MA in Visual Arts Administration


Sandra Lang,
 Director and Full-Time Faculty, sandra.lang@nyu.edu


Sandra Lang has extensive experience in both non-profit and for-profit organizations.  Formerly Administrative Director, Art Advisory Service, The Museum of Modern Art, and Executive Director, Independent Curators International.  She has advised corporations and not-for-profit organizations on administrative, programmatic and fundraising issues including strategic plans, policy and procedures, exhibition development and tours, acquisitions and commissions of art, feasibility studies, communications programs, budgeting and contracts.


Melissa Rachleff Burtt, Full-Time Faculty, mjr2007@nyu.edu

Melissa Rachleff Burtt spent eight years as a program officer at the New York State Council on the Arts. She was associate curator at Exit Art and head of adult and community programs at the Brooklyn Museum. She has written on the subject of photography, art, and art management for a variety of publications. An alumna of the ICP MA Program at NYU, Ms. Rachleff Burtt received her BS in Art and Design from Drexel University. She was a scholar in residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture under the auspices of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and received a research grant from the Smithsonian Institution in collaboration with the African American museum project. Rachleff Burtt received a Steinhardt Faculty Challenge Grant for a collaborative study at the Bronx Museum of the Arts.  Her essay, "Do It Yourself: A History of Alternatives" appeared in Alternative Histories: New York Art Spaces, 1960-2010, published by MIT Press, Fall 2012. Rachleff Burtt has curated an exhibit at the Grey Gallery, Inventing Downtown, which is on view through April 1, 2017. 

Amy Whitaker, Full-Time Faculty, amy.whitaker@nyu.edu
Amy teaches and writes at the intersection of art, design, and business. She holds both an MBA from Yale University and an MFA in painting from the University College London. She started her career in art museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim, and the Tate, before going to work for the investment firm D.E. Shaw & Co., L.P., and the start-up Locus Analytics. From 2011 until 2015, Amy was a full-time member of the Art Business faculty at the Sotheby’s Institute. She has also taught at Williams College, the Rhode Island School of Design, the School of Visual Arts, and California College of the Arts. She is the author of Museum Legs (Hol Art Books, 2009) and Art Thinking (Harper Business, 2016), and co-author of The Social Life of Artistic Property (Publication Studio, 2014). Amy received the 2012 Sarah Verdone Writing Award from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. From 2013 until 2016, she served as president of POWarts, the Professional Organization for Women in the Arts. She has advised artists and designers on business strategy for LMCC, the TED Fellows, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, and the New Museum Incubator, where Amy was an entrepreneur-in-residence from 2015 until 2016.

Carlo M. Lamagna
, Part-time Faculty for Global Programs


Prof. Lamagna is currently academic co-director for the International Leadership Program in Visual Arts Management (ILPVAM), a collaboration among the Visual Arts Administration M.A. Program, Department of Art & Art Professions/NYU Steinhardt; the Deusto University Business School, Bilbao; and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.Professional experience includes: Chair, Department of Art and Art Professions (1997-2005), Director, Visual Arts Administration M.A. Program (1991-1998), art museum curator (DeCordova Museum, MA), corporate art curator (Best Products Co., VA), gallerist (Carlo Lamagna Gallery; O.K. Harris Works of Art, NYC), and independent curator and cultural management consultant.
Prof. Lamagna is currently Vice Chair of Landmark West!, a New York-based historic preservation advocacy organization; a former member of the board of the Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE); and the Committee on Museum Professional Training (COMPT), a Professional Network of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM);  He drafted and facilitated adoption of COMPT’s standards and best practices guidelines and served on the standards working group for AAAE.
Prof. Lamagna is an art historian, who has taught and presented on a wide range of topics including competencies and standards for museum professionals, museum salaries, advocacy training, and the public value of the arts.  Prof. Lamagna has collaborated on, created, and led study abroad programs in the management of cultural institutions in the Netherlands, Paris, and Berlin (1994-2016), and the exhibition and display of art and material culture in London (2008-13). 

RoseLee Goldberg
RoseLee Goldberg is an art historian, author, critic and curator. She is the author of Performance ArtFrom Futurism to the Present (Thames and Hudson, 2011), a key text for teaching performance in universities. Throughout her career, Goldberg has established new models for exhibiting modern and contemporary performance and organized exhibitions. As curator at the Kitchen in New York, she presented works by Laurie Anderson, Phillip Glass, and Meredith Monk, and curated the first solo exhibitions of, Robert Longo, David Salle, and Cindy Sherman. Goldberg has created performance series for the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum, and is a frequent contributor to Artforum. She is the author of PerformanceLive Art Since 1960 (Abrams, 1998), Laurie Anderson (Abrams, 2000) and Shirin Neshat (Charta, 2002). In 2004, Goldberg founded PERFORMA, a non-profit multi-disciplinary arts organization for the research, development, and presentation of 21st-century visual art performance. She received her degree at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London.

