The role of a gallery curator involves forethought and outstanding organizational and managerial skills. He or she must be able to research an exhibition subject; select work based on composition, technique and theme; and produce dynamic, visitor-focused exhibitions. The gallery curator also needs to efficiently oversee preparation for exhibits, including the management of employees, student assistants, and volunteers.
I believe a successful show is one that is entertaining, educational, and thought-provoking for a variety of audiences. As a gallery curator, I strive to be the best possible mediator between the art and the viewer. That means creating exhibitions that engage and inform the academic and public community. All exhibitions, no matter their size or length of time on display, should include additional elements of educational programming, going beyond catalogs and didactic materials. Lectures, films, visiting artists, workshops and the use of social media and smartphone technology, as well as making myself available for insight or answering questions about the exhibit, are exceptional ways to achieve this objective.