Careers in the Book Arts

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Those in the field of book arts have a keen interest in books—their design and/or preservation—and creative minds. They may pursue a career in teaching, bookbinding, library and archive-related areas, museums, or printing.

Book Arts Museum Director

Oversees the finances, staff and operations of a museum. Must have knowledge of book arts and be able to manage an organization. Fund-raising and grant writing are important skills.

Instructor or Professor

Teaches classes either as a part-time adjunct, or full-time instructor at a college or university. May also design courses or assist with curriculum development. Typically requires a terminal degree such as a MFA.

Exhibiting Artist

Creates work for a museum or gallery which may be on display temporarily or as a part of the institution’s permanent collection. Exhibitions may be juried or as part of an invitational exhibition, such as the Whitney Biennial.

Fine Artist

Fine artists sell work to individuals, galleries, interior designers, architects, libraries, community centers, churches, banks, hotels, government and elsewhere on a freelance basis or by commission. They must be self-motivated and able to accept criticism. At times work is commissioned, but most often it is created and sold afterwards.

Visiting Artist

Works for a specified period of time at a school, college, museum or center to demonstrate and teach techniques and processes in the artists’ fields of expertise. May be a short term position or a year-long appointment.


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