I was finally hired on as a Gallery Guard at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts after three years of applying.
I have spent the last ten years living in areas where I was close enough to walk to the museum in under five minutes. I truly love this building and its collection of art. It’s better than the Walker anyway. I was told that it took me three years to be employed at the MIA because it is a seniority-based job where people rarely leave. The health and dental benefits are crazy good, and crazy cheap (less than you pay anywhere, I swear).
To truly familiarize myself with the permanent collection and convert what I see into my own works of art. I have been doing that for ten years, but its not the same. Now I will be surrounded by works of art for 40 hours a week. With the nature of the job, I won’t be able to just pick where I am posted, so I will be forced to look at works of art I have never considered.
I announce now that I will complete my study of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in under six years. So let’s say that my employment has a shelf life of five to seven years. That is a good projection, hoping that everything goes according to my plans for my work in the future. No expectations, no worries, here we go for another major life change.
I might be fairly busy this first year, so the posts will come…
…maybe not as often as I would like, but they will come.