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Art and Art History

Definition

Art is the study of the various creative means of expressing human thoughts, interests, attitudes, emotions, and ideas. Areas of specialization include art history, art education, and fine art study of painting, drawing, sculpture, and printmaking.

Finding your ideal career in Fine Arts can be a bit difficult and complex. Many times the fine artist is his/her own employer, and becoming a successful artist takes time and years to develop. Determination, perseverance and motivation are key to succeeding as an artist. Taking a position in an arts organization is a great way to learn the business side of the fine arts world, as well as get your foot in the door. It’s also not uncommon for fine artists to explore different career options for a few years after graduation.

Job Titles to Consider

 

 

Advertising Executive
Animator
Architectural Model Builder
Art Consultant / Critic
Art Appraiser
Art Therapist
Art Teacher
Art Tour Organizer/Guide
Artists’ Agent
Audio-Visual Production Specialist
Billboard Artist
CAD Designer
Caricaturist / Cartoonist
Color Expert
Decorator
Display Designer
Exhibits Specialist
Fashion Designer
Fine Artist
Floral Designer
Food Stylist
Graphic Designer
Greeting Card Artist
Illustrator
Industrial Designer
Interior Designer
Landscape / Real Estate Artist
Letterer
Medical Illustrator
Museum / Gallery Director
Photographer
Police Artist
Prosthetics Fabricator
Quick Sketch Artist
Recreation & Creative Arts Therapist
Studio Art / Ceramist
Visual Information Specialist

 
Can you prove you have the most important skills to hear “You're Hired”?

Communication Skills
Communication skills involve active listening, presentation as well as excellent writing capabilities. Can you explain technical concepts to partners, customers and coworkers in a way they will understand?

Computer and Technical Literacy
Today, most jobs require basic competency in computer software.

Interpersonal Skills
The ability to work in teams, relate to people and manage conflict is extremely important in the workplace. How have you done this in the past? What is your conflict management style?

Adaptability
Are you able to adapt to changes and manage multiple tasks? In today’s professional world, the ability to learn new technologies and adjust to changing surroundings is important.

Research Skills
Hiring managers seek employees that are skilled at assessing situations, are able to seek multiple perspectives and gather more in-depth information.

Project Management Skills
Organization, planning and effectively implementing projects are all important skills to an employer. Many companies are choosing not to hire project managers, and are expecting all employees to possess the skills necessary to carry out projects.

Problem-Solving Skills
You need the ability to use creativity, reasoning, past experience, and available resources to resolve issues in any field. Solving problems will save your organization time and money.

Strong Work Ethic
Can you take initiative? Are you reliable? Can you do the job right the first time? Managers don’t have the time watch your every move, so this is a skill that is expected from all employees.

Emotional Intelligence
Emotional Intelligence is not a skill that will be listed in a job description. However, it is a highly sought after skill that relates to social skills, social awareness and self-management abilities.

Professional Organizations

Art Museum Network
Association of Art Historians
American Association of Museum
The Art History Network
The Art Association
College Art Association (CAA)

Additional Sources of Information

Art History Resources on the Web
http://witcombe.sbc.edu/ARTHLinks.html

The Art History Research Center
http://art-history.concordia.ca/AHRC

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
www.metmuseum.org

ArtSource
www.ilpi.com/artsource/artsourcehome.html

Art Galleries and Museums
www.icom.org/vlmp/galleries.html

US Museum Directory
www.museumca.org/usa

Art Publications
http://artresources.com
 
Art Related Web Sites
www-ah.st-and.ac.uk/resources

History of Art
www.library.yale.edu/Internet/arthistory.html

Museum Employment Resource Center
www.museum-employment.com

Museumstuff.com
www.museumstuff.com/links/history/employment

Career Alternatives for Art Majors and Art Historians
www.nd.edu/~crosenbe/jobs.html

Arts Employment
www.wwar.com

Artist Resources and Job Listings
www.artistresource.org/jobhunt.htm
www.ArtCareer.net

 

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