Board of Directors

Managing Director | Ronald Varney Fine Art Advisors | New York
Director | Noguchi Museum | New York

Dorothy Goldeen  Vice President for Chapter Leadership Forum
President | Allan Stone Projects | New York

Sheila McDaniel | Vice President for Finance
Deputy Director of Finance & Administration | Studio Museum in Harlem | New York

Lucy O'Brien | Vice President for Communications
Communications Consultant | New York

Jessica Porter | Vice President for Membership
Owner and Director | Porter Contemporary | New York

Elizabeth Smith | Vice President for Development
Executive Director | Helen Frankenthaler Foundation | New York

Ruth Abrahams
Graphic Design + Visual Strategies | Ruth Abrahams Design |  Washington, DC

Alyson Baker
Executive Director | The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum | At-Large

Naomi Beckwith
Marilyn and Larry Fields Curator
| Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago Chicago

Jennifer Francis
Director of Marketing, Communications, and Visitor Experience | Louvre Abu Dhabi

Tracy Freedman 

Owner | Freedman Art Advisory | Northern California

Juanita Hardy
Senior Visiting Fellow for Creative Placemaking | Urban Land Institite | Washington, DC 

Deborah Harris
Deputy Director | The Armory Show | New York 

Kellie Honeycutt

Communications Director | Public Art Fund | New York 

Suzanne Jaffe 

President| SDJ Associates | New York 

Rustin Levenson
President and Founder | ArtCare | Florida 

Whitney Rutter
Senior Account Executive | Patron Technology | New York 

Susan Talbott
Executive Director | Fabric Workshop and Museum | Philadelphia 

Ada Ciniglio
Executive Director | ArtTable | New York

Lowery Stokes Sims | Trustee Emerita
New York

John Koegel | Counsel 
Partner | The Koegel Group | New York

Biographies of Board Officers

Jane Borthwick | President 
Jane Borthwick is the managing director of Ronald Varney Fine Art Advisors. As a trusted art advisor and strategist, she specializes in the management of diverse and specialized collections, advising families, private collectors, foundations and museums in creating strategies for initiating, building or dispersing art collections.  As part of her work, she has handled the marketing and sales plans for the estates of prominent artists.  Prior to pursuing a career in the art world, a long time passion, Jane had a successful career in strategic planning and marketing for the luxury goods industry.
Jane studied at Harvard College and Harvard Business School, and participated on the Harvard Business School Community Partners team that consulted for ArtTable in 2013. In addition to her service on the ArtTable Board of Directors, she also has served on the membership committee. She previously served as a trustee at Radcliffe College and was a founding board member of The Harvard Business School Women’s Association.  Jane also served on the board of ComitéColbert, the association of the French Luxury Goods Industry which organized L’Art De Vivre,” a Cooper-Hewitt Museum exhibition of 200 years of French Decorative Arts. She currently advises on programming, member recruitment and collection visits in New York City for Fellows of the Harvard Art Museums.
Jane has been quoted in The New York TimesPrivate Asset Management, and Private Wealth Focus, and she speaks frequently on the topics of best practices in art collection management.


