Date of Award

Spring 2004

Document Type

Legacy Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)


Visual Arts


College of Humanities and Fine Arts

First Advisor

Elizabeth Keller


Many art students know how to create masterpieces with paint or clay, but few have the know-how to be able to make a career out of it. After graduating, students are separated from the facilities, equipment, and resources that they took for granted while attending school. My investigation is aimed at collecting information that would help an art student make the transition to become a professional. This involves interviewing professional artists about their successes and what actions they took or decisions they made that benefited their careers. I have also consulted many books with information such as setting up a pottery studio, pricing and selling artwork, taking slides, and getting artwork into various exhibits and museums. Knowing the best steps to take on the path to becoming a professional can help build the exposure that an artist truly needs to boost their career.