Fine Arts Studio: Potential Careers | Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Fine Arts Studio: Potential Careers

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Exhibiting Artist

Creates work for a museum or gallery that may be displayed temporarily, acquired as part of the institution’s permanent collection, or included in an invitational, juried exhibition, such as the Whitney Biennial.

Fine Artist

Creates original pieces of artwork using a variety of media. Sells work to individuals, galleries, interior designers, architects, libraries, community centers, churches, banks, hotels, government, and elsewhere.


Acquires, cares for, develops, displays, and interprets a collection of artifacts or works of art in order to inform, educate, and engage the public.

Independent Curator

Like a traditional curator, selects the works or content to be included in an exhibition or event. Works outside of—as well as in cooperation with—individual institutions. Typically pushes the boundaries of the term “curator.”

Art Therapist

Uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages. Through the creative process involved in artistic self-expression, helps people resolve conflicts and problems, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insights.

Community Arts Worker

Works with communities to improve their quality of life, using a variety of art forms to explore relevant issues. Generally works in areas where there are social, cultural, or environmental issues.

Arts Administrator

Manages programs in education, therapy, or public service. Oversees and applies for grants, reports to donors and board, and makes plans for the organization.

Set Designer

Researches, designs, and supervises the construction of sets and scenery, costumes, and visual aids required in stage, film, and television productions. Uses 3D and 2D skills and knowledge of construction, lighting, fabrication, and materials.

Visiting Artist

Short term or year-long appointment, works for a specified period of time at a school, college, museum, or center, demonstrating and teaching techniques and processes. 

Fiber Artist

Creates artworks in which the material primarily consists of natural and synthetic fiber and other components, such as fabric and yarn, with a heavy focus on the material and the artist's manual labor as part of the works' significance.