Learn How Galleries Build Relationships with Artists

Are you dreaming of working in a gallery? Perhaps you want to own a space, or you want to curate exhibitions, or work in sales? Well, becoming a gallery assistant is typically the first step in that direction. So think tons of administrative work, supporting art sales and installations at art fairs. Yes, there is a fair amount “grunt work”, however, assistants are often in a position to interact with high-level art collectors and emerging artists, which could lead to building your own professional network or other job opportunities. 

Depending on the size of the gallery, you’ll often be asked to do a variety of tasks, including marketing, customer service, and artist management, which are valuable skills to take into any industry. Use the opportunity to observe how galleries build relationships with artists and keep day-to-day operations running smoothly. And as the art world continues to shift to include more regional artist-led spaces, like the Artist Volunteer Center and 440 Gallery, more opportunities will be made available!

The responsibilities of an assistant can vary depending on the size of the gallery and number of staff members. Duties may include:

  • Greeting visitors and interfacing with public
  • Assisting in the coordination of special exhibits
  • Assisting with deliveries of artwork 
  • Writing about artworks and exhibitions for an audience of collectors
  • Maintaining budgets on projects, generating invoices and tracking payments

Check out the latest gallery assistant listings on NYFA Classifieds:

Fine Art Photography Gallery Assistant

Peter Fetterman Gallery

Santa Monica, CA

Gallery Manager

Stuart Parr Design

New York, NY

Gallery Assistant

Carre d’artistes Philadelphia

Philadelphia , PA

Gallery Assistant

Staley-Wise Gallery

New York, NY

Art Gallery Administrator

First Street Gallery

New York, NY

Gallery Assistant

Matthew Marks Gallery

New York, NY

Good luck with your search and find more openings on NYFA Classifieds!

– Glory Edim, Program Associate, Online Resources 

Image: Artist Andreco

Amy Aronoff
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