Gallery Owners and Directors

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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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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Manage and operate art galleries; work with artists; arrange exhibitions; sell art to customers
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Business
Experience Internships, co-ops, and part-time jobs at art galleries
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Enterprising
  • Organized
  • Business Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Sales
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Gallery Owner
  • Gallery Director
  • Assistant Director or Art Consultant
  • Gallery Assistant