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South Central Artist Studio

Overview of Position

Lead Studio Fabricator

Job Description

Through the creation of sculpture, collage, and installation, and with a spirit of collaboration and mutual support, this multi-faceted artist addresses the challenges faced by people of color and queer communities in South Central Los Angeles. Their studio is non-hierarchical, inspired by one person’s artistic vision, but driven and formed by the hands, minds, and hearts of many.

With deep ties to their neighborhood—and inextricable from their artistic practice and studio—is the artist’s community center. This space is imbued with the spirit of independence and is founded on an ethos of empowerment through self-directed action. The center is a site of support and sustainability, a hub where Black and Brown liberation and self-direction is championed and celebrated.

  • Plan and execute a wide range of large-scale sculptural art projects and functional objects (e.g. music stages, parade floats, produce stands) in close communication with the artist.
  • Render accurate dimensional drawings and cut lists.
  • Organize, construct, and communicate project plans clearly back to artist, studio team, and gallery team.
  • Outline the logistical needs of the project, including ideal material requirements, tools, and equipment necessary for efficient completion.
  • Research prices and procure material resources, locally or online.
  • Assign tasks within each project, managing the use of people, materials, and equipment.
  • Train and mentor studio team in wood and metal fabrication skill-building.
  • Problem-solve and present creative ideas and solutions in order to facilitate project goals within a given timeframe.
  • Routine maintenance of shop equipment and tools; regular organization of shop facilities layout.
  • Advise on and support expansion of studio facilities, including wood and metal shops

$30 – $50/hour


The ideal candidate should be calm, patient, flexible, creative, and adaptable; experienced in the fabrication of physical objects in wood and/or metal; with basic skills in math and spatial reasoning. They should enjoy problem solving and collaboration as well as derive satisfaction from teaching, training, and empowering others, and should have an interest in community engagement, social justice, and mutual aid.

In addition:

  • Minimum of five (5) years experience in the fabrication of sculptural objects in wood and/or metal preferred
  • Minimum of one (1) year work experience as a wood shop technician or assistant preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience with the operation of saws (table, band, miter), routers, power tools, and hand tools required.
  • Demonstrated experience with a vast array of sculptural materials, including plywood, hard woods, steel, concrete, acrylic, adhesives, and fasteners required.
  • Experience teaching, training, mentoring, and/or managing others in fabrication methods preferred.
  • Experience with art handling as a preparator or installation technician preferred, including packing works for transit and installing objects in gallery or museum settings.
  • Experience with the fabrication of pedestals, crates, and t-frames preferred.
  • Ability to stand and stay active for 8 hours per day.
  • Ability to lift and move heavy objects (50+ lbs.)
  • Comfortable driving forklifts and box trucks for the transportation of artwork preferred.
  • Valid California driver’s license required
  • BIPOC and LBGTQIA+ candidates, particularly Black women, encouraged to apply


To apply, please submit the following materials to with the subject line “Lead Studio Fabricator”:

Resume, with clear indications of relevant skills requested above

A brief cover letter (optional) to elaborate on skill set and qualifications

A work portfolio, with a selection of images showing craftmanship of sculptural work in multiple stages of production (PDF format, up to 10 pages)

A list of 3-4 professional references (they will not be contacted until a later stage of the interview process, with the candidate’s permission) A brief (paid) wood shop skills test may be conducted with finalists for the position. Candidates with most, if not all, qualifications are encouraged to apply. BIPOC and LBGTQIA+ applicants are welcomed.


Location: Los Angeles

Application Deadline: 07/16/2021

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