Careers in the Arts

These resources are designed to introduce high school students to a number of different arts career paths through interviews with people who work in various fields, practical advice about pursuing a career in the arts and information about the valuable skills that are promoted by an arts-based education.

Careers in Museums

Art Conservation
Conservator Claire Taggart works on a large fiber sculptureInterview: Claire Taggart (PDF)
Nasher Conservator Claire Taggart discusses the tools of the trade.




Conservator Nicole Berastequi scrubs an outdoor bronze sculpture

So You Want to Be a Conservator… (PDF)
High school student Bernadette Negrete interviews Nicole Berastequi, Conservation Tech at the Nasher Sculpture Center.



Conservator John Campbell works on a large sculptureVideo: John Campbell
John Campbell is the former conservator of the Nasher Sculpture Center. He currently works at CCS Conservation in Long Island City, New York.



Two conservators move a sculpture

Video: Conservation in Action
Nasher Conservator Claire Taggart and Conservation Tech Nicole Berastequi treat artist Nancy Grossman's Untitled (Head Sculpture).




Curator Leigh Arnold takes a selfie with Ben Vega

So You Want to Be a Curator… (PDF)
High school student Benjamin Vega interviews Leigh Arnold, Ph.D., Assistant Curator at the Nasher Sculpture Center.

Design an Exhibition (PDF)



Museum Registration

Registrar Melisa Durkee oversees an artwork installation

Video: Melissa Durkee
Melisa Durkee is the Head of Rights and Reproductions at the Nasher Sculpture Center.




Social Media

So You Want to Work in Social Media… (PDF)
High school student Caroline Cox interviews Cassandra Emswiler Burd, PR and Social Media Coordinator at the Nasher Sculpture Center.




Art and Design

Studio Art / Arts Administration

Photo of VIcki MeekInterview: Vicki Meek (PDF)
Vicki Meek is a Dallas-based artist who also works as an administrator at the South Dallas Cultural Center, an important community enrichment organization.



Artist Michael O'Keefe casts a sculpture in plasterVideo: Michael O'Keefe
Michael O’Keefe is a Dallas-based artist who works in both 2-D and 3-D art.





Designer Neil Hubbard

Video: Neil Hubbard
Neil Hubbard is a designer with Heatherwick Studio.




Artist Kyle Hobratschk

Video: Kyle Hobratschk
Kyle Hobratschk is a printmaker and furniture designer who resides in Dallas.




Majoring in Art

Photo of Michael CorrisInterview: Michael Corris (PDF)
Since November 2009, Michael Corris has been Professor of Art and Chair of the Division of Art, Meadows School of the Arts, SMU, Dallas, TX.




Commercial Art


Photo of Peter GoldsteinInterview: Peter Goldstein (PDF)
Peter Goldstein is a licensed architect and a teacher in the Dallas Independent School District’s magnet architecture program.



Theater Set Design

Interview: Beowulf Borritt (PDF)

Beowulf Borritt is a Tony-award nominated set designer. His sets have been featured in shows throughout the country.



Film Industry

Creature Designer Tim McLaughlin

Video: Tim McLaughlin
Tim McLaughlin is a former Creature Supervisor for Industrial Light and Magic.





Art Education

K-12 Teaching

Teacher Sam Thomas

Video: Samuel Thomas
Samuel Thomas teaches art at McKinney Boyd High School in McKinney, Texas.




Museum Education

Interview: Melissa Gonzales (PDF)
Melissa Gonzales is the Manager of Teaching in the Community at the Dallas Museum of Art.





Medical Field

Medical Illustration

Video: Mary Jordan
Mary Jordan is a professional medical illustrator who manages and owns a medical illustration studio.




Art Therapy

Interview: Katherine Houpt (PDF)
Katherine Houpt is an art therapist who works in Chicago.





Art in the Business World

Katherine Wagner

Video: Katherine Wagner
Katherine Wagner is the CEO of Business Council for the Arts, a not-for-profit organization. Throughout her career, she has developed and encouraged relationships between businesses and arts organizations.



Heather Kitchen

Video: Heather Kitchen
Heather Kitchen is the Managing Director of the Dallas Theater Center. In her long career, she has been an important advocate for the arts as a manager or director of theater companies throughout the U.S. and Canada.

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