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Artful Careers in the Big Apple

Students Meet NYC Curators and Execs

The world certainly needs its Picasso’s and Van Gogh’s, but it also needs curators to care for their masterpieces, auction houses to sell them,  and contemporary media studios to push art in new directions during the Digital Age. To stay on the cutting edge of artful trends, the Career Services Office sponsored an Arts Event over winter break that let 10 HWS students visit some of the leading art locations in New York City.

While in the Big Apple, students were given a first-hand look at careers within several major art  employers ranging from classical to modern and auctioning to graphic design. The event was thanks to alums, parents and friends of the Colleges who offered tours, led discussions and hosted networking events, including:

  • Christie’s Auction House Senior Vice President Jamie Krass ’92 and Sales Administrator Amanda Lassell ’07;
  • Frick Collection Information Technologies Manager Brian Nichols ’89;
  • MTV / Nickelodeon Studios Creative Services Director Geoff Todebush ’93;
  • P.P.O.W. Art Gallery Co-Owner Wendy Olsoff ’78.

“The idea behind this event was to introduce students to the art world from traditional, classical and contemporary viewpoints,” explained Joe Ambrosetti, Employer Relations Associate Director.

“It was really interesting to experience so many different art jobs,” explained Cille Meberg ’11 of Greenwich, Conn. “I hadn’t even considered working at an auction house until I went on this trip. I had a great time meeting new people and hearing about how they got to where they are today.”

Reflecting on her favorite part of the trip, Jenny Wu ’12, of Nanjing, China said she enjoyed visiting Nickelodeon the best because of her passion for design and future plans of working in art.

Ambrosetti was grateful for the special access that all the alumni and alumnae extended to the students. For example, the group was given rare access to the Frick Collection. “They opened the museum one hour early just for us and allowed us to spend an hour and a half with one of their senior curators.”