Rudy Aronoff

Art History; minors in Sociology and Printmaking
Chicago, Ill.
Operations Administrator at appraiser/art consultant Roberta Kramer & Associates
In a nutshell, what do you do?
I manage the day-to-day operations, anything from scheduling client appointments to managing packing/moving/installation of important public, corporate and private art collections. I also conduct research and valuation on a daily basis. Basically I play a giant game of Tetris with art, objects and people.
What are you working on right now?
I am currently dealing with getting two artists' estates in order as well as moving a large private collection from Chicago to Florida. Oh, also all the small day-to-day appraisals that need to get off of my desk!
Why do you love what you do?
I never know how my days will go, or where I might end up for that matter. We pride ourselves on our ability to be everywhere at once, not limited by region. I never know where I might find myself at the end of the day.
How did Albion help you get there?
Working with the fabulous professors at Albion taught me that flexibility, problem solving and thinking a situation through to every eventual outcome has gotten me where I am today.
For me, Albion...
...was the jumping-off point for a great start to a successful career. The ability to work as a research assistant was one of the most beneficial experiences I had as an undergrad. Not to mention the ability to marry multiple disciplines in the Art Department. Having a formal art historical education as well as the ability to tangibly create art at the same time was key to why I went to Albion and have been successful afterward.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Never discount fine art majors. We have more skills and ingenuity than you can imagine!

Take It Further: Art and Art History Department, Anthropology and Sociology Department, Foundation for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity (FURSCA)