Jenny Dixon | Vice President for Governance
Jenny Dixon joined The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum as director in April 2003.  Since that time, she has consolidated the Museum and Foundation into a single entity, popularly known as The Noguchi Museum, and greatly expanded public awareness of both the Museum and Isamu Noguchi’s production. She has achieved this by initiating the Museum’s first program of temporary exhibitions and by greatly expanding its roster of public programs, among other initiatives. In all of these efforts, Ms. Dixon has sought to honor Noguchi’s vision of the museum he created.
Ms. Dixon began her arts career in 1977, when she joined the Public Art Fund, where she served as executive director from 1980-1986. Among her many accomplishments at the Fund was the initiation of the New York City “Percent for Art” program. It was during that period that she met Isamu Noguchi, working with him on a Public Art Fund project. In 1986, Ms. Dixon joined the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council as executive director, and in 1999 was named director of The Bronx Museum of the Arts. During her tenure at the Bronx Museum, she initiated and secured public funding for an extensive capital program, affirming the organization’s position as both one of the leading museums in the Northeast and a major educational resource for local schoolchildren.   
Long involved in New York City’s arts and design community, Ms. Dixon has served on numerous, local, national and international panels with a focus on public art, civic discourse, architecture and design in the public sphere.
Accordingly, Ms. Dixon has taught at Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, Parsons School of Design, and New York University. Her numerous past board affiliations include the Public Art Fund, New York City Cultural Institutions Group, the Alliance for Downtown New York, Community Board 1 and Art Table.
Jenny Dixon received an MBA in business policy from Columbia University, New York, and a BFA in painting and BA in art education from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Dorothy Goldeen  |  Vice President for Chapter Leadership Forum
Dorothy Goldeen is the president of Stone Art LLC and Allan Stone Projects in New York. Stone Art LLC is the exclusive administrator of the renowned Allan Stone Collection, featuring an ongoing exhibition program drawn from the collection and presented at Allan Stone Projects in Chelsea. The vast collection is known for its in-depth holdings of Modern Masters, such as Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline and Wayne Thiebaud, as well as contemporary art, tribal and folk art, Americana and decorative art. Dorothy oversees the scholarly exhibition program in the Gallery, the Gallery’s participation in multiple art fairs during the year and executes significant activity at auction from all areas of the collection. 
Prior to relocating to New York, Dorothy founded Dorothy Goldeen Art Advisory in 1996 in Los Angeles, following twenty-three years as a gallery owner and director in Los Angeles and San Francisco.  She specialized in advising private collectors in building their collections of modern and contemporary art. Dorothy Goldeen Gallery (1987-1996) championed internationally renowned artists such as Beatriz Milhazes, Nam June Paik and Magdalena Abakanovicz.  Dorothy pioneered the early careers of artists such as Jennifer Steinkamp and Diana Thater who have subsequently achieved widespread critical recognition. She has built numerous private collections, mounted more than 200 exhibitions of contemporary art and established working relationships with hundreds of artists, collectors and art world professionals.

Dorothy served as the chair of the Southern California Chapter of ArtTable from 1992-1994 and from 2012-2014.  She has been a national board member since 2012.  She co-chaired the first ArtTable National Conference at the Getty Center in Los Angeles in 1998 and was awarded the Most Distinguished Service Award by the Southern California Chapter in 2002.  Dorothy is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley where she majored in sculpture and textile design.


Sheila McDaniel | Vice President for Finance
Sheila McDaniel currently serves as the deputy director of finance and administration at The Studio Museum in Harlem, a position she has held for the past twelve years.
In this role, McDaniel serves as the chief financial, administrative, and information officer for a major New York City cultural institution that has an annual operating budget over $6 million. In addition, she serves as a member of the leadership team responsible for the implementation of the museum’s strategic plan.
 McDaniel spent several years in the corporate insurance industry after her studies in economics at Talladega College. In 1990, she relocated to New York from her hometown of Philadelphia. Committed to the idea of community service, she left corporate America and began working in the not-for-profit arena. McDaniel has more than twenty years of non-profit management experience, including senior positions in finance and operations. Her areas of expertise include strategic planning, budget development and analysis, change management implementation, fiscal management, and quality assurance.
 McDaniel currently serves as board treasurer for the Bronx Arts Foundation, where she has been a member of the board since 2008. Additionally, she was a visiting professor in the Arts and Cultural Management program at Pratt Institute, providing students with invaluable knowledge about financial literacy, specifically the analytical skills necessary to manage earned and donated funds while also maintaining the integrity of the organization’s programming and services. McDaniel has also served as the associate executive director of operations at the Hetrick-Martin Institute, Inc., where she operated as the chief financial and operations officer and simultaneously managed an annual operating budget of over $5 million. In addition, McDaniel contributed to the leadership team responsible for the implementation of the agency’s strategic plan, which included the opening of Harvey Milk High School.

Lucy O'Brien | Vice President for Communications
Prior to establishing her communications consulting practice, Lucy O’Brien was director of external affairs at Creative Time, one of the leading presenters of public art. There, she oversaw all communications and marketing activities, obtaining widespread coverage of both specific projects and the organization, and ensuring consistency of messaging in marketing materials. Previously, O’Brien was a vice president at Jeanne Collins & Associates, LLC, where she worked with diverse clients including Yale University Art Gallery, Dia Art Foundation, Storm King Art Center, the British Museum, and the World Monuments Fund, among many others. O’Brien has also held senior positions in the communications departments of the Museum of Modern Art and the American Museum of Natural History. Her first career was as a book editor, including at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
O’Brien is a member of the American Alliance of Museums and ArtTable. She received her BA in art history from New York University and her MA in art history from Yale University.

