Gallery Owner

Run a business selling art.

Quick Stats


Salary Range
$65,000 – $142,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Gallery Owners do?

A Gallery Owner chooses and presents an arrangement of art for sale. When you’re a Gallery Owner, your gallery is like a museum, but for profit.

One of the best parts of being a Gallery Owner is selecting the art which you will show. This means you browse and discover new Artists, predict (and help shape) art trends, and spread your taste to the public at large. Your gallery could specialize in one area or you might change your offerings as time goes by. If you are successful you will build up a clientele who likes your taste.

But in order to keep your job, you need more than a love and appreciation of art. Because at its soul your gallery is a business, and you are are a Small Business Owner. So when you begin this career start with a business plan, look at your financing and predicted income, examine your marketing options, and go about this as a retail shop. Otherwise this will be a hobby, and a rather expensive one at that.

Both the business and creative sides of this venture are incredibly interesting and challenging. You should be excited for them both, because a heavy-handed focus on one over the other will not be good for the gallery.

Should I be a Gallery Owner?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Leader: You're good at taking charge, giving directions, and inspiring other people.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • How to become a Gallery Owner

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