Art and Design

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Art and Design

Actor

Actors perform in stage, radio, television, video, or movies. It's hard for most actors to find steady work. Only a few become famous. They also teach in high school or college drama departments, acting conservatories, or public programs.

Artist

Artists make art to express what they are feeling or thinking. They use many methods - drawing, painting, sculpting, even computers.

Curator, Conservator (Museum)

Curators and conservators are experts in preserving important records and artifacts, including works of art, documents, photographs, coins and historic objects.

Dancer

Dancers express ideas, stories, rhythm, and sound with their bodies. Dancers work in musical shows, in folk, ethnic, tap, and jazz dances.

Fashion Designer

Fashion designers help create clothes and accessories. Designers study fashion trends, sketch designs of clothing and accessories, select colors and fabrics, and oversee the budget and final production of their designs.

Graphic Designer

Graphic designers create visual concepts, using computer software or by hand. They develop the overall layout and production design for advertisements, brochures, magazines, and websites.

Musician

Musicians and singers compose, sing, and play music. They perform solo or as part of a group. They perform in sound studios and on stage.

Photographer

Photographers know how to choose the right tools to get the best picture. They use cameras, lights and lenses to create the perfect picture.

Video Game Designer (Multimedia Artist)

Video game designers, multimedia artists, and animators create animation and visual effects for television, movies, video games, and other forms of media.

Writer

Writers create stories or they write about things that really happened. They write books, articles and they write for radio and television.

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Video: Fine Arts Specialist

Kim talks about her job helping put artwork in government buildings. She talks about the process and why it’s important to be a good planner.

Narrator: In this episode, we visit the General Services Administration (GSA) in Washington DC. GSA has a Fine Arts program for placing artwork, like paintings and sculptures, in government buildings and courthouses across the country. Meet Kim.

Kim: I think it’s important for government buildings to have artwork because they reach a different audience than museums do. Some museums are expensive and not everybody can afford to go, but government buildings, people can go into them and anybody can see the artwork there.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

The favorite part of my job is actually just getting to work with artists. They are able to think in creative ways and able to create works that I could never envision [imagine] in a place and those works I think really just add value to the overall building project and are a real plus for the American public.

I worked on a project in Yuma, Arizona for a courthouse there and I worked with an artist named John Bisbee. He created a project called “Lion Dandies.” It’s a freestanding sculpture. It’s made of these kind of spike-like looking large spheres stacked against each other, on top of one another.  It was a really, really lovely experience working there.

How does it all work?

We have a site visit and that’s really fun. So the artist gets to walk the project site, we introduce them to the architect. We introduce them to members of the project team, so they can learn everything they can about the site. That way that have as much information as possible. They develop a concept that they think is going to make sense for this building and this project site.

And if all goes well the (artwork) concept will move forward and the artist will go into fabrication [creating the artwork] and installation [placing the artwork in the government building].

Once everything is fabricated [the artwork is created], we try to have the artist install the artwork as close as possible to the end of construction in the building because we don’t want the artwork to be damaged.

What advice do you have for kids?

I think it’s important to have good project management skills. So just focus on getting one thing done at a time; being able to handle a lot of different types of things; being flexible.

You have to be prepared, you know hiccups in the road.  You know no matter how much you plan, it’s important to be a planner too, but no matter how much you plan there’s always going to be a hiccup and so you have to be nimble [quick] and quick and on your feet and ready to handle it at any time.

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