Cole Pratt Gallery: An Internship Academic Report

Wyatt Matthew Esteves, University of New Orleans

Physical rights retained by Earl K. Long Library, University of New Orleans.


This academic report is the result of a 480--‐hour internship at Cole Pratt Gallery. Cole Pratt Gallery is a for--‐profit art gallery located at 3800 Magazine Street, New Orleans, Louisiana. During my internship, I worked as a Gallery Assistant and assisted in daily operations at the gallery, produced monthly exhibitions, sold artwork and maintained steady communication with artists, clients and ownership of the gallery. This internship has given me insight into the workings of the complex art market, allowing me to learn industry practices and formulate my own ideas in managing an art gallery. This report begins with a brief history, continues with analysis of the gallery’s daily operations, SWOT analysis, best practices, short and long--‐term effects of my employment and concludes with my final thoughts and recommendations.