For gallery owner and art dealer Monique Meloche, the relationship between gallerist and artist lies at the heart of business. Meloche welcomes Klein Artist Works into her gallery to discuss the role of the gallery in that relationship, the importance of networking, and her love of Chicago.
“I much more prefer a longer term relationship because that’s kind of the mission of my gallery. I like to foster young artists. I like to work with them through different points in their careers and still have them stay with me.”
Canadian-born Monique Meloche completed a B.A. in Art History from the University of Michigan in 1989 and an M.A. in Art History and Theory from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1993. Subsequently, she worked as an assistant curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the director of Rhona Hoffman Gallery, and the director of Kavi Gupta Gallery before opening her own gallery in 2000, moniqumeloche. Meloche has helped establish the careers of many young artists, including Rashid Johnson, and founded Gallery Weekend Chicago in 2011.