FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR EMERITUS
George J. Robinson, formerly an art dealer, has organized and curated gallery and open-studio exhibitions, represented artists working in all styles and media, and collaborated with gallery owners and directors, critics, curators, corporate art buyers, and private collectors.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR and CURATOR
As NURTUREart’s Gallery Education Fellow, Juli Brandano supports education activity on-site at the Bushwick gallery, specifically with the visits and workshops organized for local school classes. She receives her B.A. from Barnard College in May 2016, where she studied literature, art history, and dance.
Helena Chan is a teacher and illustrator born and raised in NYC. With a degree in fine art and languages from Carnegie Mellon University, she hopes to connect with her students through art and education. Helena’s teaching experience ranges from summer camps, to community centers, and to islands abroad.
Sayaka Araki, CPA, is an independent accounting consultant with 20 years of progressive corporate experience providing expertise in business process reengineering, global expansion and reorganization. She is technology and finance knowledge collaborator who has lead the numerous strategic business plans. She also has in-depth knowledge of USGAAP,IFRS, SEC and SOX. Previously she was VP Controller, Corporate Officer of Hitachi Metals America, Ltd. Before becoming an advisory board member she was Treasurer of NURTUREart.
Catherine Hannah Behrend is the founder of Ventures in Vision, and is an instructor at FIT’s School of Graduate Studies and at NYU’s Certificate Program in Arts Administration. From 1995-2007 she served as the Deputy Director of the Percent for Art Program in the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, following positions in cultural affairs, economic development, and public policy, and served on the Mayor’s Council on New Media/ Digital Arts. Cathie holds both an MA in Art and an MBA from NYU, and a BA in Art History from Simmons College. She is a board member of the 92nd Street YMHA, the Financial Women’s Association of New York, the Simmons College Leadership Council, and is an Art Table program co-chairperson.
Deborah Brown received a B.A. in Art from Yale, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and an M.F.A. from Indiana University. Since 1982 she has lived and worked in New York where she is represented by Lesley Heller Workspace. She has had one-person shows at galleries and museums around the country. Her public art projects include mosaics commissioned by the MTA for the Houston Street subway station in Manhattan and roundels for the Royal Caribbean Cruise Terminal at the Port of Miami for Miami-Dade Art in Public Places. In addition to her practice as an artist, she owns and directs the gallery Storefront Ten Eyck in Brooklyn, and also serves on the artist advisory board of BRIC, and Community Board #4 in Bushwick.
Bill Carroll has been involved in the New York art world for over thirty years. He was the Director of the Charles Cowles Gallery in Soho, and the Elizabeth Harris Gallery in Chelsea. Bill has also worked in non-profit at the Dia Art Foundation, the Brooklyn Museum, the Nancy Graves Foundation and presently as the Director of the Studio Program of The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts. He has curated numerous exhibitions; most recently Silhouette at EFA 20|20 Gallery in 2013. Bill teaches a course for MFA students at Pratt Institute titled Art World & Professionalism, and has lectured at the New York Foundation for the Arts, New York University, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bard College, School of Visual Arts, and FIT. He will have his fourth one-person show at the Elizabeth Harris Gallery in January 2015.
Christine Dobush is an independent arts manager specializing in dance. She formerly worked in public relations for the arts and entertainment industry in New York City.
Richard Fisher is an independent consultant, and has also developed the Higginbotham Museum, which houses an important regional history-based collection, and the Institute for Venture Philanthropy, the country’s only museum-based contemporary exhibition brokerage service. He has also worked in numerous capacities in arts administration and cultural advocacy over the past thirty years, including as a college art department chair, coordinating Education Services for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, directing the South Carolina Arts Commission’s Visual Artist Development Program, and directing the Visual and Media Arts Program for the Southern Arts Federation.
Ann Fensterstock holds an MA in Art History from New York University, where she specialized in Modern and Contemporary Art. A collector of contemporary art for over 25 years, Ms. Fensterstock served for ten years on the Acquisitions Committee of the Department of Prints and Illustrated Books at the Museum of Modern Art, and chaired the Museum’s Print Associates for fifteen years. She is also a member of MoMA’s Contemporary Arts Council and serves on both the Officers Committee and the CAC Funding Committee. She is a member of the Producers Council at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, and she was recently appointed to the Steering Committee of the George Washington University Museum in Washington, DC. She has long been a supporter of a number of not-for-profit organizations that focus on the development of emerging artists, including Momenta Art where she served on the Board. Ms. Fensterstock is a member of ArtTable In September 2013, Palgrave Macmillan published Ms. Fensterstock’s critically acclaimed cultural history Art on the Block: Tracking the New York Art World from SoHo to the Bowery, Bushwick, and Beyond.
Susan Hamburger is a visual artist and artist-educator based in Brooklyn. Visit her website HERE.
