Board of Directors
Whitney Rutter | President
New Business Strategist | Local Projects | New York
Executive Director | The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum | At-Large
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
Principal | Ennis O'Brien | New York
Elizabeth Smith | Vice President for Development
Executive Director | Helen Frankenthaler Foundation | New York
Graphic Design + Visual Strategies | Ruth Abrahams Design | Washington, DC
Marilyn and Larry Fields Curator | Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago | Chicago
Independent Scholar | Southern California
Director of Marketing, Communications, and Visitor Experience | Louvre Abu Dhabi
Owner | Freedman Art Advisory | Northern California
Associate Curator | The Whitney Museum of American Art | New York
Independent Curator, Collector, and Philanthropist | At-large
Senior Visiting Fellow for Creative Placemaking | Urban Land Institite | Washington, DC
President and Founder | ArtCare | Florida
Executive Director | Association of Art Museum Curators & AAMC Foundation | New York
Jessica L. Porter
Executive Director | New York Artists Equity Association and Equity Gallery | New York
Executive Director | Fabric Workshop and Museum | Philadelphia
Director | American Federation of Arts | New York
John Koegel | Counsel
Biographies of Board Officers
Whitney Rutter | President
Whitney Rutter currently serves as New Business Strategist for Local Projects, an Experience Design and Strategy firm specializing in creating a diverse range of media pieces, experiences, and installations for museums, brands, and cultural institutions.
Whitney has held diverse leadership positions within the museum and cultural institution field in both technology and fundraising. Most recently as Senior Account Executive at Patron Technology, a CRM technology company serving arts and nonprofit organizations; there she was credited with accelerating the company’s expansion into the museum marketplace. Prior to Patron, she was the Director of Sales, Americas for Antenna International, a leading provider of handheld interpretive media where her client list included many of the country’s most prominent museums. She began her career in New York within fundraising at The Museum of Modern Art formerly serving there as Assistant Director of Membership.
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.
Alyson Baker | Vice President for Programs
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 thirty 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.
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
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 thirteen 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.
Elizabeth Smith | Vice President for Development
Elizabeth Smith joined the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation as its first executive director in fall 2013. 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. Besides her exhibition catalogues, Smith’s writings have appeared in such publications as Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women 1947-2016; Helen Frankenthaler: Composing with Color, 1962-1963; The Drawings of Do Ho Suh; The Architecture of Bertrand Goldberg; Chicago Makes Modern; Buckminster Fuller: Starting with the Universe; Design Cities; Birth of the Cool; and the 54th Carnegie International. She is the author of Techno Architecture (2000) and books on the Los Angeles Case Study Houses (2002/2006).
At MCA Chicago, Smith curated monographic exhibitions of artists Jenny Holzer, Lee Bontecou, Kerry James Marshall, Roberto Matta, Catherine Opie, and Donald Moffett, and group exhibitions including Sustainable Architecture in Chicago: Works in Progress and Garofalo Architects: Between the Museum and the City. At MOCA Los Angeles, Smith’s curatorial projects ranged from Blueprints for Modern Living: History and Legacy of the Case Study Houses, The 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 others.
Smith received her B.A. from Barnard College and her MA in Art History at Columbia University in New York City. She is Adjunct Professor in Bennington College’s Museum Fellows program. Previously, she taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and in the Public Art Studies program of the School of Fine Arts at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She has received awards and honors from the Getty Foundation, the International Association of Art Critics, the Chicago Tribune, and others. Smith was previously a member of 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 board member of the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) and Sotheby’s Institute of Art, besides ArtTable.
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.
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.
Jane Borthwick | President Emerita
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. Jane served as the President of ArtTable’s Board of Directors from 2015- 2017 and has held an active role in all of the Board committees. She is currently ArtTable’s President Emerita and continues to be an engaged member of the development 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 Times, Private Asset Management, and Private Wealth Focus, and she speaks frequently on the topics of best practices in art collection management.
Roni Feinstein has been an independent scholar for more than two decades while living in the New York area, South Florida, Toronto, Sydney, and, currently, Southern California. She wrote her dissertation on Robert Rauschenberg at the Institute of Fine Arts under the guidance of Kirk Varnedoe; she has since published extensively on the artist and lectured on his art at museums across the United States. She served for seven years as director of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Fairfield County, organizing exhibitions and supervising all museum functions. Feinstein contributed feature articles and reviews to Art in America for more than twenty years and has written for a host of other publications. She has guest-curated exhibitions for museums and galleries and has taught at numerous universities. She is an active ArtTable member and currently serves as the Co-Chair of ArtTable’s Southern California chapter.
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.
Jennie Goldstein is assistant curator at the Whitney Museum where she works closely with the permanent collection. She has collaborated on large-scale exhibitions including Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney's Collection (2016) andWhere We Are: Selections from the Whitney's Collection, 1900-1960(2017-18), and is co-curator of An Incomplete History of Protest: Selections from the Whitney's Collection, 1940-2017 (2017-18).She has also curated collection displays of works on paper by Glenn Ligon and video works by Rosa Aiello, Tala Madani, and Amy Sillman. While pursuing her doctorate in art history at Stony Brook University Jennie worked in the Whitney's Education department as a Joan Tisch Teaching Fellow. She also holds a BA in art history from Oberlin College.
