Careers in the Arts

This guide for high school students and teachers is designed to introduce students to a variety of possible careers in the arts. In it, you will find information about a number of different arts career paths, interviews with people who work in various fields, practical advice about pursuing a career in the arts and information about the valuable skills that are promoted by an arts-based education.

Careers in the Arts Teaching Resource 

Includes interviews with arts professionals in the fields of:

  • Museum Education
  • Conservation
  • K-12 Art Education
  • Medical Illustration
  • Art Therapy
  • Studio Art
  • Arts Administration
  • Architecture
  • Graphic Design
  • Digital Special Effects
  • Theater Set Design
  • Business
  • University-level Art Education

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So You Want To Be A... 

In this series, high school students interview arts professionals about the ins and outs of their work.

So You Want to Be a Curator
Benjamin Vega interviews Leigh Arnold, Ph.D., Assistant Curator at the Nasher Sculpture Center

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So You Want to Be a Conservator
Bernadette Negrete interviews Nicole Berastequi, Conservation Tech at the Nasher Sculpture Center

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So You Want to Work in Social Media
Caroline Cox interviews Cassandra Emswiler Burd, PR and Social Media Coordinator at the Nasher Sculpture Center 

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Video Interviews

Learn about working in a variety of arts-related fields from successful professionals.

Museum Registration
Melisa Durkee is the Head of Rights and Reproductions at the Nasher Sculpture Center.
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Art Conservation
John Campbell is the former conservator of the Nasher Sculpture Center. He currently works at CCS Conservation in Long Island City, New York.
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Graphic Design
Lindsey Croley is the Graphic Designer at the Nasher Sculpture Center.
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Computer Animation

Tim McLaughlin is a former Creature Supervisor for Industrial Light and Magic.
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Art Education
Samuel Thomas teaches art at McKinney Boyd High School in McKinney, Texas. 
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Design
Neil Hubbard is a designer with Heatherwick Studio.
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Studio Art
Michael O’Keefe is a Dallas-based artist who works in both 2-D and 3-D art.
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Medical Illustration
Mary Jordan is a professional medical illustrator who manages and owns a medical illustration studio.
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Studio Art and Design
Kyle Hobratschk is a printmaker and furniture designer who resides in Dallas.
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How the Arts Contribute to Success in Business

Katherine Wagner is the CEO of Business Council for the Arts, a not-for-profit organization. Throughout her career, she has developed and encouraged relationships between businesses and arts organizations.
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Heather Kitchen is the Managing Director of the Dallas Theater Center. In her long career, she has been an important advocate for the arts as a manager or director of theater companies throughout the U.S. and Canada. 
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Melisa Durkee, Museum Registrar
John Campbell, Art Conservator
Lindsey Croley, Graphic Designer
Tim McLaughlin, Creature Designer
Sam Thomas, Art Educator
Neil Hubbard, Designer
Michael O'Keefe, Artist
Mary Jordan, Medical Illustrator
Kyle Hobratschk, Artist and Designer
Katherine Wagner, CEO, Business Council for the Arts
Heather Kitchen, Managing Director, Dallas Theater Center