Master of Arts in Visual Arts Administration

Visual Arts Administration Events Archive

The Visual Arts Administration graduate program hosts a series of events throughout the school year. A portion of the events are colloquia--a series of lectures and panels geared towards the academic and professional interests of the Visual Arts Administration students. Of these colloquia, a percentage are organized by the student-run organization, ACE (Advocates for Cultural Engagement). The program’s events and colloquia are a joint effort between the Visual Arts Administration faculty and students. As a result, these events and colloquium are tailored to address the challenges in today’s ever changing art world.

The Visual Arts Administration Alumni Council also hosts a series of events, which can be found here

Spring 2017 

Friday, April 17, Colloquium: "Artist as Enterpreneur: From Idea to Start-Up" 
This colloquium was organized to give art administrators a better understanding of what it takes to build a start-up with an artistic focus in New York City. It assessed the process of starting an arts-related venture, from ideation and fundraising to incubation and marketing. Panelists: Roxana Vosough - Moderator & NYU Visual Arts Alumna ('15); Zachary Verdin - CEO, New Hive; Sheiva Rezvani - Creative Technologist, sheiva.com; Zoe Salditch- Co-founder, Electric Objects, and Independent Curator & Creative  Producer;Erin Kim - Manager, Collector Relations, Artsy

Friday,  March 3, Colloquium: "Visual Arts in the Trump Era"
This colloquium adopted a different model, a participation/dialogue where no one was on stage, and everyone's opinion/voice was counted!  Topics discussed were the challenges and perhaps new opportunities arts administrators face in this new era ushered in by the Trump Administration.  Some of the questions explored as a group included: Do administrators have a role to play in fostering civic engagement in both nonprofit and for-profit organizations?  Do strategies like The Museum of Modern Art's inclusion of artwork by artists from one of the seven countries banned by the Trump administration have an effect in the field?  Impact on the audience?  Can closing businesses instigate conversations across the political divide?  And, what responsibility do you see yourself assuming in your future careers?

Friday, February 3, Colloquium: "Art as an Investment"
The Art Finance Society at NYU presented an evening discussing art as an
investment. The panel explored particular challenges characteristic of art as an asset class alongside traditional and innovative models for growth. Is art still an “alternative asset?” How can we create innovative sources of value from art collecting? What will success in art finance look like in the next 5 years? The panel discussion was moderated by Art Finance Society co-founders Sarah Andre
 (‘18) and Sonja Wosnitzer (‘18) to explore art as a growing investment class in 2017.

Friday, January 27, Colloquium: "Getting a Job in the Arts in Today's Economy"
Learn how to fully utilize the career services at the NYU Wasserman Center. Key topics included: where to find job listings and job placement services; how to best approach various networking opportunities & resources; how to draft the best résumés & cover letters & adapt them for specific job applications; when to bring up salary requirements; how to negotiate compensation packages; professional feedback and advice on how to handle both the interview process and follow-up; and how to make yourself stand out from other candidates. Guest Speakers Included: Geri Thomas, President, Thomas and Associates, Associate Professor at NYU and Alina Sumajin, Co-founder and Principal, PAVE Communications & Consulting, Visual Arts Administration alumna.

Fall 2016

Friday, September 23, Special Event, Meet Professor Amy Whitaker, 6-8pm
Join us for a discussion with the Visual Arts Administration's new faculty member, Amy Whitaker. Fellow faculty members Sandra Lang and Melissa Rachleff will speak with Amy about her recent book, Art Thinking (Harper Business ,2016), which has won accolades from leaders in business management and design fields. They will also touch upon Amy's previous books, Museum Legs (Hol Art Books, 2009) and The Social Life of Artistic Property (Publication Studio, 2014- (co-author). 

Friday October 28, Colloquium, "Meet Your Mentor," 6-8:30pm
Students are invited to meet VAA MA Program Alumni and hear them discuss how the program has helped them in their careers. The panel will be moderated by Visual Arts Administration MA Program Alumni Council President, Alix Hornyan, '10, Associate Director, James Goodman Gallery. Organized by Vida Schreibman '88, Alumni Liason, VAA MA Program. 

