The Springfield Art Museum seeks an experienced, self-motivated, and professional Registrar to manage the Museum’s permanent collections and ambitious loan program. The Registrar is an integral member of the Curatorial Team and will work closely with the Curator, Exhibition Coordinator and Museum Assistants to preserve, manage and provide access to the Museum’s collection of over 10,000 objects. The Registrar will be responsible for coordinating shipping and loan paperwork for the Museum’s ambitious exhibition program and will work closely with artists, vendors, and fine art shippers to coordinate these efforts. The Registrar will be highly involved in coordinating and developing the next stages of collection management including in-depth cataloguing and organizing the collection storage spaces of the Museum.

The Springfield Art Museum is a beautiful facility on the edge of a tree-filled city park. The Museum is a city-owned facility and operates under authority of a nine-member board. Incorporated in 1928, the Museum was first operated entirely by volunteers and still relies heavily on community support in a variety of ways. The Museum has been financially supported by a property tax levy since 1940.  The present Museum boasts a collection of over 10,000 objects, numerous galleries, an education wing with multiple classrooms, a 392-seat auditorium and an historic amphitheater built in 1936 by the WPA. Most recently, the Museum has completed a full inventory of the collection, launched online access to portions of the collection and upgraded major components of the facility including new LED lighting and new climate control in the permanent collection galleries.  For additional information about the Museum, visit Springfield Art Museum.


Thorough knowledge of collection and records management relating to works of art; museum registration techniques; conservation and storage practices; insurance requirements for works of art; packing techniques; museum digital database records management, preferably PastPerfect software. Familiarity with automated climate monitoring systems is preferred.

Typically requires graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in Art, Art History and/or Museum Studies, with at least one year of professional museum registrar experience. Professional work experience may be substituted for the formal education requirement on a year-for-year basis.
Physical requirements includes bending, squatting, kneeling and reaching to ground level and overhead; pushes and pulls up to 75 pounds; lifts objects up to 50 pounds; holds and grips objects; must be able to operate a computer keyboard and mouse.
Job Information
  • Springfield, Missouri, 65807, United States
  • 28502574
  • May 12, 2016
  • Registrar
  • Springfield Art Museum
  • Registrar/Collections Management
  • No
  • Full-Time
  • BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • 1-2 Years
  • $16.73 – $23.27 (Hourly Wage)

About Springfield Art Museum

The Springfield Art Museum is dedicated to enhancing the education and documentation of the cultural heritage of the people of Southwest Missouri through the collection, preservation and exhibition of art objects. The permanent home for some 10,996 art objects representing thousands of years of culture, the museum features special collections which include 19th, 20th, and 21st century American paintings, watercolor, sculpture and prints.

The Springfield Art Museum is a beautiful facility on the edge of a tree-filled city park and close to Missouri State University. The Art Museum has a rich heritage of supporting the arts in the Ozarks. The Museum is a city-owned facility and operates under authority of a nine-member board.

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