Gallery Owners and Directors


Overview

Introduction

Gallery owners are entrepreneurs who start or buy their own for-profit or nonprofit art gallery. They are responsible for all aspects of a business operation, from working with artists to overseeing day-to-day operations. Gallery directors are responsible for the profitable management and operation of art galleries.

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Median Salary

$50,000

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Employment Prospects

Fair

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Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma


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Experience

Internships, co-ops, and part-time jobs at art galleries


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Skills

Business Management


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Personality Traits

Artistic

Earnings

Earnings for gallery owners vary widely and are greatly influenced by the abilities of the individual owner, the type of gallery (nonprofit or for-profit), the type and volume of art being sold, and existing economic conditions. Some gallery owners may earn less than $15,000 a year, while the most successful owners earn $50,000 to $100,000 or more.

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Work Environment

Most art galleries are pleasant, intellectually engaging places to work, and owners and directors often have comfortable offices. Most art galleries are open five or more days a week. They are typically open during regular business hours, but many offer extended hours in the evening. Owners and directors often work as many as 50 to 60 hours a week.

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Outlook

The careers of gallery owner and gallery director are much-sought-after positions in the art world. As a result, competition for these jobs will be very strong over the next decade. Applicants with strong educational backgrounds, comprehensive knowledge of art, and extensive work experience—especially at large galleries-—will have the best chances of finding jobs.

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