Noreen Ahmad
Noreen Ahmad currently works as a Company Director for Sutton specializing in strategic communications and marketing and development initiatives for a broad range of institutions, clients and cultural organizations. Before joining Sutton, Noreen launched Third Eye and was an Assistant Director at FITZ & CO where she was responsible for company communications, events, audience development, cohesive marketing and messaging platforms. Noreen has also held key positions at LaPlaca Cohen and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Noreen belongs to a number of patrons groups throughout New York City, chairs the Young Collectors Council at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and serves on the board of Independent Curators International (ICI). Noreen graduated from New York University with a Masters in Visual Arts Administration and Northwestern University with a Bachelors of Science.

Victoria Brooks
Victoria Brooks is a curator and producer based in upstate New York. She is curator of time-based visual art at EMPAC / Rensselaer, chair of the Contemporary Curatorial Workshop at the Williams Graduate Program in the History of Art, and makes films with the research and production collective Thirteen Black Cats. She has commissioned and produced major new works in the expanded field of visual arts, moving image and performance for art institutions, cinemas, festivals, television and radio worldwide with artists such as Tarek Atoui, Charles Atlas, Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener, Martine Syms, Wu Tsang, Rosa Barba, Ephraim Asili, Laure Prouvost, Oraib Toukan + Ala Younis, A.K. Burns, Patricia L. Boyd, Lucy Raven, Cally Spooner, Boudry/Lorenz, and Agnès Varda among others.

Sarah Calderon
Sarah Calderon is the Managing Director of ArtPlace America. Previously, Sarah Calderon was the Executive Director of Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education (Bronx, NY) from 2008-2015. During her tenure, she has overseen the opening of a new, 90,000-square-foot facility for the Center's arts and education programming and developed partnerships with organizations ranging from Lincoln Center to the NYC Housing Authority.  Before joining Casita, Sarah founded and ran Stickball Printmedia Arts in East Harlem, a printmaking and digital arts organization for youth. Prior to that she was with the NYC Department of Education creating the Annual Arts in Schools Report  - a data collection, analysis, and reporting effort for arts education in NYC's public schools, and at MPR Associates working as a consultant, managing research and evaluation projects from design through publication.  Sarah has also worked as a teaching artist in Chicago, Oakland and New York City. Sarah holds a BFA in printmaking and a BA in psychology from the University of Michigan; and an M.Ed. in arts education from Harvard University.  

Arthur Cohen
Arthur Cohen is CEO of LaPlaca Cohen, a New York-based, international marketing consultancy serving the cultural community.  LaPlaca Cohen's recent projects include the opening of the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia; the opening of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas; the market survey for the proposed Guggenheim Museum in Helsinki; and the "My Met" campaign for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. LaPlaca Cohen is also the creator of "Culture Track," which is the largest ongoing market research study of the American cultural consumer. Cohen is a graduate of Harvard Business School, the University of Pennsylvania and the London School of Economics.

Michael Danoff
Michael Danoff has built contemporary art collections for art museums­ – four of which he directed– corporations and individuals, and continues to advise and lecture. He was director of the Art Program at Neuberger Berman and Senior Vice President, building an internationally renowned contemporary collection. For Lehman Brothers he researched and acquired contemporary art globally in locations including Beijing, Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Mumbai, Paris, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo. Danoff has organized and co-organized many exhibitions, including the first one-person museum shows in the United States of artists such as Georg Baselitz, Daniel Buren, Peter Halley, Jeff Koons, and Gerhard Richter. He has published extensively, held faculty positions at Dickinson College and the University of Texas at Austin, and lectured at art museums, universities and art fairs internationally. Danoff has lectured on contemporary art and on collecting art at The Museum of Modern Art, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Christie’s Education, 92YTribeca, Art Basel Miami, the Armory Show and Art Dubai. Danoff has a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D, the latter in humanities with a concentration in art history. 

Alan Fausel
Alan Fausel is Director of the Fine Art Department, Bonhams Auctioneers and Appraisers, New York.  Formerly he was Senior Vice President, European and American Paintings at Doyle/New York Auctioneers and Appraisers.  He was previously Curator at the The Frick Art Museum, Pittsburgh; Assistant Curator, European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco; and Director of Museum Services and European Paintings at Butterfield & Butterfield.  He can frequently be seen as one of the Appraisers on “Antiques Roadshow”.

