Marco Antonini is curator-at-large for NURTUREart. From 2011 to 2016, he served as NURTUREart’s Executive Director & Curator. His independent curatorial projects have been presented in New York by Japan Society, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), ISE Foundation, Elizabeth Foundation Project Space, the Italian Cultural Institute, the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP), Interstate Projects, and Abrons Art Center; Internationally by Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation, Venice, FUTURA Center for Contemporary Art, Prague, CCEG, Guatemala City, Random Institute, Zurich among many others. As an independent curator and writer, Antonini has consistently championed the early work of artists who have moved on to greater and much deserved visibility and renown.
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
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.
Sarah Lehat currently serves as Communications Director at TOTAH and as Director of The Leo Bates Foundation. In addition, Sarah writes contemporary visual arts criticism and curates independently. Trained as a classical ballet dancer and as an architect, she is invested in re-defining the ‘holy’ via interdisciplinary, cross platform, mystical and wholly un-categorizable projects that brave the unknown. Sarah is a member of the Chassidic community in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
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.
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.