Friday, November 18, Colloquium, "The Collapsing Roles of the Art Educator and the Curator," 6-8pm
Today's museums must strive to be more responsive to both external constituencies (visitors and communities) and internal departments, where thoughtful collaboration is required when creating exhibitions, programs and events. Nowhere is this more important than between specialists working in education and curation. Join education and curatorial professionals from several NYC museums as they discuss ways to foster dialogical working environments when developing exhibitions and programming. Organized by Carli Beseau, '13. Manager of Interpretation, Education Department, Museum of Art and Design. Panelists featured will be Alicia BOone, Associate Curator of Public Programs, Brooklyn Museum; Megan Heuer, Director of Public Programs and Public Engagement, Whitney Museum of Art; Sara O'Keeffe, Assistant Curator, New Museum. 

Friday, December 2, "Colloquium, Criticizing Cricism," 6-8pm
A discussion exploring the expanded realms of what it means to write about art: theorizing, idealizing, and critiquing in the contemporaneous moment. What responsibilities, trust, expansiveness and knowledge are bestowed upon the critic? Organized by Stephanie Bokenfohr, '17, in alliance with the VAA MA Program Curatorial Collective. 

Spring 2016

Colloquium: “Artists, Advertising, and Associated American Artists,” May 6, 2016
This panel discussion focused on 20th- century artists whose work was deployed in the service of advertising and corporate image- building. Moderated by Sandra Lang, director and associate clinical professor, Visual Arts Administration MA Program, Art & Art Professions, NYU (Steinhardt), with speakers, Michelle Bogart, Professor of Art, Stony Brook University; Suzanne Lemakis, former director, Citibank Department of FIne Art; and Robert K. Newman, Director, The Old Print Shop, Inc. 

Colloquium: "Art for Every Home Today," April 29, 2016 
Although today's global art market is often viewed as elitist and opaque, Associated American Artists' desire to make art available to everyone continues. This panel surveyed how websites, art fairs, and other sales channels are distributing works of art in more accessible and democratic ways. Moderated by Elizabeth Marcus, associate director, Galerie St. Etienne, and adjunct assistant professor, Visual Arts Administration MA Program, Art & Art Professions, NYU (Steinhardt); with speakers Emmanuele Vinciguerra, chief operating officer, Artspace; Nikki Iacovella, director, Affordable ARt Fair, NYC, fall edition; Paige West, founder, Mixed Greens; and Ayesha Williams, manager, Visual Arts at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and NYU VAA MA Program '06. 

Colloquium: “Advocacy in the For-Profit Arts Sector,” February 19, 2016
Speakers from different commercial art backgrounds will share their experiences regarding arts policies in the field and raise issues they feel are crucial to the for-profit art sector.  Organized and moderated by members of ACE (Advocates for Cultural Engagement):  Nancy Harwood, Maria Sergeeva, Ivan Huang and Cila Brosius.  Panelists include: Jo Backer Laird- Of Counsel, Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler; Peter Nelson- Counsel, Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler; Todd Levin, Levin Art Group; Roland Augustine, Owner, Luhring Augustine; Elizabeth Von Habsburg, Managing Director, Winston Art Group.

In media res - Opening Reception, A Visual Arts Administration Curatorial Collective exhibition, February 1, 2016
The first exhibition curated by the student-run organization, the Visual Arts Administration Curatorial Collective featuring the work of NYU BFA students.

Colloquium: “Getting a Job in the Arts in Today’s Economy,” January 29, 2016
Geri Thomas, 
President, Thomas & Associates and Alina Sumajin, Co-founder and Principal, PAVE Communications and Consulting. 

Fall 2015

Colloquium: “Day-Long Symposium, ‘From Object to Audience: Technology, Value, and the Arts,’” November 20, 2015
From Object to Audience: Technology, Value, and the Arts,” examined the impact of new technologies on the arts. In a series of panels led by expert speakers across a variety of fields, we investigated the range of concerns that have emerged in the arts over the past five years in response to new innovations in digital technology. Issues pertaining to the status of the art object and artist, institutional and business relationships, valuation, and labor were considered in this one-day symposium. Organized by Sarah Hromack, Faculty, and hosted by the Department of Art and Art Professions, with support from the NYU Steinhardt 125th Anniversary Fund.

