On Becoming a Working Visual Artist: Opportunities and Challenges Along the Path
Date of Award
Arts and Culture
Master of Liberal Studies
Arts & Culture
Working; Visual; Artists
Thousands of students graduate from colleges and art schools every year with the goal of becoming working visual artists. The majority of them, however, find that earning a living as a working artist is a tough and competitive career path. This Capstone Project, through an extensive literature review and interviews, examines the factors and characteristics that influence whether an individual will make the leap to becoming a working visual artist. Research results indicate that primary factors in achieving the status of working visual artists include specific personality traits, experiential and career-oriented arts education, and development of strong business skills.
Zhang, Manlin, "On Becoming a Working Visual Artist: Opportunities and Challenges Along the Path" (2013). University College: Arts and Culture Capstones. 79.