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Rising Stars: Olivia Fishman

Today we’d like to introduce you to Olivia Fishman.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
Both of my grandmothers were art collectors and my Mom is an interior designer. Some of my fondest childhood memories included visiting museums around the world. In high school, I consistently took art classes and enjoyed going on field trips to galleries. On a whim, I enrolled in an art business summer program at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York City. This experience changed my life and inspired me to take more advantage of the contemporary art scene back home in Los Angeles. At the moment, I am majoring in art history and minoring in interdisciplinary writing at Occidental College. While I am nearly 21, I have already held positions at fine art auction houses, publications, and galleries across the city. After graduating, I plan to work full-time for a gallery in hopes of building the capital to open my own someday. Actually, I recently came up with the concept for my future gallery which I named Joyce Contemporary after my beloved grandma. Until that launches, I am eager to network and continue to build a name for myself in the Los Angeles art world.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
As I said, I am not even 21 yet but it has definitely been a process to find my niche. I am very fortunate for the support I’ve received so it has been relatively smooth!

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am currently the assistant at a lovely gallery in Highland Park called La Loma Projects, where I help with PR, sales, and lots of other fun stuff. As my college career ends, I am looking to secure a longer-term position at a bigger gallery in Los Angeles. I am also very passionate about arts journalism, so I have had the great fortune of helping at Artillery Magazine these past few months. Overall, my work deals with the contemporary art scene in Los Angeles, so I constantly interact with talented artists, gallerists, advisors, and curators. I think being so young in this field is what sets me apart. I have so much time ahead of me to reach my fullest potential, and I have already begun that journey. Further, I have a good grasp of what my generation likes and dislikes, which is vital to building a business with which people can connect.

Where we are in life is often partly because of others. Who/what else deserves credit for how your story turned out?
I owe so many people credit and that list will only continue to get larger but to start shoutout to my parents, sister, grandparents, coach, bosses, professors, and all my beloved Occidental friends. A special thanks to my academic advisor Amy Lyford who is the most invigorating and resilient human ever.

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