David Harper, is the Director of Special Projects for leading online fine art auction house Paddle8. He was the Curator of the BAMart program at the Brooklyn Academy of Music from 2006-2013, where he oversaw both exhibitions and a development unit devoted to fundraising through visual art. He studied fine art and art history at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston (BFA, 2004) and Pratt Institute (MS, 2006). Dave has worked in various capacities at New York galleries, non-profits, and arts institutions, and as a freelance advisor, curator, and writer. He was Associate Visiting Curator at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York from 2009-2011. He was the first curatorial fellow for the noted blog, Art F City, and he has curated shows at toomer labzda gallery, STADIUM, Storefront Bushwick, and curated_by in Vienna.
Jennie Lamensdorf is Director of the Time Equities Inc. Art-in-Buildings Program in New York, NY. Art-in-Buildings brings contemporary art by emerging and mid-career artists to non-traditional exhibition spaces in the interest of promoting artists, expanding the audience for art, and creating a more interesting environment for the occupants, residents, and guests of Time Equities Inc. properties. Recent projects include exhibitions and installations by, Grimanesa Amóros, Jesus Benavente, Eric Fertman, Allen Glatter, Nick Hornby, Mary Mattingly, Dominique Paul, Carolyn Salas, Carol Salmanson, and Jay Shin, among many others. She is also the curator of the Francis J. Greenburger Collection New York, NY. Lamensdorf is a Board Member of Art Omi, the visual arts residency at Omi International Arts Center in Ghent, NY.
Julie McKim is a New York-based independent curator who has worked at numerous venues including PERFORMA, The Kitchen, and Neue Gallery. Most recently she worked at the Whitney Museum of American Art, where she was curatorial assistant for Alexander Calder: The Paris Years, 1926–1933 and Alice Guy Blaché: Cinema Pioneer. Her most recent curatorial project was YOU ARE FREE at Tape Club in Berlin, co-curated with Daniel Kingery. She also contributed to and served as editor for the exhibition catalogue The Situation, a special project of the 2009 Moscow Biennial curated by Elizabeth M. Grady. She is one third of the curatorial collaborative Team Lab and holds an MA in Modern Art History from Columbia University.
Sarah Monteleone is currently an assistant principal at Charles O. Dewey (MS136) middle school in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. She has been a leader in reform to make education more innovative and responsive, and supports teachers with ideas for gains in student achievement, and parents with new educational choices and options. Prior to this position, she was an art, math, and ELA teacher at Juan Morel Campos (IS/HS 71) in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Hervert received her B.A in English with a Minor in Visual Art from SUNY, Stony Brook in 2000, and her Masters in Education from Dowling College in 2002. She completed her second masters in Brooklyn College’s Assistant Principal Program in 2006.
Fraser Mooney is a specialist in organizational management and development, with a multi-faceted career in the advancement of the arts, global health, human rights and social justice causes. He has brought a wealth of experience in board and staff development, strategic planning, international public sector development, and domestic fundraising campaigns to a diversity of local, national and international organizations such as The Asia Society, The Drawing Center, PS1/MOMA, Broadway Cares, The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, and The International Center for Transitional Justice. Based in New York City, he was an early member of the AIDS activist movements ACT UP/NY and Visual AIDS, and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of The New York City AIDS Memorial, and online cultural organization Triple Canopy.
Lee Pacchia is a Legal Analyst and Host for Bloomberg Law multimedia programs. He conducts interviews with leading lawyers and newsmakers on legal issues of national and global import and their implications for the business community. Prior to joining Bloomberg Law, Lee clerked for the Hon. Raymond T. Lyons in the United States Bankruptcy Court, District of New Jersey. He joined Bloomberg Law in 2007. His media appearances include Bloomberg TV and Bloomberg Radio. Lee holds a JD from New York Law School and a BA from Wesleyan University. He lives in New York City.
Alexander Palmer is an accountant at Guggenheim Partners, an asset management firm based in midtown, where he provides accounting and investor reporting services. Previously, he worked as a public accountant for Deloitte and Touche from 2010-2013. Alex became a Certified Public Accountant in 2012. He holds a Bachelors in Business Administration from Washington University in St Louis and a Masters degree in Accounting from Syracuse University. Alex and his fiancee currently live in Brooklyn with their pet rabbit, Scooter.
Alexander Rahul is an artist and website designer, he made a significant contribution to the design and development of our online registry. A painter, he holds a BFA from Tufts University and is currently pursuing his MFA at Pratt Institute. Rahul was a 2009 fellow in the Artist in the Marketplace program at the Bronx Museum and has been featured in BRUT magazine, Culture Pundits and ARTCAT.com. He has participated in exhibitions at Ad Hoc, AG Gallery and the Bushwick Biennial.
