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NYC:State Of The Art conference guide

  1. 1. march 6 2010 conference guide and schedule made possible by: major media sponsor:
  2. 2. 1 welcome Welcome to NYC: State Of The Art, an unprecedented conference taking an interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to addressing the challenges facing visual artists in New York City. Your participation will help ensure the future of New York City as a global art capital where artists can live, work, show, and sell. Ask questions. Propose solutions. pARTicipate! Together, we can enhance New York city’s visual arts culture. Enjoy the conference! James & Jennifer Wallace, co-founders, NYC: State Of The Art schedule 9:00 am Opening Remarks / Keynote 10:00 am Morning Featured Panel Background, Issues, & Challenges 11:30 am Solution Session A: What more can be done to enable artists to live & work in NYC? 12:30 pm Lunch Break 1:30 pm Solution Session B: How can resources for artists be more clearly & easily accessible? 2:30 pm Solution Session C: What art industry in- centives can be offered to NYC artists? 3:30 pm Solution Session D: What more can be done to facilitate NYC artists selling art? 4:30 pm Afternoon Featured Panel Solutions & the Future of NY Art 5:30 pm Next Steps 6:30 pm Concluding Cocktail Mixer The Gates, 290 Eighth Avenue at 25th Street Keynote Speaker Jimmy Van Bramer New York City Council Member, District 26 Chair, Cultural Committee A life-long resident of western Queens, Jimmy Van Bramer was elected to the New York City Council on November 3, 2009, representing District 26. Council Member Van Bramer chairs the Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries & International In- tergroup Relations. From 1999 to 2009, he served as the Chief External Affairs Officer of the Queens Public Library. Jimmy currently lives in Sunnyside Gardens with Dan Hendrick, his partner of eleven years.
  3. 3. 2 Featured Panel: Background, Issues, & Challenges Jeremy Adams Executive Director, CUE Art Foundation Adams started with CUE in January 2003, prior to its public opening. Previously, he was the VP & Director of Operations of Art4love, a company that leased the work of emerging artists to companies. At Pamela Auchincloss Arts Management Services, he organized traveling exhibitions throughout the US. He also managed the Pamela Auchincloss Gallery, a New York City contemporary art exhibition space. Adams received a BA with honors from Winchester School of Art and a MFA in painting from the Pratt Institute. Theodore S. Berger Trustee, Joan Mitchell Foundation Berger “retired” in December 2005, after over 30 years as the executive director of the New York Foundation for the Arts, one of America’s largest arts-oriented grant makers and service providers. He serves on numerous boards, and now works as the project director for the Urban Artist Initiative/NYC, a new initia- tive committed to grants for the city’s artists of color; and as the executive director for New York Creates, an initiative to create more opportunities for New York’s craft artists and artisans. A former assistant dean for the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University, he writes and speaks extensively on the arts, artists, and cultural policy. Norma Munn Chair, New York Arts Coalition An award-winning arts leader, Munn has advocated for artists and the cultural community for over three decades, and is the chair of the New York City Arts Coalition, a citywide arts advocacy group she co-founded 24 years ago. She also founded, and serves on the board of, the Artists Community Federal Credit Union, which merged with the Education Affiliates FCU and continues to serve artists and arts groups. Munn studied engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and philosophy at the University of Florida. Gavin Sewell Artist Born in Waterville, Maine in 1980, Sewell has made his living as an artist for over six years. After starting to sell work in Chicago (at first door-to-door out of a shopping cart), he moved back to New York in 2001, studying at the Art Students League for two years, on and off. Losses in vision due to a lifelong battle with glaucoma compelled him into the mixed media work he does today. Sewell lives and works in Bushwick. James Wallace, moderator Co-founder, NYC State Of The Art See profile, back cover. Major media sponsor: Made possible in part by: New York’s finest emerging artists n a s c e n t a r t n y. c o m
