Santa Monica Art Gallery seeks internsPatrick Painter, Inc. is a Contemporary Art Gallery located in Santa Monica's Bergamot Station. Our gallery represents emerging to mid-career international-exhibiting contemporary artists.

We are currently seeking to fill three gallery internship positions, on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. These positions are ideal for those who wish to gain work experience in an active, contemporary art gallery. Applicants should be highly motivated, detail-oriented, possess good public relations skills, and must have a demonstrated interest and/or background in contemporary art. Interns will receive training in all aspects of gallery administration and get quality hands-on experience, and exposure to the Los Angeles art scene.

We provide our interns with a wide range of focused lessons related to the day-to-day running of an art gallery.  You will learn about:

  • Consignments/Consignment agreements
  • Loans/Loan agreements
  • Auctions
  • Artist representation
  • Writing about Contemporary art
  • Editions and edition production
  • Client management- the progression of sales from beginning to end
  • Exhibition coordination (and event planning)
  • Shipping and related documentation
  • Inventory database maintenance
  • Art Fairs
  • Exhibition materials:  how/why we generate them
  • Proper art handling procedures
  • Professional etiquette specific to the art world
  • Budgeting

Gallery Intern Responsibilities (Include but are not limited to):

  • Assisting staff with daily administrative duties.
  • General office work (answering phones, filing, organizing).
  • Assisting in exhibition openings and special events.
  • Gallery maintenance.
  • Art packing and handling.
  • Assisting in installation and de-installation of exhibitions.
  • Maintain the gallery's artist database.
  • Running errands for the gallery. 


  • Must be available 1 full day a week (10am-6pm)
  • Must be intelligent, enthusiastic, self-motivated, organized and reliable.
  • Must have a professional appearance.
  • Must have experience with Mac OS and Microsoft Office suite.
  • Art History/Fine Art background preferred, but not required.
  • Previous gallery experience is a plus, but by no means is it required.

Although this internship is unpaid you will be able to gain hands on experience working in a gallery environment. We provide college credit where applicable.


Please send a cover letter and resume to Rosie IN PDF FORM at info@patrickpainter.com. Write "INTERN" in the subject line.