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Gallery Owners and Directors
Gallery directors are responsible for every phase of a gallery's operation. They often are one of the first employees to arrive in the morning and the last to leave at night. The duties of gallery directors vary according to the type of art sold (if it is a for-profit gallery), the size of the gallery, and the number of employees. Their duties include working with artists and the public; researching and organizing exhibitions; writing catalog or brochure copy for exhibitions; setting up exhibitions; hiring, training, and supervising employees; maintaining the physical surroundings of the gallery; hosting gallery tours; selling artwork (at for-profit galleries); monitoring expenditures and receipts; fund-raising (at nonprofit galleries); corresponding with clients and artists; and marketing the gallery and its artists to the public (including writing press releases, being interviewed by the media, and updating the gallery's Web site). In small galleries, directors may handle all of these tasks. In large galleries that employ more staff, however, directors may be involved in only a few of these activities.