Art Gallery Director Mary Cecilia Mitsch ’10 on her Education and Career

Art Gallery Director Mary Cecilia Mitsch ’10 on her Education and Career


I have kind of a fun role that’s not
easily defined. A lot of my day is dealing with selling art, and that means
working with the artist to talk about the artwork that will be sold and also
discussing with clients who are developing these beautiful art
collections. People who want to engage with these artworks and own them usually
do feel an emotional connection because it is something that is absolutely
unnecessary in someone’s life from a practical point of view, but some people,
myself included, feel that humanity’s presence on Earth is beyond practicality
and necessity. And so to get to work with these objects that mean something bigger
than us or are reflective of humanity is really important.
I majored in graphic design and I minored in art history, and from there I
actually did go directly to get my Masters in art history at Savannah
College of Art and Design. Following some advice from professors at Notre Dame I
started to explore some opportunities here in New York, and they kind of
directed me to a few different resources and I applied for an internship here and
I just loved it. And I had a really great mentor here in New York at this gallery
and so that kind of helped catapult me into the circle of galleries here. Some
of the best advice, really my even parents gave me was to really rely on
those resources that Notre Dame provides you. I think that it’s important to stay
really close with the people who did mentor you through those four years, so
I can point to a number of professors, some of whom are maybe no longer even
with us, but we’re really instrumental and continue to inspire me beyond Notre
Dame.

Dereck Turner

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