McComsey Career Development Center
Visual Arts : Curatorial / Museum Studies
    __Academic areas: art history, philosophy, history, languages, studio
    __Computer skills: Word, Access, Excel, desktop publishing, graphic design, other word processing and spreadsheet programs, specific software packages

    Librarian:
    __card catalog
    __book ordering
    __damage/repair checks for books
    __bookbinding
    __archival processes
    __chemistry
    __organization of books, records, accounts payable/receivable,
    __business skills
    __non-book media
    __slide library
    __collection tracking management

    Business Manager:
    __financial/budget management
    __accounting/bookkeeping
    __purchasing

    __human resources
  • determining salaries
  • benefits
  • insurance
  • hiring issues
    __security
    __tax issues
    __working with endowments and grants
    __fundraising

    Registrar:
    __legal issues
    __order forms
    __filing and information management
    __loans
    __inventory
    __insurance
    __property/object custody
    __consignments (shipping, security, handling, damage)
    __establishing provenance
    __software systems related to any of the above

    Curator:
    __care and operation of materials (lending, travel)
    __attribution/authentication
    __acquisition recommendation
    __collection publication research
    __care for art at administrative/exhibition levels

    Educator (also see Art Teaching section):
    __staff/public communication
    __knowledge of museum/library materials and processes
    __philosophical/historical/technical information
    __specific studio knowledge
    __ability to present in front of large groups

    Conservator:
    __sciences (repair/conservation/handling)
    __light studies
    __environmental science and studies
    __resources beyond lab
    __ethics

    Exhibition Designer:
    __design of exhibition based on curator/educator intentions
    __graphic/interior/interior architecture design (scale models, signage, etc)
    __3D design
    __hanging and installing work
    __security issues

    Public Relations:
    __press release writing/excellent grammar
    __knowledge of local media outlets
    __community monitoring
    __special event planning
    __graphic design
    __great people skills
    __ability to read large amounts of material with comprehension
    __information management
    __special event planning and management

    Development/Fundraising:
    __sales and persuasion ability
    __principles of fundraising
    __working with new membership
    __corporate and foundation relations
    __researching endowments and grants, grant-writing
    __government communication
    __special event planning and management

    Photographer:
    __documentation for institution and for publicity (see Photography section)