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Art Gallery Manager: Job Description and Training Requirements

Along with an art education background, considerable field experience can prepare future art gallery managers to oversee an institute that houses artistic collections. This position may be ideal for established art students who exhibit leadership qualities.

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Art Gallery Manager Job Description

Art gallery managers primarily work to create an effective link between the artist and their audience. The gallery manager may control the finances associated with the gallery while actively trying to gain a larger community involvement.

The primary responsibilities for an art gallery manager can include managing exhibit preparation and maintenance, scheduling programs that develop an artistically appreciative audience, staffing, and inventory control. Some of the more involved tasks faced by art gallery managers may be curating shows, developing working relationships with artists, and arranging transportation for art work.

Local arts councils, privately owned galleries or non-profit state galleries are among employment possibilities for qualified gallery managers. Frequently, galleries will require management to be available for weekend and nighttime art shows.

Training Requirements for Art Gallery Managers

In order to become the manager of an art gallery a student first needs to obtain a bachelor's or master's degree in an related program, such as the Bachelor of Arts in Art Management or Master of Arts Management. Specific focus in courses, such as arts management and society, collections care, gallery environment, and arts management research, can also provide foundation for aspiring art gallery managers.

Prior to assuming the title of art gallery manager, students generally need to gain related work experience, which can include working in art sales or another position with an art gallery. This allows an aspiring art gallery manager to apply their knowledge of art while also learning valuable leadership skills.

Adequate training can also aid students in developing aesthetic awareness for art gallery design, something that may be necessary for driving art sales. This training can be completed through an art internship or through an entry-level art gallery position, which helps prospective gallery managers perfect their ability to plan a project and research art collections.

Salary Info and Job Outlook

According to PayScale.com, the majority of art gallery curators earn between $21,084 and $66,720 a year, as of February 2014. Although the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS, www.bls.gov) does not provide information specific to the field of art gallery management, the BLS did project that the employment of curators in general will likely grow by about 13% between 2012 and 2022, a rate consistent with the average predicted for all occupations.

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