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Dominique Cozza Interns at the Edel Assanti Gallery in England

Published November 20, 2018

from FSU Art BA ’19 Dominique Cozza:

“I am currently interning at an art gallery called Edel Assanti, which is located in London, England. My responsibilities range from day to day; some days I’m bringing art pieces in and out of storage to show clients, some days I’m doing touch ups in the gallery, some days I’m sending out press emails and updating the website, and some days are slow-paced with small tasks to do. Initiative is a huge part in my internship and sometimes I am able to give myself tasks. For example, my supervisor was explaining how they needed a specific map for one of their mailers, but nothing they found suited their needs. I took it upon myself to mess around on InDesign and see if I could get them what they wanted. I am vaguely familiar with the software, but I was able to reteach myself and make them a custom map.”

“Throughout my experience, I’ve learned how to properly wrap art pieces and store them away. I’ve also learned how to professionally promote an exhibition or event on social media platforms. Just like any job, it has its ups and downs. The art world is a tricky one, and the people you have to work with aren’t always warm and cuddly. I’ve had a few bumps in the road with one of my supervisors, specifically when I was being blamed for something that wasn’t my fault. I handled it my diplomatically explaining the circumstances and how I did everything I was able to do in order to sort things out. He realized this and assured me that everything was fine. Sometimes you do have to stick up for yourself as an intern, when it’s appropriate, but it’s a good lesson to learn. The most memorable parts of my experience are when we have opening nights at the gallery. Everyone’s spirits are lifted and you can feel the tension release once the show has been completely set up. Sometimes we’ll go for a drink afterwards and that’s always enjoyable for me. I would recommend this internship because you deal with many aspects of how galleries run. Each day is different and because the art world is so cut-throat, it’ll give you thicker skin in the end.”