A museum curator cares for a museum’s art collection. The museum curator is responsible for researching, building, and preserving the collection, acquiring new works through purchase or donation, researching and organizing exhibitions, and writing exhibition catalogues. Curators partner with designers to create the exhibition’s layout and work with educators to help explain the art to the public. This could be through short videos, audio guides, or wall texts and interactive technologies. Curators, depending on their area of specialty, may work with both living and deceased artists, local, national and international artists, give public talks and lectures, and may be asked to help with fundraising efforts.
Museums will always be valuable institutions as their collections act to preserve the past.
While paintings and sculptures won’t disappear anytime soon, the museum curators of 2030 will also be working with new forms of art like virtual objects and interactive spaces. Public access to the art objects themselves will continue to be a priority in 2030. Even now, museums set up ‘satellite’ branch galleries in other parts of the country to create greater public access to collections and exhibitions. Virtual exhibitions exist now and may become more popular so that people can enjoy art from home.
Museums will always be valuable institutions as their collections act to preserve the past. The role of art museum curator is an ideal career for someone who has a passion for art, research, writing and a desire to make art more accessible to the public. Studies in art history, history, cultural studies, fine/studio art and literature would be an excellent foundation for this role.