Sandra Lang, Director and Full-Time Faculty, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Melissa Rachleff Burtt spent 8 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. She is an alumna of the ICP MA Program at NYU and received her B.S. degree 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. Recently, 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. She is the curator of “Inventing Downtown, a recent exhibition at NYU’s Grey Art Gallery which has been received with great acclaim.
Amy Whitaker, Full-Time Faculty, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Carlo Lamagna is an art historian of modern and contemporary art and material culture, a former art museum curator (DeCordova Museum, MA), gallerist (Carlo Lamagna Gallery, NYC), independent curator, and corporate curator (Best Products Company, VA). He is a current board member of the Committee on Museum Professional Training, a professional network of the American Alliance of Museums; an immediate past board member of the Association of Arts Administration Educators; and Vice President of Trademark West!, a New York-based historic preservation advocacy organization. Formerly Director, Visual Arts Administration M.A. Program 1991-1998, and Chair, Department of Art and Art Professions, 1997-2005. Prof. Lamagna has collaborated on, created, and led study abroad programs in the management of cultural institutions in the Netherlands, Paris, and Berlin (since 1994), and the exhibition and display of art and material culture in London (since 2007). He is academic co-director for the International Leadership Program in Visual Arts Management, a collaboration among NYU Steinhardt; the Deusto Business School, University of Deusto, Bilbao; and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.
RoseLee Goldberg, Part-Time Faculty
RoseLee Goldberg is an art historian, author, critic and curator. She is the author of Performance Art: From Futurism to the Present (Thames & 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 Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and is a frequent contributor to Artforum. She is the author of Performance: Live 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 Khalid Ahmad
Noreen Khalid Ahmad is an accomplished strategist and communications specialist skilled at balancing the ideals of the cultural sector with the long-term mission-driven interests of every client. She is currently the Director of Communications & Marketing at the Morgan Library & Museum. Over the last decade, she has worked with over 50 cultural and educational institutions across the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Africa to strengthen audience engagement, fortify market positioning, and increase brand awareness. She has honed a sophisticated understanding of the concerns facing public cultural organizations, private creative enterprises, and initiatives that harness the energy and passions of both. Previously, she held leadership positions at Sutton, Fitz & Co, and LaPlaca Cohen, as well as roles at the Whitney Museum of American Art and The School of American Ballet at Lincoln Center. She serves on the board of Independent Curators International (ICI) was the co-chair of the Young Collectors Council at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum from 2008 to 2019. Noreen graduated from New York University with a Masters in Visual Arts Administration and Northwestern University with a Bachelors of Science.
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 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.
Valentina Castellani grew up in Turin, Italy where she graduated magna cum laude in Greek Archaeology and History of Art at the University of Turin. In 1997, she began working for Sotheby’s in London as an expert in the Contemporary Art Department. She continued to work for Sotheby’s as a deputy director in New York, and in 2005 joined Gagosian Gallery as a director. At Gagosian she organized and curated a number of highly acclaimed exhibitions, including Pablo Picasso Mosqueteros (New York 2009); Francis Bacon: Late Work (2015); and Piero Manzoni: A Retrospective (New York, 2009) with Germano Celant, which won the Art Awards for Best Exhibition of the year in a commercial gallery. In addition to her involvement in exhibitions, she actively worked in the secondary market, outsourcing important works of art from European collections. In 2014 the Society of Foreign Consuls in New York recognized her for outstanding achievements and contributions in Community Empowerment. Since 2016, she has worked as an independent dealer. Among her new activities, she is collaborating with Levy-Gorvy gallery in promoting the work of Carol Rama. She sits on the board of the Casa Italiana of NYU and of the Drawing Center of New York.
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 art 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 is Director Emeritus of the Fine Art Department, Bonhams Auctioneers & Appraisers, New York and currently serves as the firm's representative for New Jersey and Pennsylvania. 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”.
Kendal Henry is Director of the Percent for Art Program in NYC’s Department of Cultural Affairs. He has over 20 years of experience working with cultural agencies domestically and abroad, including NYC’s DCA, New York State’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority Arts for Transit Program, the US Department of State in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, the Maribyrnong City Council in Melbourne, Australia, the NEA Our Town program for the city of Shreveport, LA, and as Director of Culture and Economic Development for the City of Newburgh, NY. In addition to his work fostering the arts through city-based initiatives, Henry also serves as a public art curator for CEC ArtsLink and has taught at the School of Visual Arts Summer Residency Program. He has served on boards for the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, the Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts and the West Harlem Art Fund.
Sandy Lee has a background in both finance and the arts. Across disciplines, she possesses interest in themes of global exchange and shifts in materials, processes, and technology. Within finance, Sandy has worked extensively with institutions, pension plans, and private investors on alternative investments. She is a co-founder and principal of Eight Seven Capital. She has also worked at the D. E. Shaw group and Morgan Stanley. Sandy serves on the board of the Joan Mitchell Foundation, where she advises on the finance and investing activities of the artist-endowed foundation. She received a BA in History from Yale University and an MA in the History of Design and Curatorial Studies from the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and Parsons School of Design, where she has taught design history.
