Doctor’s Hours for Visual Artists October 19, 6:00PM – 9:00 PM

Doctor’s Hours for Visual Artists October 19, 6:00PM – 9:00 PM

Registration Open Now

Get practical and professional advice in person from one or more arts professionals at our next Doctor’s Hours for Visual Artists. Register for a 20-minute one-on-one appointment with a consultant to receive feedback about your website or an application you’re working on, and ask questions about building your artistic career. 

As part of the event, NYFA will be hosting a conversation on gallery relationships with Jessica Porter, Porter Contemporary from 6:00 – 7:00 PM. 

Date of Event: Monday, October 19, 2015, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: NYFA Office, 20 Jay Street, Suite 740, Brooklyn, NY 11201 & Skype appointments available with Kimberly Marrero

– $25 per Doctor’s Hours appointment; there is a three-appointment limit per registrant
– $10 to attend Building a Relationship Between Artists and Gallerists

To register for the Talk with Jessica Porter on Building a Relationship Between Artists and Gallerists click here.

To register for Doctor’s Hours AND/OR the Talk with Jessica Porter click here.

Questions: Email [email protected]
Phone: 212-366-6900 Ext 242


These bios provide an opportunity for you to research which consultants would be appropriate for the advice and feedback you are seeking.

Please note: Doctor’s Hours consultations are career focused conversations. Doctors are asked to give feedback and suggestions to artists regarding the presentation of their work, not the quality of their work.


Marco Antonini, Executive Director and Curator at NURTUREart
Some of Antonini’s previous curatorial projects have been produced by Japan Society, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), ISE Foundation, Elizabeth Foundation, The Italian Cultural Institute in New York, Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation, Venice, The International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP), FUTURA Center for Contemporary Art, Prague, CCEG, Guatemala City, Random Institute, Zurich and Abrons Art Center (Upcoming.)

Antonini’s articles, essays, interviews, short stories and poetry have been published worldwide on magazines, journals, catalogs and other exhibition-related publications. His MA dissertation thesis “The Obsolete in Reverse: Robert Smithson and Science Fiction” was a finalist in the 2012 Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grants and was presented at the 2014 College Art Association conference in Chicago. His most recent publications includeGolden Age: perspectives on abstract painting today (Co-edited with Christopher K. Ho), and Experimental Photography: a handbook of techniques, currently available via SHS / Vetro editions and distributed in the USA by Thames and Hudson).

Heather Darcy Bhandari, Mixed Greens
Heather Darcy Bhandari is a Director at Mixed Greens gallery in New York City. Since joining the gallery in 2000, she has curated over one hundred exhibitions while managing a roster of nearly two-dozen artists. She is also an adjunct lecturer at Brown University where she teaches a professional practices class for visual arts majors. She sits on the board of NURTUREart (a nonprofit in Brooklyn that offers opportunities to emerging artists and curators), is on the board of directors of visual arts at Art Omi (an artist residency in Ghent, NY), and serves as an advisory board member of Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn. She is a member of the College Art Association. In recent years, she co-authored ART/WORK, a professional development book for artists published by Simon and Schuster, was a member of NADA, and co-chaired the programming committee for ArtTable in NY. She lectures and participates in portfolio reviews and panel discussions across the country. The second edition of Art/Work will be published in the spring of 2017. Bhandari received a BA from Brown University and an MFA from Pennsylvania State University. Before joining Mixed Greens, she worked at contemporary galleries Sonnabend and Lehmann Maupin, both in New York City.

Erin Donnelly, Programs Manager, Smack Mellon
Erin Donnelly is Programs Manger at Smack Mellon working on the Artist Studio Program and Art Ready Education Program. Prior to joining Smack Mellon, 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”. 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.

Mollie Flanagan, Program Manager, NARS Foundation
Mollie Flanagan is the Program Manager at the New York Art Residency & Studios (NARS) Foundation in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. She is responsible for managing the diverse activities of the International Artist Residency Program, the Exhibition Program, and the Educational Outreach Programs at NARS. Prior to joining NARS, she has worked as the Gallery Director at The Space in Long Island City, Queens, as an arts administrator in the Photographs Department at Christie’s NY and as an arts educator and administrator at Claire’s Creative Adventures in NYC. She has curated and organized exhibitions at The NARS Foundation and The Space including Unearthing Roots, Foraging Self (2015), over under, through (2015), Through the Vortex (2014), Layers of Response (2014), and Sunset Illuminated (2014). She received her B.A. in Art History from Fairfield University in Fairfield, CT and her M.A. in Modern Art, Connoisseurship and the History of the Art Market from Christie’s Education in NYC.

Christine Licata, Director of Performing and Visual Arts, Casita Maria Center for Art & Education
Christine Licata is the Director of Performing and Visual Arts at Casita Maria. Her past positions include the Associate Director of Visual Arts at the Boston Center for the Arts and the Associate Curator at Taller Boricua in El Barrio, Spanish Harlem. As an Independent Curator she was recently a Guest Curator in Art in Odd Places’ performance festival AiOP 2012: MODEL. As an Art Writer, she has been published in exhibition and artist catalogs as well as written for Artlog, Degree Critical, PERFORMA 07 and Art on Paper. She has a BFA from Parsons The New School for Design and an MFA in Art Criticism and Writing from the School of Visual Arts.