Sara Reisman is the Director of New York City’s Percent for Art program which commissions permanent artworks for City-owned public spaces. Reisman has organized exhibitions and written about public engagement and public art, social practice, the aesthetics of globalization, and site-specificity for the Philadelphia Institute of Contemporary Art, Queens Museum of Art, The Cooper Union School of Art, Smack Mellon, The Bronx Museum of Art, Socrates Sculpture Park, Momenta Art, Aljira, the Kunsthalle Exernergasse, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Banjaluka, Republic of Srpska, among others. Reisman was the 2011 Critic-in-Residence at Art Omi, an international visual artist residency in upstate New York, and is the inaugural guest curator during 2012-2013 at Forever & Today, a project space on the Lower East Side.
Richard Stewart of Richard Stewart Fine Art began as a collector over 25 years ago. His interest in the art world led him to join the group of young curators who created the exhibition of installations “THAW, ” as a response to a major movement of young London artists. Since then, Richard has joined the boards of non-profit arts organizations, opened what was formerly known as DeChiara/Stewart Gallery in Chelsea, and currently offers private consulting to collectors.
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Katarina Wong is an artist and an independent curator who has shown nationally and internationally. She has attended numerous residencies including Skowhegan, the Bronx Museum’s AIM Program, and the Kunstlerhaus in Salzberg, Austria. In addition, she has received awards from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the Cintas Foundation, among others. Most recently, Katarina was the Director of Community and Curatorial Engagement at Edelman, the largest global PR firm, where she oversaw internal curatorial and communications programs and external partnerships that helped the agency make an impact in the larger NYC community by fostering mentoring and leadership development opportunities. Katarina was also a visiting professor at the University of Iowa in the School of Painting and a docent at the Rubin Museum of Art. She received her MFA from the University of Maryland at College Park and Master of Theological Studies degree from Harvard Divinity School.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Katey Chapman is an independent advisor & consultant. Previous experience includes working at Salander O’Reilly and Jen Bekman Galleries. She has a BA in Art History from Wake Forest at which time she was also involved with the Southeast Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA).
Ian Cofre is an independent curator and writer based in New York City, engaged primarily with emerging and established artists working locally and in Latin America. His main areas of interest are examining the art market, alternative economies and their modes of art production, turning the lens onto underrepresented artists and marginalized communities, and contextualizing artists cross-generationally. He also has previously worked as Gallery Director at Sue Scott Gallery, Studio Manager for Mickalene Thomas, and Director for the 2013 edition of the PINTA NY art fair. Recent projects include co-curating the exhibitions Bigger Than Shadows, DODGEgallery (New York, 2012) with Rich Blint; and both Tracing the Unseen Border, La MaMa La Galleria (New York, 2011) and Southern Exposure at Dumbo Arts Center (Brooklyn, 2009) with Omar Lopez-Chahoud. Other shows include Behind Closed Doors (2011), a curated solo project by Manuela Viera-Gallo at Y Gallery and The Doubtful Guest (2010) at Kill Devil Hill in Greenpoint, NY. Recent publications include Arte al Día and co-writing an essay with Lopez-Chahoud for the Bronx Museum’s Taking AIM! The Business of Being an Artist Today (2011) edited by Marysol Nieves. Profiles and reviews of exhibitions he has curated have appeared in The Art Newspaper, Arte al Día International, and The Wall Street Journal, among others.
Heather Bhandari is the Program Director of The Artist First, a new nonprofit in Los Angeles dedicated to serving emerging 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 to Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn. She is a member of the College Art Association. The second edition of her book, ART/WORK, published by Simon and Schuster, is scheduled for release in the spring of 2017. Until February of 2016, she was a Director at Mixed Greens gallery in New York City. During her 15-year tenure, she curated over one hundred exhibitions while managing a roster of nearly two-dozen artists. In recent years, she 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. 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.
Liz Dimmitt is a consultant providing curation, art advisory, business development and art market analysis for individual and institutional clients. She is advocate for strategic relationships between business and the arts and cultural entrepreneurship and specializes in driving economics, audiences and conversations by activating cultural programming and partnerships. Liz is a Director at Circa 1881, an initiative by leading private collectors dedicated to liberating artworks from storage via exhibitions and loans to educational, institutional and corporate partners. She was previously the Director of Lehmann Maupin, a contemporary art gallery representing an international roster of visionary and historically significant artists with spaces in New York City and Hong Kong. Before joining Lehmann Maupin, she founded and lead Gawker Artists, Gawker Media’s corporate art program, for 6 years. In addition, she is a co-founder of Truck Yeah, a series of festivals celebrating mobile culture. Liz has a background in Finance and has worked in private equity with IndexAtlas, D.E. Shaw and Skate’s making investments in the infrastructure of the art market. Additionally, she founded a cultural special events and travel consultancy, and was a budget adventure travel writer. Liz is an active participant in NYC’s and Tampa Bay’s cultural communities and serves on the boards of NurtureArt, The Tampa Museum of Art and The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. Liz holds a BA from Georgetown University in Finance and a MA in Visual Arts Administration from NYU.
