Heart to Art: Jill Schroeder of grayDUCK Gallery

Heart to Art: Jill Schroeder of grayDUCK Gallery

When I relocated to Austin from New York City this summer, I became inextricably attracted to grayDUCK Gallery and its consummate Austin vibe. Its location south of Town Lake puts the gallery in walking distance from “Keep Austin Weird” South Congress, and it shares a Zip Code with Torchy’s Tacos and indie record store End of an Ear — i.e. Austin all the way. Then there is grayDUCK’s rigorous monthly exhibition schedule and its strong roster of local artists. I met with Jill Schroeder, owner and director of grayDUCK, to discuss the gallery’s unique presence and her goals for the future.

Jill Schroeder: I studied art and art history at the University of Minnesota with an emphasis in photography. After graduating, I continued to work on my art while also pursuing a job in branding and marketing at the family business, Schroeder Milk Co. Through my artwork, I was exposed to a flourishing art community in Minneapolis and my view of art will always be influenced by the galleries, museums and artists there. While in my branding and marketing job I was lucky enough to work with designers, web developers and writers and learned that I love the collaboration with creatives. At Schroeder, I ended up directing a couple bigger branding projects. I think that actually set me up for my job as a gallerist; I got to bring together different groups of highly creative people to essentially build a product that everyone could be proud of in the end.

When I came down to Austin, I spent a long time observing and volunteering in the art community here. Also, I was at a point in my life where I needed to plan my next step. I knew that I wanted to spend my days surrounded by creativity, working with artists.

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Heart to Art: Jill Schroeder of grayDUCK Gallery

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