There are many reasons why you might be interested in becoming an art installer. Maybe you love art and want to work in the industry but have always been more of a hands-on kind of person. Or maybe you are an artist who wants to learn more about art handling and the art world from a more practical side. Whatever your motivation is, this blog post will be helpful to you. Today, we will cover some of the questions you might have about the profession of fine art installers.
Do you need a college degree to be an art installer?
As of now, there are no college degrees you can get in art handling. This is a skill you usually learn on your own or as part of your studies because you want to know how to handle your artwork or are simply curious about the process. However, some adjacent areas like art history or fine arts can help you by providing you with theoretical and practical knowledge about the objects of your work.
Do you need relevant experience?
Already having some sort of relevant experience might come in handy. For example, certain art logistics companies specifically try to hire people who have experience as carpenters. Indeed, art installation is usually way more than just hanging up paintings on walls. It is often the case that you will have to construct a podium, mount, or art shipping crate that perfectly fits the measurements of a work of art. However, some companies also provide job training to help those who are just getting started and are interested in pursuing a career in art handling.
Do you need a driver’s license?
Because art installers often have to transport items across the country, having a driver’s license is a must in most cases. In addition, you have to be an attentive and careful driver who can be punctual without compromising the safety of the valuables you are delivering.
Which soft skills should art installers have?
Art handlers are not just people who deliver works of art and install them. Like almost any profession in the art industry, it involves a great deal of interpersonal communication. You need to be personable and able to resolve conflicts if they arise.
To conclude, a perfect candidate for a job as an art installer has to be flexible, responsible, trustworthy, and willing to learn and improve every day. Here at Fine Art Shippers, we are lucky to have a team of professional art handlers who meet all these criteria.