Art curators greatly influence the art we see in galleries and museums. A curator is the ‘selector’ of art who oversees collections of artwork in museums, galleries, exhibitions and more places/spaces.
They not only coordinate the display but also the acquisition and selection of pieces, as well as decide on allocating budgets. An art curator can specialize in their chosen area and develop specific knowledge for this field area to build up the collections. They must understand and care for both the art itself and the business of art, which entails the public relations side of the art world. They will develop ways that art and archives can be interpreted through exhibitions, publications, and events.
With a huge responsibility and artistic eye, curators interpret art to a group by contextualizing and showcasing it in museums and galleries. All of these tasks require curators to work with colleagues in areas such as conservation, education, design, and marketing. The curator is passionate about art, artists and safeguarding art heritage; understanding the art world and its history is paramount. In full-spectrum, they are responsible for assembling, cataloging, managing, displaying and presenting it.
Overall employment of art curators is projected to grow 9 percent from 2018 to 2028.