25 Artists and Their Day Jobs Before Making It Big

Fred Wilson

Day Job: Teacher, Installer, Curator, Administrator, and Museum Guard

While studying performance art and dance at SUNY Purchase, Fred Wilson was also a security guard at the campus' Neuberger Museum. In the '70s, Wilson worked as an art installer, curator, freelance teacher, administrator, and guard at some of the city's major museums. These jobs allowed him to see what wasn't being shown to the public, which inspired his later works.

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