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Video: How Mary Cecilia Mitsch ’10 went from graphic design major to art gallery director

Author: Todd Boruff

“I have a fun role that's not easily defined,” said Mary Cecilia Mitsch ’10, director at the Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York. 

Mitsch works with visual artists represented by the gallery to prepare their works for sale, as well as with clients visiting the gallery who are developing art collections. Understanding and cultivating the emotional connection with the artworks is central to her role at the gallery.

“To get to work with these objects that mean something bigger than us or are reflective of humanity is really important to me,” she said.

Mitsch was a graphic design major and an art history minor at Notre Dame, and went on to earn a masters degree in art history from Savannah College of Art and Design. An internship at international art gallery Hauser and Wirth introduced her to the world of galleries in New York, which led to her career path. 

Mitsch advises students to rely on the resources that Notre Dame provides.

“It’s important to stay really close with the people who did mentor you through those four years,” she said. “I can point to a number of professors who were really instrumental and continue to inspire me beyond Notre Dame.”
 

You can also watch this video on YouTube.