  4. 4. 3 Solution Session A: What more can be done to enable artists to live & work in NYC? David Businelli, R.A., AIA Savona Bailey-McClain President-elect Executive Director American Institute of West Harlem Art Fund Architects (NY State) Bailey-McClain is a New York-based curator Businelli is founder of Studio 16 Architecture located and arts advocate. McClain founded the non-profit West in Staten Island. He has been in private practice since Harlem Art Fund eleven years ago as a public art organi- 1996. His work has been published internationally, zation serving neighborhoods throughout the city. As its and he has received numerous awards, including rec- executive director, she has bolstered Harlem’s infrastruc- ognition from the AIA and the Chamber of Commerce ture to enhance tourism as well as improve its open, public of the Province of Pordenone, Italy. Businelli is a past spaces, highlighting the arts’ financial and social benefits president of AIA Staten Island and the co-founder of to local communities. An innovator, she developed the Hal- the AIA Staten Island Design Awards. lelujah Public Art Fest and Harlem’s first cell phone art tour, and will next present live, public installations and tours. Jason Bowman Director, Fountain Gallery Moderator As director of the Fountain Gallery since 2003, Bowman has advanced its mission of providing a sup- portive environment for artists living and working with mental illness. With Bowman, the Fountain Gallery has expanded to represent over 40 artists, becoming the city’s premier venue of its kind. He has produced over 30 exhibitions, working with the MoMA, the Whitney Museum of American Art, American Folk Art Museum, Citigroup, and Estée Lauder. Bowman is completing a master’s program in public policy at Columbia University. Zannah Mass Manon Slome, PhD Cultural Affairs Director Founder & Curator Two Trees No Longer Empty At Two Trees, the real estate devel- opment firm widely credited with facilitating the rise of Dumbo’s visual arts scene, An independent New York City curator, Slome served as the Mass manages Two Trees’ philanthropy, liaises with chief curator of the Chelsea Art Museum, where she over- grantees, and leads numerous cultural initiatives. Her saw a program of some forty exhibitions, symposia, and efforts have produced a monthly gallery walk, pub- publications. Slome has closely followed and researched lic art and festivals, marketing of Dumbo’s cultural the Israeli art scene since her involvement in a 2005 CAM events, new fine art galleries in Dumbo, and a formal exhibition, Such Stuff as Dreams are Made on. Prior to CAM, photo district. Mass has 15 years of experience with Slome worked as a curator at the Guggenheim Museum and non-profits, focusing on benefactor activity for the a fellow at the Whitney. She has published widely on art last several years. Mass also led The PlayGround The- and recently completed her book, The Aesthetics of Terror. atre in Miami as its executive director. She received her public administration master’s degree from NYU. Please support our marketing partners:
  5. 5. 4 Solution Session B: How can resources for artists be more clearly & easily accessible? Liz Dimmitt Peter Drake Curator Dean Gawker Arts New York Academy of Art A culture enthusiast and finance geek, Located in Tribeca, the NYAA is a fully Dimmitt advocates for mutually beneficial relationships accredited, graduate fine arts program focusing on pro- between the arts and business. Curator of Gawker Art- gressive figurative art. Before becoming NYAA Dean this ists since 2006, she has worked with many city groups year, Drake taught at Parsons The New School for Design from 3rd Ward and Clementine Gallery, to the JP Morgan for 20 years, where he started the Professional Practices Chase Bank Art Program. She is also a cofounder of Gum- program with support from the Emily Hall Tremaine shoe, a company that produces events catering to art Foundation. A working artist who has shown consis- enthusiasts and emerging collectors. A native Floridian, tently for 30 years, his works are held in many private she holds a finance BA from Georgetown and a visual and public collections. He was also an artist/curator at arts administration master’s degree from NYU. the Drawing Center, and wrote for FlashArt. Colleen Asper Co-founder, Ad Hoc Vox Moderator Asper is the co-founder of Ad Hoc Vox, a roving series of art-related events. Non-profits and museums across NY and LA have hosted Ad Hoc Vox with panelists like critic Robert Storr and poet and cultural critic Wayne Koestenbaum. Also an artist and writer, Asper shows work globally and has been reviewed by The New York Times and The New Yorker. Asper regularly contributes to publications like Art in America, The Brooklyn Rail, and Artcriti- cal. She has exhibitions upcoming in India and APF Lab here in the city. Janet Hicks Heng-Gil Han Director of Permissions Chief Curator Artists Rights Society Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning Hicks joined Artists Rights Society in 1998, and became the general manager and director of permissions in 2002. A private company, Han has overseen and curated numerous exhibitions ex- ARS represents the intellectual property rights and es- ploring issues of identity, gender, and cultural politics. tates of over 50,000 visual artists around the world and He has delivered numerous scholarly arts papers, both actively lobbies for stronger and more effective artists’ locally and internationally. He is also the project founder rights laws. Hicks has spoken on copyright at numer- and director of “Jamaica Flux: Workspaces and Windows,” ous events, including panels at AIGA (the professional a large-scale, perennial, site-specific public art exhibi- association for design) and the International Sculpture tion examining various paradigms of contemporary art Center Conference. She received her master’s degree in practices. (Photo: Courtesy of Jose Ruiz) art history from the University of Oregon. Please support our marketing partners:
  6. 6. 5 Solution Session C: What art industry incentives can be offered to help NYC artists? Liz Koch Sharon Louden Arts & Cultural Specialist Artist Office of the Brooklyn Borough President Koch, the arts and culture specialist to Brooklyn Bor- Louden, a professional New York City artist, ough President Marty Markowitz, helps guide arts has taught at numerous universities and professional ven- policy decisions for Brooklyn. She also represents the ues for 20 years. Having taught numerous studio classes, borough president on numerous boards including the she currently teaches the Theory, Practice, and Career Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Weeksville Society, and course at Parsons. Active on three boards, she mentors the recently established Brooklyn Ballet. She provides artists nationwide. Louden graduated with a BFA from the guidance to arts organizations, connects groups with School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a MFA from Yale. shared concerns, and advocates for increased fund- The Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Gallery ing, support, and recognition for the arts in Brooklyn. of Art, and others hold Louden’s work, which has also been She is the co-organizer of the Brooklyn Book Festival. featured in The New York Times and Art in America. James Wallace, moderator See profile, back cover. Co-founder, NYC State Of The Art Keats Myer Marisa Sage Executive Director President Children’s Museum of the Arts Williamsburg Gallery Association Keats joined the CMA in 2004, and Sage is a gallery owner, curator, educa- has worked for a broad range of non-profit institu- tor, and general arts advocate. As president of the WGA, tions. Keats joined the Armory Foundation where she she leads initiatives for member galleries in the vibrant raised funds and oversaw the design and construction arts community of Williamsburg. As founding owner and of The National Track & Field Hall of Fame Museum. director of Like the Spice Gallery in Williamsburg, she of- Keats received her master’s degree in public admin- fers artwork that carries both meaning and beauty. She re- istration from NYU, and her BS in economics from ceived her master’s degree in digital arts from the Maryland the University of New Hampshire. Keats is the proud Institute College of Art in Baltimore. A professor and artist, mother of three. Sage has taught at Goucher College, Corcoran College of Art+Design, and The Art Institute of Washington. Today’s honorary guests: Department of Cultural Affairs Office of Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz Office of Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer Office of New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn Made possible in part by: Media sponsors: The Standard Hotel
  7. 7. 6 Solution Session D: What more can be done to facilitate NYC artists selling art? Heather Hubbs Dianne Smith Director Artist New Art Dealers Alliance A Bronx native of Belizean descent, Hubbs has led NADA, a member-based, Smith’s artwork has been exhibited with non-profit arts organization, since 2004. During her noted artists Frank Bowling, Chakai Booker, and Howar- tenure, she has successfully produced the NADA Art dena Pindell. In 1995, she presented artwork to Dr. Maya Fair Miami, and re-conceptualized the 2009 edition. Angelou and George Faison, and Smith’s works are in As Associate Director of Art Chicago from 2000-04, she the private collections of notables including Danny Sim- instituted the International Invitational and The Stray mons, Cicely Tyson, Terry McMillan, Rev. Calvin O. Butts, Show, creating opportunities for emerging galleries and III, and Vivica A. Fox. She attended the High School of the artists they represent. New York magazine recently Music and Art, Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of De- noted Hubbs and NADA as among the top 100 “Influen- sign (now the Otis College of Art and Design) in LA, and tials” in the city. the Fashion Institute of Technology. Peter Drake, moderator See profile Jason Bowman See profile Dean, New York Academy of Art page 4. Director, Fountain Gallery page 3. Cary Leibowitz Art + Auction, Art on Paper, T: The New York