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Become A Gallery Assistant

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Working As A Gallery Assistant

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Performing Administrative Activities
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $40,000

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Gallery Assistant does

  • Helped setup and breakdown gallery exhibitions on a regular basis.
  • Developed gallery websites, marketing and photo editing duties.
  • Write press releases and artist biographies.
  • Set up and dismantle art exhibitions.
  • Maintain cleanliness of gallery space.
  • Supervised guest list and refreshments during gallery events.
  • Answer, assist and/or direct phone calls on multiple lines.
  • Executed all front desk administrative duties and provided guest services.
  • Staffed the gallery and provided administrative assistance to the gallery owner.
  • Helped curate gallery shows for local artists
  • Learned new techniques in photography: framing and art; marketing and advertising; exhibition set up; and curating.
  • Updated company social media outlets, including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
  • General studio assistance, including moving work around, mixing paint.
  • Designed and set up art shows while working with multiple artists
  • Assisted with gallery openings and events and ensured art pieces were in good condition.
  • Help run daily operations through web maintenance, keeping the studio clean, friendly customer service, and framing assistance.
  • Use of Adobe Photoshop and InDesign.
  • Greeted visitors and monitor collections Assisted in setup for gallery events.
  • Handled/packaged artwork, designed promotional materials, webmaster, wrote press releases.
  • Inventoried all art pieces housed in gallery.

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How To Become A Gallery Assistant

High school graduates who have experience using computer software applications, such as word processing and spreadsheets, usually qualify for entry-level positions. Although most secretaries learn their job in several weeks, many legal and medical secretaries require additional training to learn industry-specific terminology. Executive secretaries usually need several years of related work experience.


High school graduates can take courses in word processing and office procedures at technical schools or community colleges. Some temporary placement agencies also provide training in word processing, spreadsheet, and database software.

Some medical and legal secretaries learn industry-specific terminology and practices by attending courses offered at community colleges or technical schools. For executive secretary positions, employers increasingly prefer to hire those who have taken some college courses or have a bachelor’s degree.


Secretaries and administrative assistants typically learn their skills through short-term on-the-job training, usually lasting a few weeks. During this time they learn about administrative procedures, including how to prepare documents. Medical and legal secretaries’ training may last several months as they learn industry-specific terminology and practices.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Executive secretaries can gain experience by working in administrative positions that have less challenging responsibilities. Many secretaries and administrative assistants advance to higher level administrative positions.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although not required, certification can demonstrate competency to employers.

The International Association of Administrative Professionals offers the Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) certification. Candidates must have a minimum of 2 to 4 years of administrative work experience, depending on their level of education, and pass an examination.

Legal secretaries have several certification options. For example, those with 1 year of general office experience, or who have completed an approved training course, can acquire the Accredited Legal Professional (ALP) certification through a testing process administered by NALS (previously known as National Association of Legal Secretaries). NALS also offers the Professional Legal Secretary (PLS) certification, considered to be an advanced certification for legal support professionals.

The Certified Legal Secretary Specialist (CLSS) certification is conferred by Legal Secretaries International in areas such as intellectual property, criminal law, civil litigation, probate, and business law. Candidates typically need to have 5 years of legal experience and pass an examination to become certified.


Secretaries and administrative assistants generally advance to other administrative positions with more responsibilities, such as office supervisor, office manager, or executive secretary.

With additional training, many legal secretaries become paralegals or legal assistants.

Important Qualities

Integrity. Many secretaries and administrative assistants are trusted to handle sensitive information. For example, medical secretaries collect patient data that is required, by law, to be kept confidential in order to protect patient privacy.

Interpersonal skills. Secretaries and administrative assistants interact with clients, customers, or staff. They should communicate effectively and be courteous when interacting with others to create a positive work environment and client experience.

Organizational skills. Secretaries and administrative assistants keep files, folders, and schedules in proper order so an office can run efficiently.

Writing skills. Secretaries and administrative assistants write memos and emails when communicating with managers, employees, and customers. Therefore, they must have good grammar, ensure accuracy, and maintain a professional tone.

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Real Gallery Assistant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Gallery Assistant Per Skarstedt Gallery, Ltd New York, NY May 03, 2014 $50,000
Gallery Assistant Per Skarstedt Gallery, Ltd New York, NY Feb 12, 2013 $50,000
Gallery Assistant-Sales and Research Per Skarstedt Gallery, Ltd New York, NY Feb 12, 2013 $50,000
Gallery Assistant Tracy Williams, Ltd. New York, NY Sep 15, 2015 $43,827 -

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Top Skills for A Gallery Assistant


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Top Gallery Assistant Skills

  1. Local Artists
  2. Student Artwork
  3. Gallery Website
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Organized and monitored a variety of art from local artists.
  • Assisted in organizing and setting up displays for student artwork in Sage's Small Gallery.
  • Helped gallery director organize and set up exhibits and regularly updated gallery website.
  • Team member of a contemporary art gallery providing costumer service and protection of the art.
  • Provided exceptional customer services to clients.

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