Jessica Porter | Vice President for Membership
Jessica Porter, director of Porter Contemporary—a New York City art gallery focusing on highly skilled artists—is responsible for the overall strategy, business development and market growth, marketing and communications as well as talent acquisition and development. Her background and experience in foreign languages, museum curating, international sales and marketing and law have created a strong basis for entrepreneurial leadership and business growth.

Porter has also maintained her own consulting company, launched in 2001, utilizing her art and law background focusing on assisting companies, galleries and individuals to navigate the start up phase of their business or grow their existing business. Porter also teaches courses on the basics of art collecting, counsels artists on creating a career strategy and juries and curates exhibitions for other organizations, galleries and institutions. She has spoken as an expert on CNBC on art collecting and investment of emerging artists, to the Harvard Business Women’s Association on starting an art collection, a contributing writer to the Creativity Post and has participated in panel discussions on such topics as Art & Music, Women in the Art Industry and Contemporary Visions of Picasso.

Porter’s natural networking skills combined with strategic event planning and social marketing have made her a leader in the growth of her own business as well as other organizations. Porter grew her own following for Porter Contemporary to over 10,000 in the first 4 years of opening. In addition, Porter founded EASL (Entertainment Art & Sports Law) at the University of Maryland, School of Law from a group of four to over 400. She also founded and grew Raandesk Women, a private group of intellectual women leaders in NYC and Shopping for Art, a group focused on buying art for fun.

Porter has a resounding commitment to being a leader and resource to other women and is the co-chair of Fundraising to the Leadership Advisory Board for the Girl Scouts of Greater New York and is the co-chair of programming at ArtTable, the primary women’s leadership organization in the arts.

Elizabeth Smith | Vice President for Development 

Elizabeth Smith joined the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation as its first executive director in fall 2013.  At the Foundation she has oversight of a collection of artworks by and archives of one of the foremost American artists of the late 20th century and is building the profile and presence of this newly-active organization to fulfill its educational and philanthropic mission. 
Previously, Smith was executive director, curatorial affairs at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) in Toronto from 2010-2013, and was chief curator and deputy director of programs at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) from 1999-2009.  Prior to joining MCA, she was curator at The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles from 1983-2009.
Smith’s curatorial work and writings have ranged broadly across visual art, public art, and architecture from mid-20th century to today and have continuously advanced the work of women artists. While at AGO, Smith curated and oversaw exhibitions on the work of artists Yael Bartana and Kim Adams, as well as group shows with artists including LaToya Ruby Frazier and Erin Sherriff, and was curator-in-charge of traveling exhibitions such as Abstract Expressionist New YorkChagall and the Russian Avant-Garde, and Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musee Picasso.
As MCA’s chief curator, Smith curated monographic exhibitions of artists Jenny Holzer, Lee Bontecou, Kerry James Marshall, Roberto Matta, Catherine Opie, and Donald Moffett, exhibitions on architecture such as Sustainable Architecture in Chicago: Works in Progress and Garofalo Architects: Between the Museum and the City, and numerous presentations of MCA’s collection. Smith’s curatorial projects while at MOCA Los Angeles ranged from Blueprints for Modern Living: History and Legacy of the Case Study HousesThe Architecture of R.M. Schindler, and At the End of the Century: 100 Years of Architecture to a survey of the Cindy Sherman‘s photographs and the first museum presentations of then-emerging artists Uta Barth, Toba Khedoori, Catherine Opie, and Margaret Honda as well as a collaboration between artist Kiki Smith and architect Wolf Prix of Coop Himmelblau. 
Besides her exhibition catalogues, Smith’s writings have appeared in such publications as The Drawings of Do Ho Suh; Chicago Makes ModernBuckminster Fuller: Starting with the Universe; Design CitiesBirth of the Cool; andthe 54th Carnegie International.  She is the author of Techno Architecture (2000) and books on the Los Angeles Case Study Houses (2002/2006). Her most recent essay “Redefining a Practice: Helen Frankenthaler and Painting in the Early 1960s” appeared in the catalogue Helen Frankenthaler: Composing with Color, 1962-1963, co-published by Gagosian Gallery and Rizzoli in 2014. 
Smith received her B.A. from Barnard College and her Art History at Columbia University in New York City. She was an adjunct professor in the Public Art Studies program of the School of Fine Arts at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  She has received awards and honors from the Getty Foundation, the International Association of Art Critics, the Chicago Tribune, and others.  Smith served a six-year term on the Board of Trustees of the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts in Chicago and was a 2012 Fellow of the Center for Curatorial Leadership in New York. Currently, she is a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Association of Museum Curators (AAMC).