Times Style Director of Magazine, and many others. He speaks regularly about Contemporary Editions collecting and contemporary editions for museums and Phillips de Pury galleries. Alexander Gray Gallery represents his artwork here in New York. He is younger than Madonna. Before Phillips de Pury, Leibowitz served as a VP of Christie’s print department. An expert in contemporary “Art is long, life short, judgment printmaking, he now focuses his efforts on Pop Art and contemporary works. A passionate collector, Leibowitz‘s difficult, and opportunity collection, creations, and expertise have been cited in transient.” • Goethe CUStTOM PICTURE FRAMING & ART • Selected Frames & Mats OF F % • Conservation Framing 20Artists • Acid-Free Materials 212-977-6190 • Canvas Stretching 662 10th Ave, bet. 46-47 St. • Shadow Boxes R jaditeart@aol.com • Dry Mounting FO www.jaditeart.com Special thanks:
  8. 8. Afternoon Featured Panel: Solutions And The Future of NYC Art Susan Ball Jonathan Bowles Director of Programs Director New York Foundation Center for an Urban Future for the Arts Bowles became director of CUF in 2005 After serving on the board of NYFA after serving as its research director for for 13 years, Ball joined the staff as interim director of seven years. During his tenure, he has written extensive- programs in 2009. The former executive director of the ly about New York City’s key economic trends, the value College Art Association, she led the 14,000-member of small businesses to cities, and the economic chal- group for 20 years. She oversaw the CAA’s Professional lenges facing every day people. His research has been Development Fellowship Program and Job Placement covered by The Economist, The Washington Post, and Bureau. She also led production of the history of the others. Prior to CUF, he worked as research director for CAA as director of its Centennial Book Project. Rutgers a New York State senator and spent time as a freelance University Press will publish the book in 2010. journalist. He lives in Queens with his wife and son. Wesley Miller Will Maitland Weiss Curator Executive Director Art21 Art & Business Council of New York Since 1999, Miller has had a guiding hand in Art21’s Peabody Award-win- Weiss joined the ABC of NY from the ning television series, “Art in the Twenty-First Century,” Center for Creative Resources, a non-profit that provides as well as the online video series. He holds a BA in phi- management, marketing, and development services for losophy and art from Sarah Lawrence College, a MFA in arts organizations, where he continues to serve on the sculpture from Yale University, and attended the Skow- board. He served for five years as vice president of devel- hegan School of Painting and the Sculpture and the Pil- opment and communications for the New York City Cen- chuck Glass School. Before joining Art21, Miller worked ter. Prior to that, he spent 10 years in fundraising at the at the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston and with Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. After receiving a private gallery. Miller has widely served as a guest lec- his MFA from Brandeis University, Weiss spent several turer, critic, and panelist at the MoMA, The Art Institute years in theater production. He has lectured extensively of Chicago, Yale, Brooklyn Museum of Art, and others. on arts administration. James & Jen Wallace Golden Gate University. While garnering an array of indi- Co-founders vidual and corporate clients for nAscent Art, James and Jen NYC:State Of The Art learned some of the issues facing artists, and NYC:SOTA was Jen is a curator, art director, and busi- born. NYC:SOTA is a not-for-profit conference and spon- ness owner. As co-founder of nAscent sored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service Art New York, she helps artists with organization that assists emerging artists and non-profits. sales and licensing, advises companies and individuals on acquisition, and helps charities raise funds. She has produced dozens of exhibitions and events viewed by A final note: Thank you for being a part of NYC:SOTA. Thanks to the artists, over 100,000 New Yorkers, serving as guest curator at panelists, volunteers, and venue staff, who all devoted their venues as varied as the Fountain Gallery and the Chelsea time and expertise. Special thanks go to Justinne, Kelly, Diane, Market. She attend NYC College of Technology and the Nikoll, Shaeffer, Alfonso, Melvin, Glenn, Marisa, Natalie, Anne, Pratt Institute. James is a published author and former Sara, and Sarah. Thanks also to the partner groups, to those Air Force pilot who took his BS (literally) at the US Air who sponsored artist tickets, and to our supportive friends and Force Academy, his JD at Georgetown, and his MBA at family, without whom dreams would remain unrealized. James & Jen

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