International studies major Carly Cahill, ’18, has a passion for the arts, but always saw a career in diplomacy or international affairs. But working with University Museums as a museum ambassador and and as the 2016 Harnett Summer Research Fellow revealed new possibilities for connections.

In particular, her summer fellowship included a three-day trip to New York City to meet with a network of Richmond alumni working in a variety of roles within the art world. She learned about directing a commercial gallery, cultivating donors at a major museum, and consulting with clients of a global insurance firm.

“The experience shaped the way that I think about my international studies degree,” Cahill says. “It was interesting to see that there were so many different ways of getting involved in an industry that went beyond what most people think about. There are international, cultural, and social components to art that I find interesting, the politics that I find interesting, but then you have the creative piece that just
adds a completely different level.”

An alumni network

“We wanted to create a network, not only for everyone to get together and share job postings and gallery openings, but to also provide a connection for current students and graduating seniors so that they’d have contacts in the art world and could see what career opportunities are out there across pretty diverse fields.”

—Laura Doyle, ’06, on the network of Richmond alumni working in the visual arts in New York City