Visual Arts Administration Alumni

Alumni Profiles

Feature Profiles:

Julia Lammer,
M.A. Visual Arts Administration, ‘14

Julia graduated from the Visual Arts Administration M.A. Program in 2014. She received a B.A. from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC in 2012 where she majored in art history and economics.  After graduating from NYU she worked in the Director’s Office and was Development Assistant at MoMA PS1 where she assisted the director on selected projects and publications and communicated with diverse stakeholders. In this fast-paced environment Julia also wrote grant proposals, coordinated and administered MoMA PS1’s membership programming and managed museum-wide special events. She also assisted Klaus Biesenbach in catalogue essays of MoMA publications such as Bjork and Yoko Ono: One Woman Show. She travelled to Shanghai, China in 2015 as a Curator’s Consultant to Hans Obrist and Klaus Biesenbach for the international project “15 Rooms.”

For a short period of time she worked at the Serpentine Gallery, London, UK as Administrator to the Director and assisted Julia Peyton Jones with the Pavilion Commission project. She left the position to start at the Victoria and Albert Museum to develop and run a young patrons program. The V&A Young Patrons’ Circle launched in September 2016 and it has been very successful.  Concurrently, over the past year, she has been doing curatorial research and writing on a freelance basis.

Julia feels that it has been wonderful to work in diverse museums and cultural institutions and to connect with individuals active in or enthusiastic about the arts. At the moment, she is interested in the different approaches cultural institutions take towards each other and their visions for the future.  “It is amazing how the VAA program enables you to learn from and connect with leading practitioners in the field and actively engage in the cultural landscape of New York City. Alumni of the program work in all areas of the cultural sector in the US and abroad, and it always a treat to meet them even in the most unexpected places.” 

Stephanie LaFroscia, M.A. Visual Arts Administration '08

Stephanie MA received an M.A. in Visual Arts Administration from New York University in 2008 and a BA in Art History, Summa Cum Laude, from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. She is currently a Program Officer at the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, working with cultural organizations across the city in all disciplines. She came to DCLA in 2015 after eight years at El Museo del Barrio, NY, a museum celebrating the art and culture of Latin America and Latinos in the United States.  As the Senior Manager of Education and Public Programs at El Museo, she developed a performing arts residency and interdisciplinary programming  in the visual, performing, and literary arts, including Action Actual: Performance Art at El Museo and El Barrio’s Freshest, El Museo’s annual b-boy/b-girl competition. LaFroscia served as Collections Coordinator for the Estrellita and Daniel Brodsky Collection, NY, 2007-2010, and has held roles at the Bronx Museum of Art and the San Antonio Museum of Art.

In Fall 2016 she served on a panel for SU-CASA funding through the Brooklyn Arts Council. SU-CASA is a community arts engagement program that places artists and organizations in residence at senior centers across the five boroughs of New York City. Stephanie takes an active role in the larger NYC community and in 2016 spoke on a panel organized by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center (The Center) about family planning for LGBTQ families.

She is encouraged to see greater opportunities for artists and arts organizations to develop deeper, more sustained relationships and programming that supports community development, cultural practice, and social justice and expects this to continue as we move into 2017 and organizations and communities respond to changing political landscapes. 

Alina Sumajin, M.A. Visual Arts Administration, '10 

Alina Sumajin graduated from the Visual Arts Administration M.A. Program in 2010 and holds a Bachelor's degree in the History of Art and Journalism from The Ohio State University..  She is co-founder and principal of PAVE Communications & Consulting, which launched in July 2015. With more than seven years of experience in cultural communications, Alina has developed an extensive network of media and professional relationships that bridge the realms of visual and performing arts, design, and architecture. Her company works with for and nonprofit organizations spanning the visual and performing arts, architecture and design, the humanities, and film, and offers a range of services, including institutional analysis and strategic planning; brand development; media relations; digital communications and social media strategy; events management; marketing and advertising consultation; and crisis management and communications. Among their major projects are the inaugural edition of the Honolulu Biennial, which will open on March 8; the renovation and reconstruction of Building 6 on MASS MoCA’s campus, which will add 130,000 square feet of space and feature long-term installations by such artists as Jenny Holzer, Laurie Anderson, James Turrell, and Louise Bourgeois, among others; and upcoming exhibitions for the Rebuild Foundation in Chicago, which was founded and is led by artist Theaster Gates. 

