Employee owner name: Phil Kennedy
Department/Job at Bark Frameworks: Art Preservation (focuses on Mat Making)
How long have you worked at Bark?: Eight years.
Hails from: Massapequa, Long Island.
What did you do before you worked at Bark Frameworks?
Before Bark, I worked at a smaller frame shop in Manhattan which had a similar clientele – collectors, galleries, artists. I started out woodworking, and by the time I left I was doing on-site fittings. Prior to that, I worked at an art gallery in midtown. The desire to do something more “hands on” led me to apply for a job in framing. At Bark I originally was hired as an Art Handler/Driver, which I did for the first year (see photo below). I then moved to Art Preservation and the Mat Department.
What is the biggest challenge in your area of work at Bark?
The Mat Department is the first set of eyes on jobs in Art Preservation. It’s very important to ensure that all job information is correct before proceeding, and to stay ahead of schedule to guarantee that all client deadlines are met, as the components produced by the Mat Department are necessary for other departments down the line. This, while maintaining the highest level of quality and precision that our clients have come to expect from our hand-cut mats — and always working to improve processes and elevate standards — can be a challenge.