November 6, 2007

Internship Success @ Pierogi Gallery

RAMYA RAVISANKAR

As a graduate student I was eager to get some real world experience to help acclimate myself to New York. I felt very fortunate to land an internship at Pierogi Gallery in Williamsburg. It was the perfect introduction to Brooklyn because it was low key and relaxed, but I learned a lot about the artists, artwork, and current artistic trends. The key to making my experience at Pierogi beneficial was to closely study the flat files, to pick the owner's (Joe Amrhein) brain, and to make myself useful by being proactive and asking for more work to do. The best part of the experience was that I felt a sense of accomplishment and purpose and discovered that if given the opportunity I could be an asset to a private art gallery. The second internship I had in graduate school was at the newly opened Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum. It was an amazing opportunity to get involved in the ongoing dialogue of feminism and art. I spent about a year at the Sackler Center learning about the Dinner Party by Judy Chicago, researching women throughout history, and gaining a breadth of knowledge about Contemporary Feminist art. It was important to dive into the message of the Sackler Center and believe in the importance of Feminism. As a diligent worker I proved that I was up to the challenge of working the opening weekend, which allowed me to meet a lot of the artists who participated in the acclaimed Global Feminisms exhibition. This proved to be an amazing experience for a young artist like myself. In addition to working hard I tried my best to build a rapport with the staff including the fabulous curator Dr. Maura Reilly. It was a great working environment and I was able to learn through experience, research and conversation with Dr. Reilly. At the end of my internship I was sad to leave, but I will always remember what I learned and I will proudly admit to being a Feminist Artist.

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