Posted by: Michele Cohen
I had taken classes at Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania, but when I came to Moore, I knew it was the right fit.
I wanted to study women’s artwork and also have the opportunity to take liberal arts and fine arts courses and do the Curatorial Studies program. I wanted to feel well-rounded when I graduated. I had the experience of making art and I understood the artistic process. The Moore community was fantastic and accepted me.
I was accepted to Moore in high school but didn’t go at the time because I was wary of attending an all-women’s college. I later learned that I would have no problem meeting people outside of the College.
I was fascinated that all-women’s colleges still existed and I wanted to see what output came from it. It put me in a place where now if I see women artists exploring the themes that I learned at Moore, I want to help them and mentor them with their practice. I’m also very in debt to the idea of sticking together as women – being kind and helping people out. I learned that at Moore.
After graduation, I studied at Sotheby’s Institute of Art and then became assistant director at a small art gallery. Today, I’m a sales associate at C24 Gallery in NYC, which sells contemporary art with a conceptual bent.
It’s for artists who aren’t necessarily established in New York City. I do lots of traveling, networking and finding artists… Right now my goal is to stay here as long as possible. I want to help people engage in the art world, when there are so many barriers to entry, and help them engage in contemporary art.
Attending Moore made me more vocal and assertive – it just came naturally to a group of strong women in the same room together.
It also made me more focused. There were still distractions, but as soon as you walked in the door you were there to work. I definitely learned a good worth ethic from Moore. There are skills I learned about women evolving and taking a more active role in society that still apply today. You just have this proclivity to be your own person, an individual, and speak up.