How The Art World Works

How does the art world actually work? Who are the players? What are their roles? In this exhaustive look at the workings of the art world I give brief descriptions of many of the different characters in the art world, and more importantly, students will also be able to see how they can begin to maintain a studio practice which allows them to weasel their way into the art world as well.

We start off by looking at the role of the artist, and how that differs from the gallerist, and also begin to discuss the different types of artists and galleries are out there. I try to be as open as possible, however most of my first hand experience is related to painting so I focus on this “painting world” more than anything else.

While making this video I also realized that it’s also a good look at just how complicated and complex the art world actually is. One of the most important things to grasp if you’re trying to break into the art world, is to simply learn how it works, and what your place is within it.

I also offer guidance as to how artists can break into the art world through a series of strategies I often use with my students. They include

Make work

Show up

Get art related jobs

Create your own network

Social media



Group Shows

Magazines (Doesn’t need to be art related)

Get your work out there (create your own opportunities)

In addition to this, I also look at just how artists themselves can begin to see their practice more as a “job” rather than this romanticized view that they may have. They include.

How to “work” as an artist

Be curious about the world

Maintain a studio practice

Write about your work


Be aware of how valuable your time is

Be good at your craft (know the fundamentals)

Know who the other artists are in your “genre”

Don’t be a jerk

Be skeptical of people trying to help you (dream sellers)

Get really good at what you want to do

The entire presentation is 23 slides total, and covers the following jobs available within the arts, and specifically painting. They include, art dealers, art assistants, gallerists, represented artists, blue chip artists, critics, students, art restorers, conservators, curators, art production managers, docents, security guards, graphic designers, IT professionals, finance specialists, lawyers, art handlers, teachers, lone wolves, IRL/Hybrid Galleries, illustrators, archivists, corporate art consultants, researchers, photographers, critics, art consultants, and collectors of all types. There’s actually far more jobs in the arts than one would think at first glance.

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