Alva Greenberg is a 1974 graduate of Kenyon College with a degree in Drama. She founded and edited a weekly newspaper in Old Lyme, CT from 1974 to 1978. In 1997, she founded the ALVA Gallery in New London, CT where it flourished for a decade. She did this while simultaneously making a significant commitment to the redevelopment of downtown New London by purchasing and rehabilitating four buildings and starting a Saturday Market at the waterfront. She is currently an Independent Curator, collector and philanthropist with a deep commitment to the arts and to the welfare and education of children. She serves on the boards of the Gund Gallery at Kenyon College, The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and Child and Family Agency of Southeastern CT. She has been an active supporter of ArtTable’s community initiatives for a number of years.
Juanita Hardy is 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-three 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), the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce Women Executive Leadership Conference (2013 and 2014), and several Urban Land Institute signature events in 2016 and 2017. 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 placemaking 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 three years and has worked with ArtPlace America on its Creative Placemaking grant program.
Rustin Levenson has a strong background with conservation techniques and practices; she founded and currently directs ArtCare, a private conservation studio with locations in Los Angeles, Miami, and New York. 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 “Conservation of Easel Paintings" (Routledge Press, 2014). 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.
Since 2014, Judith Pineiro has been executive director of the Association of Art Museum Curators & AAMC Foundation. Prior, she was an External Affairs consultant for clients such as Art in General and Louise Blouin Media. Other positions Pineiro has held, in her nearly 25 years of experience in the visual arts sector, include director, Affordable Art Fair U.S.; associate development director for institutional advancement, Museum of Arts & Design; account manager for Museum Services, Christie’s; and positions in decorative arts galleries in New York and Los Angeles.
Judith received a B.A. in Art History; a B.A. in Journalism/Mass Media; a Certificate in Curatorial Studies; and an M.A. in Art History; all from Rutgers University. She is a Board Member at New York Artists Equity Association, and has upcoming speaking engagements at the Association of African American Museums and the Museum Computer Network. She has served as a visual arts re-grant panelist at the Brooklyn Arts Council and as a member of the Professional Development Committee and Membership Committee at ArtTable. She is also a member of the American Alliance of Museums, ArtTable, Council of Protocol Executives, College Art Association, ICOM, and Women in Development.
Jessica L. Porter is the executive director of New York Artists Equity Association, Inc (NYAEA) a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1947 by artists and art patrons with the mission to promote opportunities for artists. It operates Equity Gallery, an art space located on the Lower East Side of New York City.
Porter has also maintained her own consulting company since 2001, Porter Advisory, working with organizations and other galleries as an independent curator, creating exhibitions in alternative spaces and exposing emerging artists to interesting opportunities. She advises emerging artists on career development, marketing and strategic growth and guides collectors and institutions through art selection processes and investment.
From 2006 to 2017, Porter founded and directed Porter Contemporary, a Chelsea art gallery, where she was responsible for the overall strategy, business development and market growth, marketing and communications as well as talent acquisition and development of the gallery.
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 and has participated in panel discussions on such topics as Art & Music, Women in the Art Industry, Contemporary Visions of Picasso and art collecting. She is also a lawyer.
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 has a resounding commitment to being a leader and resource to other women and is the Leadership Advisory Board representative for the Girl Scouts of Greater New York’s annual Women of Distinction Fundraiser and is the Vice President of Membership of the Board of Directors at ArtTable, the primary national women’s leadership organization in the arts. She also loves coaching little league softball and being a leader and role model to girls starting out in sports.
Susan Lubowsky Talbott became The Fabric Workshop and Museum’s second ever executive director in 2016 following her retirement as director and CEO of the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT (2008-2016). Talbott was the director of Smithsonian Arts, Washington, DC (2005–2008), and in that capacity also was acting director of the National Museum of African Art, Washington, DC (2006). Previously, she served as director and CEO of the Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA; 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 in Washington, DC; and director of the Whitney Museum of American Art’s branch museums at Equitable Center and Philip Morris in New York, NY. Talbott has organized or co-organized many memorable exhibitions, including Patti Smith: Camera Solo; My Reality: Contemporary Art and the Culture of Japanese Animation and Fred Wilson: Memory. Talbott serves on the boards of ArtTable and the French American Museum
Exchange (FRAME), and is a Chevalier in the French Order of Arts and Letters (Ordre des Arts et des Lettres).
Pauline Willis has been the director of the American Federation of Arts (AFA) since 2012, serving before as its deputy director and chief operating officer. Under her leadership, the AFA’s exhibition program has grown immensely, now with close to twenty exhibitions in various stages of development. She initiated a curatorial research travel program that has created new collaborations with museums in Europe, Asia, South America, and the Middle East; spearheaded a project to foster connections and explore opportunities for cultural exchange and collaboration with museums in China; and created ArtViews, a panel discussion series to address current issues pertinent to museum and arts organizations. Also under her leadership, the AFA administers the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation which biannually confers thirty $20,000 grants to artists selected by a panel of experts for their talent and individual artistic strength. Willis holds an M.A. in Public Administration from Baruch College, City University of New York.
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)
Jane Borthwick (2015-2017)