1628 Ltd.  has partnered with the University of Cincinnati to employ Co-op students pursuing Fine Arts degrees from UC’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP). In lieu of traditional academic classes, during their co-op, students spend the semester working at 1628 to gain first-hand experience curating our quarterly art shows and networking with local artist, art collectors, and other professionals in the art community. Our Spring 2018 Co-op student, Meggie Bailey, was recently highlighted for the work she did at 1628 Ltd in the University of Cincinnati Magazine.  An expert of the article is below. If you are a local artist and would like your work featured in 1628 Coworking gallery, submit your portfolio on this page.

Work of Art

This content was originally posted in “Work of Art” by Jac Kern. Read the entire article here.

Meggie Bailey, a fourth-year fine arts major with Spanish and fashion design studies minors, had what might be considered a more traditional fine arts job — but with a twist. After getting an early start on co-op at Cincinnati’s Ombre Gallery last summer, she worked most recently as a curator at 1628 Ltd., a non-traditional gallery and creative co-working space in Cincinnati.

The membership workspace offers desks, offices, conference rooms and other amenities for local professionals and business travelers looking for a design-forward place to work. “The idea behind it is creating an inspiring workplace, and the founder and CEO Tamara Schwarting’s vision for that is through art,” Bailey explains.

Bailey describes curation as a stable career path for artists, only she did it in an alternative setting to a typical gallery. She enjoyed planning 1628’s art exhibits for the next year, working with artists and selecting pieces to go on display.

Black and white portrait of a blonde woman

DAAP student Meggie Bailey


“Being a DAAP student, sometimes we have a tendency to stay in our studios and not branch out too much,” she says, “so this was amazing for me, to interact with working artists and know that this is something that I could do.”

Bailey’s big takeaway from the co-op was being mentored by Schwarting, who brought her to networking events and even on a trip to New York City.

“Her dedication to educating me on what it’s like being a female entrepreneur is so inspiring. She had a business conference in New York and she took me with her, so I got to see the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim for the first time. Having a mentor that goes so far and beyond was amazing.”

The co-op left a positive impression on Schwarting as well, and the company has invited Bailey back to work at 1628 this fall.

“As a UC College of Pharmacy alumni, I feel fortunate to be in a position to use my company’s resources to add to the educational experience of a student,” Schwarting says. “Meggie was a true asset to the 1628 team and made a substantial and positive impact in the 1628 art program. We are excited to continue our partnership with DAAP by hiring a second intern for the summer, and are equally excited to have Meggie return for another term in the fall.”

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