Member Spotlights

Catlin Moore
Director, Mark Moore Gallery
Chair, Southern California Chapter

 
What does it mean to be a member of ArtTable? Why is it important to you?
To be a member of ArtTable is to nourish your social and professional self. I feel that it is critical to have an outlet and network of peers that values the lifelong pursuit of education and communal amelioration – and I've found that with this group. As a fellow member once told me, "it is important that your life has dimension;" ArtTable has given me that depth. I have met both friends and colleagues locally and abroad through this marvelous organization – and I've found that it is incredibly valuable to have contemporaries that relate to you in such diverse ways.
 
What is an example in your career where you demonstrated leadership?
I find leadership opportunities to be extremely gratifying – both for their inherent challenges and need for creativity. As the director of the gallery, I lead a very talented staff and nearly thirty artists to achieve a set of common goals. On more than one occasion, we have to foster a collaborative work environment in order to meet the needs of very disparate populations: those of a small business, our artists, and our collectors. I've learned over the years – and from my parents – that leadership is diplomacy. It is knowing the circumstances for delegation, accountability, and compromise – or, as our family prefers, exuding the "Three Fs: Firm, Fair, and Friendly."  When I am juggling an onslaught of art fairs, exhibitions, acquisitions, public projects, curatorial programming, and a personal life – usually within the same timeframe – I strive to find the most diplomatic method to see each piece through to completion, without compromising its importance or quality.

Jennifer Scanlan
Independent Curator
ArtTable Board Member, New York Chapter

 
What does it mean to be a member of ArtTable? Why is it important to you?
For me ArtTable is about a mutual support network. I have a wide circle of people who I can count on for information, advice, and connections to others. In turn, I enjoy being able to help others out by making connections that are useful to them. I have met so many smart, interesting women who share my passion for art, it’s been extremely rewarding. 
 
How have you utilized your membership with ArtTable to further your career?
I would say the most important way that ArtTable has helped me is by allowing me to take a leadership role at the local committee level and then on the board. As a curator, it often takes years to rise to a leadership position. I now have first-hand experience that has helped in many situations. 

I also call on ArtTable members all the time to approach organizations that I might want to work with, to bounce ideas off of, to learn about aspects of the field that are outside of my professional sphere. It’s really expanded my horizons and made me aware of the many career options out there. 
 
What has been your most memorable ArtTable event/program and why?
Every year, the Career Development Roundtable for graduate students in art history is a positive reminder of why I went into the field in the first place, and a great example of mentorship in action. 
 
But I love so many of the programs. I do not have a contemporary art background, I studied design history, so I have learned a great deal about contemporary art, as well as the art market. It has been wonderful to meet artists, and to learn about models for arts organizations outside of museums. 

Sylvia Brown
Founder, Brown and Collins
ArtTable Member, Northern California Chapter


What does it mean to be a member of ArtTable? Why is it important to you?
As a member of ArtTable since 1985, I have formed many long-term friendships with women I have met serving on chapter committees and the national board. I have learned a lot working together with such accomplished women and it has enabled me to  participate more fully in the local and national art community.

What has been your most significant ArtTable experience?
My most significant ArtTable experiences have been getting to know other members on ArtTable trips, including the latest trip to see Walter De Maria's Lightning Field in New Mexico. Visiting such a spectacular site with an amazing group of like-minded women, most of whom I had never met before, was an incredible journey.

What has been your most memorable ArtTable event/program and why?
The annual benefit luncheons have always been memorable for me, especially the first luncheon 25 years ago honoring Kitty Carslyle Hart. This was the first national program I had attended as a member from San Francisco and I was impressed by the professional women I met from all over the country and the inspiring speakers. It was such a great experience that I have attended almost every annual benefit program since!


Marcia Mayo
Director of Publications and Outreach, Art in Embassies Program, US Department of State
ArtTable Member, Washington, D.C. Chapter

 
What does it mean to be a member of ArtTable? Why is it important to you?  
ArtTable provides an invaluable means of forging the professional and personal connections that enable its members to create rewarding careers resulting in significant contributions to their chosen fields.  
  
What has been your most significant ArtTable experience?  
Helping to make the Washington, D.C. chapter’s oral history project documenting the lives of some of the city’s leading female artists and collectors a reality.   

 
What has been your most memorable ArtTable event/program and why?  
It would be difficult to state my most memorable event or program, as there have been so many of them over the years.  But I’ve particularly enjoyed the opportunity to experience private collections as a guest in the homes of the collectors who amassed them.   

Alette Simmons-Jimenez
Studio Artist & Founder/Director, Artformz
ArtTable Board Member, Chair, Florida Chapter
 
What is an important accomplishment you have had in your career?
In 2004 I decided to take my future in my own hands and open an alternative space where like-minded artists could be free to experiment and exhibit without a focused consideration for the art market. It was a risky step that paid off by putting my work and my leadership abilities in a spotlight. During those years the space and all the artists, including myself, received much critical acclaim. In 2008 we were awarded a prestigious Knight Foundation Arts Challenge Grant for a high profile public art project exhibited during Art Basel and the Miami Art Fairs Week.

What does it mean to be a member of ArtTable? Why is it important to you?
Membership in ArtTable expands my circle of colleagues to a level that would never be possible on my own.  The Visual Arts have grown so much over the last 10 years and it has become extremely important for everyone in the field to expand their connections to include markets in distant cities.

What has been your most significant ArtTable experience?
Attending my first ArtTable meeting in NY as a Board member had an amazing effect in rejuvenating my belief in the great power that accomplished professional women hold.  


 
Kathryn Markel
President, Kathryn Markel Fine Arts
ArtTable Member, New York Chapter
 
What does it mean to be a member of ArtTable? Why is it important to you?
ArtTable has, over these many years I’ve been a member, meant community and access. I have loved meeting other women in the art world and have enjoyed ArtTables’ access to curators, collections, and trips.

How have you utilized your membership with ArtTable to further your career? 
The network of ArtTable members has been extremely useful. Just last week I hired an assistant recommended to me by a member of ArtTable.
 
What is an example in your career where you demonstrated leadership?
Thanks to an ArtTable member – Pat Kettenring – I became involved with a non-profit glass hotshop in Newark called GlassRoots. I’m now Board President.