What can I do with these majors?
Career Options for Art Historians:
Entry Level Positions (BA)
- Exhibition Installation
- Administrative Assistant
- Museum retail
- Museum Publications
- Registrar Office Assistant – databases, object cataloging, archives, object/image rights
- Assistant in Curatorial, Education, Development, Administrative, Conservation Departments
Other Positions (may require an advanced degree)
- Academic, Professor – Community College, College/University (MA, PhD)
- High School Teacher, AP Art History (BA)
- Museum Professional (BA, MA)
- Curator (PhD)
- Administrator (MA, PhD)
- Registrar (MA, PhD)
- Development (MA or MBA)
- Education (MA)
- Art Law (BA, MA and/or JD)
- Gallery Assistant, Auction House (BA, MA, PhD – dependent on position)
- Art Librarian, Visual Resource Curator, Art Information Specialist (MA, MLS)
- Corporate Curator, Art Investment, Art Management (BA, BBA, MA and/or MBA helpful)
- Arts Administration – Non-Profit, Government Agencies, etc. (BA, MA, PhD – dependent on position)
- Publishing, Editor, Freelance Writing, Criticism (BA, MA, PhD – dependent on what you want to do)
Career Options for Artists with a BA in Art
- Art Handler/Preparator in galleries/gallery assistant
- Education dept. at museums
- Teaching workshops at local arts organizations Framing
- Art stores (going to supplier websites and looking for jobs)
- Technical positions at colleges and universities (Ex. Studio tech, lab tech)
- Studio assistant/photo assistant
- Website design
- Scenic painter
- Studio tech or facilities jobs at art organizations (like residencies)
Artist residencies are opportunities for artists to get away and work full time on their work. They are particularly useful if you do not have the space to work at home, if you need the time to build a body of work, or if you get paid for attending. Some residencies receive funding through the NEA and in turn the residency programs support individual artists. The connections you make at a residency can help build a network of artists.
Grants, Awards, Scholarships and Fellowships
Grants are competitive monetary awards that are given based on a written proposal and review of a body of work. Awards are usually given based on the review of work alone. Scholarships and Fellowships are usually monetary awards that are applied to a specific program, which are sometimes in exchange for work. All should be listed on your resume.
- St. Mary’s Career Center
- Art Search
- Art Deadline
- Artist Resource
- Smithsonian Jobs Tracker
- Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance Artist Opportunity/Job Listings
Professional Resources & Organizations
- Alliance of Artist Communities
- National Endowment for the Arts
- Maryland State Arts Council
- CAA – College Art Association
- Maryland State Arts Council, Baltimore MD
- Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Baltimore, MD
- Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts (Artscape)
- Americans for the Arts, Washington, DC
- DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Washington, DC
- Arlington Commission for the Arts, Arlington, VA
- College Art Association, NYC
- Mattawoman Arts Center, Waldorf, MD
- Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD
- Delaplaine Art Center, Frederick, MD
William Thomas Rowe Endowed Art Scholarship (early April)
The William Thomas Rowe Endowed Art Scholarship is awarded annually to an art major for the purpose of defraying the cost of his or her art education, including the purchase of art supplies, art-related travel, SMCM tuition, art workshops, or residencies. The award recipient is selected based on a submitted portfolio of work juried by the St. Mary’s College of Maryland Art and Art History Faculty.
Sullivan Scholarship in Museum Studies (April)
The Martin E. Sullivan Museum Scholars Program is designed for highly motivated students who plan to pursue a career in museums, public history, or historic preservation. Sullivan Museum Scholars enjoy a wide range of opportunities to explore the method and theory of these three fields in real-world settings, including funded assistantships and internships, special field trips, seminars, and study-abroad programs. Sullivan Museum Scholars receive a stipend of up to $3000 per year to work in a museum or related setting. Museum Scholars may also use the funds for travel to conferences or other related projects. The funds can be drawn throughout the academic year and/or during summer break. Students accepted as a Museum Scholar are eligible for this stipend each year of participation in the program.
The William F. Everhart Memorial Scholarship Fund
Established in 2007 by the Everhart family in memory of Bill, a past art major, this scholarship is awarded to a student who will major in Studio Art and is in need of financial assistance.
Jonathan Ingersoll Endowed Scholarship Fund for Art Majors
Established by the art faculty in honor of this former professor, first director of the Boyden Gallery and driving force behind the establishment of a permanent art collection at the College.
Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation
The objective of the Foundation is to promote, by its charitable activities, an appreciation of traditional expression in painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking, by aiding worthy art students, artists or sculptors who need further training or other assistance during their formative years.
Connor Meigs Art Award
The Connor Meigs Art Award is a merit award to help a young artist launch their career in art. It includes a month-long solo exhibit (with no commission charged on sales), professional mentoring, invitations, mailing, artist’s reception, lodging, and a $1,000 honorarium. It is more than an art exhibit. The educational experience includes studio visits with working artists.
Dorothy Nicholson Stabell Competition in Printmaking
Offers a regional first prize of $4,000, with the winner advancing to NSAL’s national career award competition in printmaking, which offers a first prize of $15,000 and a series of other financial awards.
Naomi Winston Scholarship in Art
The application packages of winners of NSAL-DC’s regional Winston art competition will be advanced to the national NSAL Winston competition, which will offer a series of awards in art totaling $10,000. Applicants must be U.S. citizens between the ages of 16 and 22.
Non Profit Galleries, Organizations and Community Art Programs
- Anne Marie Gardens, Solomons, MD
- Flashpoint Gallery, Washington, DC
- Civilian Art Projects, Washington, DC
- International Arts and Artists/Hillyer Art Space, DC
- Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD
- School 33 Art Center, Baltimore, MD
- Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD
- Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, VA
- 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA
- International Child Art Foundation, DC (opportunities vary – contact directly)
- Independent Curators International, NYC (jobs, internships in curation, education, admin)
Commercial Art Galleries, Art Fairs, Collective Exhibitions
- National Museum of Women in the Arts
- The Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC
- National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
- Hillwood Museum, Washington, DC
- Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
- including Sackler/Freer Galleries (Asian), The Hirshhorn, American Art Museum, Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum, Archives of American Art, National Museum of African Art, National Portrait Gallery
Art Libraries, Visual Resources, Art Information
Architecture, Historic Preservation, Conservation
- Catalogue for Philanthropy – Washington DC – database of vetted, high-success rate non-profits
- Latin American Youth Center, Art and Media House – Washington DC
- Art Enables, Washington DC (art education for people with developmental/mental disabilities)
- National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
- $190,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for the project, “Colonial Encounters: The Lower Potomac River at Contact, 1500-1720 AD.”
- Make a Donation
- Arts Bridge (contact Carrie Patterson)
- Boys and Girls Club of Southern Maryland, St. Mary’s County, MD
- St. Mary’s County Public School, Elementary Art (contact Ms. Duke- Wilson)
- Sitar Arts Center, NW DC
- Art for the People, Montgomery County, MD (adult and youth programs)
St. Mary’s offers a Master of Arts Degree in Teaching. Many Art and Art History majors take advantage of earning a BA and and MAT in 5 years at St. Mary’s.
MAT highlighted Teacher
Amy (Sehman) Odem ’98
Major: Studio Art
Graduate Degree: Masters in “Curriculum and Instruction: Integrating the Arts”, Lesley University.
Current Position: Elementary Art Teacher in South Portland, Maine.