Prior to founding PAVE with Sascha Freudenheim, Alina most recently served as a Vice President at Resnicow + Associates, the youngest team member to ascend to the position in that firm’s history. While at R+A, she led the institutional campaigns for the Dallas Museum of Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, Rubin Museum of Art, and Pulitzer Arts Foundation in St. Louis, and communications and media relations campaigns for the opening of the Pérez Art Museum Miamiand the critically-acclaimed exhibition @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz, organized by the FOR-SITE Foundation. She developed and implemented PR strategies and coordinated with international partners for Safdie Architects’ projects across the US, Asia, and India, including the openings of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Khalsa Heritage Centre, Punjab, India, and Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

Alina has held positions in the publicity departments at Christie’s (New York), NYU Press, Workman Publishing, and the Wexner Center for the Arts.  She serves as a guest lecturer at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University, speaking on strategic communications and professional development. 

Manjari Sihare-Sutin, M.A. Visual Arts Administration, '10

Manjari graduated from the Visual Arts Administration M.A. Program in 2012 and holds a graduate degree in Art History from the National Museum Institute, New Delhi. She joined the Modern and Contemporary South Asian Department at Sotheby’s in 2015 and brings a breadth and depth of knowledge to her role acquired over twelve years of experience in the field based on her engagement with a broad gamut of constituents including leading artists and curators, major donors, elected officials and the media. Manjari has worked extensively with a range of both institutions and private collections in India and the United States. Leading public institutions she has served in New Delhi include the Lalit Kala Akademi, Goethe Institut and The Biennale Society as well as Gallery Espace and  Savara Foundation for the Arts. Upon moving to New York in 2010, Manjari became Studio Manager for leading South Asian contemporary artist, Rina Banerjee. She subsequently worked in the New York offices of leading Indian auction house Saffronart, launching and managing their blog and special online projects.  Prior to joining Sotheby’s, Manjari held the position of Curatorial Manager for Queens Museum, New York where she helped plan, implement and present over twenty international art exhibitions including Citizens of the World: Cuba in Queens/Cuban Contemporary Art from the Shelley & Donald Rubin Private Collection (2013); 13 Most Wanted Men: Andy Warhol and the 1964 World’s Fair (2014); After Midnight: Indian Modernism to Contemporary India 1947/1997 (2015), among others.

Brian Ferriso, M.A. Visual Arts Administration, ‘94

Brian Ferriso is the Marilyn H. and Dr. Robert Pamplin Jr. Director at the Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon. As Director and CEO, Ferriso oversees all aspects of the museum. He has successfully accomplished the development of a major two year exhibition and publication program; and secured the acquisition of major works by such artists as Vincent Van Gogh, Rembrandt van Rijn, and Robert Rauschenberg. Ferriso previously served as the Executive Director, President and CEO of the Phillbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK for three years. He brings with him a legacy of fundraising ability, a skilled managerial approach, and an ability to set and meet long-term institutional goals.

Prior to his appointment at the Phillbrook, he served at the Milwaukee Art Museum in a variety of positions (Acting Director, 2002; Deputy Director 2003; Senior Director of Curatorial Affairs 2000-2003,) as the Assistant Director of the David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago (1997-2000,) and the Special Assistant to the Director and the Associate Director of Development of the Newark Museum (1994-1997.)

Ferriso is a 1994 graduate of the Visual Arts Administration program. He also holds a B.A. in Economics from Bowdoin College, and an M.A. in Art History from the University of Chicago. Before embarking upon his museum career, he was a high school art teacher at the Delbarton School, Morristown, NJ (1989-1992.) Ferriso is also a practicing artist; he trained with Frank Mason at the Art Students League, New York, NY.

