are philosophers who think about big questions about art.
Examples of such questions include: What is art? What is beauty?
How do artworks carry meaning? What is art good for?
learn about art outside formal school systems. An apprentice
is a young artist who works for a more experi3enced artist,
so s/he can learn from a master.
are interested in building their own collections of artworks.
and gallery owners acquire art to sell to collectors and museums.
Many have contracts with artists to promote and sell their
work for a commission.
are people who value art and support art making in a variety
of ways, such as commissioning artworks, buying artworks,
or supplying materials. For centuries powerful patrons (such
as royalty, nobles, religious leaders, bankers and merchants)
have supported artists by bringing them to live at court and
providing housing and other other living expenses.
make art. Some artists work alone and some collaborate with
are managers who work with public and private arts organizations.
They manage arts projects by writing grants (for example to
the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment
for the Humanities, or the J. Paul Getty Trust), establishing
review panels, developing guidelines, and administering budgets.
and reviewers write about artworks an exhibitions. They often
describe and interpret artworks and sometimes share their
conclusions about the quality of the artwork.
study art from different places and times. They explain what
artworks meant to the people who lived when and where they
were originally made. They study styles in art and trace influences
are translators who introduce and explain art ideas to students
to help them develop their skills.
assess the physical condition of artworks and recommend ways
to restore and/or protect them.
know a great deal about certain kinds of art. Many are art
historians. They select and organize artworks for museum exhibitions.
protect artworks that are on display.
keep records of all artworks in their collections, including
a record of who has owned it, who has borrowed it, what has
been written about it, whether it has been cleaned, repaired,
or restored, etc.