International, SFMOMA, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Ben is also a practicing artist with an MFA from California College of the Arts.

Julie Geare, Lead Preparator
Julie Geare is a meticulous art handler who spearheads our rigging and special projects department. Whether hanging complex sculpture, assessing a collection during a site visit, or constructing gallery displays, Julie brings precision to each job. She holds a degree in Fine Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art.

Careers

Minnesota Street Project Art Services provides a comprehensive, concierge-based art collection management service to private collectors, galleries, and institutions. Adhering to the best art handling practices, we document, inventory, store, and present artwork in conformance with museum standards, working with an extensive network of affiliated providers to crate, ship, conserve, and appraise client artworks. Our 50,000 ft2 storage facility features state-of the art environmental-control, security, and fire safety systems, as well as attractive client viewing rooms and a photography facility.

Our current available positions:
Preparator
Lead Preparator

Preparator

Minnesota Street Project is seeking a full-time preparator with expert install, packaging and customer service skills to join our exciting new initiative.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Exhibits a friendly and approachable demeanor and acts as an ambassador for the overall Project.
  • Installs artwork at private offices and residences, as well as in our viewing rooms and galleries, in accordance with museum standards.
  • Expertly handles and tracks artwork in our climate and non-climate controlled areas of the warehouse, as well as our vehicles, in accordance with museum standards; fully maximizes storage for clientele.
  • Unpacks and wraps all artworks and stages them for photographing/storage; assists the registrar with barcoding and condition reports.
  • Anticipates shipments and takes all necessary steps to streamline the incoming and outgoing processes.
  • Ensures strong communication is facilitated and that deadlines are continually met.
  • Attends weekly department meetings, as well as occasional programming events at 1275 Minnesota Street.
  • Keeps warehouse consistently clean and useable, bringing a proactive approach.
  • Inventories supplies and administers reuse/recycling policies and performs other related duties as required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • BA in Visual Arts, Humanities, Art History or equivalent required; MA preferred.
  • Minimum 3 years experience in a museum, gallery or art shipping organization; demonstrated expertise in art handling techniques and storing protocols.
  • Art transportation and shipping knowledge; ability to drive a 16 – 24’ box truck.
  • Experienced operating warehouse equipment (VRCs, forklifts, scissor lifts, and pallet jacks) a plus.
  • Ability to quickly identify and resolve problems, ensuring projects stay on schedule.
  • Demonstrated concern for detail, accuracy and precise execution of work; excellent communication skills, both verbally and written.
  • Works well independently and in a team; gracefully shifts between warehouse, client and office settings.
  • Valid CA license and willingness to deliver and install artwork on a moment’s notice.
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs and safely cart artwork within a ½ block.
  • Proficient with PC and Mac operating systems, including Adobe and Microsoft Suites and FilemakerPro.

Please email a single PDF that includes a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements with the subject line Preparator_LAST NAME to artservicesjobs@minnesotastreetproject.com. No calls, please. We will respond only to applicants we intend to interview. Thanks for your interest in Minnesota Street Project Art Services.

Lead Preparator

Minnesota Street Project is seeking a full-time lead preparator with expert customer service, art handling and transportation, and packaging skills to join our team of arts professionals.

Minnesota Street Project Art Services provides a comprehensive, concierge-based art collection management service to private collectors, galleries, and institutions. Adhering to the best art handling practices, we document, inventory, store, and present artwork in conformance with museum standards, working with an extensive network of affiliated providers to crate, ship, conserve, and appraise client artworks. Our 50,000 ft2 storage facility features state-of the art environmental-control, security, and fire safety systems, as well as an attractive and comfortable viewing room and photography facility.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Enthusiastically and diplomatically leads the art handlers in the field; exhibits a friendly and approachable demeanor with clients and acts as a positive ambassador for the overall Project.
  • Handles and installs artwork at private offices and residences, as well as in our viewing rooms and galleries; professionally secures and transports artwork, all in accordance with museum standards.
  • Assists the registration department with barcoding and condition reports; expertly stores and tracks artwork in our warehouse, as well as our vehicles, in accordance with museum standards.
  • Anticipates shipments and takes all necessary steps to streamline the incoming and outgoing processes.
  • Ensures strong communication is facilitated and that deadlines are continually met.
  • Attends weekly department meetings, as well as occasional programming events at 1275 Minnesota Street.
  • Keeps warehouse consistently clean and useable, bringing a proactive approach.
  • Inventories supplies and administers reuse/recycling policies and performs other related duties as required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • BA in Visual Arts, Humanities, Art History or equivalent required; MA preferred.
  • Minimum 3 years experience in a museum, gallery or art shipping organization; demonstrated expertise in art handling techniques and storing protocols.
  • Art transportation and shipping knowledge; ability to drive a 16 – 24’ box truck.
  • Experienced operating warehouse equipment (VRCs, forklifts, scissor lifts, and pallet jacks) a plus.
  • Ability to quickly identify and resolve problems, ensuring projects stay on schedule.
  • Demonstrated concern for detail, accuracy and precise execution of work; excellent communication skills, both verbally and written.
  • Works well independently and in a team; gracefully shifts between warehouse, client and office settings.
  • Valid CA license and willingness to deliver and install artwork on a moment’s notice.
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs and safely cart artwork within a 1/2 block.
  • Proficient with PC and Mac operating systems, including Adobe and Microsoft Suites and FilemakerPro.

Please email a single PDF that includes a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements with the subject line Lead_Preparator_LAST NAME to artservicesjobs@minnesotastreetproject.com. No calls, please. We will respond only to applicants we intend to interview. Thanks for your interest in Minnesota Street Project Art Services.

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