Biographies of At-Large Members

Ruth Abrahams is a creative director and graphic designer specializing in visual strategy and interpretation for museums. She is currently working with clients as a design director, consultant, and graphic designer based in Washington, DC

Abrahams was director of editorial and graphic design at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) from 2004–2013, where she led the in-house creative department. Ruth directed graphic design for over 250 exhibitions and installations as well as for signage, way finding, fundraising, membership, marketing, and strategic initiatives. She led the design and implementation of a comprehensive new graphic identity program for the first time in the Museum’s history and a complete rebranding, graphics, and signage program for the Rodin Museum. Prior to the PMA, Ruth was art director at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, MA.

She focuses on using graphic identity, branding, and design as key tools in institutional communications, strategic positioning, interpretation, and public engagement to better connect mission and experience. She is particularly interested in creating diverse pathways for visitors to engage with art.
Since moving to DC in 2013, Ruth has worked with clients including the Barnes Foundation, The Corcoran, and Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens.
Ruth joined ArtTable in 2013. She is currently working on presenting a series of discussions about art in the Washington, DC region. She serves on the membership and communications committees and is the co-chair of ArtTable’s Washington, DC Chapter.

Alyson Baker is the executive director of The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Prior to this appointment, she served as executive director of Socrates Sculpture Park for more than 11 years. Baker was director of Pat Hearn Gallery (1987-1992), an associate director of Gagosian Gallery (1992- 1997), curatorial assistant in the Contemporary Art Department at the Carnegie Museum of Art and assistant to the 1999 Carnegie International exhibition (1998-2000).
With over twenty-eight years of experience in the arts, Baker has worked on more than 300 exhibitions with over 800 artists including both emerging artists and world-renowned figures such as Richard Serra, Cy Twombly, Mark di Suvero, Chris Burden and Damien Hirst and historical exhibitions of work by Henry Moore, Alexander Calder, Joan Miró, and Andy Warhol.
As a curator and project coordinator, Baker has authored and edited numerous publications on contemporary art, writing about artists such as Kiki Smith and Andrea Zittel. She was the co-editor and a contributing writer for the first major publication about Socrates Sculpture Park– a book that chronicles the Park’s remarkable history of artistic innovation and community engagement.
She has lectured on subjects such as cultural models for community development, public art, artist workspaces, nonprofit management, and curatorial practice at institutions across the country including the Museum of Modern Art, the Rhode Island School of Design, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Brown University, The Noguchi Museum, the Arts & Business Council, and Cranbrook Academy of Art and has served on juries, panels and committees for such institutions as Yale University School of Architecture, PS1 Center for Contemporary Art, the International Studio and Curatorial Program, New York Grantmakers in the Arts, the College Art Association, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art Program.
Baker is a co-founder and former president of the Long Island City Cultural Alliance. She was on the executive committees of the Guggenheim Museum’s Young Collector’s Council, and the New York chapter of ArtTable; and served on the community board for Long Island City, Queens, NY and as an ex-officio member of New York State Artist Workspace Consortium.
In 2009, Baker founded the craft and design fair called Makers Market; and in 2011, she established ‘Folly’- a studio residency and exhibition program for architects at Socrates Sculpture Park in collaboration with The Architectural League of New York.
Born in Newport, RI, she graduated magna cum laude from Brown University, and attended classes and summer sessions at the Rhode Island School of Design, earning a dual degree in Art History and Studio Art.

Naomi Beckwith, 2015 ArtTable NLA Awardee, is the Marilyn and Larry Fields Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and focuses on conceptual practices in contemporary art. Beckwith has curated and co-curated several exhibitions internationally and nationally—including at the MCA Chicago, ICA in Philadelphia and in New York the Artists Space and the Studio Museum where she also managed the Artists-in-Residence program—and has contributed to numerous catalogues and journals. Her exhibitions and writings have been featured in The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Artforum International, Frieze, Art in America, Flash Art, T Magazine, and Ebony magazine where she was recently listed as a Top 100 Leader in Arts and Letters.  Prior to joining the MCA, Beckwith was in a project coordinator for BAMart at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, a Helena Rubenstein Critical Studies Fellow at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, the Whitney Lauder Curatorial Fellow at the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania and, most immediately, associate curator at The Studio Museum in Harlem.
Jennifer Francis has been executive director of marketing at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA), since October 2012. She oversees the museum’s Marketing and Communications Division, which is responsible for marketing, media relations, communications, editorial, creative and brand management, and tourism. Her goals align with the museum’s mission of amplifying its voice in the local, regional, national, and international cultural community, re-activating the collection and connecting with new audiences. She has a unique talent for identifying “the big idea” through the study of consumer behavior, coordination of various communications functions, and identification of key themes within the Strategic Plan that will resonate with various constituencies.
Prior to her role at PMA, Francis served as the head of press and marketing at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, a position she held for over eight years. At the RA, she increased visitor attendance, led effective corporate communications and advocacy for the institution, delivered comprehensive marketing solutions, and enhanced its reputation as a premier cultural destination and consistent, strong voice for art and artists.
Francis received her MA in Cultural Leadership and Policy Management at City University. She has worked as public relations executive for Provincial Antique Dealers Association, head of media relations at the Victoria and Albert Museum, head of media relations at the Royal College of Art, and director of communication at the Drum Art Centre. In addition, she has provided consulting services for a number of high profile organizations in Great Britain, including the London Tourist Board and Royal Opera House.
In addition to her work at the museum, she has served as a member of the National Museums Directors Conference Marketing Committee and on the board of the Arts Council England – London region. She is a member of ArtTable and currently serves on the boards of the Arts and Business Council of Greater Philadelphia, CIC Wealth, Communicating the Museum, Fleisher Art Memorial, and ICOM-US.

Tracy Freedman is a fine art advisor based in San Francisco and a member of ArtTable since 1995. Through Freedman Art Advisory, Tracy offers business and marketing guidance to artists and gallerists and advises private collectors. Her areas of expertise include gallery management, marketing, exhibition conception, curatorial direction and execution, publications, and fine art acquisition and sales.  Ms. Freedman co-owned and directed Hackett-Freedman Gallery, San Francisco from 1987-2009.  There, she oversaw marketing, operations and publications, co-curated more than 300 solo and group exhibitions of contemporary and post-war American and European art, and oversaw publication of more than 40 catalogues and books. In 2014, she served as Arts & Cultural Liaison to the inaugural edition of Art Silicon Valley/ San Francisco International Art Fair (Art Miami LLC), coordinating public panel discussions, museum and collector outreach, and organizing exhibitions by more than a dozen nonprofit arts groups invited to participate in the Fair.  She is a past President and former board member of the San Francisco Art Dealers Association and since 2013 has served on the Executive Committee of Northern California ArtTable, where she coordinated a public symposium on fine art appraisals. 

Juanita Hardy is currently the senior visiting fellow for creative placemaking at the Urban Land Institute,a global NGO committed to bringing art, culture, and design assets to revitalization projects across the US. Hardy has over forty-one years of business experience, including thirty-one years with IBM, and over thirty-five years in the arts, as a non-profit leader, trustee, collector, and patron. Hardy founded Tiger Management Consulting Group, LLC, a global training and business services firm, after retiring from IBM in 2005. In 2013, Hardy was appointed executive director for CulturalDC, a non-profit committed to making space for the arts and fostering cultural and economic vibrancy through its programs and services and its partnerships with the real estate industry in Washington, DC. Hardy has served as an executive coach with Right Management, a global human capital development firm, since 2006.
Hardy held leadership positions in IBM’s software development, systems engineering, and management consulting lines of business. Hardy retired from IBM in 2005 as the National Leader for IBM’s State and Local Government Outsourcing Practice. As executive director of CulturalDC, a position she held before retiring again in late 2015, Hardy directed ten staff and managed an annual budget of $1.2 million. Under Hardy’s leadership, CulturalDC purchased its downtown DC location, securing its foothold there; established a corporate partnership program, attracting firms such as Microsoft and AT&T; and was recognized as the 2015 Non-Profit of the Year by the DC Chamber of Commerce.
Hardy is a published writer and public speaker and received numerous awards and recognition for her contributions. Selected speaking engagements include Peking University Business Review Roundtable (2009), the Global Conference of the World Future Society (2012), and the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce Women Executive Leadership Conference (2013 and 2014). Hardy’s papers have been featured in The Roadmap to 2020, published by Quantum Leaps and sponsored by IBM; Enterprising Women magazine; and The Peking University Business Review, Beijing. She was featured among thirteen women in the book Montgomery County Women Making It (2011), and is a 2010 recipient of the Washington Business Journal’s Minority Business Leaders Award.
Spanning over twenty-five years, Hardy has coached senior leaders in the public and private sector for organizations including USAA, the city of Detroit, the Computer Sciences Corporation, The World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the government of the District of Columbia. Hardy’s work on creative place-making includes project design, fund development, and project oversight. For CulturalDC, Hardy guided the implementation of Monroe Street Market, a $250 million mixed-use residential/retail real estate development project in DC. For ULI, Hardy is helping to integrate creative placemaking into its “Building Healthy Corridors” Initiative to promote healthier communities, especially in underserved neighborhoods. Hardy has served as an awards juror for ULI Washington District  Council’s Real Estate Trends Conference for the past two years and has worked with ArtPlace America on its Creative Placemaking grant program.
Hardy has served on many nonprofit art boards, including the University of Maryland University College Art Advisory Board (2005–present); the George Mason University Arts Council (2013–present); ArTrain USA Inc., a mobile museum, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan (2004–2010); and Millennium Arts Salon, an art education initiative that she cofounded in 2000. Hardy also serves on the boards of the Maryland China Business Council. She is a member of ArtTable, the International Women’s Forum, and the prestigious Cosmos Club. Hardy has been an avid collector of fine art since 1985, and with her husband, Mel Hardy, has acquired many works of art on paper, art on canvas, photography, sculpture and African Art.


Deborah Harris, a graduate of Stanford University, has been with The Armory Show since 2008 where she launched and now directs The Armory Show – Modern. She was part of the team that launched Art Platform—Los Angeles in September 2011 during the opening of Pacific Standard Time.
Before joining The Armory Show leadership team, Harris worked for more than 20 years in art magazine publishing; most recently from 2007-2009, Harris was art category sales director for the lauded Magazine where she managed and oversaw all sales and marketing efforts for Gallery Showcase featured in annual Magazine Art Issue. Previously, Harris was the publisher of Modern Painters where she helped launch the magazine worldwide, and was responsible for advertising sales teams at Art + Auction, Gallery Guide and She was also advertising director for Art in America and ARTnews. Harris is an active member of several arts and advertising organizations including ArtTable, the Contemporary Council of the New Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Kellie Honeycutt joined the Public Art Fund as communications director in 2010 and manages the organization’s marketing, brand identity, public relations, publications, archives, and digital media presence. Prior to joining the Public Art Fund, Kellie was a senior account executive at Blue Medium, Inc., a public relations and marketing firm specializing in art and architecture, where her clients included Judd Foundation, Japan Society, Sperone Westwater Gallery, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, Steven Holl Architects, Prospect New Orleans, the Reykjavik Arts Festival, and the United States Pavilion at the 2008 Venice Biennale featuring Bruce Nauman and presented by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, among others. Previously, she worked at organizations including the Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, NC; Eleanor Ettinger Gallery, New York, NY; and the New Museum, New York, NY. She has also completed projects for the Merchant’s House Museum in New York and has worked with several cultural associations in Rome, Italy. Kellie received her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her M.A. from New York University, where her thesis focused on utilizing corporate branding techniques in the museum and cultural realms.

Suzanne Jaffe is president of S.D.J. Associates, a pension fund consulting business. Previously she served as a managing director of several Wall Street firms.She was formerly deputy comptroller of New York State and served as a trustee of the U.S. Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds.

She currently serves on the board of directors of Research Corporation for Science Advancement, CORO New York Leadership Center, the American Jewish Committee, and is the treasurer of Urban Glass.

She is a former member of the board of directors of Burnham Investment Trust, Olin Corporation, Axel-Johnson Inc. and is past president of the Smithsonian Archives of American Art.

She started out in life as an art historian first at the University of Pennsylvania and then at NYU Institute of Fine Arts.


Rustin Levenson has a strong background with conservation techniques and practices; she founded and currently directs ArtCare, a private conservation studio with locations in New York and Miami. Levenson’s studios have experience with a wide variety of materials including canvas, panel, and paper, as well as mural paintings in tempera, oil, buon fresco, and fresco secco. Artcare also has a particular expertise in Latin American, South Asian, and contemporary art.
Levenson holds a BA in paintings conservation from Wellesley College. She completed her conservation training at Harvard University’s Fogg Art Museum, as a member of their conservation staff (1969–1973).

From there, Levenson continued her work in conservation with experiences at the Canadian Conservation Institute (1973–1974), the National Gallery of Canada (1974–77), as well as the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1977–1980). In addition to running two successful conservation studios, Levenson has coauthored, with art historian Andrea Kirsh, Seeing Through Paintings: Physical Examination in Art Historical Studies (Yale University Press, 2000) and written chapters for The Expert vs. the Object (Oxford University Press, 2004) and the upcoming Painting Conservation Book to be published by Buttersworth Press. Her published articles include “Emergency Conservation,” “Adhesives for Strip-Lining Twentieth Century Paintings,” “A New Method for Strip-Lining Easel Paintings,” “Useful Modifications for Current Lining Techniques,” and “Up in Smoke, Treatment of Fire Damaged Paintings.” She was honored with a Residency at the American Academy in Rome, 2014-2015.
Levenson is a fellow at both the American Institute for Conservation and the International Institute for Conservation and has served on numerous professional committees (currently the Ethics Committee) as well as chairing the Paintings Specialty Group of the American Institute for Conservation. Levenson has been an active member of ArtTable’s Miami Chapter since its inception.

Susan Lubowsky Talbott is currently the executive director of the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, PA. Prior to her successful and highly acclaimed transformative leadership of the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, CT, Ms. Talbott was the director of Smithsonian Arts, Washington, DC (2005–08), and acting director of the National Museum of African Art in 2006. Previously, Ms. Talbott served as director and CEO of the Des Moines Art Center; executive director of the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem, NC;director of the Visual Arts Program at the National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC; and director of the Whitney Museum of American Art’s branch museums at Equitable Center and Philip Morris in New York.
She has organized or co-organized many memorable exhibitions, including Patti Smith: Camera Solo; Andy Goldsworthy: Three Cairns; and My Reality: Contemporary Art and the Culture of Japanese Animation. She holds BFA and MFA degrees from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, and was a Harvard University Fellow in the Art Museum Directors’ Program. She has taught at SUNY, Brockport and New York University, and serves on the board of ArtTable, the national leadership organization of professional women in the arts. Previously, she served on the boards of the French American Museum Exchange (FRAME), the American Association of Museums/International Council of Museums (ICOM), and the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD). Ms. Talbott was inducted as a Chevalier in the French Order of Arts and Letters (Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) in November 2015.
Under Talbott’s leadership, the Wadsworth Atheneum was a finalist for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service in 2013, and in 2014 the Museum received a $9.6 million endowment for European art acquisitions, bringing the total endowment to more than $100 million. In September 2015, the final phase of a 5-year, $33 million program of infrastructure, storage, and gallery renovation was completed with 17 new galleries and a dynamic reinstallation of the contemporary, postwar, and European collections. Roberta Smith writing for the New York Times called the project “brilliant.”

Whitney Rutter currently serves as Senior Account Executive at Patron Technology, a leading e-marketing, fundraising, and ticketing solution technology company serving arts and non-profit organizations; she is credited with assisting to accelerate the company’s expansion into the museum marketplace.
Before joining Patron Technology, Rutter led the Americas sales team for Antenna International, a leading provider in hand-held interpretation technologies within the museum and cultural marketplace. She oversaw the engagement and expansion of the region with many of the country’s most prominent museums including, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Philadelphia Museum of Art and The Whitney Museum of American Art. Prior to joining Antenna, Rutter held progressively higher positions within non-profit fundraising lastly at The Museum of Modern Art where she joined in 2004 at the re-opening of the museum as Membership Coordinator and rose to the Assistant Director of Membership. During her time at MoMA, Rutter was instrumental in the development of their sophisticated membership program and the growth of the institution’s membership base from 40,000 to 120,000.
Whitney holds a BA in Cultural Studies from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a MA in International Studies from The Graduate Center, NY. She is a member of the American Alliance of Museums, M&W, MCN, and ArtTable. She speaks regularly at industry conferences on the role technology in the Arts.

Biographies of Ex-Officio Board Members
Since 2012, Ada Ciniglio has been executive director of ArtTable. Previous to this position, she founded and served as executive director of High 5 Tickets to the Arts where, during her 12-year tenure (1995-2007), she managed the transformation of the organization from a volunteer effort with five arts partners to a nonprofit with a staff of 10 and a board of 25 members.
During her High 5 tenure, she was responsible for raising almost a million dollars a year and in 2007, she was recognized for her work by the Arts and Business Council of New York as the recipient of their Encore Award for Arts Management Excellence. Under her leadership High 5 introduced more than 100,000 students to the visual and performing arts, launched a groundbreaking Teen Reviewers and Critics education program, shepherded High 5 startups in a series of cities, and merged with an arts-in-education partner, ArtsConnection.  She continues to serve on the Arts Connection board.
Prior to her work at High 5, she was a marketing and communications executive at Chase Manhattan Bank, working in Corporate Communications and International Private Banking for nine years. A former college teacher of English and the Humanities, she also served as administrative dean at The Graduate Faculty of The New School for Social Research, directed a Rockefeller Foundation museum educators fellowship program at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and was the director of development at The Drawing Center. At the New
York State Urban Development Corporation, she worked in governmental affairs and successfully pursued grants from federal and state sources.
She has served on a series of boards, including those of the Graduate Council of Empire State College; the Metro New York Chapter of the Bank Marketing Association; the Skidmore College Alumni Association; and ArtTable, where she was a member of the Board Executive Committee and co-chair of the Professional Development Committee.
Ms. Ciniglio received a BA degree from Skidmore College and a MS in Education from the State University of New York at New Paltz. She studied for her PhD at SUNY Stony Brook. She is a graduate of the School of Bank Marketing in Boulder and a 2005 graduate of the Institute for Non-profit Management of Columbia University’s School of Business.

Lowery Stokes Sims is the chief curator at the Museum of Arts and Design. From 2000-2007 Sims served as executive director, president and adjunct curator for the permanent collection at The Studio Museum in Harlem. She was on the education and curatorial staff of The Metropolitan Museum of Art from 1972-1999 where she curated over 30 exhibitions. A specialist in modern and contemporary art Sims is known for her particular expertise in the work of African, Latino, Native and Asian American artists. At MAD Sims co-curated Second Lives: Remixing the Ordinary (2008) and Dead or Alive (2010). She also conceived and co-curated The Global Africa Project (2011). Sims has lectured nationally and internationally and guest curated many exhibitions at institutions such as the National Gallery, Kingston, Jamaica (2004), The Cleveland Museum of Art and the New York Historical Society (2006) and the Driskell Center at the University of Maryland, College Park (2009). She served as general editor and essayist of the catalogue for the National Museum of the American Indian’s 2008 retrospective of Fritz Scholder. She was visiting professor at Queens College and Hunter College in New York City (2005, 2006), a fellow at the Clark Art Institute and visiting scholar in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota in 2007.  Sims also served on the selection jury for the World Trade Center memorial in 2003-2004 and is on the board of ArtTable, Inc., the Tiffany Foundation, and Art Matters, Inc.

Past ArtTable Board Presidents

Lila Harnett (1981-84)
Elizabeth Robbins (1984-86)
Serena Rattazzi (1986-88)
Frederieke Taylor (1988-90)
Kinshasha Holman Conwill (1990-92)
Sandra Lang (1992-94)
Patricia Cruz (1994-96)
Adele Z. Silver (1996-97)
Mary Sue Sweeny Price (1997-99)
Mary MacNaughton (1999-2001)
Judith K. Brodsky (2001-03)
Diane B. Frankel (2003-05)
Linda Sweet (2005-07)
Peggy Loar Voorsanger  (2007-09)
Lowery Stokes Sims (2009-11)
Lowery Stokes Sims and Jennifer Rissler (2011-12)
Jennifer Rissler (2012-2013)
Sally Block (2013-2015)