Gallery Manager
Elizabeth Spheeris
Employer: Lora Reynolds Gallery

Position description:
As the gallery manager, I do everything from accounting to installing artwork. I ship and receive artwork; correspond with artists, galleries, and museums; and also give tours to visiting groups of collectors and local art and art history classes. My job is constantly changing and growing, and I'm always learning something new.

Photo: Elizabeth Spheeris
How They Got There
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Undergrad degree:  Art History

Favorite class in college:  American Art 1960-present

College to career:  My degree gave me a strong foundation in art history, and also helped me to realize that I didn't want to continue in the academic field. While I still want get a graduate degree, it was important for me to intern, volunteer and work to help me decide exactly what I wanted to do as my "career."

Career influences:  While I was in school, I was constantly interning. In my opinion, that's the best way to figure out what you like to do, and more importantly what you don't like to do! Not every internship is going to be right for you, but you'll gain important experiences and meet people in your field of interest. My internships played a vital role in getting my current job, so I can't encourage interning enough!

The Ups and Downs
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I am lucky to work with artists from all over the country and around the world. I'm always meeting new people and working with other galleries and museums. I only work four days a week and I have great hours, which is a huge plus. One of the best parts of my job is being able to work with awesome people who are interested in and passionate about the same things I am.

Recommendations
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Pick a major that you're really interested in. Don't choose something just because you think it will lead directly to a job. My favorite classes were always my art history classes, and they never felt like work. I also took a ton of fun electives like the History of Hip-Hop and Linguistics of Pop Culture; so don't be afraid to take classes that aren't in your college/major. I think it's much better to spend a little more time finding a job after college than it is to spend four years in college studying something you're not passionate about.

Interested in This Career?
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  • Glasstire  ( Website )
    Glasstire is a great resource for the arts in Texas, including job/internship postings.
  • Lora Reynolds  ( Website )
    Want to see some awesome art right here in Austin? Come visit me!