Interning at the 621 Gallery this semester has rewarded me with the confidence and skills that are necessary and imperative, in playing an active role in properly running a gallery. My responsibilities included anything from labeling artworks for different exhibitions, helping set up and take down the artwork, gallery sitting on weekends, coming up with kids’ crafts for the Third Saturday events in Railroad Square, photographing various events at 621, and even helping with the expansion of the Nan Boynton Memorial Gallery and the exciting creation of the 621stor!
Working alongside other interns really contributed to the experience as well. Each of us had our own responsibilities, but when it came to setting up for an event or exhibition, everyone worked together to make it happen. There was always a strong sense of teamwork among us.
The event I feel that I was given the most responsibility as an intern was the 17th Annual Art Auction. I was to keep an organized log of all of the artists’ commitment forms for the pieces they submitted and then separate the work according to whether it was a part of the silent auction or the live auction. Figuring out a method to keep all of the pieces organized and identified was challenging, but the greatest accomplishment was actually seeing it all come together so successfully on auction night.
The most memorable part of interning at 621 this semester was bringing the 621store into existence and expanding the Nan Boynton Gallery. With Cynthia’s drive and everyone’s hard work, the store and gallery were up and running within a week and made their debut at the November First Friday, the first show in the Nan being the 12×12 works submitted by members of the Art Students’ League. It was so rewarding to help with the transformation of a cluttered storage room into a gallery space and a barren gallery space into a colorful, art-filled store. I was then given the responsibility of keeping a detailed inventory of everything that came into the store to be sold, ranging from beautiful glass-blown pieces to fascinating outsider art, everything being sold for $100 or less. In the short time the store has been open, it has already received so much interest and support from the local art community.
This internship was a great opportunity and an incredible learning experience, regarding the administrative aspects of the gallery. It was a significant time commitment and I feel my hard work and efforts were successful. Above all, I wanted to be a part of the 621 Gallery and contribute to it in any way that was needed. I strongly encourage anyone interested in becoming an intern at 621 to take advantage of the opportunity.