Career Opportunities

Art students at Willamette become prepared to continue in professional artist and many varied fields. Excellent verbal and visual communication skills, prepare students to work in any field. Willamette Art majors have gone on to become visual artists, museum exhibition designers, lawyers, educators, graphic designers and animators among many other fields.

In print, a useful resource is the National Directory of Arts Internships, Seventh Edition, eds. Warren Christensen and Ron Clawges (Los Angeles, California: National Network for Artist Placement, 1998). This directory cites over 1,200 host organizations and more than 2,500 internships across the country. The fields that are covered are design, theatre production, music, dance, film, and arts management. In addition, the following on-line sites offer much of use to those seeking a career in art and/or art history:

  • Alliance for Artist Communities
    This organization is based in Portland (Oregon) and has a great web site listing artist residencies throughout the United States.
  • Art Deadlines List
    This site offers a FREE monthly newsletter (e-mail and paper PREMIUM/PAID versions are also available) providing information about juried exhibitions/competitions, call for entries/proposals/papers, jobs, internships, writing and photo contests, scholarships, residencies, design and architecture competitions, auditions, fellowships, casting calls, tryouts, grants, festivals, funding, financial aid, and other opportunities (including some that take place on the web) for artists, art educators and art students of all ages.
    This subscription-based resource enables the viewer to search for information on visual arts deadlines, funding opportunities, internet art agent careers, education deadlines, work in the performing arts, obtain residencies, and a number of other categories of interest. The database of income and exhibition opportunities for artists is especially large and robust.
  • Artist Resource
    The authors of this site, recruiters and career specialists, offer job-hunting advice. Some of the many content categories include careers and salaries, job interviews, job-hunting resources, and books and publications for finding jobs. The authors do an especially fine job of outlining the skills that are required for people wishing to become designers, artists, and illustrators.
    There is a smorgasbord of visual arts opportunities, competitions open to the public, exhibitions, festivals and fairs seeking participants, galleries reviewing work, performing arts opportunities, public art commissions, residencies, and workshops cited and described at this site.
  • Artswire Current Job Listings
    The listings at this site, unfortunately not categorized in any discernible order, include new positions and openings unfilled from the previous month. Each announcement is followed by a detailed description of the job requirements, skills needed, and the salary offered.
  • Career Alternatives for Art Historians
    This useful resource, compiled by Charles Rosenberg, provides information about the educational requirements and employment experience that is needed by people wishing to obtain jobs in various capacities in the museum field.
  • College Art Association
    This official site offers career advice and advertisements for jobs or interhships in academia and museums.
  • Global Arts Information
    A subscription-based service offering lots of information about competitions, internships, residencies, and lots of other art events and opportunities.
  • International Association of Residential Arts Centers and Networks
    A web site listing artist residencies around the world. A bit difficult to navigate, but useful.
  • Museum Employment Resources Center (MERC)
    This venerable site offers job-seekers the ability to post a job announcement, place a resume online, investigate museums studies programs, and obtain information on cultural resources. The strength of this site, however, lies in being able to examine current employment listings. The positions are cited in a menu-style format and include Directorships of museums, Curator/Collections Management , Exhibit Design/Construction, Internships/Fellowships, and Museum Store/Retail.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook for Visual Artists
    The compilation of information at this site, derived from the 2000-2001 edition of the Occupational Outlook Handbook, comes courtesy of the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. The nature of the work in the visual arts field, working conditions, job outlook, earnings, and sources of additional information are examples of menu entries at this cyber location.