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Park West Gallery Overview

Southfield, MI
51 to 200 employees
1969
Company - Private
Cruise Ships
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Park West Gallery is the largest privately-owned art gallery in the world, bringing the experience of collecting fine art to more than 2 million customers since 1969.

No other company has the expertise, insight, or variety of art as Park West Gallery ... Read more

Mission: Park West Gallery’s mission is to create an educational, entertaining and welcoming environment that ignites a passion for the arts and creates a collecting experience like no other company in the world. Park West Gallery supports a myriad of artistic talent, engages ... Read more

Park West Gallery – Why Work With Us?


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PARK WEST GALLERY — REIMAGINING THE WORLD OF FINE ART

Park West Gallery is the world’s largest art dealer, bringing the experience of collecting fine art to more than 2 million customers since 1969.

No other company has the expertise, insight, or variety of art as Park West Gallery. Whether it’s masterpieces from history’s greatest artists or the latest artwork from leading contemporary icons, Park West offers something for everyone.

For decades, Park West Gallery has brought its unmatched knowledge and customer service to art auctions on cruise ships, fine hotels, and gallery locations in Michigan and Miami. With top-notch framing and delivery services, Park West Gallery ensures that art lovers and collectors anywhere can enjoy their art for years to come.

 

Park West Gallery strives to create an entertaining, educational, and welcoming atmosphere that ignites a passion for the arts. Park West’s mission is to make the art world accessible, helping its clients build lasting memories through collecting events, educational seminars, and art exhibitions.

 

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Park West also has a truly remarkable 63,000 square foot headquarters and gallery in Southfield, Michigan, in addition to a 181,000 square foot gallery and fulfillment center in Miami Lakes, Florida. The Park West Gallery Collection features many of the most talented living artists, including Yaacov Agam,Peter Max, Itzchak Tarkay, Romero Britto, Scott Jacobs, Dominic Pangborn, Anatole Krasnyansky,Alfred Gockel, Csaba Markus and Emile Bellet among others. Additionally, master works are available from Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Joan Miro and Rembrandt van Rijn.

Park West Gallery is the exclusive dealer for many artists, acquiring works of art, directly from their studios or estates. It is a special privilege to bring this artwork to cruise guests from around the world, as we believe the greatest joy begins when a work of art comes into someone’s life and home.

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Park West Gallery caters to an ever-changing demographic of clientele worldwide, so candidates with diverse backgrounds will be considered. Prior auctioneering experience is not required. Knowledge of art history and art mediums is a plus, but also not required. Due to the unique talent and skill set required of this position, we provide comprehensive training, a paid apprenticeship and an incredible sales organization with opportunity for advancement to ensure your success.

We’d like to hear from you if you:

  • Are a natural entertainer
  • Are entrepreneurial in spirit
  • Are a good public speaker
  • Are competitive
  • Are at your best in a fast-paced and exciting work environment
  • Enjoy traveling, experiencing other cultures and taking on a high level of responsibility
  • Enjoy educating others
  • Appreciate being rewarded through performance-based compensation

Qualified candidates should also:

  • Possess strong public speaking skills
  • Be extremely outgoing, full of energy and enthusiastic
  • Be coachable and have the willingness and desire to learn
  • Have the ability to manage a staff and work in a multinational environment
  • Have a personable demeanor and professional appearance
  • Have the ability to work four to six months consecutively, worldwide, on a luxury cruise ship
  • Be proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point)
  • Have demonstrated sales experience (preferred, but not required)
  • Have a college degree (preferred, but not required)

 

When Park West’s art auctioneers tell people what they do for a living, a common reaction is “Wait, WHAT?” It’s an understandable reaction. Meeting a lawyer or an accountant is an everyday experience. But how often do you meet someone who sells world-class art on luxury cruise ships all over the world?

Once people get past the initial “How did I not know this job exists?” phase, they’re usually filled with questions about the international art auctioneer lifestyle. They want to know about living on a cruise ship, conducting auctions, everything!

With this in mind, we asked a few of Park West’s top auctioneers to give us an inside peek into their world and answer some of their most frequently asked questions about being a cruise-ship art auctioneer.

1). What is your favorite part of running an art auction?

