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Possible Careers in Visual Arts

Majoring in Visual Arts, both Art History and Studio, produces individuals who have a broad and tolerant overview of varying cultural phenomena. Art History course work develops abilities to observe and describe, and also to articulate arguments in both oral and written form.  Studio course work develops one's ability to make careful observations, visualize ideas, and think in creative and innovative ways. All these skills prepare students for a wide range of careers both within art related fields and beyond.  In addition to the careers listed below, Visual Arts majors at Holy Cross have found their skills transferrable to field such as law, business, medicine, and retail.  Please note that many of these fields require further study and specific graduate degrees.

Art History Careers   Studio Art Careers

Art History Careers

  • Art Market
    • Auction Houses
    • Dealer - Old master, contemporary, antiques
    • Artist's agent
    • Art Exhibitor
    • Art Consultant and Appraiser
  • Teaching
    • Teaching University level (Ph.D., Languages essential): opportunities in various departments such as Art History, Art, American Studies, Women's Studies, Archeology
    • Teaching at private schools or academies
    • Art Librarian, M.L.S. (Visual Resource librarian, BA or MA)
  • Art Librarian
  • Museums and Galleries
    • Museum Director
    • Curator
    • Registrar
    • Education
    • Administration
  • Conservation
    • Museum, Historical and Preservation Organizations
    • Private Practice
  • Historic Preservation (architecture, districts, burial grounds, villages, material culture)
  • Development, Funding and Grants Management
  • Publishing and Tourism
    • Art publishers; critics; writer for newspapers, editorial work
    • Film industry
    • Web design for both commercial and for non-profit organizations
    • Tourism
    • Publishing Proofreader
  • Art and Law
    • Artist's rights - resale, estates
    • Insurance Companies - art investigators

Holy Cross Visual Arts Alumni  - Art History


Kristin Walker, '10, Merchandising Manager at Marc Jacobs

Jeanne Normand, '05, Senior Manager, Writer in the Proposals Department Sotheby's New York

Stephanie Opolski, '10, European Funiture and Decorative Arts,  Graduate of Christie's Education, London, UK, Skinner Auctions, New England

Kristen Rohde, '06, Regional Administrator & Decorative Arts Specialist,  Doyle New York - Auctioneers & Appraisers of Antiques & Fine Art

Catherine Sweeney Singer, '85, Director, Winter Antiques Show (NYC)

Anna Tobin D'Ambrosio, '87, Director and Chief Curator,  Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute

Janne Gallen-Kallela-Sirén, '93, Director, Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Charlotte N. Eyerman, '87 Director, Monterey Museum of Art

Jay A. Clarke, '88, Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

Tara Brennan Emsley, '87,  Registrar, RISD Art Museum

Jennifer DePrizio, '97, Director Visitor Learning, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Nicole M. Claris (Roylance), '04, Manager of School Programs, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Jonathan Carfagno, ‚01, Director of Education  Grand Rapids Art Museum

Joseph Cornish, '96, Senior Stewardship Manager, Historic New England

Genevra Le Voci '09, Development, The Frick Collection, New York Frick Museum of Art

Emily LaClair, '06, Associate Director of Development, Planned Giving, American University

John C. Demers, '93, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Global Law Affairs, Boeing Company; Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University

Jerry Farrell, Jr., '90, Attorney and Preservation Advocate

Robert Gerhardt, '99, Self-Employed, Professional Photographer, NY

Megan Fox Kelly, '84 Art Advisory

Meg Maggio, '82, Director, Pekin Fine Arts

Cari Borja, '93, Clothesmaker

Bianca s. del Castillo, '08, Assistant to the Director, The Frick Collection, New York

Studio Art Careers

  • Artist-in-Residence/Artists in Schools
  • Costume Designer
  • Digital Imaging
    • Graphic Designer - Advertising, Corporate, Publishing
    • Web Designer, Webmaster
    • Photo/Computer/Digital Lab Technician
  • Gallery Owner/Administrator
  • Master Printer/Print Studio Owner
  • Independent Artist
  • Portrait Painter/Sculptor
  • Set Designer
  • Scientific Illustrator/Technical Illustrator
  • Book Illustrator, Technical/Production Illustrator
  • Exhibitions Designer
  • Freelance Photographer
  • Package Designer, Product Designer
  • Urban Graphics Designer (display, signs, billboards)
  • Fabric and Textile Designer
  • Furniture Designer
  • Teaching (Studio Art)
    • Teaching University level (MFA required)
    • Teaching at private schools or academies
    • Teaching in public school systems

Holy Cross Visual Arts Alumni  - Studio Art

Aslian Kelley,'07, Assistant Shoe Designer, Camuto Group

Bridget Kluger,'08, Membership Associate, The Metropolitan Museum of Art         

Elisabeth Sennot, '05, Designer, FxFowie Architects, LLP, NY

Jessica M. Sewell (Maturo), '04, Associate Development Officer for Corporate Programs, The Metropolitan Museum of Art 

Lyndsey Boekenkamp, '10, Associate Manager, Individual development, Guggenheim Museum, NY

Megan Deedy, '03, Advertising Account Supervisor, MR&M Worldwide McCann World Group

Piya Wannachalwong, '01, Illustrator, Amscan

Deborah Farrell-Nelson, '96, Director of Development, FreeArtsNYC

Leslie Bristow Mignon, Studio Art, '06, Architect, Store Design Department, Urban Outfitters, Philadelphia

Jenna Cook-McDermott, Studio Art, '06, Art Teacher, Ashland Middle School, MA

Margaret Lanzetta, Studio Art, '79, Self-employed, Professional Artist

David Gyscek, '96, Artist and Visiting Assistant Professor, College of the Holy Cross

James Stroud, '80, Printmaker, Owner, Center Street Studios

Megan Pinch, '98, Photographer, Assistant Professor of Photography, Virginia Intermont College

Ann Marie Kennedy, '89, Artist and Full Time Faculty member, Wake Tech Community College, Raleigh, NC

Rachelle Beaudion, '04, Multi-media Artist and visiting faculty at College of the Holy Cross

Amy Archambault, '08, Installation Artist and Millard Studio Supervisor, College of the Holy Cross

Elizabeth Hamilton, '04, Photography/Mixed Media artist

Teresa Buscemi, '07, Installation/Photography/Mixed Media artist and Program director, 516 Arts

Rich Thorne, '03, Group Art Supervisor at Cambridge BioMarketing, Cambridge, MA

Justine Hill, '08, Painter

Haley Allen, '11, Photography MFA Candidate, Pratt Institute

Stephen Shaheen, '95, Sculptor

Peter Vanni, '77, Sculptor/ owner of Archipelago Metalworks Studio