Over the past year I have been very anxious to get my undergraduate studies finished and move on to my Masters. In this time my mind and moods have been swirling with the notion of what do I do with it. I am not a young 20 something who has their whole life ahead of themselves, I am 55 and will be close to 60 post graduate studies. I have tinkered with the idea of returning to retail management but find it at times still as harsh as when I took leave of it, so I have shown veiled interest. I doubt I would be hire-able anyway, I don’t kid myself, companies prefer the young more than the seasoned.
My life in the art world is as fresh as a 20 something, I feel like I did starting my first management job thirty years ago, my work is new, not shown much and I have a long road ahead of me to be accomplished. Where do I go after my graduate studies? This has been the question I have been racking my head with the past year as the realization of my approaching graduation sinks in.
I have always analyzed my life and all it brings. I try not to make rash judgement calls or sudden decisions as these affect others in my life. Recently I had an epiphany, not sure why I didn’t realize this before, or why I had discounted the idea in the past. But the thought occurred I might be able to run a gallery. There is several advantages to this. My first thought was to help UMKC students get shown, but this evolved into the aspect a gallery can have a low starting cash need and I can still manage my own company and help people. I can do this! As to the specifics I will work out over the course of the next few years. I guarantee it will not be a typical gallery.
My life has a focus again. I am formulating plans and will get out to see people and their art even more so now. This is a plan that takes me into the next decade or more with no one standing in the way. You will see a transformation in both my art (yes I will have it in my gallery) and my website. I will transition from a photography company to a gallery.
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