Thomas Galbraith
Thomas Galbraith, co-founder of The Petraeus Group, consults with companies in the art and luxury industries, focusing on market analysis and growth strategies. Previously, while Managing Director at Paddle 8, he managed a team, which he built from scratch,  of 50+ people in sales, cataloguing, client development.(take out 'having built the team from scratch.' )  Prior to Paddle8, he was the Director of Global Strategy and Analytics at artnet, where he led a team of market analysts and developed artnet's Asia growth strategy.  He has also held positions are The Art Loss Register, AIG Private Client Group (now Chartis), and AXA Art Insurance Corporation.  In addition to frequent speaking engagements, he has served on the board of the Association of Professional Art Advisers (APAA) and is an Adjunct Professor at the Asia Institute of Fine Art in Shanghai.

Shelley Sanders Kehl
Shelley Sanders Kehl is a full-time legal practitioner in private practice with a focus on employment and non-profit corporate work. Her prior positions include General Counsel and Secretary at Pratt University, and Associate, Proskauer Rose Goetz & Mendelsohn.

Elizabeth Marcus
Elizabeth Marcus is associate director of Galerie St. Etienne in New York where she has worked for over 25 years.  She has taught at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Pratt Institute, Sotheby's and The School for Visual Arts.  Professor Marcus has lectured widely on the history of 20th century fashion photography and the history of 20th century design.  At New York University she teaches courses on Fashion Photography, 20th Century Design, Contemporary Design, and Art Collecting.

Bob Monk
Bob Monk is a director at Gagosian Gallery. He began his career at Leo Castelli Gallery and went on to have his own gallery, Lorence Monk, before working as a director at Sotheby’s. Additionally, Bob has been involved in many Gagosian publications. Bob serves as a board member for the International Print Center New York.

Sam Morse
Sam Morse is the president and co-founder of South Side Design and Building in Brooklyn, NY. South Side works with museums and the arts community bringing exhibits to life as designers, fabricators, and construction consultants. For over 10 years, Sam has been working with museum and gallery directors, curators, architects and designers to make their ideas take shape in reality.

Kirsten Munro
Kirsten Munro has nearly 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector, with a strong track record in developing and identifying funding for strategic institutional programming, and with a focus on international cultural exchange. She is currently Director of Development at Baryshnikov Arts Center. Previously, she was Director of Grants at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) where her work included large-scale special projects such as Muslim Voices: Arts and Ideas (2009); Si Cuba, (2011); and a partnership with the US Department of State, DanceMotion USASM. She served as the Project Manager for a cultural exchange partnership with the Mikhail Prokhorov Fund,TransCultural Express: Russian and American Arts Today.  She is also an executive producer of The Earth Moves: a documentary about Einstein on the Beach, currently in production. Kirsten has held previous strategic development positions at Brooklyn Botanical Garden, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, as well as managed Czech and Slovak cultural and educational exchange programs at the Foundation for a Civil Society. Prior to working in development, she taught English in the Czech Republic. She was a founding board member of Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre, and currently serves on its Advisory Board. Kirsten attended the London School of Economics and Pomona College.

MaryLouise Napier
MaryLouise Napier has been a fine arts museum professional at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in New York City for over 20 years. She started her career at the museum in the Directors Office, but moved to the technical side where she works as a registrar and remained for over a decade. In 2004 she rejoined the Director's Office as the Deputy Chief of staff and worked on a wide variety of projects across the museum platform including a number of feasibility studies for countries interested in building major art museums. As the Guggenheim's Director of Registration, MaryLouise oversees all artwork movement, storage, packing, handling, and insurance for the Museum's permanent collection of over 7000 artworks, as well as more than 500 loaned artworks in the Guggenheim's care each year in the iconic Frank Llyod Wright building in New York and traveling abroad, including to the Guggenheim Museums in Bilbao, Spain and Venice, Italy, and the future Guggenheim in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. MaryLouise has traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia on behalf of the Guggenheim as a courier of artwork and has overseen installations in over 100 institutions worldwide. She has helped shape the institutional policies and procedures for best practices and risk management for the Guggenheim's New York location and global affiliates. 

