People have this impression that I have a cushy, glamorous, fun job.

Bridgette Mayer ’96 (art & art history) says working for Bucknell's Center Gallery, now the Samek Art Museum, opened her eyes to the endless possibilities afforded by blank walls and open space.

After several more years of working for galleries, museums and nonprofits, she created a space of her own, the Bridgette Mayer Gallery in Philadelphia. Thirteen years later, she owns the building housing her 3,000-square-foot gallery, employs four assistants and shows works by internationally recognized artists.

Mayer hosts 10 exhibitions at her gallery and two at major art shows each year. Shows are scheduled 18 months in advance. Marketing and installation design begin six months prior to opening.

"People have this impression that I have a cushy, glamorous, fun job," she says. "There's a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff that people don't see, and I think my job is less glamorous than it might seem."

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Posted May 2014


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