IADS Internship Profile: Jade Trent
Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies: Arts Management, double minor in Art History and Management
Company you're interning with:
Art on 5th - Austin, TX 78704
What has been your favorite part of the internship?
Learning from professionals who are veterans in their field, getting "hands-on" experience in gallery preparation and client interaction, and learning about the commercial and retail side of the art world.
What is something that surprised you about your internship/field?
How large a market there is for fine art and learning that nowadays, most artists make limited editions of their art. There's the original piece of art and also x-amount of limited prints for everything from paintings, screen prints, photography, etc. In hindsight, this makes sense because the artist and the gallery can make a larger profit by selling more pieces.
What is the most important thing you've realized/learned during this internship?
That I want to pursue a career in the art field without a doubt. When I first got to UNT, I came in intending to be a communication design major and then after a few weeks it changed to art history and then after a full semester, IADS arts management. I've had a lot of doubts and trepidation about picking a career in the art field but experiencing everything that goes on in a gallery doesn't feel like work to me. It's fun and exciting and it's exactly what I see myself doing for the rest of my life.
Do you feel like picking your IADS path has been helpful in preparation for this internship and your future career in the field?
Absolutely, the major I chose will help me do exactly what I want to do, to either work in a gallery, museum, auction house, or as an art dealer. The knowledge I've acquired through the basic art courses has been a building block that has better prepared me to work in a gallery. Being able to comprehend and communicate using basic art jargon has gone a long way in this professional gallery setting.