Our Interns

Ortega y Gasset maintains a paid internship program with interns based in New York. Interns do indispensable work such as gallery sitting, assisting with installation, and many administrative tasks in order to learn the ins and outs of running a collaborative artist-lead gallery. 

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Leyla Tonak

Leyla Tonak is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BFA from Boston University as a Presidential Scholar and a member of the Kilachand Honors College. During her degree she also received the Yawkey Nonprofit Stipend, the Dean Elsbeth Melville Scholarship and the College of Fine Arts Dean's Award for Academic Excellence. Her written work has also been published in Best College Essays 2014. Most recently, she was awarded the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grant for emerging artists. Tonak's large-scale oil paintings have been compared to nightmares. Her work attempts to reexamine gesture and metaphor through the lens of sex, power and family.


Marta Lee

Marta Lee (b. Moscow, ID) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She received her BFA from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin. Residencies and fellowships include Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT), Fire Island Artist Residency (Cherry Grove, NY), an Exchange Fellowship at the Royal College of Art Sculpture Programme (London, UK), and most recently an Artist-in-Residence Fellowship at Anderson Ranch Arts Center (Snowmass Village, CO). Lee has exhibited in Knoxville, Portland, Nashville, New Haven, Worcester, Chicago, LA, Austin, New York, London, and Baltimore. She also works collaboratively with Anika Steppe under the moniker Frances Brady who exhibited at Tugboat Gallery in Lincoln, NE.