Kailee Winslow ’14 landed her first gallery showing this summer while interning for Sony Music in New York City. Winslow’s work was showcased at the Art of Fashion, an infamous art show that provides exposure for up and coming artists to showcase their work to the industry.
“Like any artist, it has been one of my dreams to have my work in a gallery, but I had no idea I would be fortunate enough to have a showing this early on,” says Winslow.
After arriving in New York, Winslow began to search online for galleries looking for art submissions. That’s when she learned of the New York City Art of Fashion, which at the time was holding a competition for artists to win a spot in its upcoming show on the elite The Empire Hotel rooftop.
“I had nothing to lose and sent over my portfolio. Within the week I got a phone call and was told I was one of five artist accepted. They told me that they were huge fans of my work and would allow me to show several pieces,” Winslow explains.
Winslow chose to feature two works from a documentary project she completed in the streets of Boston and two from her newest multi-image series. Not only was Winslow a selected featured artist to show at the fashion gallery, she was the only artist to sell a piece of work.
The bankable photograph was inspired by one of Winslow’s favorite artists, Jerry Uelsmann. She explains, “After studying and looking at his work I was inspired to try some of his techniques and styles…that is where my recent multi-image collection came from.” The photograph titled “Dream” was the first piece she has ever sold.
The Art of Fashion was founded in 2004 by John McMullen, who developed the event to give artists and fashion designers a leg up in the creative industry by showcasing their art or fashion designs at high-end “pop-up” art and fashion shows held at top red carpet venues around New York City.