Museum of Contemporary Art’s Abraham Ritchie
If life gives you a paper marked down as “too personal,” too “sounding like the way you would speak,” do like Abraham Ritchie, MCA’s Social Media Manager: take it as a compliment and make it a profession. With a BA in Art History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an MA from the School of the Art Institute in New Art Journalism, and a natural talent to communicate with all sorts of people, Ritchie is perfectly suited to a job that demands clear, short and entertaining statements to popularize an often obscure matter. At the MCA for two and a half years now, he’s been involved with social media “since Facebook was invite-only” and was once an editor for ArtSlant.com and Flavorpill.com (he also contributes to Newcity). His work made the museum more accessible, and his fast responses create a dialogue almost in real time.
Best of Chicago 2014