What keeps me coming back for more, even after 4 years, is the rush and exhilaration of a live art auction. Every week, in front of that crowd, I learn something new. – Jared Hamer

The bidding is the best part for me. – Matt Whittam

I can break my favorites into three main parts:

  • The pride of creating a fun experience, which is, in many occasions, more entertaining than the other onboard events on the cruise.
  • The feeling of presenting art, keeping it real and objective, while also allowing the attendees to enjoy themselves and see how they can learn more.
  • The challenge of using my entertaining skills during my art presentations to create a successful auction. – Chris Greyvenstein

2). Why do you think so many people love buying art while they’re on vacation?

I think they get really involved with our events and start enjoying the environment. They always find at least one work they like. – Matt Whittam

 

Art is a universal language without cultural borders, and sometimes it tells us a story about ourselves. This is bound to happen to any human being at some point in their life. Park West just makes that experience possible for people every week. – Jared Hamer

3). What is it like living on the ship where your clients can see you every day of the cruise?

It’s almost like having an extra crew of friends for the week. In a small way, you feel a little bit famous. – Matt Whittam

If you love people, you will love working on a cruise ship. If you are a little shy, it’s the best place to learn how to get over it. I’ve met over 70 different nationalities onboard. – Jared Hamer

 

It’s great. People see us all the time around the ship. We get daily comments about the auctions or people shouting at us. Even out in port, people stop by to ask questions. I love it. – Chris Greyvenstein

4). What’s one of your favorite memories of a live auction?

A few weeks ago, we did a 14-day cruise, which is amazing because you get to spend more time with your guests and they turn into your friends. On the final day, our clients took over the microphone and started to conduct the auction. They gave away a hand-signed work from all the team members and then thanked us for the great time they had with us. I will always remember that. – Jared Hamer

I remember one time I bent down to pick up a raffle ticket and my trousers ripped, large enough that the whole front row saw it. It was so bad that I had to send a team member to go get me another suit. I changed halfway through the auction. – Matt Whittam

 

5). Auctioneers are known for talking fast. How do you talk that fast and not get lost during the auction?

Using tonality while annunciating is one of the greatest ways to keep the attention of your guests. You can always make it sound fast depending on your tonality. – Matt Whittam

Annunciating is a great way not to get lost in the words. It’s about having a rhythm and keeping the tempo. It’s pretty easy really and, with practice, anyone can do it. – Jared Hamer

 

I make a point of slowing it down. But you have to keep the balance between fast and slow. You want to keep the energy for the fun attendees that came for a live show, but also keep it professional for interested collectors. – Chris Greyvenstein

 

For the latest art and auctioneer news, follow Park West Gallery on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

 

Want to learn more about becoming a Park West art auctioneer and traveling the world to spread the joy of art? Visit Art Auctions Abroad!

 

 

Park West Gallery Reviews

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    Pros

    It's a very dynamic place to work. Very customer-oriented. It teaches you so much about sales and about art. It honestly felt like going to school to get an art history degree. Plus, if you make a connection with your clients, you have the opportunity to make a lot of money.

    Cons

    There can be long hours and it's a sales job, so that either terrifies people of they thrive in that environment. It's up to you.

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Park West Gallery Interviews

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    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Park West Gallery in April 2019.

    Interview

    I applied online and received a Skype interview invitation about a week and a half later. The interview was standard, explanation of the position, basic questions about my background.
    After that interview we scheduled another for about two weeks later. I was told to prepare a speech on one of their artists with the following requirements:
    "Geared toward selling the artist’s work
    A maximum of 3 minutes in length
    Exciting , engaging, and memorable
    Inclusive of his style, brief biographical points, accomplishments and honors
    Done without notes, props, or PowerPoint
    You should be standing, presented as if in front of an audience of 30 on a cruise ship"
    I had technical difficulties with my internet and missed the interview. The recruiter was incredibly understanding and we rescheduled.
    The second interview was very short. She heard my speech and then asked if I had any questions and then explained the process going forward. I was instructed to fill out and submit a CSS Enquiry (related to a background check) and Medical Questionnaire to Caribbean Staffing Solutions.
    I followed up about a week after submitting the paperwork and scheduled a chat with the recruiter, during which she offered me the position and invited me to the training program. I was sent the onboarding paperwork (of which there was a lot).
    After reviewing the paperwork, I decided not to accept the position because I was concerned with the contract and the protections or lack thereof provided to me within.
    The entire process took about 9 weeks, or 2 to 3 months, from application to offer.
    Overall pretty easy. The recruiter was very friendly.

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Park West Gallery Awards & Accolades

  • Best Independent Fine Art Auction House of 2016., CFI.co Awards, 2017

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