Event | Doctor’s Hours for Visual, Multidisciplinary, and New Media Artists

Event | Doctor’s Hours for Visual, Multidisciplinary, and New Media Artists

Monday, September 9 Doctor’s Hours event will offer one-on-one consultations with industry professionals.

Are you a visual or multidisciplinary artist in need of some career advice? New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is pleased to announce an upcoming session of Doctor’s Hours for Visual, Multidisciplinary, and New Media Artists, a program designed to provide artists with practical and professional advice from arts consultants. Artists who work in Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Video, Film, Photography, New Media, Multidisciplinary, Performance Art, Socially-Engaged Practices, Folk, and Traditional Art are encouraged to participate in this Monday, September 9 event.

Starting Monday, August 12 at 11:00 AM, you can register for 20-minute, one-on-one appointments with up to three arts professionals to ask questions and receive actionable tips for advancing your arts career.

Title: Doctor’s Hours for Visual, Multidisciplinary, and New Media Artists
Program Date and Time: Monday, September 9, 2019, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: New York Foundation for the Arts, 20 Jay Street, Suite 740, Brooklyn NY, 11201

Cost: $38 per 20-minute appointment; three appointment limit per artist

Register: Click here to register.

To make the most of your “Doctor’s Hours” appointment, read our Tips & FAQs. For questions, email [email protected].

Can’t join us on September 9? You can book a one-on-one remote consultation session with Michelle Levy, Interdisciplinary Artist, Writer, and Cultural Organizer, via Doctor’s Hours On Call. Appointments are available on Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM, from September 4 to October 30, 2019.


Shira Backer, Assistant Curator, The Jewish Museum

Backer is Leon Levy Assistant Curator at the Jewish Museum, where she has worked on exhibitions including Martha Rosler: Irrespective; Masterpieces and Curiosities: Elaine Lustig Cohen; and The Arcades: Contemporary Art and Walter Benjamin. She was formerly Assistant Curator at the American Federation of Arts. She holds a MA degree in art history from Bryn Mawr and a BA degree in philosophy from Barnard College.

Nova Benway, Executive Director, Triangle Arts Association

As Executive Director of Triangle Arts Association, Benway oversees artist studios hosting local and international artists, as well as a public program series of talks, screenings, performances, and other events. Triangle is part of the Triangle Network, a global network of artists and visual arts organizations that support professional development and cultural exchange amongst artists, curators, and other arts professionals throughout the world. Benway is also Visiting Faculty at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College.

Lindsey Berfond, Assistant Curator for Public Programs, Queens Museum
At Queens Museum, Berfond has collaborated closely on exhibitions; community engagement; and programming with artists, thinkers, cultural producers, and communities. She earned her BA degree in Art History from New York University and her MA degree from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College. She has contributed to exhibitions and other programming at institutions such as Art in General, Queens Museum, NURTUREart, and SculptureCenter. Berfond co-curated the Queens International 2016, the Queens Museum’s biennial exhibition of artists living and/or working in the borough. 

Jennifer Gerow, Curator of Contemporary Art, BRIC
BRIC is a not-for-profit cross-disciplinary organization based in Downtown Brooklyn that presents and incubates work by New York based artists. At BRIC, Gerow has curated the group exhibitions Public Access/Open Networks and Reenactment and the solo exhibition Mary Mattingly: What Happens After. She has also co-curated three iterations of the BRIC Biennial. She also leads BRIC’s contemporary art fellowships, residencies, and open call opportunities. Gerow graduated with a MA degree in Art History from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA degree in Literature from the University of Virginia. She has previously held positions at the International Center of Photography and the Detroit Institute of Arts. She has presented talks and collaborated with numerous New York institutions including Residency Unlimited, A Blade of Grass, Electronic Arts Intermix, Wassaic Project, Green-Wood Cemetery, Trestle Gallery, and the New York Public Library.

Gabriel de Guzman, Curator & Director of Exhibitions, Smack Mellon Gallery
As Curator & Director of Exhibitions at Smack Mellon, de Guzman organizes group and solo exhibitions that feature emerging and under-recognized mid-career artists whose work often explores critical, socially relevant issues. His recent exhibition, EMPATHY (Fall 2018), addressed the divisive political climate and featured artists who revealed a capacity for empathy by creating work that reflected on other’s experiences and values across social, political, and cultural divides. Before joining Smack Mellon’s staff in 2017, de Guzman was the Curator of Visual Arts at Wave Hill, organizing the Sunroom Project Space series for emerging artists as well as thematic group exhibitions in Wave Hill’s Glyndor Gallery.

As a guest curator, he has presented shows at BronxArtSpace, Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs, Rush Arts Gallery, En Foco at Andrew Freedman Home, Carriage Barn Arts Center, the Affordable Art Fair New York, Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA), and the Bronx Museum’s 2013 AIM Biennial. Prior to Wave Hill, he was a curatorial assistant at The Jewish Museum, where he coordinated exhibitions on Louise Nevelson, Harry Houdini, Joan Snyder, and Andy Warhol, as well as Schoenberg, Kandinsky, and the Blue Rider. His writings have been published in catalogues for Wave Hill, the Bronx Museum, Dorsky Gallery, BronxArtSpace, the Arsenal Gallery at Central Park, The Jewish Museum, Rush Arts Gallery, NoMAA, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, and Nueva Luz: Photographic Journal. He earned a M.A. degree in art history from Hunter College and a B.A. degree in art history from the University of Virginia.