Kimberly Marrero, Curator, Private Art Advisor (Appointments available via Skype)
Kimberly Marrero is a private art advisor and independent curator based in New York City. She has organized many high profile public exhibitions working directly with celebrated artists and art institutions worldwide. Ms. Marrero manages various private art collections for her domestic and international clients. She has also enjoyed a longtime affiliation with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, in New York, serving as an active Education Committee member as well as a Sackler Arts Museum Lecturer. She is a devoted advocate for Arts & Education and has established a number of grants to support various Arts & Educational Programs for institutions throughout the five boroughs of New York City.

Larry Ossei-Mensah, Independent Curator and Critic
Larry Ossei-Mensah is a marketer, independent curator and cultural critic who documents contemporary art happenings for various publications such as Uptown and Whitewall Magazine. His writings include profiles of Derrick Adams, Mickalene Thomas, Kehinde Wiley 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. His latest exhibition We As One features visual artist Brendan Fernandes and is currently on view at Mixed Greens in Chelsea.

Ossei-Mensah also is the co-founder of the MEDIUM Group, a boutique agency that works with brands and artists to navigate the art world. He currently serves on Russell Simmons’ RUSH Artist Advisory Board as the co-chair, the Guggenheim’s Young Collectors Council and MoMA’s Friends of Education. This fall Ossei-Mensah will be featured in the 2nd Edition of Starting Your Career as an Artist where he discusses how artists can effectively leverage social media to create exposure for their practice.

Jason Patrick Voegele, Director/Co-Founder, The Lodge Gallery
Jason Patrick Voegle is a NYC based curator, creative director, producer, artist, writer and public speaker on subjects that range from contemporary art to comparative religions. Jason was raised in Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and left South East Asia in 1991 to study painting and art history at Pratt Institute in New York and Gerrit Reitveld Academy in Amsterdam. He graduated with a masters degree from Pratt Institute in 2000 and has 15 years executive level staff positions in New York contemporary art galleries such as American Primitive Gallery and Yancey Richardson Gallery, among others.

Jason co-founded and was the curator at MCV/NYC gallery in Brooklyn, NY from 2007 to 2009. He also worked as Founder/Director of Republic Worldwide in 2009 (a curatorial team and private/corporate fine art collection management & acquisitions service); Director of Development & Marketing for Fountain Art Fair, NYC and Miami 2011 – 2013 and consultant for Fourth Arts Block (The Lower East Side cultural district of New York) public arts program from 2012. Currently Co-Founder/Director and curator at The Lodge Gallery in the L.E.S. of Manhattan founded in 2012 with Keith Schweitzer. The Lodge Gallery primarily exhibits mid-career representational works with booths at the NADA Art Fair in December, four solo shows a year and an eclectic program of unique self curated group exhibitions. The Lodge Gallery is the exhibition venue of Republic Worldwide. For more information please visit; or

Jessica Porter, Porter Contemporary (from 7:30pm)
Jessica L. Porter is the owner and director of Porter Contemporary, a contemporary art gallery established in 2006. Porter is also the CEO and founder of ArtToGift, an online resource for affordable, unique works of art and is the founder and chief advisor of Porter Advisory, an enterprise combining Porter’s art and legal background to advise artists, individuals and art businesses on legal matters as well as general business practices.

Porter has a dual BA from the University of Delaware in Art History and Foreign Languages and a Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland, School of Law.  She began her career as an assistant curator at the Smithsonian’s Museum of American Art and from there has worked in the global art market in marketing and sales before establishing her own businesses. She has spoken as an expert for CNBC on art collecting and investment, to the Harvard Business Women’s Association on starting an art collection, and has participated in panel discussions at art fairs and various arts institutions.

Porter has a resounding commitment to being a leader and resource to other women. She serves on the Board of Directors of ArtTable as the Vice President of Membership, is a member of the Leadership Advisory Board to the Girl Scouts of Greater New York and founded a private networking organization for professional women in 2006.

Hallie Ringle, Senior Curatorial Assistant, The Studio Museum in Harlem
Haillie curates the Harlem Postcard exhibition at The Studio Museum in Harlem each season. Prior to this Hallie worked for the Center of the Art of Africa and its Diasporas in Austin, Texas. She has also worked as a Curatorial Associate at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Assistant to the Visual Resources Curator at Davidson College and Visitor Services Associate at the McColl Center for Visual Arts. Hallie recently curated In and Out of Context at the Lower Eastside Print Workshop and cofounded the upcoming podcast Art Handlers. In 2013 she presented at the Conference on Africa and the African Disapora: Social Movements, Political Expression and Religion and contributed to the publication Toyin Falola @ 60. She earned her MA in Contemporary African Art from the University of Texas at Austin and her BA in Art History (Honors) and History.

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