Critical roles in how artwork is made, understood, remembered, and shown are played by many people in the art world. The art market differs as it is the realm of the art-interested community involving artists, buyers, curators, and sellers interacting with one another through collecting, investing, and other financial purposes. The art world encompasses the art market, as well as those producing, criticizing, commissioning, presenting, preserving, and promoting fine art.  

There are those who help artists develop the their practice, ideas, and goals, which may include other artists, professors, and the support from residencies and foundations. Artists receive help finishing their work from printers, fabricators, framers, and other production help.

Art advisors and art consultants help private collectors, institutions, and corporations buy artwork. Most art advisors charge an hourly fee and don’t sell their own inventory, while art consultants work with galleries and artists associated with galleries.

Primary art market dealers show artwork sold for the first time, represent artists and manage their careers. Secondary art market dealers help resell artwork and usually only work with collectors and other dealers. Dealers may also refer to themselves as gallerists to highlight their duties as curators and managers.

Galleries may have help from staff to help cover gallery duties. Those in charge of sales connect with collectors, preview and describe work to visitors, and handle sales transactions. Curators collect artworks for exhibitions they organize. Registrar duties may include tracking the location, price, condition, and other details of all the work in the gallery, overseeing consignments and shipping. An art handler may prepare work for shipping and exhibition installation. Gallerinas may have administrative tasks while greeting visitors. Archivists are responsible for cataloging all artists’ work images, written materials, and press. Other gallery staff may include gallery managers and bookkeepers.

Conservators restore and preserve work. Appraisers determine the market value of work and authentication boards determine the authenticity. Art critics write about exhibitions while bloggers and reporters inform readers of art news and personal interpretations.

The complex network of people that makeup the art world simply revolve around art. Therefore, as the key contributors, artists nourish the art world if they decide to interact with rest of it.