Michelle Levy, Interdisciplinary Artist, Writer, and Cultural Organizer
From 2008 to 2018, Levy was Founding Director of EFA Project Space, an interdisciplinary, socially-engaged exhibition program of The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts in New York City, where she also founded the SHIFT Residency (2010), a program that fosters the creative practices of artists who work for arts organizations. Through her role at EFA, she has supported the work of over 500 artists and independent curators, fostering dialogue around ethics, visibility, identity, and care. From 2000-2008, Levy was Program Manager of International Print Center New York. She is currently working as an independent consultant for artists.

Levy’s art practice uses research and storytelling to investigate the mediated spaces where identity is constructed. Her current project, “Paulina,” enlists archives, travelogues, and cross-cultural collaboration with Polish artist Patrycja Dołowy to draw out a story based on one woman’s found-testimony from 1945. For 2018/19, she was an artist fellow at POLIN Museum for the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw, and received grants from the US Embassy in Warsaw and Asylum Arts along with project support from the Jewish Historical Institute, Warsaw and FestivALT, Kraków. Levy holds a MFA degree in Digital and Interdisciplinary Art Practice from The City College of New York, and a BA degree in Studio Art from Wesleyan University.

Ysabel Pinyol, Curatorial Director, Mana Contemporary
Pinyol studied architecture in Barcelona and Chicago before opening a gallery in Barcelona and relocating to New York, where she now lives and works. She joined Mana Contemporary as a Chief Curator in 2010. In 2014, she co-founded Mana Residencies in Jersey City and Chicago, a yearly residency program for mid-career artists. She is currently developing a cultural exchange program in Miami, featuring a residency program for Latin American artists. She continues to create new exhibitions and special projects for Mana Contemporary.

Steven Sergiovanni, Art Advisor & Curator
Sergiovanni’s experience as director, gallerist, and dealer hinges on a continued methodology of transparency. With over 20 years experience in the gallery world, Sergiovanni was the former Director of Mixed Greens, a gallery established in the late 1990s to support emerging artists so they could gain a wider audience. Mixed Greens had a reputation as an approachable and inventive gallery where artists were given their first New York solo exhibitions. It was also a gallery that pioneered promoting artists online and in experimental spaces. Prior to Mixed Greens, Sergiovanni worked for several galleries including Jack Shainman, Charles Cowles, Holly Solomon, and Andrea Rosen.

Sergiovanni is a member of the New Art Dealer’s Alliance (NADA) and was the former Vice President of the Board of Directors for Visual AIDS, a contemporary arts organization committed to HIV prevention and AIDS awareness. He is the co-founder of The Remix, a project-based curatorial team established to exhibit the work of underrepresented artists. The Remix’ first podcast was released in Summer 2018. He regularly speaks at institutions such as FIT, NYU, and New York Academy of Art. He is currently a visiting professor at Pratt Institute, teaching the courses “Professional Practices” and “Artist as Curator.” Sergiovanni holds a BA degree in Art History from Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX and a MA degree in Arts Administration from New York University.

Anne Wheeler, Director of Programs, One Million Years Foundation
Wheeler is a New York-based curator, writer, and historian in Modern and Contemporary Art. In 2019, Wheeler joined the One Million Years Foundation, established by the artist On Kawara in 2001, as its inaugural Director of Programs. From 2018–19, Wheeler worked as a curatorial associate at the Whitney Museum of American Art, guiding the acquisition of a major gift from the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation. Wheeler curated the apexart Franchise Program exhibition Un-Working the Icon: Kurdish ‘Warrior-Divas’ in Berlin, Germany (2017). Wheeler joined the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 2010 at the founding of its Panza Collection Initiative research project and served as assistant curator for the major international loan exhibitions On Kawara – Silence (2015) and Peter Fischli David Weiss: How to Work Better (2016). She received her BA degree from the University of California, Berkeley, in English and the Practice of Art, and is now an ABD doctoral candidate in Art History at The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Her in-progress doctoral dissertation is titled “Language as Material: Rereading Robert Smithson.”

Adeze Wilford, Curatorial Assistant, The Shed

Prior to her work at The Shed, Wilford was an inaugural joint curatorial fellow at The Studio Museum in Harlem and the Museum of Modern Art. She organized Vernacular Interior at Hales Gallery (2019); Excerpt (2017) at the Studio Museum; and Black Intimacy (2017), a film series at MoMA. Other curatorial projects include Harlem Postcards (2016/2017) and Color in Shadows, the 2016 “Expanding The Walls” exhibition at Studio Museum. Prior to this, Wilford was the Public Programs and Community Engagement assistant at the Studio Museum. She graduated from Northwestern University with a BA degree in Art History and African-American Studies.

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