The Artsy Podcast, No. 25: Making It in the Art World If You’re Not a Rich Kid

Artsy Editorial
Feb 23, 2017 10:55PM

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As museums and galleries become increasingly focused on identifying and celebrating underrepresented artists—often previously ignored because of race or gender—class divides still determine the makeup of the present-day art economy. As the New York Times recently reported, twenty-somethings pursuing a career in art and design are the most likely to receive financial assistance from parents; they also receive the largest sums. 

On this episode, we’re joined by Sandra Jackson-Dumont, chair of education at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Naiomy Guerrero, creator of, to discuss the role money plays in art-world careers. How does the plethora of unpaid internships and low-paying jobs limit inclusivity? And what steps can we take to change the system?

This podcast is hosted by Artsy Associate Editor Isaac Kaplan, joined for this edition by Art Market Editor Anna Louie Sussman, Naiomy Guerrero, and Sandra Jackson-Dumont. It was produced by Editorial Associate Abigail Cain.

Intro music: “Something Elated” by Broke For Free

Cover image: Daniel Greene, Lot 134 - The Water's Fine, 2013. Image courtesy of Gallery Henoch.

Artsy Editorial