This summer, Addie Warner ’16 gained in-depth professional experience in the art world with back-to-back internships: one at Christie’s, an international leader in fine art auctions, as well as at Boston-based ArtLifting, which sells artwork created by homeless and artists with disabilities.
“The two internships were absolutely amazing and I loved every minute of them,” says Warner, recipient of the Clarence (Dave) Davis ’48 Endowed Internship Fund. “Each day I came to work at ArtLifting and Christie’s excited and enthused by what the day might have in store for me.”
While working at Christie’s headquarters in New York City, the art history major carried out research on various works of art that would later be used as a resource of information during auctions. At times, she also was able to conduct research at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as at The Frick Collection in Manhattan. She also had the chance to participate in various Christie’s-hosted lectures.
Warner says that at Christie’s she deeply enjoyed participating in “hill sessions,” which are meetings hosted for art specialists in order for them to evaluate specific works for price, provenance and exhibition history.
“These meetings brought things full circle since so much of my job was pulling research for these art pieces,” Warner says. “It was very cool to see the information being used and the actual works up close.”
Leading up to her experience at Christie’s, Warner interned with ArtLifting, which offers a marketplace for the artwork of homeless artists and those with disabilities through which they are able to earn an income. Through her internship, Warner worked as part of a small team and often participating in brainstorming sessions through which she offered her own ideas and perspective. “It was so amazing to be at such a young company and be able to have influence as an intern,” Warner says.
At Hobart and William Smith, Warner is a women’s studies minor. She is involved with the Davis Gallery at Houghton House, a member of the Arts Collective and the Art History Society, and works as a William Smith Peer Mentor for first-year students.
In addition to the funding from Clarence (Dave) Davis ’48 Endowed Internship, Warner credits The Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education for assistance with finding the internship at ArtLifting, and the classes she took from Associate Professor of Art and Architecture Laura Blanchard and Professor Emeritus of Art and Architecture Patricia Mathews for preparing her for the internship at Christie’s.
“Career Services helped me find the connection to William Smith alumna Justine Lynch ’14 at ArtLifting,” she says. “It is a great resource for students at HWS; everyone should take advantage of it.”