After a semester-long internship at Christie’s, Kristina Weston ’17 will join the renowned auction house full time as a coordinator in the Old Masters and Early British Paintings Department.
In that role, Weston will coordinate private sales of the works of celebrated pre-19th century painters, assist the department head with client communication and meetings and manage day-to-day office duties.
Noted for its auctions of art, jewelry and antiques, the British auction house was founded in 1766 by James Christie. Today, Christie’s hosts approximately 350 auctions annually in New York City, Amsterdam and other major cities across the globe.
“Throughout my whole college career I wanted to intern at Christie’s,” says Weston. When she realized that she had enough credits to graduate a semester early, she “knew it would be a great opportunity.”
Based at Christie’s New York City location in Rockefeller Plaza, Weston developed critical skills during her internship, compiling research for the department head and specialists on items for sale. She also played an integral role in the production of Christie’s sale catalogue and managed requests from clients for sale details and information.
A double major in art history, and media and society, and a French minor, Weston worked with her adviser, Assistant Professor of Art and Architecture Liliana Leopardi, and the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education as she prepared to translate her robust academic accomplishments into a professional portfolio.
“The tight knit HWS community gave me the confidence and support to take on this challenge,” she says. “It wasn’t easy leaving a semester early, but it definitely paid off!”