Alumni Council Event: Meet Your Mentor, October 23, 2015


Colloquium: “The Artist’s Experience: What a Visual Arts Administrator Should Know,” September 25, 2015

Spring 2015

“Photographic Archives: How Images Live On,” April 29, 2015

“Curating Controversy,” March 28, 2015
Curators are, perhaps, the most vulnerable individuals during a controversy. Their jobs are often at stake as they are under pressure from artists who are rarely willing to negotiate the presentation of their work and from museum administrators concerned about donors, trustees, legal liabilities and public relations. The four panelists will discuss some of the case studies and best practices gained as a result of a one-day seminar for art curators immediately preceding this public program. Organized by the Arts Advocacy Project at the National Coalition Against Censorship and the Visual Arts Administration M.A. Program. Featuring speakers Johanna Burton, director and curator of education and public programs at the New Museum; Laura Raicovich, director of the Queens Museum of Art; Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento, artist and art lawyer; and Robert Storr, artist and curator, dean of the Yale School of Art.

“CEOs in the Arts: Peggy Loar interviewed by Roger Mandle,” March 27, 2015
Peggy Loar is the interim Vice President for Global Arts and Culture, and Museum Director of Asia Society, New York. Most recently, as interim director and president of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art & Design, Washington, D.C., she facilitated the merger of the Corcoran with the National Gallery of Art and George Washington University. Loar served as the founding director (2008-2012) of the new National Museum of Qatar, Doha. She was the founding president and director of the Wolfsonian Museum and Research Center, Miami and Genoa, Italy; and COPIA: The American Center for WIne, Food and the Arts in Napa, California. Loar was interviewed by Roger Mandle of Roger Mandle Associates LLC, a consulting firm dedicated to assisting museums and universities in strategic planning, board and senior staff development, and mentoring, and advice during important transitions.  From 2008-2012, Dr. Mandle was Executive Director and Chief Officer, Museums, at Qatar Museums Authority.  Previously, Mandle was President of Rhode Island School of Design from 1993 – 2008 and Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. from 1988 to 1993.

“Curator’s Perspective: Naomi Beckwith,” March 10, 2015
Curator’s Perspective is an itinerant public discussion series featuring national and international curators—Naomi Beckwith (Marilyn and Larry Fields Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago) presented on her current research interests and curatorial practice. Organized by Independent Curators International (ICI).

Colloquium: “Creative Placemaking as Cultural Policy,” February 20, 2015
Creative Placemaking initiatives and programs are becoming an increasingly important method of arts advocacy. The practice of Creative Placemaking integrates culture and art into the everyday discourse and fabric of existing communities. This colloquium will focus on several recent funded initiatives of ARTPLACE America, their specific goals and objectives, and the possibilities for creating new dialogues about cultural policy and how the concept and implementation of Creative Placemaking might influence the direction and future funding for the arts. Organized by ACE - Advocates for Cultural Engagement , a student organization that creates awareness of arts and cultural issues at the local, state and national levels. Speakers included Jamie Bennett, Executive Director of ArtPlace America; Nancy Biberman, Founder and Director of WHEDco (Bronx Music Heritage Center); Tia Powell Harris, President and Executive Director of Weeksville Heritage Center; and Manuel Miranda, Vice President and Board Member of AIGA/NY (Design/Relief project).

Fall 2014

“The Role of the Art Fair in Today’s Art Market,” November 14, 2014

Grey Art Gallery Tour of "Ernest Cole: Photographer"
The tour was run by Dr. Steven C. Dubin, proffesor of Arts Administration at Columbia University, co-sponsored by the Department of Art and Art Professions, and organized by Melissa Rachleff Burtt, Visual Arts Administration faculty. Dr. Dubin studies the role of cultural institutions in society, and is the author of Displays of Power: Memory and Amnesia in the American Museum (2000) and Transforming Museums: Mounting Queen Victoria in a Democratic South Africa (2006). Dr. Dubin shared his perspective of Cole's photographs.

