Apply - Associate Registrar

Full Time

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art is one of the finest museums on the West Coast and is celebrated for the superb quality of its permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. Its mission is to integrate art into the lives of people through internationally recognized exhibitions special programs, as well as the thoughtful presentation of its permanent collection.

We are seeking assistance for our Collection Areas: 19th and Early 20th European Art, Asian Art, Contemporary Art, and Photography & New Media. The Associate Registrar supports the Collections Management department in managing permanent collection and loan artworks. Is responsible for documenting and cataloguing permanent collection and loan artworks, including tracking and documenting locations, and updating Registration records.  Works on the museum’s art collection database as a TMS expert to create and update artwork records.  Works on permanent collection exhibitions and gallery rotations as assigned.  Supports department in managing exhibition loans, traveling exhibitions, long term loans, and the permanent collection.  Works on projects designated by the Director of Collections Management which may include physical inventory and monitoring storage and environmental conditions of loans and permanent collection.  Substantial art handling may be required for completion of some duties.

BA degree is required, preferably in Art History, Studio Art, or Museum Studies, and knowledge of art media and art handling/packing/shipping methods is preferred.  Excellent record keeping, computer and clerical skills required.  TMS data base knowledge and experience is required. Five to seven years’ experience in Registration/ Collections Management in an art museum is expected.  Must be able to occasionally lift art objects up to 50 pounds.

  • The position reports to the Director of Collections Management.
  • Schedule: 40 hours per week
  • Salary DOE
  • Full Time Status provides competitive benefits including 3 weeks of PTO, 11 paid holidays, medical/dental/vision/life/pretax savings and 403b eligibility with matching after a year’s service; all while working in beautiful downtown Santa Barbara.   
  • Successful Background Check is required.

Contact Information

Please email to:

Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101


Fax: (805) 966-6840

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