Arts & Humanities: Don't Leave College Without Them

GIGS with art history



If you like research and attention to detail. If you have good writing skills. and want to become fa- miliar with a wide range of reference materials about maker’s marks, imprints, the history of tech- nology and design, as well as prints and drawings, then this job is for you. As an art appraiser you determine the authenticity and value of art piec- es. You will do lots of research and communicate with art dealers, and artists, buyers, museums, and auction houses. Youmight evenwork in a gal- lery, a museum, and auction house, or be listed in the America Society of Appraisers.

Conservators use science to understand the forc- es that degrade paintings, including considera- tions like environments, transportation, and light exposure. They use methods like microscopes to scanning electron spectrometry, x-rays, ultra- violet and infra-red light to examine and analyze painting. They will also restore, retouch, and in- paint damaged works, and they will often work at national galleries and historic sites. For this position it is useful to have a degree in art his- tory, as well as a background in foreign languages, and a good background in chemistry and physics.


Are you interested in art and law enforcement? Do you want to be- come an FBI agent? Did you know that the FBI consistently hires art his- torians? They maintain an Art Crime Team, which investigates theft and fraud —yes, just like in the show White Collar. They hire agents in different geographic regions to handle stolen art and cultural prop - erty investigations. They also oversee the National Stolen Art File. Whoever said art history was boring, right? And knowing languages is also really helpful, as well as good research and communication skills.


Arts & Humanities

Don’t Leave College Without Them


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