Testimony: Curatorial Apprenticeship | Willa Alexander-Jaffe
My time spent as a Curatorial Apprentice at the Latela Curatorial was insightful and inspiring. As one of my first college internships, I was able to understand the business and creative aspects of working with potential clients and local artists. My boss, Marta Staudinger, placed a great deal of time and trust in me. Not only did she teach me the everyday routine of owning an art gallery and curating for clients, but she also allowed me to be in charge of Latela Curatorial’s Abstract Painting Exhibition. Since she studied art history (my major) in college, she understood my interest in focusing on the curation side of Latela Curatorial. This opportunity was my dream come true, due to my desire to become an art curator. Marta walked me through the entire exhibition process, from choosing the artists to physically installing the art. Also, I was able to learn other characteristics of owning Latela Curatorial, like promoting the gallery via social media or gallery sitting during public hours. Marta even brought me to The Byrne Gallery in Middleburg, VA to help install an exhibition of her own art. Not only was Marta a wonderful boss, but she was also an invested mentor. Marta took personal time out of her hectic schedule in order to make sure I was getting the most out of the internship. Therefore, I am greatly appreciative of my time spent at Latela Curatorial. I cannot wait to see how and where Latela Curatorial expands and I hope to be a part of it, in someway or another, in the future.
Read more about the exhibition I curated The Journey Within here.