Sunday, March 28, 2010

Main Street Galleries - Park City, UT

Friday my uncle allowed me to borrow his car to get up to Park City.

Park City's main street has around 20 galleries, and a few more located off of main street. I dropped of around 13 resumes at 13 different galleries.

So I would like to thank the following galleries for putting up with me and allowing me to drop off my resume.

Julie Nester Gallery
Thomas K. McCarthey Gallery
Thomas Anthony Gallery
Mountain Trails Gallery
Gallery MAR
The Phoenix Gallery
Scanlan Windows to the World
Coda Gallery
Rich Haines Galleries
West Light Images

I would like to give a special shout out to Barb at Stanfield Fine Art.

She was very sweet and helpful. She sent me down to the Redstone Gallery. There is some potential for part time work. Now let's just hope I can get my car fixed by the time I need to get up there. That is, if I get the job.

Saturday was another productive day.
I had lunch with Erin Lander of the Kimball Art Center. She gave me more great advice. I'm forever thankful. I will for sure take any chance I can get to help the Kimball Art Center.

As soon as I was done with lunch with her I stopped by A Gallery to drop off my application and resume.

Now all I have to do is finish dropping off resumes down here in Salt Lake City. I think the Kayo, will be the next stop.

Please employment gods, point something good in my direction!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Me in an Art Article

I guess Miss Krista was reading my mind. Here is the article about the student art show!
Thank you Krista!

Looking for work, working for art

Looking for Work
My big plan to look for work last weekend did not go as planned. Computers and snow, AKA the Universe, were against me.

My big plan was to finish the last edit of my resume grab my list of Park City, UT galleries and drive up the hill. Saturday did not go as smoothly as that. My computer was moving slower then as if I was on dial-up, and word was not letting me format the way I wanted; and so I decided to run to campus and finish it. This was fine with me, I decided to use InDesign instead of Word.
However, the computers on campus had apparently been fraternizing with my computer. Nothing wanted to work the first time through, including spell check.

As I sat in the library wanting to strangle the computer's cords the weather decided it wanted to turn from a small drizzle of rain to a small snow storm.

At this point, I said "Okay, fine then. I'll finish this as quickly as possible and just trek around Salt Lake." Well the computer decided to fight with me until 3 p.m.. I made it to one, and only one gallery.

The gallery was pretty amazing, and the woman at the front desk seemed very friendly. So I picked up an application for the A Gallery. I will fill it out this week and go back next weekend.

The next day I found that it was a good thing I didn't make it up the hill. At midnight I went to move my car for the neighbors and it died. Sunday I took it to Pep boys and found out I need a new fuel pump. I also found out a couple other things:
  • Fuel pumps are expensive
  • Pep boys rip people off
I couldn't afford to have them install a new pump for 8hundred-and-some-odd dollars. So in the end I paid them 130+. I paid for a tow there, for them to tell me what is wrong with the car ($90!) and a tow home. Needless to say I'm car-less and broke.

Working for Art
Other then looking for a gallery who would love to have me around, I've been scanning some negatives and working on my art.

I got the film back from Borge that I shot in San Diego. There are some great shots and I thought I would share some.

Toes in the Sand

The World is a Bubble

Life is a Beach

I haven't finished working on all of the photos but these are my favorite so far.

Along with working on these and some new works I was contacted by the school paper about my pieces in the student show. The reporter said I'm one of her main focuses. I'm excited to see what she has written.

When the paper is posted online I'll link back to it here.

Looking for Work This Weekend and Next
This weekend I will be taking the bus all around down town Salt Lake City going from gallery to gallery. So, if you see me out there wave and wish me luck.

I will also be meeting with Erin Lander the Exhibition Director of the Kimball Art Center next weekend for lunch. She signed up to "Take a Griffin out to Lunch." The gist is she is a graduate of Westminster and she has offered to let me ask her about what she does and the art gallery business. I'm excited to talk shop with her.

She offered to show me around the gallery, but sadly I have no way of getting up the hill, so she was nice enough to offer to come down to Salt Lake. Hopefully I will gain some wise knowledge about what galleries look for in someone they are thinking about hiring.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Reume Material

Trust me, it looks a lot prettier on paper. I did a simple layout in InDesign. The sections are in large green rounded font. I left my phone number off of the the blog for obvious reasons.

Cover letter-- I am, of course, customizing this letter for each different place and job when I can.

Erin Carr Davison

To Whom It May Concern:
My name is Erin Carr and I am currently in my last semester at Westminster College. I will graduate in May with a Bachelor of Arts Administration, and I am excited to start work in the gallery business. Your gallery has caught my eye.

