December 20, 2013
It is with great pleasure that I provide this reference for Olivia Welch, a proactive, hard-working and invaluable member of our team. Olivia has worked at Brenda May Gallery on a combined permanent part-time and full-time basis from 2010 throughout her studies in Art Theory at the University of New South Wales College of Fine Arts. Her relationship with the Gallery began during her secondary school studies in 2007 when she completed a work study program, during which she proved to be a motivated and enthusiastic individual. Her professionalism and competency left such a strong impression that the director, Brenda May, sought Olivia out to employ her as a gallery assistant once she began her tertiary studies.
Throughout her time at Brenda May Gallery, Olivia has acquired extensive experience in all aspects of running a gallery. She curates, liaises with both artists and clients, handles artwork and assists the manager with administrative duties. Olivia has co-curated many of the group exhibitions held at Brenda May Gallery alongside the director and myself. Her input is sought out and valued and subsequently, Olivia has begun curating her own exhibitions, the first of which was ‘Mighty Small’ held in July 2013. The exhibition was met with positive reviews from the media and clients alike. As a result, Olivia will be curating another show in 2014 titled ‘In Tandem’ exploring creative partnerships between the gallery’s represented artists.
We anticipate great things from Olivia and we look forward to celebrating her many forthcoming achievements. Should you have any questions or would like further information please do not hesitate to contact me via email.
Brenda May Gallery
2 Danks St, Waterloo NSW 2017
Email : info [at] brendamaygallery [dot] com [dot] au
Ms. Megan Fizell
Brenda May Gallery
Dr. Diane Losche
University of New South Wales, College of Fine Arts
School of Art History and Art Education
December 29, 2013
I have known Olivia throughout her undergraduate career in the Art History and Art Theory program at the College. She has taken several courses with me and I was her Honours supervisor, for which she received First Class Honours.
Olivia is an outstanding student, as her transcript attests, with an excellent ability to read artworks and exhibitions, good writing skills and sensitivity in applying theory to artworks.
She has pursued her undergraduate degree while working many hours a week as an assistant at a private art gallery in Sydney, a position she has held for her entire undergraduate degree. The position is a demanding one and has enabled her to acquire many of the practical skills needed to run an art gallery. Her longevity in her position attests to her ability and dedication. I know that this employer would never tolerate anything less than an excellent standard in her employees.
Olivia’s thesis, which explored the way in which a number of Australian Aboriginal artists have commented on the issue of Political Sovereignty, an extremely important topic in Australia, required an excellent grasp of political and legal theory as well as a sensitive reading of the art in question. Both her markers indicated how impressed they were with her analysis, as demonstrated in her very high marks.
Olivia’s background (an American musician father and Australian mother) has, in my opinion, given her a more cosmopolitan outlook than many other students and she seems at ease in many situations. I think this quality will stand her in good stead I what, I have no doubt, will be an outstanding curatorial career, one which she is passionately dedicated to pursuing.
I recommend Olivia to you most highly. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions.
Dr Diane Losche
School of Art History and Theory
College of Fine Arts
University of New South Wales
Paddington NSW 2038
Email : d.losche[at]unsw [dot] edu [dot] au