Like a teaching job, a job in an art museum rarely involves producing art. Museums (like schools) are educational institutions that collect works of art, conduct research and teach people about art. The main teaching medium of the museum is the exhibition, rather than the classroom teaching, but organizing exhibitions is only one of may possible museum jobs. The most publicized figures in the museum field, of course, are Curators who buy works of art (or charm them away from wealthy collectors as gifts or legacies);assemble works of art for exhibitions; supervise the installation of these exhibits; write exhibition catalogs, which are becoming more and more elaborate these days, like small-scale art books; and lecture on the exhibitions they organize.
Contributed by Barbara Labrosse - SUNY Oswego