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European art at Portland Art Museum. Image courtesy Portland Art Museum.

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Artists

If it weren't for artists creating artworks, there would be no art profession so to speak. Working as an artist can be a sometimes difficult, yet fulfilling, career choice.

Artists may attend artist residencies to have an extended amount of uninterrupted time to create new artworks.

Artists may also apply for art grants and art funding in order to finance new art projects. How to apply for art grants and funding provide some basic tips to help procure funds.

To learn more about how various artists from around the world conduct their art careers, read interviews with artists.

Curators

Curators organize art exhibitions. They may work in a museum as part of the in-house staff, or they may work independently as freelancers.

When a curator is putting an exhibition together, these are the following steps the curator may take: How to curate an art show in 10 easy steps.

Art Appraisers

Art appraisers need to be knowledgeable in art history and must have a discerning eye. They examine an art object to determine its value, as in its monetary worth for insurance or tax purposes.

The article "How to become an art appraiser" can get you started in this rewarding career.

Learn more about How to build your career in art appraisals and How to appraise.

Art Dealers

Art dealers sell art works from artists to art collectors. An art dealer may work independently by selling work privately or operate an art gallery by allowing the public to view the art that is for sale.

Learn more about how to become an art dealer, how to open a gallery, and how to keep operating your gallery in a recession.

Art dealers often attend art fairs to promote their artists and to network.

Art Auction House Staff

There are many types of jobs in an art auction house ranging from cataloging to marketing and sales.

Here are 10 tips on how to become an art auctioneer and get a job in an art auction house.

Art Museum Staff

Art museums are great places to work in and there are numerous positions to fill.

Learn what are the top 10 jobs in art museums.

Conservators

To work as an art conservator requires specialized training as this is a highly technical field which merges science with art. Conservators need to know the chemistry of pigments and other artistic materials, and how to restore various materials such as paper, metals, stone and others.

To learn more about the highly specialized field of art conservation and the type of work art restorers and conservators undertake, read interviews with art conservators.

Critics

With the current reduction of in-house critics at newspapers and magazines, the field of art criticism is highly competitive.

However, despite the difficulties of getting published, it is still possible to work as an art critic. In this interview with Fine Art, art critic Ana Teixeira Pinto explains how to start your career in art criticism.

Art Insurance Brokers

Combining business with art is the domain of art insurance.

Here is a series of interviews with art insurance brokers regarding liability and art insurance coverage for art exhibitions.

Art Handlers

Art handlers install and de-install art in exhibitions. Art handlers may work in a museum, auction house, art gallery or for an art storage company.

Read an interview with an art handler.

Art Students

Art students may wish to read the various art positions listed above, to determine the appropriate course of action. A student who aspires to work as an artist may want to go to art school and take studio courses, while a conservation-minded student may wish to major in chemistry and art history.

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As you see, there is no one-size-fits-all for those working in the visual arts. The field is broad and diverse, with many types of people working in various professions from creating, writing, marketing, studying or selling.

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