Christopher K. Ho is an artist interested in the often-invisible social forces that implicate and impact contemporary production. His solo exhibition Privileged White People (2013, Forever & Today) examined the sensibility of a generation of artists who grew up during the affluent and relatively stable Clinton presidency, and his current work asks how sacrifice, responsibility, and discipline—characteristics of parenthood—can formally and materially manifest in art. In addition to his studio practice, he has co-curated exhibitions for nonprofits including the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Hyde Park Art Center, Cuchifritos, the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, the Dumbo Arts Center, and the Incheon Women’s Biennale. He is a critic at the Rhode Island School of Design’s Department of Painting, and served as the 2011 Critical Studies Fellow at Cranbrook Academy. His writing has been publishedin Modern Painters, ArtReview, Performing Arts Journal, zingmagazine, and Flash Art, and in exhibition catalogues from the Museo Reina Sofia and the Cranbrook Art Museum. An interest in approaching art as a civic practice and institution guides his work with NURTUREart and other nonprofits. He received his BFA and BS from Cornell University and his MPhil from Columbia University.
Karen Marston, President, is a painter living and working in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Her work has been seen in several solo exhibitions in NYC: Storm Watch, New Paintings at Storefront Bushwick, Breathing Room at Dam Stuhltrager Gallery in Williamsburg, Where You’ll Find Me at the Cheryl McGinnis Gallery on Madison Avenue, and Respirations, at Taller Boricua, in East Harlem. Recent selected group exhibitions include: In The Zone curated by David Gibson at Station Independent Projects on the Lower East Side, Bling, The Artist As Jeweler at the Claire Oliver Gallery in Chelsea, Montrose and Ballot, both at the Front Room Gallery in Williamsburg, and Paperazzi 1 & 2 at Janet Kurnatowski Gallery in Greenpoint among others. Originally from California, she earned her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and participated in the A.I.C.A. New York Studio Program.
Laurence Mascera, Treasurer, is the Director and Global Head of Sales & Investment Banking Technology at Barclays overseeing Client Management and Financial software applications. Previously he served as Chief Administrative officer of Broadpoint Securities Group, a publically traded financial services firm being part of the management team growing the firm to over 1B in market capitalization. Mr. Mascera has also held various more progressively responsible positions within Financial Services Technology during the span of his 25 year career. He also previously served as Treasurer of Momenta Art. He holds a BA in Finance from Hofstra University, and an MS in Computer Science from Long Island University. Mr. Mascera continues to be an avid art collector.
Carol Salmanson, Vice President, is an artist working with light and reflective materials. She has had solo and two-person shows at several exhibition spaces, including Brian Morris Gallery, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Storefront Bushwick, Dam, Stuhltrager Gallery, PS 122, and St. Peter’s Church. She has participated in numerous group shows, including “Space Invaders,” curated by Karin Bravin at Lehman College; “Rock St” curated by Deborah Brown and Lesley Heller, Dumbo Arts Festival, and “Resplendency” in Berlin. She has also created window installations for Time Equities’ Art-in-Buildings, OK Harris Works of Art, Smart Spaces at 254 Park Avenue South, and Mixed Greens, and was part of San Antonio’s 2013 “Luminaria” festival. A native of Providence, RI, Salmanson earned degrees from Carnegie-Mellon University and University of Chicago. A member of NURTUREart’s board since 2003, she was responsible for structuring NURTUREart’s development activities, and served as its first Development Chair. She is currently Vice President and Strategic Planning Committee founder and Chair.
Steven Scuro joined Janson Goldstein LLP, a full-service integrated architectural and interior design firm specializing in high-end retail, residential and commercial design, as Partner in spring 2000. From 1993 to 2000, Steven was with Donna Karan International, where he was corporate vice president of retail development. In that position, he managed the in-house group and developed retail concepts for all Donna Karan Collection and DKNY divisions worldwide. Steven was also responsible for providing creative direction to ensure global brand consistency at the retail level for all licensed divisions. Before joining DKI, Steven was a senior project manager with Naomi Leff & Associates, where he managed Gucci, Holt Renfrew and A/X Armani Exchange projects throughout North America. He previously worked with interior designer John Saladino, creating interiors and furnishings for private residences in California, New York and Connecticut. Steven graduated with a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY in 1985. His Professional Certification is as a Registered Architect in the State of New York
Benjamin Tischer is co-owner of INVISIBLE-EXPORTS, a contemporary art gallery on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, and founder of an edition-by-subscription project, the Artist of the Month Club. He is a member of the New Art Dealer’s Alliance (NADA) and a member of the matrimonial art collective, Bengala, which has exhibited internationally in both galleries and museums.