Office of Career Services

Art & Theatre

Occupational Outlook Handbook Descriptions of Fine Arts Occupations 

General Art Links

Alliance of Artist Communities - National consortium of organizations and individuals that offers artists time and space to create new work. Includes approximately 100 organizations and 100 individuals.

American Art Therapy Association

American Alliance of Museums

American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works

American Institute of Graphic Arts, Austin Chapter - Local job listings in the graphic arts.

Aquent - One of the world’s largest specialized talent agencies. For the past 13 years, Aquent has led the way in creative, web, and technical staffing for contract, contract-to-hire, and permanent work. Last year alone, more than 30,000 professionals and client companies were brought together. - Identifies Austin galleries, exhibitions, museums, events, etc.

Art Deadlines List - The master list of competitions calls for entries, job announcements, grants, scholarships, and more for visual and performing artists. Several subscription options available, all of them reasonable. Something for everyone from ages 1 - 100.

Art Museum Network - Explore the world of art museums through this site. Links provided to art museums around the US. Helpful for travelers and individuals seeking employment as museum administrators alike!

ArtSEARCH - The National Employment Bulletin for the Arts is now available to SU students online. Call Career Services at x1346 for the password. Job listings are updated every 3 business days. Up to 1000 listings daily!

Artspan - An excellent, inexpensive promotional tool for artists, artisans and photographers. Gives you your own website, where you can upload images of your work, your artist statement, pricing information and contact information, all of which become searchable by galleries, collectors and other artists. A great way to market yourself. - Information about field of art therapy, education/certification and practice.

Artist Help Network - A free information service designed to help artists take control of their careers. Assists artists in locating information, resources, guidance and advice on a comprehensive range of career-related topics.

Association of Medical Illustrators

Auction House, Christie’s 

Auction House, Sotheby’s

Austin Art in Public Places

Austin Museum Partnership -
Consortium of 26 Austin-area museums to promote collaboration for the mutual benefit of the public and the museums.

Austin Visual Arts Association - Connect with local artits via this association, founded in 1977.

Blue Star Contemporary Art Center - An innovative adaptation of historic warehouse buildings into an arts-oriented mixed use development of loft/studio apartments, galleries, retail, performance spaces, artists’ work spaces and design offices in San Antonio.

Career Alternatives for Art Historians - A terrific resource for art historians and artists alike, this site, prepared by an art historian at Notre Dame, offers fast facts on the education, training, and personal qualities necessary to land jobs in the wacky world of art history and related areas.

City of Austin Economic Development Cultural Arts Division - The Cultural Arts Division is responsible for the Cultural Arts Funding Programs, Art in Public Places Program (AIPP), community-based arts development, and programs to assist the development of creative industries in Austin, as well as initiatives designed to support and encourage the community’s unique cultural identity and vitality.

College Art Association - An important group for aspiring artists and art historians, specifically those who plan to teach in higher education. The annual CAA conference has job placement services available for people with graduate degrees.

The Contemporary Austin - Promoting the growth and appreciation of contemporary art and artists in Texas; provides grants and internships to visual artists.

Creative Hotlist - A dedicated career site for creative professionals.

Fast Company’s “How to Be a Happy and Successful Creative Freelancer (or Work with One)”

Jobs in Animation - Animation World Network is a great resource for aspiring illustrators, animators and web designers.

National Art Education Association

National Guild for Community Arts Education

National Portfolio Day - Each year members of the National Portfolio Day Association sponsor National Portfolio Days in 36 cities across the nation and in Canada. These events provide an opportunity for students interested in pursuing undergraduate or graduate study in the visual arts to meet with representatives from some of the most outstanding colleges, universities, and independent schools that teach art and design. This is an opportunity for attendees to have their portfolio of artwork reviewed by an admission representative and to receive advice about their artistic development. Participating institutions also provide information about programs of study, careers in art, admission requirements, financial aid, and scholarships.

New York Foundation for the Arts - A state-wide service organization for artists that provides this free national information resource for artists in all disciplines and for those who support them in any way.

Playbill - Internships, casting notices, production job listings, part-time jobs that offer flexibility compatible with actor schedules.

Printjobs - This website is for Newhouse Associates, a leading placement and recruiting firm working within the framework of the Printing and Graphic Arts Industries. Their clients are Fortune 500 companies as well as some of the best small printing and graphic arts organizations in the USA. Since 1985, Newhouse Associates has been assisting qualified printing and graphic arts professionals in finding new and challenging positions. There are no fees to individuals to register.

Res Artis - A worldwide network of residential arts centres and programs which provide artists with facilities and conditions conducive to creative work.

Society of Illustrators - An impressive collection of sculptor related links, this page is incredibly useful for individuals who want to be professional sculptors. Chat rooms, career and education advice and more … including grant and fellowship information. If only every aspiring artist had a site this terrific to refer to!

Smithsonian Careers - Internship and full-time career opportunities!

Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts - TALA provides pro bono legal and accounting services to low income artists of all disciplines throughout the State of Texas.

Texas Association of Museums - From the Texas Historical Commission to the Dallas Museum of Natural History and from the MFA - Houston and the Dallas Museum of Art, this site will inform you about jobs available throughout Texas.

Texas Commission on the Arts - A wonderful place to explore the state of arts affairs in Texas. According to their website, their mission is to develop a receptive climate for the arts in Texas. They are also the folks behind those groovy “State of the Arts” license plates.

Texas Film Commission - Students interested in the film industry will find this site useful in their research of local and Texas-based film opportunities.

Texas Music Office - Serves as the information clearinghouse and promotion office for the Texas music industry

Western States Art Federation - From the publishers of Artjob , this site provides some great links to arts related sites. Some career information and funding resources available.

Jobs for Theatre Majors

Austin Creative Alliance - A nonprofit performing arts service organization working to cultivate an environment where the performing arts can grow and flourish. - Subscription-based resource for researching film/TV agencies, managers and producers. - Your source for all behind-the-scenes jobs in the live entertainment industry.

Playbill On-Line - The theatre source on the web for Broadway theatre information.

Show Biz Jobs - Comprehensive site that has something for anyone looking for a job in the entertainment field. Entry-level, temporary, permanent and even executive level jobs are posted here.

Texas Commission on the Arts - Find internships, job listings and training at this site. This link takes you to the employment page, but don’t miss out on some of the other great parts of the web site, including the Community Center for artists and Library, which has links to numerous online libraries, collections and database in every field within the fine arts field.

Healthcare Resources for Artists

Many artists groups offer discount insurance to their paid members. We suggest you compare the discount packages offered by a group with those offered by major insurance carriers before committing. Depending on your financial and health situation, it may be more economical to purchase insurance directly from a provider than to pay membership dues plus your premium.

Actor’s Fund - With information about insurance options for all entertainment professionals (not just actors), this site does a wonderful job of categorizing and explaining health insurance options for both individuals and groups. They also have a terrific resource center for health insurance as well as human services for people with HIV/AIDS and the elderly. 

National Association for the Self-Employed - Freelance visual and performing artists may find NASE’s member benefits useful. In addition to healthcare, accident insurance is also available.

The Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers - There are certain restrictions on which members may participate in the group’s Health and Pension Benefits.