Brian Ferriso is an active member of the Association of the Art Museum Directors (AAMD,) and the AAMD's committee on Art Issues; American Association of Museums (AAM,) Young President's Organizations (YPO,) and was a Commissioner for the Tulsa Arts Commission. He has also recently served as a 2005 Juror for the National Endowment of the Arts, and a 2005 Juror for the American Institute of Architects National Honor Awards.

(Photo Credit: Randy L. Rasmussen)

Pepi Marchetti Franchi, M.A. Visual Arts Administration, ’98

Pepi Marchetti Franchi is the director of the Gagosian Gallery in Rome, Italy that opened in 2007. She oversaw planning and start-up aspects and is currently responsible for gallery operations including implementing exhibitions and developing new business opportunities. Previously, since 2001, Marchetti Franchi was the Executive Associate to Thomas Krens at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York where she developed and implemented national and international strategic projects including the launch of new museums, international exhibition tours and programs. Marchetti Franchi also served as a liaison between the international Board of Trustees, artists, architects, corporate executives, government officials, museum directors and curators. She cultivated relationships with major donors and Fortune 500 companies and raised significant funds for the museum.

After graduating from NYU, Marchetti Franchi became a freelance curator for Berry-Hill Galleries where she curated a retrospective of works by the American artist, J. Carroll Beckwith, also co-authoring the exhibition catalogue Intimate Revelations: The Art of Carroll Beckwith (1852-1917). In 1999, Marchetti Franchi became the Assistant to the Director of External Affairs at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, where she assisted in an international multimillion dollar capital campaign and also worked in corporate relations. The same year, she became the External Affairs Coordinator at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy. Her many responsibilities included working with corporate sponsors and donors managing membership programs.

Prior to NYU, Pepi graduated with a degree in Art History from the University of Rome, Italy. She was awarded two fellowships: University of Rome Research Fellowship, an eight month fellowship in Paris and New York to research 19th Century American painters in Paris, and the Museum of Fine Arts Barbara Fish Lee Fellowship in Boston, a three month fellowship where she was a project research assistant to the curator of American paintings. 

Peter Trippi, MA Visual Arts Administration,‘92 

Peter Trippi is Editor-in-Chief of Fine Art Connoisseur, the bimonthly magazine that serves informed collectors of 19th, 20th, and 21st century painting, sculpture, drawings, and prints. Trippi is responsible for each issue’s development and implementation as well as management of the magazine’s growing team of contributing editors and writers, regional editors, assistants, and interns. He also writes editorials surveying trends in the field; guides the magazine’s coverage of individual collectors, curators, dealers, auctioneers, fair organizers, appraisers, and experts; and develops joint programs with kindred institutions and businesses worldwide. Additionally, Trippi operates his own firm, Projects in 19th-Century Art, through which he curates exhibitions, writes articles, essays, and catalogues, and presents lectures. His current retrospective project, Lawrence Alma-Tadema: At Home in Antiquity, is touring Europe in 2016-17 (Fries Museum, Leeuwarden, Netherlands; Belvedere, Vienna, Austria; Leighton House Museum, London). His retrospective of J. W. Waterhouse visited three museums in 2008-10 (Groninger Museum, Netherlands; Royal Academy, London; Montreal Museum of Fine Arts).

After NYU, Trippi received his MA in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. He wrote a 250-page biography of J. W. Waterhouse, published in 2002 by Phaidon Press (London), which has sold 53,000 copies. Trippi contributed two chapters to the catalogue accompanying the exhibition A Grand Design: The Art of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (1997, organized by the Baltimore Museum of Art and published by Abrams). In 2002, Trippi co-founded the peer-reviewed journal Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide (, and he is currently president of the Association of Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art and the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation.  He is past president of Historians of British Art and a former board member of American Friends of the Attingham Summer School.

Previous to arriving at Fine Art Connoisseur, Peter Trippi was Director of the Dahesh Museum of Art for three years and also held positions at the Brooklyn Museum, Baltimore Museum of Art, Association of Art Museum Directors (where he wrote a history of that organization from 1916 to 1991), Cooper-Hewitt Museum, National Arts Education Research Center at New York University, and American Arts Alliance in Washington DC.