Consultants: October 27 Doctor’s Hours for Visual Artists

Consultants: October 27 Doctor’s Hours for Visual Artists


These bios provide an opportunity for you to research which consultants would be appropriate for the advice and feedback you are seeking. Register here for Doctor’s Hours after 11:00 AM EST on October 14.

George Adams, Gallery Owner, George Adams Gallery
The George Adams Gallery regularly exhibits the work of 18 artists and estates, among them Robert Arneson, Jack Beal, Joan Brown, Enrique Chagoya, Roy DeForest, Lesley Dill, and Peter Saul, several of whom have been associated with the gallery (then known as the Allan Frumkin Gallery and Frumkin/Adams Gallery) for over 40 years. The gallery also has a history of introducing emerging artists; since 1990 the gallery has given artists James Barsness, Jose Bedia, Yoan Capote, Don Colley, Diane Edison, Amer Kobaslija, Lino Lago, and Kako Ueda their first New York solo exhibitions.

Erin Donnelly, Independent arts manager
She was Internships and Grants Administrator, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University. Since 2001 she worked for Lower Manhattan Cultural Council serving five years as Director, Artist Residencies and later as Special Projects Consultant. Curated exhibitions and public art projects have been held in New York City and beyond. Her specialization in artist services and professional development has led to her participation with peer organizations and lectures at universities. Publications include “Art in Odd Places:Sign” and “Site Matters” and an interview with artist José Ruiz, “Descendents of Ascension” at Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning. She has taught in the Department of Photography & Imaging, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. She is a mentor for the Richard and Mica Hadar Foundation. She received a MA from Gallatin School of Individualized Study, Certificate in Museum Studies, and BA in Fine Arts, all from NYU. In 2000-2001, she was a Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellow at the Independent Study Program, Whitney Museum of American Art. In 2009 she was honored by Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts with a David Alfaro Siqueiros Award.

Maymanah Farhat, Writer, art historian
Maymanah is an art historian who has written widely on modern and contemporary Arab art. Her essays have been featured in monographs, exhibition catalogues, e-zines, and journals. Her reviews have appeared in Art Journal, ArtAsiaPacific magazine, and Callaloo: Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters, among others. She was the West Asia editor of ArtAsiaPacific magazine’s annual Almanac from 2006 to 2009, covering the year in art for 14 Middle Eastern countries. As part of her work for a commercial art space in the Middle East from 2009 until 2011, she authored over 150 artist bios and profiles for half a dozen auction catalogues. Based in New York since 2005, she has curated several exhibitions for non-profits in the city, including the South Asian Creative Womens Collective’s 14th annual exhibition at Cuchifritos gallery. In 2010, she co-curated New York Chronicles at the Virginia Commonwealth University Gallery in Doha, Qatar, and most recently co-curated the large-scale group exhibition Emo at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts in Manhattan. Maymanah is the co-editor of Jadaliyya’s culture page.

Sara Jones, Curator, artist, educator, co-founder of Kind Aesthetic 
Sara, is an artist, curator and educator living and working in Brooklyn, NY. In 2012, she co-founded Kind Aesthetic, a creative agency that uses art, design and communal action to give voice to ideas so that they can exist and thrive in the real world, and developed DELVE, a suite of services and events that helps artists and creatives best communicate what they do in person, online and in writing. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally and was included in New American Paintings, #104, Northeast Edition in 2013. She received her MFA from the joint degree program at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University, and her BA from Connecticut College. She has taught drawing, painting and illustration at Pratt Institute and has worked as a curator and exhibition designer for the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union. She is also a member of the artist and curatorial collective ||| (3-art).

Louky Keijsers Koning, Curator, Art Appraiser and co-owner of LMAKprojects
Louky Keijsers Koning is a New York based curator, art appraiser and co-owner of LMAKprojects. She founded LMAKprojects in 2005, and in 2009 was joined by Bart Keijsers Koning, her husband. Through the gallery program Keijsers Koning is able to extend her interest and commitment to the artist’s process and introduce collectors to new horizons through visuals, sound or concept. Her curatorial practices vary from video and film programs, performances and exhibitions. Besides running the program at the gallery she has organized exhibitions such as Fragments of unspoken thoughts City Museum of Ljubljana, Slovenia 2012, Bas Jan Ader: The world was young when gravity fell Skuc Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia 2012 and Towing the Line, drawing space: 40 artists from the Netherlands at White Box in 2009. Her video and film programs were shown at venues like Art in General, Longwood Arts and Thomas Erben Gallery and in 2006 she co-organized the Art Basel program at the Sagamore honoring Yoko Ono. She also founded LMAKseries, which is an ongoing life audiovisual performance event, which she co-curates with invited guest curators. One of her latest endeavors is setting up an appraisal and advisory firm alongside the gallery activities. She holds a MA in Art History and a MA in Arts Management both from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Wayne Northcross, Chief consultant for ArtKapsule, curator
Wayne Northcross was born in Detroit, Michigan, where he received a BA in Italian Language and Literature; he completed a degree in law at the University of Miami. As a journalist, Northcross has produced art and fashion features for such publications as The New York Observer, Vogue Hommes, Esquire, and Un-Titled Project. As an independent curator, he has organized exhibitions for the Fusebox Performance Festival in Austin, Texas, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Project Gallery, Venetia Kapernekas Gallery, Cuchifritos, and the Bronx Art Space, all in New York. In 2011, Wayne was a featured curatorial judge in Art/Trek NYC, a documentary-style journey to discover talented artists in every borough of New York City and introduce them to the collecting public. He has been on staff at and has consulted for several contemporary art galleries in New York including Third Streaming, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, NY, The Project/Paul Pfeiffer Studio, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert Gallery, and dm contemporary, NY. Currently Wayne is chief consultant for ArtKapsule, an art advisory firm. Wayne lives and works in New York City.

