History of Art and Visual Culture

SOME CAREER OPTIONS:

Advisor:
University/college advisor
Antiquarian Book Trader 
Antique Dealer
Appraiser:

  • Estate Appraiser
  • Fine art appraiser

Architectural Conservationist/preservationist
Art Gallery
Art Investor
Artist
Art Advisor:
Art Lawyer
Art Librarian 
Art Organization Consultant
Art Representative
Art Therapist
Buyer, art/fashion goods 
Cultural Center manager 
Cultural attaché/officer to embassy/consulate
Cultural expert for multi-national corporation
Curator:

  • Corporate Curator
  • Curatorial consultant
  • Visual Resource curator

Designer:

  • Fashion designer
  • Set designer
  • Textile designer

Dresser, creates period
stage sets (movies, etc.)
Freelance collection mgr.
Freelance writer
Government employee
Independent producer, film & TV
Internet art site
Merchandise displayer
Museum conservationist/ 
Museum worker
Photographer
Public defendant
Publisher
Real estate analysis
Real estate stager
Researcher
Sample advertisement
Teacher/instructor

SAMPLING OF SKILLS:

ability to think conceptually
advising
analyzing
appraising
computer skills
critical visual skills
designing
detail oriented
editing
evaluating

interpreting
managing cultural resources
oral and written proficiency
organizing
policy making
presenting
problem solving
promoting
selling
teaching

EXAMPLES OF EMPLOYERS:

Advertising Agencies
Antique Dealers
Archives
Art Dealers
Art Organizations
College Universities
Corporations
Film Studios
Freelance
Galleries
Historical Societies

Magazine Companies
Museums
Newspapers
Nonprofit Organizations
Parks
Publishing Houses
Restoration Firms
Restored Communitie/Estates
K-12 Schools
Universities/Colleges
Websites

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS:

American Cultural Resource Association (job listings):
American Association of Museums 
American Historical Print Collectors Society
American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works (jobs, internships, fellowships)
American Institute for Building Design
American Institute of Architecture (job listing)
American Photographic History Society
American Society of Aesthetics 
American Society of Botanical Artists
American Society of Appraisers
American Society of Golf Course Architects 
American Society of Landscape Architects (job listing, grad programs)
Archives of American Art (internships, fellowships)
Art and Antique Dealers League of America 
Art Conservation Alliance (careers in art conservation)
Art Dealers Association of America 
Art Dreco Institute
Association for Professional Landscape Designers 
Association of Art Historians (job listing)
Association for Art History (jobs, fellowships)
Association of Art Museum Directors (links to internships, fellowships and training)
Auction Marketing Institute 
Bay Area Preservation Network 
Daguerreian Society (old photography)
European Foundation for Landscape Architects
Exhibit Designers and Producers  Association
Foundation of Hospital Art 
Franklin Furnace (interest in avant garde art)
Green Space Design
Independent Curators, International 
International Association of Paper Historians
International Foundation for Art Research 
International Photographic Historical Organization
National Art and Antique Dealers Association
National Auctioneers Association (jobs for members)
National Council for Preservation Education (jobs, internships)
National Trust for Historic Preservation 
Native American Art Studies Association 
Photographic Historical Society (PHS)
Print Council of America 
Society for Historical Archeology (job listings)
Society of Architectural Historians (fellowships, job listings)
United States Historical Society
Western Association for Art Conservation 

JOB SITES:

American Association of Museums (job listing and links to museums) 
Art History Network (job listings)
Art Jobs: Opportunities in the Arts 
E Cultural Resources
Global Museum 
Job Database Museum Resource Board 
Museum Employment Resource Center (job listings by field - e.g., curator, exhibit designer, etc.)
National Trust for Historic Preservation (jobs)
Preservation Directory (resources, jobs)
Victorian Preservation Association

OTHER WEBSITES:

Antique Networking, Inc.
Art Initiative (art consulting firm)
Artlex (definitions and resource links)
Art History Resources 
Auction Houses:

Copyright in Visual Arts 
Historic Interior Resource (jobs, internships)
National Park Services: Technical Preservation Services (internships)
Partners for Sacred Places 
US Museum Directory (159 in CA)
Worldwide Art Resources