AWAD is delighted to welcome Gundega Stevens to AWAD’s Global Chapter.
What is the name of your business and where are you located? When did you start?
My business is G44 Gallery and we are located in Colorado Springs, CO. I opened my doors in 2012.
What is your professional background?
I have worked in galleries most of my professional career. I have a Masters in Art History and worked at the Milwaukee Art Museum for 6 years before moving back to Colorado in hopes of opening my own art gallery. That dream became a reality in 2012. I recently moved locations after nine years and am enjoying having a larger space and being in the hub of downtown Colorado Springs.
What inspired you to take the leap and start your own business?
As long as I can remember I have wanted to have my own gallery space to further the careers of new, emerging artists and well established artists.. What I enjoy most is showcasing new artwork and then helping collectors and that artwork come together. I took the leap with a small 500 square foot space almost 10 years ago. I have since grown the space and the business but a small space can still have a huge impact.
What does your business offer, in terms of goods and services?
G44 Gallery features local and regional contemporary artwork. The exhibits feature solo artists and change monthly. Services include curatorial services for homes and businesses.
What excites you about having joined the Association of Women Art Dealers?
I am excited to learn and grow from like-minded women in the art world.
What brings you joy in your work?
I absolutely love my job. The creativity to curate what artwork comes into the space is exciting. To then see what collectors gravitate towards and why is wonderful. I love helping artists and collectors connect with one another. The connection of people and artwork being me the utmost joy.
If you were a work of art what would you be and why?
The Winged Victory of Samothrace at the Louvre. I remember seeing it as a teenager and being in complete awe of its grace, beauty and symbolism. I knew then that I wanted to learn more about the arts.