Amy Poliakoff was ready to set the New York art world on fire when she appeared as one of seven young women hoping to make her Big Apple dreams come true on Gallery Girls when it aired on Bravo in 2012. The Coral Gables, Florida native was unapologetically fabulous and focused on making her mark on the Manhattan gallery scene, even if it didn't always rub her castmates the right way.
When we last saw Amy on Gallery Girls, she had landed a job at the Bernarducci Meisel Gallery, a position she was hired for over her castmate Maggie Schaffer. Amy recently told The Daily Dish that this is her favorite moment from her time on the show. "Every girl comes to New York City trying to get their dream job, and in the season finale, I was able to accomplish that goal," she said in the above clip.
Amy has been working in galleries ever since then and will soon launch her own venture. "After the show, I worked in galleries for about 10 years in New York City and Miami. I worked my way up to sales director of a very large pop art gallery in Wynwood, the art district of Miami," she told The Daily Dish. "I'm currently working on opening an art advisory firm with a business partner in New York City."
Amy experienced some lows during her time on Gallery Girls as well, including her "least favorite and most stressful moment," the time she confronted her childhood friend Liz Margulies about the recent strain in their relationship. Liz called Amy out for her drinking at a dinner party earlier that season and told her that she sometimes acted "fake." "It was definitely nerve-racking and an experience to film," Amy recalled of the moment.
These days, Amy said she isn't in touch with any of her fellow Gallery Girls, but she kept in contact with "Baby Jane" Holzer, an art collector who also served as something of a mentor for her and several of the women on the show. "When the show finished, I stayed in touch with 'Baby Jane' Holzer for a while," Amy shared. "She was Andy Warhol's muse and the ultimate Gallery Girl."
Amy actually played matchmaker for "Baby Jane" Holzer as well. "I even orchestrated a date between her and my father," she revealed to The Daily Dish.
Of course, Amy got recognized in her own right after Gallery Girls hit the airwaves. "After the show, I got stopped many times with the infamous line, 'I get my hair done four times a week. It's New York,'" she said, reciting one of her most iconic quotes from the series.
It's a sentiment that Amy definitely still stands by today, quipping, "Honestly, a Gallery Girl's gotta look good."
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