After moving from Northern Michigan to Naperville, I felt like I needed to go out of my bubble even more. When I found out my college offered a ‘study abroad’ program in Chicago, I began looking for internships. I knew I wanted to work in a gallery so I ‘googled’ gallery internships in Chicago and 4Art was the first to come up. I read further into 4Art’s webpage and felt the unified ambience the website kept highlighting in it’s information. I immediately contacted the owner Robin Rios, and set up an interview. I have only been interning with 4Art and living in the city for 2 weeks. I already know it has been a life improving experience.
Last “3rd Friday” I met the artists at 4Art, and they are all so warm and inviting. They are all experienced artists, but when speaking with them the conversations weren’t one-sided. One-sided conversations are what I often find to be had the art world, a sense of entitlement to the very broad and accepting subject of art. They were all very down to earth and interested in why I chose 4Art for my internship, where I went to school, if I was an artist, etc.
Yesterday afternoon I came into the gallery expecting to be put to work, but instead I sat and talked with Robin for 2 hours about everything; art, life, morals, etc. She is a very easy person to respect, because she sees me as an equal. She aspires for the gallery to benefit me and also aspires for me to benefit the gallery. I look forward to the rest of my time with 4Art and it has been an excellent first couple of weeks.
Annie Dipert, Intern