Event | Online Doctor’s Hours for Visual & Multidisciplinary Artists

Event | Online Doctor’s Hours for Visual & Multidisciplinary Artists

Monday, June 29 Doctor’s Hours event will offer remote one-on-one consultations with art professionals.

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) will host the next edition of its popular Doctor’s Hours program, which is designed to provide practical and professional advice from industry professionals, online on Monday, June 29. 

This event will serve Visual and Multidisciplinary artists working in Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Video, Film, Photography, New Media, Multidisciplinary, Performance Art, Socially-Engaged Practices, Folk, and Traditional Art.

Starting Tuesday, June 9 at 11:00 AM EDT, you can register for 25-minute, remote one-on-one appointments with up to three arts professionals to ask questions and receive actionable tips for advancing your arts career.

How Online Doctor’s Hours works:

  • To adopt the online model, each consultant meets six artists over the course of three hours.
  • Each consultation session is 25 minutes. There will be a three appointment limit per artist.
  • The Online Doctor’s Hours sessions take place through the Zoom platform. Please download the Zoom app before the event date to participate.

Title: Online Doctor’s Hours for Visual and Multidisciplinary Artists

Program Date and Time: Monday, June 29, 2020, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT, unless otherwise noted below
Location: Online through Zoom* 

Cost: $25 per 25-minute appointment; three appointment limit per artist
Register: The event is fully booked, please click here to sign up for the waiting list to be informed of any cancellations.

Can’t join us? You can book a one-on-one remote consultation with arts professionals via NYFA Coaching.

To make the most of your “Online Doctor’s Hours” appointment, please read the entire confirmation email you receive after completing your registration; it includes all the details you need for your session.

*We are able to offer this support via phone if you are unable to access reliable internet service.

For questions, email [email protected].


Ylinka Barotto, Associate Curator, Moody Center for the Arts, Rice University
As Associate Curator, Barotto is responsible for developing, organizing, and executing visual art exhibitions that support Moody’s mission of fostering interdisciplinary conversation. Barotto is also involved in the expansion of Rice Public Art through commissions of site-specific work and is responsible for conceptualizing and coordinating the “Platform” and “Off the Wall” series. Before joining the Moody, Barotto served as Assistant Curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum where she worked on major modern and postwar retrospectives and contemporary exhibitions. She helped shape the Guggenheim’s permanent collection through acquisitions of emerging artists through the Young Collectors Council and hosted and moderated conversations between contemporary artists, activists, and journalists on topics such as feminism, activism, identity, and representation for the Guggenheim Public Program. Barotto received a MA degree in curatorial studies at Accademia delle Belle Arti di Brera in Milan, Italy.

Alaina Claire Feldman, Director, Sidney Mishkin Gallery at CUNY’s Baruch College*
Feldman is the new Director and Curator of the Mishkin Gallery at Baruch College (CUNY), where she also teaches in the MA Arts Administration program. Recent exhibitions include The Aesthetics of Learning, Minerva Cuevas: Disidencia, and Lamin Fofana: BLUES.

*Please note appointment times for this consultant will be between 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Monday, June 29.

Gabriel de Guzman, Curator & Director of Exhibitions, Smack Mellon Gallery
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. Before joining Smack Mellon’s staff in 2017, de Guzman was the Curator of Visual Arts at Wave Hill, organizing solo projects for emerging artists as well as thematic group exhibitions. As a guest curator, he has presented shows at BronxArtSpace, Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs, Dyckman Farmhouse Museum, Rush Arts Gallery, En Foco at Andrew Freedman Home, the Affordable Art Fair New York, Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, and the Bronx Museum’s 2013 AIM Biennial. Prior to Wave Hill, he was a curatorial assistant at The Jewish Museum. His essays have been published in Nueva Luz: Photographic Journal and in catalogues for the Arsenal Gallery at Central Park, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, and the art institutions mentioned above. He earned a MA degree in art history from Hunter College and a BA degree in art history from the University of Virginia.

DJ Hellerman, Curator of Art & Programs, Everson Museum of Art
A few of Hellerman’s recent curatorial productions include solo exhibitions Yoko Ono: Remembering the Future, Edie Fake: Structures Shift, and Jeff Donaldson: Dig. Recent theme-based group exhibitions include: Civic Virtue: all over the floor; Seen & Heard; Of Land & Local, an annual place-based exhibition about art and the environment; and Taking Pictures, an exhibition exploring how artists associated with the Pictures Generation anticipated and recently turned their critical attention to digital networks used in the dissemination and consumption of images. Hellerman has spoken at conferences across the country, and has written extensively on American Art, popular culture, and the post-war American City. Prior to his position in Syracuse, Hellerman served as Curator and Director of Exhibitions at Burlington City Arts. A native of Ohio, Hellerman began curating and educating people about art while helping Progressive Insurance build a collection of contemporary art designed to encourage innovation and change. He received his MA degree in Art History from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH and his BA degree in English and Philosophy from Lake Erie College in Painesville, OH. He loves live music and literature as much as he enjoys visual art.