Stephen Rosenberg
Stephen Rosenberg founded his contemporary art gallery (Stephen Rosenberg Fine Art, later Rosenberg + Kaufman Fine Art) in 1983. The gallery focused on American and international painting, works on paper and photography and worked with national and international clients. The gallery was in continuous operation until 2006. As an educator, he has been a speaker/lecturer to art school, university, museum and corporate audiences for the past fifteen years on topics such as what contemporary art dealers really do, how to build private and corporate art collections, developing artist's careers, speaking on a variety of legal, strategic and market issues in the contemporary art world. Rosenberg is the former Director of the master's Program in Art Business at Sotheby's Institute of Art, New York and lectures at Pratt Institute. He is currently a private dealer in the primary and secondary art markets, an art adviser and an appraiser. Rosenberg is a former litigating attorney and a social policy consultant to government bodies, private and corporate foundations and is a Board Member of El Leon Literary Arts.

Steven R. Schindler
Steven R. Schindler is one of the founding partners of Schindler Cohen & Hochman LLP.  Almost twenty years after it was founded, SC&H continues to earn its reputation as one of the City’s outstanding litigation and art law boutiques. In addition to being a senior member of the firm’s litigation practice, Steve also heads SC&H’s Art Law Group. This practice area combines SC&H’s formidable litigation expertise with a deep knowledge of the art market and its specific legal issues. Steve regularly advises art galleries, other art related businesses, collectors, artists, and not-for-profit corporations in the art space on transactional matters, such as the sale and acquisition of art and their relationships with dealers, banks and auction houses, and has litigated cases involving the authenticity, title, provenance and appraisals of art. Steve is Chair of the Art Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association and is co-president of the board of Artists Space, whose mission is to encourage diversity and experimentation in the arts and to provide an exhibition space for new art and artists. Steve often speaks on legal and industry sponsored panels relating to current topics in art law, and is the author of articles on art law including, The “Red Flags” Standard: Rationalizing ACA Galleries, Inc. v. Kinney,International Foundation for Art Research Journal, Vol. 16, No. 4, 2016, Buyer Beware: Is There A Duty To AuthenticateArt?, International Foundation For Art Research Journal, Vol. 15 Nos. 3 & 4, 2014; Role of Judges in Authenticating Art in United States and Europe, New York Law Journal, Sept. 15, 2014; Questioning ‘Cariou’ Rationale On Transformative Fair Use, New York Law Journal, Nov. 19, 2014.

Vida Schreibman
Vida Schreibman is Director, Cultural Destinations NYC, a customized educational art tours and advisory service serving foreign and domestic corporate, philanthropic, academic and alumni organizations. Prior positions include directorships at Germans Van Eck Gallery, NY; Margulies Taplin Gallery, FL; and South Florida Art Center.

Gretchen Scott
Gretchen Scott is a marketing and social media strategist with nearly a decade of experience at three of New York City’s top art museums. In her current role as Director of Marketing at the New Museum, she leads strategy for all public-facing communications, including social media, advertising, and email. In her previous role overseeing social media for The Museum of Modern Art, Gretchen led content development and community engagement for an audience of over 7 million people. Prior to that, she worked in marketing at the Whitney Museum of American Art in the years leading up to their move to the Meatpacking District. 

Alina Sumajin
Alina Sumajin is co-founder and principal of PAVE Communications & Consulting, a strategic communications agency based in New York. She has nearly 10 years of experience in cultural communications, and has developed an extensive network of media and professional relationships that span the visual and performing arts, design, and architecture. Prior to founding PAVE, Alina most recently served as a Vice President at Resnicow + Associates (R+A), the youngest team member to ascend to the position in that firm’s history. She has held positions in the publicity departments at Christie’s (New York), NYU Press, Workman Publishing, and the Wexner Center for the Arts. Alina holds a Masters degree in Visual Arts Administration from New York University and a Bachelor's degree in the History of Art and Journalism from Ohio State University.

Wendy Woon
Wendy Woon, The Edward John Noble Foundation Deputy Director for Education at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), has over 26 years of award-winning experience in museum education.  She oversees all educational departments at MOMA. She has worked at a variety of museums in both Canada and the United States including The London Regional Children’s Museum, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Art Gallery of Hamilton and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago as well as consulting for museums privately. She has curated numerous historical and contemporary international exhibitions and presented on panels and in talks internationally.   

Alice Zimet

Alice Sachs Zimet is Founder and President of Arts + Business Partnerships LLC, a consulting group with a focus on corporate sponsorship marketing. During nearly 20 years at the Chase Manhattan Bank, she created the first Cultural Affairs Marketing Group in a commercial bank. Recent client assignments include: American Express, Fleet Bank, International Center of Photography, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Sephora USA, U.S. Department of State and the Arts and Business Council, Inc. She is a member of the Collections Committee of the Harvard University Art Museums.