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Virtual | Fine Art in Healthcare with Melissa Dallal, Ellen Rudolph, Cade Tompkins, Susana Bautista, and Jane Borthwick

October 5, 2023 | 6:00 pm 7:00 pm

Eva Rothschild
3 pm PDT / 4 pm MDT / 5 pm CDT / 6 pm EDT

Major medical institutions take art seriously and recognize its importance in healthcare settings. Creating sophisticated cultural spaces in these environments is its own professional discipline—parallel to how art advisors collaborate with art and design partners in hospitality and corporate settings, but with its own purpose, parameters, and vision. Join us for a fascinating virtual panel discussion featuring Melissa Dallal, Project Manager, Interior Design at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Ellen Rudolph, in-house Curator and Senior Director, Cleveland Clinic Art Collection; Susana Smith Bautista, Associate Vice President and Chief Curator, AltaMed Art Collection; and curator and gallerist Cade Tompkins of Cade Tompkins Projects. The conversation will be moderated by art advisor and collection strategist—and former ArtTable Board President—Jane Borthwick.

We’ll look at themes including how art advisors in this field access art and artists, and how they can identify artists from diverse and adjacent community backgrounds who can connect with the patient, staff, and visitor populations at specific locations. Art advisors also identify and present emergent talent whose work will appreciate in value and that is affordable for healthcare institutions. We will hear about evolving and innovative collaborative models where art advisors are actively incorporating the input of stakeholders including healthcare professionals, patients, and families; ultimately serving the purpose of healing and inspiration in these communities while creating a built-in stewardship of the collection.

D Mitchell, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center


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This program is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Images: 1) Eva Rothschild, Live Edge, 2016, Aluminum sculpture commissioned for Cleveland Clinic, Taussig Cancer Center. Courtesy of the artist and Modern Art.
2) The David H. Koch Center for Cancer Care at Memorial Sloan Kettering. 

About the Panelists

Melissa Dallal is the Project Manager for Interior Design at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, where she brings her experience in award-winning hospitality design to the design of healthcare spaces. In her role, Melissa manages art acquisitions for the hospital’s 30+ locations throughout the New York tri-state area, working with art consultants, galleries and stakeholders to furnish art for new construction and renovation projects, while also curating special, site-specific commissions.

Melissa ensures that MSK’s art collection aligns with the hospital’s broader environmental design vision, which is to provide positive patient, staff and visitor experiences through creating moments of joy, inspiration and engagement. MSK’s large-scale, site-specific commissions “Long Island Tapestries” by artist Alexandra Kehayoglou and “New York Sculptures” by artist Kim Dickey were both recognized with the international CODA Award (Collaboration of Art + Design) in 2019 and 2020. Melissa previously worked at the Rockwell Group and was an editor at I.D. Magazine. She holds an B.A. in architecture from Columbia University and a Masters in Interactive Telecommunications from NYU’s
Tisch School of the Arts.

Having joined Cleveland Clinic in 2019, Ellen Rudolph is Curator and Senior Director of the Art Collection. She leads the program in its mission to create meaningful interactions with contemporary art placed throughout the Enterprise. Rudolph oversaw the art installation at Cleveland Clinic London hospital and commissioned artists Jacolby Satterwhite, Sandra Cinto and Eva LeWitt for site-specific projects in Cleveland and Florida. She also led a collaborative exhibition of work by Derrick Adams at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic, Rudolph was Chief Curator at the Akron Art Museum, where she staged ambitious exhibitions and drove notable acquisitions, including works by Mickalene Thomas, Nick Cave, Yinka Shonibare and Jenny Holzer among others. Rudolph has served as Executive Director of the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage and also worked at Progressive Corporation and Sotheby’s New York. She has Art History degrees from Northwestern University (BA) and Case Western Reserve University (MA).

As a trusted art advisor and strategist, Jane Borthwick specializes in managing diverse and specialized collections. Jane advises families, private collectors, foundations, and museums in creating strategies for initiating, building, or dispersing art collections. She has handled the marketing and sales plans for the estates of prominent artists. Jane has sold works by Amedeo Modigliani, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Alexander Calder, Joan Mitchell, Henry Moore, Louise Bourgeois, Fairfield Porter, Louise Nevelson, and Andy Warhol, among other artists. Jane has been quoted in The New York Times, Private Asset Management, and Private Wealth Focus and speaks frequently on best practices in art collection management. She is a graduate of Harvard College and the Harvard Business School. Jane is a past Board President at ArtTable, and recipient of the ArtTable 2020 Chapter Leadership Award.

Cade Tompkins Projects focuses on advancing and exhibiting contemporary art, featuring work by emerging artists as well as mid-career and established artists in various mediums including painting, sculpture, printmaking, video, drawing, and installation. Clients range from major museums to new collectors as well as corporations, hospitals, and seasoned art connoisseurs. She is interested in finding art for clients at all levels of collecting.

Cade Tompkins has been a contemporary art dealer for over 40 years. Her gallery opened in September 2009 and to date has featured over 50 exhibitions by represented artists. Tompkins graduated from the Appraisal Studies in Art program at the Rhode Island School of Design. Cade Tompkins Projects has exhibited gallery artists at Master Drawings New York 2018, 2020, and 2022; Art in an Airstream during the IFPDA Print Fair 2016; SPRING/BREAK Art Show (2016-2023); and the E/AB Fair (2006-2013) and the forthcoming IFPDA Fair 2024 in New York. Cade Tompkins is a member of the International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA); Candidate Member of the American Society of Appraisers (ASA); ArtTable, the national professional organization advancing leadership of women in the visual arts; and a sustaining member of the Association of Print Scholars (APS). Gallery Services include Curation of Corporate and Private Collections, Fine Art Appraisals, Installation, Placement and Framing Consultation.

Susana Smith Bautista, Ph.D., is the Associate Vice President and Chief Curator of the AltaMed Art Collection at AltaMed Health Services. She is an art historian, curator, and museum leader for over 25 years with the Mexican Cultural Institute of Los Angeles, USC Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, and LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes. She has been an independent consultant for strategic museum projects around the United States, she worked as an art critic while living in Greece, and was an independent curator with a focus on Chicano/a, Latino/a, and Mexican art. Dr. Bautista obtained her doctorate degree in Communication and her Master’s degree in Art History/Museum Studies, both from the University of Southern California. She has taught in universities, published extensively, lectured around the world on the topic of museums, and served on the Board of Directors for the American Alliance of Museums.

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