Alumni Council: Meet Your Mentor, October 17, 2014
Students met Visual Arts Administration MA Program Alumni and heard them discuss how the program helped them in their careers. Alumni included Stephanie Brown '10, Program Manager, Art Program, Bloomberg Philanthropies; Abigail Clark '07, Marketing Manager, Contemporary Art, BRIC Arts Media; Sarah Kennedy '09, Associate Educator, Public & Studio Programs, MoMA; Whitney Rosenberg '91, Director of Development, Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT; and Laryssa Zalisko '05, V.P Business Development, Christie's.

Colloquium: “Shifting Perspectives: Technology in the Arts,” 80WSE Gallery, September 26, 2014
A discussion of how digital platforms are changing the way we view and experience art and how these digital platforms affect the role of arts administrators and other professionals in the field. Featuring R. Luke Debois, (moderator,) composer, performer, conceptual new media artist, programmer, record producer and pedagogue and director of the Brooklyn Experimental Media Center at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering; Adam Dinwiddie, Head of Product, Paddle 8; Hrag Vartanian, Editor-in-Chief Hyperallergic; and Damon Zucconi, visual artist whose practice includes work in video, music and digital area. Organized by former students Mary Beth Brown, Kate Beach, and Anna Burden.

Spring 2014

Colloquium: “Getting a Job in the Arts in Today’s Economy,” April 25, 2014
In this colloquium, we explored where to find job listings and job placement services, networking resources, how to draft the best résumés, get tips on how to handle the interview process and how to make yourself stand out from other candidates. Panelists include VAA MA Program alumni and members of the Alumni Council, and guest speaker, Marilyn Hoffman, Principal, Museum Search & Reference, Executive Search for Museums, Manchester, NH/Boston, MA. Marilyn Hoffman has been successfully placing professionals at museums and nonprofits since 2004. Her extensive national networks have grown rapidly, along with her firm, which has placed talented museum professionals in a wide variety of executive positions. Hoffman had a 26-year museum career, capped by 18 years as a successful and respected museum director. At age 27, she became director of the Fuller Museum in Brockton, MA and then took the helm of one of the top 100 art museums in North America, The Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, NH. She previously held two curator posts and educator positions at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, The Metropolitan Museum in New York, and The RISD Museum of Art in Providence. 

Colloquium: “Selling Contemporary Art in an Evolving Market,” March 28, 2014
A panel moderated by Ann Fensterstock, author of “Art on the Block: Tracking the New York Art World from SoHo to the Bowery, Bushwick and Beyond,” and featuring panelists Elizabeth Dee, an American gallery owner and co-founder of Independent in New York; Sue Stoffel, Founder Director of STOFFELarts, advisor to emerging art collectors, and contemporary art collector; and Ed Winkleman, co-owner and director of Winkleman Gallery in Chelsea, co-founder of the Moving Image Art Fair and author of "How to Start and Run a Commercial Art Gallery."

Alumni Council: Private/after hours tour in an Evolving Market,” March 25, 2014

ACE - Advocates for Cultural Engagement, “Joining Forces: Shaping the Future of Arts Support in New York,” February 21, 2014
The student-run Visual Arts Administration organization, ACE (Advocates for Cultural Engagement), presented this panel and discussion that considered potential cultural policy changes to be considered by the new mayoral administration. The current system for funding a diverse range of arts organizations from mainstream, globally prominent institutions to local community arts groups will be discussed, focusing on aspects of the recently introduced Cultural Plan bill to create a comprehensive cultural plan for New York. What are some of the conversations that should take place about funding realities, creating more equity and resources, and considering a cultural plan as an opportunity funding methods, priorities and outcome? The panel included speakers Caron Atlas Director, Arts and Democracy Project and Co-Director, NOCD-NY; Melanie Cohn Executive Director, Staten Island Arts Council; and Heather Woodfield Executive Director, One Percent for Culture.

Fall 2013
Alumni Council: Meet Your Mentor, October 25, 2013

“Women in Leadership Positions in the Arts,” September 27, 2013
A panel of successful women in the art world discussed their experiences and communicated the fundamentals of having a leadership role. The panel provided both a for- and not-for-profit perspective.

