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Art & Studio Arts Career Resources

Bob PetersonCareers in Studio Arts
Our graduates from the fine arts program at Ohio Northern can find work in a variety of venues or opt to continue their educational training in graduate school after which they can teach at the collegiate level or pursue a living as a free-lance artist. These artists can find jobs in:

  • fine art galleries
  • museums and galleries
  • nonprofit arts organizations
  • educational institutions

These artists can find jobs as: painters (artist-in-residence, critic/writer, studio painter, gallery owner, restorer), sculptors (model maker, foundry jobs, furniture designer, playground designer, etc.), potters (studio, industrial or commercial pottery artists), printmakers (free-lancer, papermaking, printer), glass artists (free-lancer, glass blower, business owner), photographers (free-lancer, creative director and/or producer), textile designers (set and costume design, designers for movie, television and theatre, window display design, pattern designer, etc.), metalsmithing or jewelry designer.

Illustrators can find jobs painting or drawing pictures for books, magazines, films, greeting cards, calendars, wrapping paper, stationery, etc. Medical and scientific illustrators draw illustrations of human anatomy, surgical procedures, animals and plants to use in publications, presentations, classrooms, etc. Cartoonists draw political, advertising, social and/or sports cartoons.

With majors in studio arts and psychology, graduates can purse art therapy positions—trained professionals to help the emotionally disturbed (and sometimes the physically impaired because of a stroke, etc.) as part of a therapeutic team headed by a psychiatrist.

Studio arts majors with museum studies can find jobs as art museum curators, conservators, registrars, collections managers, photographers, educators and tour guides. Graduates also could pursue jobs as art gallery directors, gallery owners, assistant directors, etc.

Some organizations that typically employ studio art majors include:

  • Art studios
  • Government and private museums/galleries
  • Local historical societies
  • Auction houses, photo agencies & studios
  • Department/retail stores
  • Public/private art schools
  • Adult and community programs
  • Libraries
  • Private/local arts councils
  • Hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers and guidance facilities
  • Apparel manufacturers/textile mills
  • Interior design departments
  • Newspapers/publishing houses
  • Advertising agencies, magazines/newspapers and trade publications
  • Film/motion pictures and media production companies

Artist Resources & Job Listings
Artist Resources:
Studio Art:
Arts Employment:

Career Planning Links
Career Alternatives for Art Majors
Career Find-O-Rama (see animator, architect, art dealer, artist, curator, entrepreneur, fashion designer, fundraiser/institutional fundraiser, graphic designer, illustrator, interior designer, photographer, printer and teacher)
Professional Specialty Occupations (Occupational Outlook Handbook) (includes public relations specialists, designers, photographers, and visual artists)

Professional Association Links
The Art Association
Association of Arts Administration Educators
College Art Association
Ohio Arts Council
National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts:
American Ceramic Society:
American Print Alliance:
Mid America College Art Association
Mid-American Print Council:
National Sculpture Society
International Sculpture Center:
American Art Therapy Association:
National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society:
Northern Ohio Illustrators Society
Ohio Watercolor Society:
Association for Art History:
Society of Illustrators:
Association of Medical Illustrators:
Professional Photographers of America:
Society of Photographic Education:

Department of Art & Design

Ann Hood

Wilson Art Building
525 South Main Street
Ada, Ohio 45810
Monday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed