Elsa Akesson, Natalia Buczek, Emma Collins, Rachel Esham, Isabel de Haro, Maria Mescherskaya, and Yazhi Zheng
About the Gavel (Pitch Competition):
The culmination of the Enterprise Studio course is the Gavel event that takes place at the end of the academic year. Out of all the superb project ideas that were entered in this inaugural competition, 6 of the most innovative and market-focused business ideas were selected to participate in the pitch competition. The Pitch Competition winner will receive the Gavel Prize, which consists of:
- The Award of a prize of seed capital of up to £30,000/$40,000
- One year of start-up space for your project team in New York or London
- Dedicated mentor support for the first year of the business launch process
Industry and investment introductions tailored to the winner's business proposal.
Meet the Judges Panel:
MICHAEL CHUNG - CEO of BrandEd
ADAM DINWIDDIE - Product Team Leader at Fairchain
MELANIE GERLIS - Art market columnist for the Financial Times
VISHAL KUMAR - CEO and co-Founder of the Alice Camera
JEREMY RHODES - Director of Business Development and Originations for Yieldstreet / Athena Art Finance
Kenseth Armstead is a conceptual and multimedia installation artist based in Brooklyn, NY. His videos, drawings, and sculptures draw upon and re-envision the legacy of Africans and their diaspora in the United States, including his own position in an art world that is still too white. Through his numerous public sculptures, he speaks not just to Black people about their history and their community, but also about the physical lack of presence of the histories of African slaves, something that persists all the way down to their current descendants.
Armstead’s works have been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Brooklyn Museum; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; and the Studio Museum in Harlem, amongst others, and are included in the collections of the Centre Pompidou, the African American Museum in Dallas, Texas, and numerous private collections. The artist received a BFA from the Corcoran College of Art & Design and attended the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program. He was the founding Managing Editor of Rhizome, (rhizome.org).
Gabriella (she/they) is a queer documentary photographer based in San Juan, Puerto Rico covering the Caribbean. She focuses on documenting intimate subjects: her father's death post-Huricane Maria, family relations of the queer community, sex work, and the relationship between sexuality, depressio, and the body. Her work is raw, intimate, and personal. They have been published in TIME, Reuters, Bloomberg, The New York Times, CNN, and the nation, among others.
Melanie Gerlis and Ann-Marie Richard
Melanie Gerlis is a major art world journalist and commentator. She became the weekly art market columnist for the Financial Times in 2016. She was previously Art Market Editor for The Art Newspaper (2007-2016), before which she was a financial communications adviser at Finsbury in the City of London (1996-2005). She has a BA in English Literature from Cambridge University and an MA in Art Business from Sotheby’s Institute of Art - London. Her books, Art as an Investment? (2014) and The Art Fair Story: A Rollercoaster Ride (2021) were published by Lund Humphries. Melanie is on the governing body of Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London and is a trustee at Art360 and The Art Academy, London.
Key's practice embodies several modes of production into one frame. Through form, image, and material, the objects they make integrate a sculpture, painting, and performance practice. Excvating lost stories and the oral histories that define their upbringing in rural Alabama, Key's work seeks to criticize those historical conditions that are the seeds of contemporary issues in their life, while creating spaces that celebrate beauty, joy, and sruvival.
Ruth Millington, Betsy Thomas, and Souleo
In this event Ruth Millington (Head of Careers, Sotheby’s Institute of Art London) discusses her first book, dedicated to uncovering the incredible true stories of 30 muses from the Renaissance to today, and the ways in which they have changed art history. Far from the prevailing perception as passive, powerless models posing silently, muses have often played influential and active roles in the lives of the artists who immortalised them. Ruth Millington talks about the compelling true stories of Dora Maar, Emilie Floge, Souleo, Lawrence Alloway, Beyonce and more.
This event includes a book signing.
Park's work explores human relationships: how connections are forged, what strains them, how they fall apart. In South Korea, where she grew up, many families are separated by war, and their histories are marked by long separations and more recently, reunions. Her experience with these issues on a cultural level continues to effect her work
Ramon Rik Singley II
Ramon refers to himself as a visual artist. Singley's artistic journey began as a journalism graduate who found himself turning down the position of Editor at Honey Magazine to pursue art school in the early 2000s. In the last few years, Singley has been merging photography and writing together, has worked with notable celebrities and has even dabbled in front of the camera.
Bayeté Ross Smith
Bayeté Ross Smith is a visual artist, photographer, filmmaker, and educator operating at the intersection of photography, performance, film, visual journalism, sculpture, and new media. He lives in Harlem, New York. His work addresses contemporary social, political, and human rights issues and is included in the collections of The Smithsonian Institution, the Oakland Museum of California, the Birmingham Museum of Art and more. He has been recognized with multiple awards, fellowships, and grants for his work, including as a New York Times Embedded Media Maker, a Presidential Leadership Scholar, a 2021 CatchLight Leadership Fellow, a TED Resident, a Creative Capital awardee, and an Art for Justice Fund Fellow. Currently, he is the first-ever artist-in-residence for the Columbia Law School in New York City.
In addition to his creative work, Bayeté helped launch and continues to work with the Kings Against Violence Initiative (KAVI), a hospital and school-based violence prevention organization in Brooklyn, NY. He is also a faculty member at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.
Kerstin Erdmann and Aliza Shvarts
Lecture by Kerstin Erdmann of OMR and Centro in Mexico City to Aliza Shvarts's class in the Contemporary Art Master's Program, 2021. Part 4 in the Global Perspectives Lecture Series at SIA, 2021.
Claude Grunitzky and Aliza Shvarts
Lecture by arts entrepreneur Claude Grunitzky to Aliza Shvarts's class in the Contemporary Art Master's Program, 2021.
Jennifer Houdrouge and Aliza Shvarts
Lecture by arts entrepreneur Jennifer Houdrouge, Co-Director and Co-Founder of the Chimney, to Aliza Shvarts's class in the Contemporary Art Master's Program, 2021. Part 5 of the Global Perspectives Lecture Series.
Deepanjana Klein and Aliza Shvarts
The third lecture in the Global Perspectives Lecture Series, Aliza Shvarts presents Deepanjana Klein, South Asian Art Specialist at Christie's on Indian and South Asian art.
Jean Minguet and Christine Kuan
Jean Minguet, Head of Econometrics at Artprice discusses metrics in the age of AI.
Xin Wang and Aliza Shvarts
The second lecture in the Global Perspectives series, hosted by Aliza Shvarts features Xin Wang discussing contemporary Asian art.
Virgil Oritz, Christine Kuan, and Monica Buckle
Made in Native America®
A conversation and studio tour with Virgil Ortiz (Cochiti Pueblo)
Innovator and futurist of contemporary Pueblo pottery, fashion and film
Tim Schneider and Christine Kuan
Sotheby’s Institute of Art-New York CEO/Director Christine Kuan is delighted to host a conversation with leading art market expert Tim Schneider. Tim Schneider is the Art Business Editor for Artnet News, the co-producer of the Artnet News podcast The Art Angle, and the writer behind the Gray Market, the conversation-starting industry-analysis column. His work combines nearly a decade of firsthand experience in the gallery sector with insights gleaned from research into economics, technology, data analysis, and related subjects. In 2017 he released his first book, The Great Reframing: How Technology Will—and Won’t—Change the Gallery System Forever. He lives and works in New York.
Marc Hajjar, Jennifer Houdrouge, Courtney Knights, Seol Park, and Christine Kuan
Discover the backgrounds, career trajectories, and trade secrets of working the art market today from young entrepreneurs, creative talents, and rising stars in the art industry. Panelists include Marc Hajjar, Business Manager at Phillips, Jennifer Houdrouge, Director of The Chimney, Courtney Knights, Associate Director, Institutional Giving at Public Art Fund, and Seol Park, Principal at Spark Arts Management, in conversation with Christine Kuan, Director/CEO, Sotheby’s Institute of Art-New York.
Judith Prowda, Jonathon Cohen, Marie Cecile Flageul, Angelo Madrigale, Renee Vara, and Steven R. Wagner
For over a decade, aerosol artists, led by curator Jonathan Cohen (Meres One), painted the façade of a derelict factory complex in Long Island City, transforming it into the world famous 5Pointz, aka the Institute of Higher Burnin’ or 5Pointz Aerosol Art Center, Inc. On November 19, 2013 the owner of the building, Jerry Wolkoff, whitewashed the building complex without warning. A year and a half later, the building was demolished, to be replaced with a luxury condominium. Following a three-week trial in late 2017, a Federal District Court last February awarded $6.75 million to 21 of the artists under a rarely litigated statute, the Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990 (VARA), which protects artists’ moral rights in their work. The case is now on appeal before the Second Circuit. Stake holders on both sides are trying to make sense of the significance of this momentous decision, which ruled that 45 of the works were of “recognized stature” under VARA. Join us for a discussion with insiders and experts on this ground-breaking case, including Jonathan Cohen aka Meres One, Founder of 5Pointz and 5Pointz Creates, Marie Cecile Flageul, Co-Founder of 5Pointz Creates and Curator of the Museum of Street Art (MoSA), Angelo Madrigale, Director of Contemporary Art at Doyle, Renee Vara, Founder & CEO of VARA ART, and Steven R. Wagner, Esq., Partner at Wagner Berkow LLP. The discussion will be hosted by Judith Prowda, Esq., MA in Art Business Faculty, Sotheby’s Institute of Art- New York.
Ann-Marie Richard, Alan Fausel, Elin Lake-Ewald, and Michele S. Kay
How do damaged and restored artworks fetch millions of dollars at auction? How do experts determine value when an artwork has been extensively restored? These and other questions are addressed by painting specialist Alan Fausel, fine art appraiser Elin Lake-Ewald and painting conservator Michele S. Kay in this expert panel discussion.
Nicola Vassell, Elena Soboleva, Shelley Farmer, Jasmine Wahi, Monica Buckle, and Christine Kuan
Sotheby’s Institute of Art is delighted to present our 4th annual "Women Leaders in the Art Market” panel, which brings together women leaders from top art industry players— Concept NV Founder Nicola Vassell, David Zwirner Director of Online Sales Elena Soboleva, Hirschl & Adler Modern Director Shelley Farmer, Project for Empty Space Founder & Co-Director Jasmine Wahi, and The American Indian Community House Visual Arts Coordinator and Independent Curator and Consultant Monica Buckle. The conversation will focus on what it takes to lead, manage, and inspire in today’s global art market. The panel will also explore the impact of women in the international art scene and what success means for women now and in the future. The panel will be hosted by Sotheby’s Institute of Art CEO/Director Christine Kuan.
Marina Cashdan, Leila Heller, Ambre Kelly, Alia Williams, and Christine Kuan
Our 3rd annual "Women Leaders in the Art Market" panel brings together contemporary art market influencers, Marina Cashdan of Artsy, Leila Heller of Leila Heller Gallery, Ambre Kelly of SPRING/Break Art Show, and Alia Williams of Jeffrey Deitch. The conversation focuses on women leaders in the art market today, the global impact of women in the international art scene, and what success means for women now and in the future. The discussion is hosted by Christine Kuan, Director/CEO, Sotheby’s Institute of Art-NY, formerly Chief Curator and Director of Strategic Partnerships at Artsy.
Elizabeth Dee, Christy MacLear, Helen Toomer, Stas Johnson-Chyzhykov, and Christine Kuan
Our second Women Leaders in the Art Market panel brought together contemporary art market influencers, Elizabeth Dee of the Elizabeth Dee Gallery and Independent Art Fair, Christy MacLear of Art Agency, Partners, Helen Toomer of STONELEAF RETREAT, and Stas Johnson-Chyzhykov of Artsy. Moderated by Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York, Director and CEO, Christine Kuan, formerly Chief Curator and Director of Strategic Partnerships at Artsy.
Vincent Fremont, Sally King-Nero, Stephan Pascher, and Morgan Falconer
Part of Andy Warhol’s reputation rests on having turned his disordered life into a kind of performance, and yet some of the most important scholarship on the artist involves documenting his activity with rigorous accuracy. To celebrate the opening of a major new Warhol retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art, we ask what is most compelling today: Warhol’s chaotic life-as-art, or his individual works, or something else entirely? To answer these questions we are joined by three figures who see his life from different perspectives. Vincent Fremont was formerly the Vice President of Andy Warhol Enterprises and the executive manager of the artist’s studio. Following Warhol’s death in 1987, he was instrumental in forming the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Sally King-Nero has been the Executive Editor of the artist’s catalog raisonné and Curator of Drawings and Photographs at the Andy Warhol Foundation for over 25 years. They are joined by artist and Sotheby’s Institute of Art professor Stephan Pascher. The discussion will be hosted by Morgan Falconer, Acting Director of the MA in Contemporary Art program at Sotheby’s Institute of Art-New York.
Alison Green, Michael Corris, Rainer Ganahl, and Kathy Battista
Increasingly, artists are curating greater numbers of exhibitions internationally. This panel explores how curating has been incorporated into artistic practice. Moderated by Dr. Kathy Battista, MA Contemporary Art Faculty, Sotheby's Institute of Art, the panel features Dr. Alison Green, Course Leader of MA Culture, Criticism and Curation at Central Saint Martins, London, Dr. Michael Corris, Professor of Art, Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, and Rainer Ganahl, New York-based artist. It celebrates the publication of a new book, "When Artists Curate," written by Green and commissioned by Corris, published by Reaktion Press in London.
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