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Alumni in Action

MA Arts Administration Program

Our MA Arts Administration alumni are a network of skilled arts administrators and professionals throughout the world. They are a part of a community that shares connections and expands the field of visual arts administration in commercial and non-profit sectors. 

Featured Alumni Profiles

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While studying in the program, she held internships at the Museum of Modern Art and the Drawing Center, and organized and moderated a Colloquium titled Accessibility in Arts Spaces. 

Abby Chin-Martin, MA Visual Arts Administration, 2020

Abby is currently the Major Gifts Coordinator at the Whitney Museum of American Art where she manages the premiere patron group Chairman's Council. Through her work in fundraising and donor relations, she is interested in expanding accessibility in the arts through public engagement and special projects that allow for museums to become more equitable spaces. Previously, she was the Annual Giving Coordinator at The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens in Los Angeles, and previously held positions at the Hammer Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. 

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“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."

Julia Lammer, MA Visual Arts Administration, 2014

After graduating from NYU she worked in the Director’s Office and was Development Assistant at MoMA PS1. In this fast-paced environment Julia also wrote grant proposals, coordinated and administered MoMA PS1’s membership programming and managed museum-wide special events. After her PS1 experience she worked as a Development Manager and Senior Manager for the Victoria and Albert Museum in London for over 5 years. She now works in Art and Philanthropy for Parley for the Oceans, while doing curatorial research and writing on a freelance basis. 

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Ilaria Conti is an independent curator with a focus on research-based practices addressing social justice, decolonial processes, and the relationship between institutional infrastructures, communal care, and public engagement.

llaria Conti, MA Visual Arts Administration, 2013 

Most recently, she served as Research Curator at the Centre Pompidou for Cosmopolis, a multiyear platform devoted to research-based art. Previously, she served as Exhibitions and Programs Director at CIMA New York, Assistant Curator of the 2016 Marrakech Biennale, and Samuel H. Kress Interpretive Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, among other positions. She is the Vice-President of the African Art in Venice Forum. Curated projects include Rethinking Nature (2021), ALT(ering) + SHIFT(ing) + COMM(uning) (2020), Labor/Art/Auratic Conditions (2020), Prove di R(i)esistenza (2020), Cosmopolis #2: Rethinking the Human (2019), Cosmopolis #1.5: Enlarged Intelligence (2018).

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Manjari Sihare-Sutin brings a breadth of knowledge and experience in her engagement with a broad gamut of constituents including leading artists and curators, major donors, elected officials and the media.

Manjari Sihare-Sutin, MA Visual Arts Administration, 2010

She works in the Modern and Contemporary South Asian Department at Sotheby’s. Manjari has worked extensively with a range of both institutions and private collections in India and the United States. Manjari has worked extensively with a range of both institutions and private collections in India and the United States. Prior to joining Sotheby’s, Manjari held the position of Curatorial Manager for Queens Museum, New York.

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I have been an advocate of using technology to enhance how we manage, sell and interact with art, both in person and online. My passion for art, design and business development is anchored in creative thinking.

Joe Elliott, Senior Director & Chief Commercial Officer, MA Visual Arts Administration, 2011

As Senior Director & Chief Commercial Officer at Artlogic my focus is on helping to craft and execute the company’s strategic vision and expanding Artlogic’s reach to a wider international audience. My expertise spans strategy, sales, marketing, customer success and product development. I will always challenge and encourage our teams to continually improve Artlogic’s services through product innovation and world class customer service, because it is my firm belief that a great product is never finished. 

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Kris has been a consultant for the past 13 years, most notably for an award-winning, large-scale, public art project with artists Cindy Sherman, Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger, and Louise Lawler.

Kris Lewis, MA Visual Arts Administration, 2007 

Since 2017, Kris has been the Director of Development at the Fowler Museum at UCLA in Los Angeles where she oversees the department and all fundraising efforts. She is a consultant for The Martha Alf Foundation; a Board member of the Fellows of Contemporary Art; and an annual visiting speaker at NYU for the MA, VAA program. She was previously the Director of Government and Foundation Relations at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for 5 years, and prior to that, held various development positions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles; and The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Alumni Council MA in Visual Arts Administration

VAA Alumni Council

The Alumni Council of the Visual Arts Administration M.A. Program takes an active interest in the careers of its graduates. It is a group composed of nearly thirty mentors who work in the field and take special interest in placing students and graduates in internships, giving insider advice through information sessions and counseling, and helping all those who seek their expertise to obtain the jobs where they can succeed. 

Learn more about the council.

Video featuring David Strauss, MA Visual Arts Administration, 2004