Larry Ossei-Mensah, Curator, art critic
Larry is an entrepreneur, independent curator and cultural critic who documents cultural and contemporary art happenings for various publications such as Uptown Magazine, My Global Hustle and M Daily. His writings include profiles of Swizz Beatz, Mickalene Thomas and street artist JR. As a curator, Ossei-Mensah uses contemporary art as a vehicle to redefine how we see ourselves and the world around us. He is also the co-founder of the MEDIUM Group, a boutique agency that works with brands and artists to navigate the art world. Ossei-Mensah currently serves on Russell Simmons’ RUSH Artist Advisory Board.

Sara Jo Romero, Co-founder/-Partner/-Director of Schroeder Romero and Schroeder Romero Editions 
In 2001 Lisa Schroeder and Sara Jo Romero opened the contemporary art gallery Schroeder Romero. Originally based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the gallery relocated to Chelsea in 2006 and remained open until the end of 2012. Our artists and gallery have been featured in articles and reviews in most major publications. Since closing the physical gallery space, Schroeder Romero has participated in various projects including curating exhibitions in other venues, private dealing and consulting, and participating in the Moving Image video art in London in October 2013 and in New York this past March. Schroeder Romero Editions was founded in 2012 by Lisa Schroeder and Sara Jo Romero with the aim of producing exclusive, hand-selected, high quality editions and multiples at prices almost anyone can afford. Schroeder Romero Editions is primarily an online venture although we are pleased to show our editions and multiples by participating in the upcoming Pulse Art Fair in New York in May. Before forming Schroeder Romero, Sara Jo Romero was with Holly Solomon Gallery for six years. As director, she worked with such artists as Nam June Paik, William Wegman and Izhar Patkin. She assisted in the retrospective exhibition, “The Worlds of Nam June Paik” at the Guggenheim Museum in 2000. She also gained experience working at Charles Cowles Gallery and Paula Allen Gallery in New York.

Ariel Shanberg, Executive Director at the Center for Photography at Woodstock, art critic
Serving as the Executive Director at the Center for Photography at Woodstock since 2003, Ariel Shanberg provides the organizational vision and leadership and working with CPW’s staff, board of directors, and volunteers, brings forth CPW’s offerings in creation, discovery, and learning. Shanberg organizes CPW’s year-round exhibition program including inviting guest curators and selecting solo exhibition artists. In addition he oversees CPW’s various programs including a 16-year old residency program for artists of color working in the photographic arts, a fellowship award which supports artists living and working in upstate New York, professional traditional and digital workspace, and more. In addition Ariel has guest-curated exhibitions at the Dorsky Museum of Art, the Islip Art Museum, the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, the Houston Center for Photography, and at the Light Factory. His writings on artists including John Coplans, Lucas Foglia, Jeffrey Milstein, Hillerbrand + Magsamen, and Angelika Rinnhofer have been published in such publications as Aspect – The Chronicle for Media Art, Contact Sheet, European Photography, Nueva Luz, Photograph, and to accompany exhibition catalogs. He has been an invited critic & speaker at various organizations and schools including Syracuse University, Bucknell College, School of Visual Arts, FIT, Mason Gross School of the Arts, and Parsons New School of Design. He has served as a panelist and speaker at numerous public events including the inaugural UNSEEN Photo Art Fair/Festival in Amsterdam, Photo Plus Expo, and as a portfolio reviewer at FotoFest, Photolucida, Review Santa Fe, the International Center for Photography, and at Portfolio Review Russia in Moscow Russia, among others.

Debra Vanderburg Spencer, Curator, art historian 
Along with being a curator and art historian Debra also has a background in arts administration and policy. Residing in New York City, she also advises private collectors on acquisitions, management and care of collections. Her current clients include The William J. Clinton Foundation, NY; Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, Boston; New York University’s Faculty Resource Center; and Galleries at The Interchurch Center as Guest Curator of a series of five annual borough-specific exhibitions showcasing the diversity of professional artists in NYC (2012-2016). As Exhibitions Manager, the Schomburg Center/NY Public Library, she drafted their Policy for Permanent, Temporary and Traveling Exhibitions. In her capacity as Director of Special Projects, NY State Council on the Arts, Spencer played a major role in restructuring the agency’s grant making policies. She has been a consultant to the Harlem Arts Alliance, and a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), NY State Council on the Arts and the Harlem 125th Street Business Improvement District’s arts panel. Spencer has directed arts projects for the U.S. Congress and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. She received two NEA Fellowships in Arts Management, and is a member of the American Alliance of Museums and International Council on Museums. Spencer holds a Master’s Degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education (Administration, Planning and Social Policy), with adjunct studies in Filmmaking, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; The Museum of Fine Arts School, Boston (Drawing, Painting); Harvard University (Art History) and Western Michigan University (Art History).

Ed Tang, Christie’s Head of the First Open sale  
Ed grew up in Hong Kong and Tokyo, and holds a B.A. in History of Art and History from University College London. Having previously worked at another international auction house, Ed’s main area of interest ranges from Chinese Contemporary art to new developments in the art scenes of America and Europe. Since joining Christie’s in London in 2011, Ed has co-headed two consecutive October Day Sales and is Head of Thinking Big – an auction of contemporary sculptures and installations sold by the Saatchi Gallery in London. Ed has also worked with numerous charities to raise money through auction, including Women for Women, Valid Nutrition and he sits on the advisory board of the Chelsea and Westminster Arts for Life Health Charity. Beyond Christie’s, Ed works very closely with the Tate as an Ambassador of the Young Patrons; Ed also launched and Co-Chairs the First Futures group at the Whitechapel Gallery. With strong links to Asia, Ed speaks Cantonese, Mandarin and English.

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