Spring 2013

Alumni Council: “From Chaos to Couture”/Private tour of Metropolitan Museum exhibition, May 22, 2013

Colloquium: “Getting a Job in the Arts in Today’s Economy,” April 12, 2013

Colloquium: “The Spiritual in Art,” April 5, 2013
A panel discussing sacred themes in secular exhibitions, attempting to move the conversation of religious themes in art into a contemporary conversation of expression, syntax, audience, policy, and best practices. The panel included Patricia Pongracz, PhD (Acting Director/ Chief Curator of MoBIA), John Silvis (Founding Director of the New York Center for Art and Media Studies) and Lia Chavez (Performance Artist).

Colloquium: “Buying Art Online,” March 1, 2013
A panel of art world professionals discussed the intersection between art and the internet from the market perspective. The panel included Timothy Malyk, founder of Blacklots and Senior Specialist at Paddle 8, Christine Kuan, Chief Curator and Director of Strategic Partnerships at Artsy and representatives from Artnet and Saffronart; and was moderated by moderated by Jana Soin, ’13 NYU VAA MA, and Gabriel Butu, ’12 Christie’s Education. The colloquium explored the intersection of art and the internet from the market perspective. The Art World Forum is a series of salon inspired events staged periodically in unique venues around New York City to bring together art professionals, academics, and students to establish a platform for ongoing discussions and networking opportunities. It is made up of students from a variety of academic visual art related programs.

Alumni Council: Meet Your Mentor, February 22, 2013

Fall 2012

“Current Practices in Museum Education,” November 9, 2012

Colloquium: “Corporate Social Responsibility in the Arts,” October 19, 2012
A panel of CSR professionals from global corporations discussed the intersection between art and social responsibility from the corporate perspective. Michael Bzdak, Director, Corporate Contributions at Johnson & Johnson, Eric Holterhues, Head of Arts and Culture at Triodos Bank, and Alex Tapnio, Coordinator, Corporate Responsibility at Time Warner Inc. and VAA MA Program alumnus class of 2002.

Colloquium: “How to Get the Most Out of Your Internship,” September 28, 2012
A panel of internship coordinators from large and small arts organizations in New York City: Justine Wells, Education Associate, Internship Program at the Guggenheim Museum, Sarah Kennedy, VAA MA Program Alumna from the class of 2009 and Associate Educator, Lab Programs at the Museum of Modern Art, and Jean Cooney, VAA MA Program Alumna from the class of 2012 and Project Manager at Creative Time and Debra Carp, Human Resources Manager atAXA Art Insurance Corporation. The panel discussed issues related to interviewing potentialinterns, the selection process, and internship duties at theirorganizations. The goal of this colloquium, organized by second yearstudents Stephanie Cardi and Heather Funk, was for students to learnhow the role of the intern differs among organizations and toencourage an informal conversation regarding internships.

Spring 2012

Alumni Council: A private/afterhour tour of “Kehinde Wiley: World Stage: Israel,” Jewish Museum, April 12, 2012

Colloquium: "Social Entrepreneurship in the Arts," March 30, 2012
Social responsibility is a growing concern for businesses across different industries, and more and more companies are considering social impact as integral in their objectives. With the availability of corporation statuses such as L3C and B Corps, companies can now legally incorporate a social mission with generating profit. What are the implications in the arts sector for these increasing social entrepreneurship opportunities? Featuring Ruby Lerner, President of Creative Capital: Creative Capital is a national nonprofit organization that provides integrated financial and advisory support to artists pursuing projects in all disciplines; and Ian David Moss, Research Director of Fractured Atlas and Editor of Createquity.

Colloquium: "Collaborations and Legacy," March 23, 2012
Visual Arts Administration graduate student Carli Beseau in conversation with Trevor Carlson, the executive director of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company (MCDC) and the Merce Cunningham Trust. Structured as an informal exchange, Carlson offered a personal look at the world of dance in New York City, and his involvement in realizing Cunningham's creative process. Carlson offered insight into how Cunningham's ideas were formed and materialized. Carlson also discussed his various roles at MCDC in the last years of the company, the Legacy Tour that ended this past New Year’s Eve, the disbanding of the company according to Cunningham’s wishes, and the future, which is, the Merce Cunningham Trust. Carli also moderated a Q & A; Carlson joined students for the reception where further dialogue will take place.

