What do Art Handlers Do?

Art handlers are individuals who have been specially trained in the correct procedures to safely and efficiently deal with a variety of arts and objects. Also known as “art preparators,” handlers are tasked with caring for all manner of fine objects; from paintings to sculptures, ceramics to textiles, and everything possible in-between. Art preparators can work with a variety of institutions like museums and galleries, as well as shipping and storage companies to handle both public and private collections. Fine objects can have many individual specifications that need to be met when being packed, shipped and installed that a preparator must take into consideration. Since artists create works with such a wide range of mediums and sizes, art handlers are often given the difficult task of creatively figuring out the best way to transport works without harming each unique item.

Tara MeltonArt Handler