I am an appreciator and creator of art. My goal is to be the conduit between artist and

I have a strong understanding of drawing, painting and photography. Some of these
subjects I have been studying for as many as 6 years. I have also had pieces of my art work hang in a hand full of shows in and out side of school.

I am proficient in professional writing, and have good communication skills. For almost 3 of my 4 years at Westminster College I have taken communication courses. I have been able to take what I have learned in the classroom and put it into action in the real world, writing press releases and professional letters. In order to keep the lab running smoothly as the manager of the Westminster photo lab, I must make sure what I say is communicated well to students and employees.

I have been in several juried student art shows at Westminster. I have worked at the Meyer Gallery as a gallery assistant. And during my last semester at Westminster College I will present a formal report to change the Arts Administration program to be more beneficial to students.

I have attached my resume and will contact you some time within the next week.
Thank you for your time,
Erin Carr

Resume ----

Erin Carr Davison

To work in a fine art gallery in order to be the link between the public and the world of art.


Fall 2006 – May 2010 Westminster College Salt Lake City, UT
• Bachelor of Arts Administration with an art emphasis and a minor in art
• Deans List every semester attended

Related Coursework:
Art History
Professional Writing
Principals of IRM
Survey of Art
Principals of Management
Writing for the Mass Media
Public Relations

Fall 2008 Florence University of the Arts Florence, Italy
Study abroad program through Study Abroad Italy (SAI)

Gallery Experience
May 2009 – August 2009 Meyer Gallery
Susan Meyer ###-###-#### Salt Lake City, UT

Gallery Assistant
• Selected, arranged, hung and helped light art work.

o Selected new pieces from the vault to be hung.
o Hung pieces to museum standards, and helped with lighting them.
o Reorganized the art safe

• Organized filing system
I cleaned up and reorganized the filling system which kept track of
artworks, artists, buyers and other information.

• Assisted in selling art works
Along with working day to day in the gallery I assisted on Gallery Stroll nights.

• Wrote press releases
I wrote a press release describing an art show involving two Utah artists. The story was picked up 2 different local papers with another bimonthly paper calling to ask about future story opportunities.

Other Experience

Spring 2010 Westminster College Photo Lab
David Baddley ###-###-#### Salt Lake City, UT

Photo Lab Manager

• Created lab work schedule.
I created a schedule to allow all employees to work the amount of hours they requested.

o Works for the employees, giving them the hours they want and needs
while working around their class schedules
o Complies to the number of hours allotted by Westminster College
o Allows for the lab to be open 7 days a week.
o Allows photo students to be able to work in the lab from 10 a.m. to 10
p.m. most days.

• Keep chemicals in stock
I make sure chemicals are purchased and kept in stock. I also make sure chemicals were always mixed and ready for students and lab monitors use.

Help students with their photography and the photographic equipment.
I check out equipment to students working in the lab and help with any questions or problems they have about the photographic process.

• Keep the photo lab clean, making it a good working and creative environment.
I clean spills in the wet lab and kept the digital lab free of clutter. I also kept the lab and equipment in working order.

o Replace light bubs in enlargers
o Keep up with repairs needed of the digital and traditional photo equipment (scanners, printers, computers, enlargers, etc...)
o Purchase new equipment and supplies when needed

• Wrote press releases
I wrote a press release describing an art show involving two Utah artists. The story was picked up 2 different local papers with another bimonthly paper calling to ask about future story opportunities.

2007- Spring 2009 Westminster College Photo Lab
David Baddley ###-###-#### Salt Lake City, UT
Photo Lab Monitor

• Help students with their photography and the photographic equipment.

• Keep the photo lab clean and a good working and creative environment.

Summer 2008 Executive Services Group Holdi Salt Lake City, UT
House Cleaner

• I thoroughly cleaned high-end homes in the Promontory community

• I was responsible for myself and my own duties

The only instructions given to me were to clean well and to do it by a
certain time. I was responsible to motive myself and to work quick and

Summer 2007 Quebeduxe Pontiac – GMC Tucson, AZ
I was the main receptionist for a fairly large car dealership

• Answered multiple lines and directed calls.
• Greeted and directed guests to sales, finance and other departments

Art (creating and enjoying), learning, reading, rock climbing and traveling.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Last Student Art Show

The last student art show I will be in opened last night.

Westminster College has a student art show every year. Any student of the college may submit up to four different pieces. The pieces must have been made while attending Westminster.

I submitted four pieces and two were juried in.

Love Me Too

Love-Me- _ _ _ _

They are both self portraits digitally shot with my Canon D20.

I printed them to be about 20"x 40". I can't remember the exact dimensions off hand.

The show this year was great. The paintings were particularity nice this year. Lots of textured pieces with beautiful colors. I'm going to go back and look more carefully this week. I always get distracted by people at the openings. I didn't have time to truly focus on the art.