Aviva Lehmann joined Heritage Auctions as Director of American Art in 2013, after fourteen years in the auction industry. Ms. Lehmann previously served as Vice President, Specialist in the American Art department at Christie’s, where she was instrumental in establishing dozens of auction records in virtually every category of American Art. While directing their mid-season auctions in 2004-6 she doubled the value of these sales. Additionally Ms. Lehmann has lectured on American Art at museums and institutions throughout the country. Prior to her tenure at Christie’s, Ms. Lehmann worked for two years as assistant curator of Judaica at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. Ms. Lehmann graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Yeshiva University.
Naomi Leibowitz is a digital-first content producer and strategist with over 10 years of experience in the cultural sector. Most recently, Naomi served as Associate Director, Creative Strategy and Operations at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. In that role, she oversaw the development of all audio and video content for exhibitions and special projects, working cross-departmentally to bring Guggenheim programming to life for onsite audiences and social networks of over 5 million users. Naomi previously led product development and management for the Guggenheim's mobile apps and served as their sole rights manager. Prior to joining the Guggenehim, Naomi was a photo editor in the publishing industry. She holds a BFA in Photography and Imaging from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Elizabeth Marcus is an art historian and Associate Director at Galerie St. Etienne, New York. She is also Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute. Prior positions include research associate at The Cooper-Hewitt Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and faculty at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York.
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 is the president and co-founder of South Side Design & 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 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 U. S. 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 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 worked 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 Museum¹s permanent collection of over 7000 artworks, as well as the more than 500 loaned artworks in the Guggenheim’s care in the iconic Frank Lloyd Wright building in New York and traveling abroad, including to the Guggenheim Museums in Bilbao, Spain and Venice, Italy, and the future Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Steven R. Schindler
Steven R. Schindler is one of the founding partners of Schindler Cohen & Hochman LLP, one of New York City's outstanding litigation and art law boutiques. As a senior member of the firm’s litigation practice, Steve represents a broad range of clients in state and federal courts and arbitrations throughout the nation and works closely with foreign law firms in complex transnational litigation. Steve also heads SCH’s Art Law Group, which combines SCH’s formidable litigation expertise with a deep knowledge of the art market and its specific legal issues. Steve regularly advises art galleries, other businesses 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 on the immediate past chair of the NYC Bar Association's Art Law Committee. He often speaks on legal and industry-sponsored panels relating to current topics in art law and is the author of numerous articles on art law. Steve is the co-host of The Art Law Podcast.
Vida Schreibman is Director, Cultural Destinations NYC, a customized educational art tour 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.
Linda Selvin is the Executive Director of the Appraisers Association of America, the premier association of personal property appraisers of the fine and decorative arts and collectibles. Linda has 25 years of experience in the visual arts and association management. She began her career as the Gallery Manager of the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, and went on to become the Program Officer at the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, distributing funds internationally to artists of both merit and need. For 10 years she served as the Executive Director of the New York Branch of The International Dyslexia Association. Linda holds a Bachelor of Science from Wagner College and a Masters in Public Administration from Baruch College, CUNY. She has been a guest lecturer both nationally and internationally. She is the Chairman of the Appraisal Foundation’s Advisory Council based in Washington, D.C. and is a member of their Personal Property Issues Committee. Linda is also a member of ArtTable, an organization of women of leadership in the visual arts. From 2011-2013, she was the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Robert Louis Stevenson School and from 2009-2011 was the President of the Executive Women’s Golf Association, New York City Chapter.
Stokic is a Belgrade-born, New York-based art historian and curator. She holds a PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Her dissertation, The Body Beautiful: Feminine Self-Representations 1970–2007, analyzes works of Marina Abramovic, Martha Rosler, Joan Jonas particularly focusing on the notion of self-representation. Stokic was a fellow at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; a researcher at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the curator of the Kimmel Center Galleries, New York University; and the performance curator at Location One, New York. She is currently on the faculty of the MFA Art Practice, SVA, SUNY New Paltz, and NYU Steinhardt Department of Art and Art Professions. Her book on contemporary performance art will be published by Bloomsbury in February 2020.
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 has over 30 years of leadership experience in museums in the United States and Canada. Trained as an artist, she brings creativity, compassion, critical and strategic thinking to set the vision for how art museums can engage and learn with diverse, equitable, and inclusive audiences, fulfilling their public missions. Woon is an advocate for the development of institutional partnerships as a means of relevance, shared knowledge, and continued learning. Her work in the field embraces digital and analog experiences as part of an integrated design process. She considers teaching and learning to be the most creative profession and process. Most recently, Woon held the position of The Edward John Noble Deputy Director for Education at The Museum of Modern Art for 14 years; The Beatrice Cummings Mayer Director of Education at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago) for ten years; and also held positions at the Royal Ontario Museum, Art Gallery of Hamilton and The London Regional Children’s Museum in Canada. Woon was a founding member of the Forum for Leadership in Museum Education. She is a member of the Community Advisory Board for WNET, and the Advisory Committee for Art + Feminism. She has curated numerous exhibitions, contributed to publications, and is a noted speaker and presenter at conferences internationally. Her work in the field is characterized by research and experimentation and she believes in disruptiveness as means of growth.
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, Ms Zimet 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 & Business Council, Inc. Alice is a member of the Collections Committee of the Harvard University Art Museums.