The Artsy Auctions Team seeks a highly-organized and self-motivated intern to assist in expanding Artsy’s commercial and benefit auction partnerships. This role is essential to Artsy’s mission to make all of the world’s art accessible to anyone with an internet connection.
The Auctions Intern will work closely with Artsy’s Head of Auctions and Auctions Manager to organize and execute online partnerships with top international and regional auction houses, and premier nonprofits as part of annual fundraising events. Our first commercial auction was with LA Modern Auctions in 2015, achieving 100% sell-through and setting a world record for the artist Peter Alexander. Since launching Artsy Auctions in 2013, we have hosted over thirty auctions with commercial houses such as Sotheby’s, Rago Auctions, and Julien’s Auctions, and nonprofits such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Watermill Center, Public Art Fund, Independent Curators International, among many others.
Artsy Auctions aims to be the online platform for fostering the next generation of collectors by providing a beautifully designed bidding experience and making accessible artworks from auctions around the globe. As Auctions Intern you will contribute to reaching this goal by working alongside the Artsy Auctions team to create auction pages and related content for our website, monitor bidding activity, and prepare for auction events. This is a highly collaborative role, requiring the Auctions Intern to liaise internally with Engineering, Communications, and Collector Relations teams on auction products, partnership announcements, and collector outreach strategies, and externally with our auctions partners to monitor content schedules and deadlines. As an integral part of the team, the Auctions Intern will have the unique opportunity to experience all facets of online auctions, from partnerships to product development, and get an inside view into the expanding online art market.
This is a challenging role that requires the navigation of a fast-paced work environment, the management of a large volume of digital content, and experience handling time-sensitive projects. The ideal candidate has a strong interest in the art market, is well-versed in art history, contemporary art, and digital media, and has at least one previous art world internship. Lastly, you are a strategic thinker, highly organized and discreet with sensitive information, and have superb oral and written communication skills for interfacing with auction partners.
To apply, please submit your resumé and a cover letter here.
This full-time position begins in Fall 2016, is based at our beautiful offices in downtown Manhattan and is 4 months in length. This is a paid position.
Artsy’s mission is to make all the world’s art accessible to anyone with an Internet connection. We are a resource for art collecting and education.
Artsy features the world’s leading galleries, museum collections, foundations, artist estates, art fairs, and benefit auctions, all in one place. Our growing database of 350,000 images of art, architecture, and design by 50,000 artists spans historical, modern, and contemporary works, and includes the largest online database of contemporary art. Artsy is used by art lovers, museum-goers, patrons, collectors, students, and educators to discover, learn about, and collect art.
At Artsy there are no specific work hours or policies, no pointless bureaucracy. We only care that you achieve inspiring results and are a joy to work with. This means you must be highly energetic, enthusiastic, and resourceful—no problem is too big or too small for you to tackle. You will enjoy both responsibility and autonomy in your work.
Artsy is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, disability, and veteran status.