Lilly Hern-Fondation, Programs Manager, CUE Art Foundation
Hern-Fondation is a Brooklyn-based artist and writer and the Programs Manager at CUE Art Foundation, a nonprofit art space located in Manhattan that is dedicated to exhibitions, arts education, art criticism, and public programming. Prior to CUE, she served as Assistant Director of Freight+Volume on the Lower East Side, as co-founder and co-director of Nightwood Exhibits in Chicago, and as Curatorial Fellow at SAIC. Originally from Los Angeles, Hern-Fondation studied literature and photography at the University of Washington, Seattle and received her MFA degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Eileen Jeng Lynch, Curator, Wave Hill
At Wave Hill, Jeng Lynch organizes the Sunroom Project Space for emerging artists, co-curates exhibitions in Glyndor Gallery, and is involved in all aspects of visual arts programming including publications and the annual Winter Workspace program. Recent exhibitions at Wave Hill include Figuring the Floral, Emily Oliveira: Mundo Irrealis (Wish You Were Here), Duy Hoàng: Interarboreal, Bahar Behbahani: All water has a perfect memory, and Ngoc Minh Ngo: Wave Hill Florilegium. Jeng Lynch is also the Founder of Neumeraki, which collaborates with artists, organizations, and galleries on curatorial, consulting, writing, and editing projects. Independent curatorial projects include exhibitions at The Yard: City Hall Park, Trestle Gallery, LMAKbooks+design, Sperone Westwater, Lesley Heller Workspace, Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs, Garis & Hahn, and Radiator Gallery, among others. In 2017, Jeng Lynch initiated the ongoing Give Voice Postcard Project. She has contributed to Two Coats of Paint and On-Verge. Previously, Jeng Lynch worked at RxArt, Sperone Westwater, and the Art Institute of Chicago in the Department of Contemporary Art. She earned her MA degree in Arts Administration and Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and BA degree in Art History and Advertising from Syracuse University.

Larry Ossei-Mensah, Independent Curator and Cultural Critic, Co-founder of ARTNOIR*
Ossei-Mensah uses contemporary art as a vehicle to redefine how we see ourselves and the world around us. The Ghanaian-American curator and cultural critic has organized exhibitions and programs at commercial and nonprofit spaces around the globe from New York City to Rome featuring artists such as Firelei Baez, Allison Janae Hamilton, Brendan Fernades, Ebony G. Patterson, Glenn Kaino, and Stanley Whitney to name a few. Moreover, Ossei-Mensah has actively documented cultural happenings featuring the most dynamic visual artists working today such as Derrick Adams, Mickalene Thomas, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Federico Solmi, and Kehinde Wiley.

Ossei-Mensah is also the co-founder of ARTNOIR, a 501c3 and global collective of culturalists who design multimodal experiences aimed to engage this generation’s dynamic and diverse creative class. Ossei-Mensah is a contributor to the first ever Ghanaian Pavilion for the 2019 Venice Biennial, with an essay on the work of visual artist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. Ossei-Mensah is the former Susanne Feld Hilberry Senior Curator at MOCAD in Detroit. He recently co-curated with Dexter Wimberly the critically-acclaimed exhibition at MOAD in San Francisco Coffee, Rhum, Sugar, Gold: A Postcolonial Paradox in 2019. Ossei-Mensah currently serves as guest curator at Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Rudin Family Gallery. He also will be co-curating with Omsk Social Club the 7th Athens Biennale in Athens, Greece. Ossei-Mensah has had recent profiles in such publications including The New York Times, Artsy, and Cultured Magazine, which named him one of seven curators to watch in 2019. Follow him on Instagram/Twitter at @youngglobal or www.larryosseimensah.com.

*Please note appointment times for this consultant will be between 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Monday, June 29.

Alice Russotti, Curator, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC)
As Curator at LMCC, Russotti is focused on programming at the Arts Center at Governors Island and public art partnerships with LMCC’s downtown supporters. Originally from London, Russotti graduated from high school in Costa Rica and has since lived in New York City, London, and Singapore. She started her career in the arts on the commercial side, first at Christie’s, New York, and then with Sotheby’s, London, in the Post-War & Contemporary department. Finding the secondary market’s lack of interaction with artists and their process frustrating, she started working at The Vinyl Factory, London, curating and producing multimedia, cross-disciplinary installations in the Brewer Street Car Park that were free and open to the public. Russotti holds a BA degree from Brown University in Art History and a MA degree from the Sotheby’s Institute in Contemporary Art and Theory.

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Image Detail: Mark Ferguson (Fellow in Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts ’17); NYFA Artist’s Statement; 2017; graphite, crayon, tape on synthetic paper

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