STUDY ABROAD TO ENTER THE (NOT SO DIVERSE) CURATORIAL WORLD
As a child, I was always inspired by the old masters' paintings and loved to go to museums and galleries. I still remember the very first exhibition (Picasso's!) that my mom took me when I was nine years old in Korea before we moved to America. However, I have never considered about working in the art world as my career. After taking several art studio and art history classes at a community college while I was on leave of absence from UCSD, I realized that I wanted to further my knowledge in this field. Some people still ask me why I wouldn't continue my education in Biochemistry, but I still believe the art world is where my heart belongs. I get inspired when I am surrounded by artworks and find it so fascinating by the creative works that artists produce.
Last quarter, I was finally able to come back to finish my education in UCSD. Although it took me so many years to find out what I truly wanted to do and also to be back at school, I am so excited to start a new journey. After I got back to school, I have been getting so many advises from my professors and department advisors that I should plan on studying abroad in Europe, especially Paris, where it is known as the "city of art" and home to many prominent painters and great museums and galleries. However, in regards to studying abroad, my greatest obstacle and discouragement was affordability. I've had this 'I wouldn't be able to afford it' attitude which deterred me from pursuing my long-felt aspiration to travel and learn abroad. However, with some financial aid and this amazing crowdfunding option available, I thought I might give it a try!
I cannot wait to gain different insights and experience the culture of the "city of art" in Paris and travel other cities in Europe where there are so many resources available to art history students. I hope that through this program, I will be able to learn the history of art in Paris in depth, and ready myself to be more professional and knowledgeable for my future career in the art world as a curator or an art business personnel. I hope to gain better understanding and appreciation of artworks, people, and history of France. This will be a great opportunity to further my education in this field and prepare myself before entering the museum/gallery industry, where there is known be a DEEP LACK OF DIVERSITY (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/22/arts/design/new-york-museums-diversity-staff-boards.html).