SM East’s Friends of Art Society putting on first-ever Art Career Fair Thursday

Aspiring young artists on Thursday will have a chance to see what career paths might be open to them at the first-ever Shawnee Mission East Art Career Fair.

The event, which is free and open to students from across the metro area, will expose high school artists to a range of art-related careers, from museum curators to corporate art directors. Representatives from the Kemper Museum, the Nelson-Atkins Museum and Hallmark Cards will be on hand to discuss their careers with attendees.

“Art conservation is a field that few people are familiar with,” said Paul Benson, Conservator of Objects at the Nelson, a fair presenter and Prairie Village resident. “This is an excellent opportunity to expose the students to the various aspects of a career they may not know exists and help prepare them for the specialized training required for art conservators”.

The Nelson’s museum store has donated two dozen copies of its new book, Masterworks of Chinese Art, and will be giving them away at the event. The fair runs 3:30-6 p.m. in the SM East gymnasium.

The event is organized by SM East’s Friends of Art Society, a new non-profit group formed to help support the visual arts at the school.