Fall 2011

Colloquium: "How Arts are a Vehicle for Positive Change on the Local Level," November 18, 2011
Featured guest speakers included Gonzalo Casals and Jose Serrano-McClean

Colloquium: "Institution As Medium: Learning from Artist Initiated Institutions," October 14, 2011
Featured guest speakers included Tania Bruguera and Alexandra Hodkowski

Colloquium: "Apartment Galleries: Incubators of the Future," September 30, 2011
Featured guest speakers included Sarvia Jasso, Sarah Walzer and Joe Elliott

Spring 2011

"Artists from the Bronx Museum's 'Artist in the Marketplace' Program," April 16, 2011

Colloquium: "Producing Visual Art: A Conversation and Screening with artist Kimsooja and curator/director Micaela Martegani, More Art," April 15,
2011
A conversation and screening with artist Kimsooja and curator/director for More Art, Micaela Martegani. Studio Art students joined in the program, as well. 

Colloquium: "Creative Capital: A conversation with Ruby Lerner and a Creative Capital artist about venture funding and its impact in the arts," March 25, 2011
A conversation with Ruby Lerner and a Creative Capital artist about venture funding and its impact in the arts. Studio Art students joined in the program, as well.

Colloquium: "A conversation about Arts and Urban Planning," February 25, 2011
ACE (Advocates for Cultural Engagement), a Visual Arts Administration advocacy club; Wagner; and other campus advocacy groups hosted a conversation about arts and urban planning featuring guest speakers Jonathan Bowles, Paul Nagle, and Naomi Hersson-Ringskog.

Fall 2010

Colloquium: "Unconventional Art Fairs: Philadelphia's Philagrafika," November 12, 2010
Featured guest speakers included Teresa Jaynes, co-founder/director of Philagrafika and Pablo Helguera, participating artist in 2010 Philagrafika's "Out of Print" series.

Alumni Council: Meet Your Mentor, November 5, 2010

Colloquium: "The Shifting Priorities and Relationships between Museum Mission, Collecting and Exhibition Responsibilities, and Audience Outreach and Participation," October 29, 2010
Featured guest speaker, Marti Mayo, art museum consultant, director, curator, and writer.

Colloquium: "Bob Monk in conversation with Sandra Lanf, Art Dealing & Collecting," September 24, 2010
Noted dealer and gallerist, Bob Monk in conversation with Sandy Lang.

Spring 2010

"Artist Panel: Andrew Chan, Nicky Enright, Glendalys Medina, and Gabriel J. Shuldiner," April 16, 2010

Fall 2009

"Nathalie Angles & Jenny Moore," November 13, 2009

Colloquium: "Exhibitions, What has changed since the economic collapse," October 23, 2009
Featured guests included Jane McNamara, Janine Cirincione and Micaela Giovannotti.

Colloquium: "Managing Change / Public Perceptions in a Challenging Economy," September 25, 2009
Featured guests of this event were Helen Allen and Mary Pelzer. An art fair organizer and art advisor, Helen Allen is Executive Director of Ramsay Fairs and of Pulse Contemporary Art Fair which she founded in 2005. Ms. Allen was previously Director of The Affordable Art Fair and Sara Meltzer Gallery, Research Coordinator and Associate Advisor with Thea Westreich Art Advisory, and Cataloger and Junior Specialist in Christie's Contemporary Art Department, both in Rome and New York.  Ms. Allen also worked with the Communications Department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on special projects. As a consultant for both corporate and private collectors, Ms. Allen has worked on special projects with numerous national and international companies, art organizations and private clients. Ms. Allen is a member of iCI (Independent Curators International) Independent Steering Committee (which she helped found in 1997) and Board Member of Chez Bushwick.  A respected voice in the art world, she has written articles and reviews on the contemporary art market and is a frequent participant in lectures and panel discussions. Born in New York City, Ms. Allen received a BA in Art History from Duke University and a graduate degree from Christie’s, London.