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Exhibit Artist

Overview: Exhibit artists produce paintings and drawings for showing in permanent or temporary exhibits in museums, public buildings, business lobbys, and conference rooms. They paint special scenes, panoramas or abstract compositions that are used as backgrounds or to compliment other objects.
Duties: They creates drawings and paintings for displays at business and professional conventions or in permanent view in public buildings, museums, hotels, etc.

They plan creative works to communicate ideals and concepts that support the themes desired by the organization sponsoring the exhibit.

They meet with clients to first learn about the exhibit's objectives and then review preliminary sketches.

They enter into competitive bids with other artists in order to be awarded artistic projects.

Degree(s): A.S. Music 
A.S. Dance 
A.S. Art: Concentrations in Art & Design or Art History 
A.S. Theatre: Concentrations in Acting or Technical Theatre 
Job Outlook: Employment for exhibit artists is expected to grow as fast as average through 2018. Studios, galleries, and individual clients are always on the lookout for outstanding and creative artists.
Starting Salary: Many artists work on a free lance basis and with five to ten years of experience, talented exhibit artists can earn higher salaries.
Salary Range (National Average): $32,000 to $35,000
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.
Additional Training/Education: An associate or bachelor's degree in commercial arts from a college or an accredited school of art is the usual required training. Coursework in graphic design, commercial art, studio arts and typography are beneficial as well as a knowledge of materials fabrication techniques. Exhibit artist applicants should assemble a "portfolio" containing examples of their best artworks.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Painting, drawing, crafting, sculpting and creative designing.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Using your hands to operated fine instruments and precision tools.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Recommended Values:
  • Being able to express creative ideas through the arts.
  • Doing something where you can physically see the results of your work.

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.