Meet Becca Moon, Arts Management Master’s Candidate
Posted: October 18, 2016 at 2:18 pm
Master’s candidate in George Mason University’s Arts Management Program
Graduate Professional Assistant at Fenwick Gallery
What specific area of arts management is your focus?
Visual Arts. I have always been particularly drawn to modern and contemporary abstract works. I also have a deep affection for Art History. It’s really exciting to see a piece of art and learn about its background and the context behind its creation.
What topics in the arts are you most passionate about and why?
The support of contemporary art, particularly emerging artists. Throughout undergrad I witnessed incredible pieces created, and talented artists emerge. Entering the art world can be a daunting experience for new artists, and I’m particularly passionate about showcasing talented artists that need a step up or slight guidance towards how to get their work showcased.
What did you do before you came to Mason?
I received my BFA in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University. After graduation I worked an administrative position and on the side I progressed on my own body of work as well as began coordinating small exhibitions. I found that I thoroughly enjoyed coordinating and promoting visual art exhibitions and working behind the scenes. It was then that I decided to attend GMU for Arts Management.
Where did you do your internship?
I was a Programs Intern for a small arts nonprofit called Zenith Community Arts Foundation. Working within a very small nonprofit essentially means taking over roles through all aspects of the organization. This included the creation and implementation of pilot programs, grant writing, planning special events, attending board meetings, and any other odds and ends that ZCAF needed. I received experience in many different roles throughout the organization, and it was a great experience to narrow down what I wanted to do in Arts Management.
What is an average day like for you?
Every day is different! My schedule is largely dependent the Fenwick Gallery’s Exhibition Calendar and our Professors’ syllabi! I keep fairly busy with work and school, but I try to make time to run in the mornings, paint, partake in the occasional happy hour, and go on weekend adventures outside of the DC area.
Why did you choose to study at George Mason University?
A large focus of George Mason Arts Management is to help their students find careers in the field. A large number of Arts Management programs have a larger focus on theory rather than actual experience.
GMU AMGT also offers a number of support systems such as GAMS, as well as tremendously helpful administration and faculty. Lastly, this program also emphasizes networking, which is a crucial aspect of our career path.
What is the most important thing you have learned at Mason?
The necessity of networking in everything you do. It never hurts to introduce yourself!
What advice would you give to a new student or someone considering the program?
Take advantage of the program in every way.
It is much easier to get a meeting with representatives from organizations you are interested in while you are a graduate student; a lot of arts organizations have educational initiatives and are open to speaking to students about what they do.
Networking is a vital aspect of our program; don’t hesitate to take the time to get to know your classmates and teachers. Every job or big opportunity I have received since I started the program has been a result from a relationship with an AMGT peer or professor.
Take advantage of GAMS! Go on the trips, attend the events, reach out to the officers. We want to hear your thoughts, opinion, and are here to help you get the most out of the program!
Don’t forget that your advisor and professors are a great resource for advice! While planning a trip to New Orleans last year, I utilized Dr. Karalee Dawn MacKay’s advice about how to get meetings / speak with representatives with cultural institutions in the area. Her advice really helped me get a leg up in the area!
Becca Moon received her BFA in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is currently working towards her Masters in Arts Management at George Mason University, and is the current Vice President of Graduate Arts Management Society. She holds a Visual Arts focus in the AMGT program, and her own artistic body of work consists largely of geometric paintings with the incorporation of embroidery. Moon acts as the GMU Fenwick Gallery GPA and Gallery Coordinator, where she facilitates talented visual artists and promotes their work.