New York | Annual Leadership Series: The Future of Gender-Based Organizations

September 5 | 6:30 pm 8:30 pm

The Future of Gender-Based Organizations

Welcome to ArtTable’s 2023 Annual Leadership Series panel discussion on Tuesday, September 5 in New York City! “The Future of Gender Based Organizations” engages the arts and business communities in a critical examination of how organizations dedicated to addressing existing gender-based disparities in wages and opportunities can continue to research, advocate, network, and address inequities—particularly as the culture moves forward into a more evolved understanding of gender identity. In the panel discussion, we will consider the value and meaning of gender-based organizations, their changing roles, purposes, and goals, and the context and consequences of leading such organizations in a changing political and cultural moment. The program will continue to establish ArtTable as an advocate for equality within and beyond the art community. Our panel features: Alyssa Nitchun, Executive Director of the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art; Subha V. Barry, President of Seramount; Alicin Williamson, Chief Diversity and Culture Officer, Yahoo!; and Jessica L. Porter, Lila Harnett Executive Director of ArtTable. Sociologist Dr. Gillian Gualtieri will moderate this important discussion. We’ll open with time to network and socialize over refreshments and light bites.

This signature ArtTable program was initially launched in 2016, and since its inception, the series has been featured during Armory Show week, fostering engaging conversations among prominent women-identifying and nonbinary professionals. It has provided a platform for these influential voices to discuss the most pressing and relevant topics within our industries. We are proud to partner with the Women’s Forum of New York, a leading organization that is similarly committed to equity, advocacy, and community engagement. Women’s Forum Members can register here.

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The program will be moderated by Dr. Gillian Gualtieri, Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Barnard College, with panelists:

  • Subha V. Barry | President of Seramount
  • Alyssa Nitchun | Executive Director of the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art
  • Alicin Williamson | Chief Diversity and Culture Officer of Yahoo!
  • Jessica L. Porter | Lila Harnett Executive Director of ArtTable


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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.

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About the Speakers

Subha V. Barry is a C-suite leader and an Advisor who brings a unique perspective on the alignment of corporate culture to talent strategy and business results. As a transformational change agent, she has a proven record of identifying and accelerating new business creation, driving sales, and increasing profitability. She is president of Seramount, now part of EAB. Seramount is a strategic professional services firm dedicated to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace. Here, she drives the firm’s vision, strategy, and business development.

Prior to Seramount, Subha was SVP and Chief Diversity Officer at Freddie Mac, where she served on the firm’s management committee and led their Foundation. During her 20+ years at Merrill Lynch, Subha was a Managing Director and the company’s first Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion, driving strategy, infrastructure and execution with a lens on both global and local community. 

She has taught Gender Policy at Columbia University and speaks passionately about the ability to drive innovation by embracing diversity and creating a culture of inclusion. She serves on a number of boards aligned with her passions—education, cancer research, and women’s advancement.

A native of India, Subha holds a BA from Bombay University and an MBA and MS in Accounting from Rice University. She enjoys golfing, reading poetry and rallying for social change. She has two grown children and lives in Naples, Florida and New Hope, PA with her husband. 

Alyssa Nitchun is Executive Director of The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art (LLMA), where she oversees the Museum’s many initiatives and long-term growth. Alyssa was the first queer woman to be selected by the Board to lead LLMA and in her two years as Director, she is already ushering the Museum into the future, building a queer, revelatory, radically affirming art Museum, that centers people and collective meaning making. Prior to her appointment at LLMA, Alyssa had a career in cultural consulting and nonprofits, spending time advising artists and cultural institutions on realizing thought-provoking projects in the Middle East and Europe.

Alyssa also served as Acting Executive Director at the public art organization Creative Time, where she spent nearly seven years working in development, communications, and team management. She previously oversaw Institutional Giving for the public media organization, StoryCorps and was the Director of Development for the CUNY Graduate Center’s Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies. Alyssa has held multiple creative positions in the worlds of art, fashion, and music, and received an MA in Gender Politics with a focus in Queer theory from New York University. In her current role at The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, Alyssa is expanding the Museum’s purpose beyond its position as an art museum, into a hub for community and creative expression, actively shaping a better future for LGBTQIA+ people with artists leading the way.

Alicin Reidy Williamson

Alicin Reidy Williamson is a global diversity and strategy executive. Her experience includes being a Managing Principal at strategic policy firm, The Raben Group, SVP of Public Affairs and Corporate Responsibility for MTV Networks and Viacom, Chief Inclusion Officer at Endeavor and she now serves as Chief Diversity and Culture Officer at Yahoo!. In her current role, Alicin leads global diversity and inclusion, employee engagement and culture for the company. In her partnerships, she’s developing the external relationships that will increase Yahoo’s diversity footprint as a thought leader in this space. Alicin currently sits as a board member of The Dalton School, She Should Run, March on Washington Film Festival and is an advisor for the Council on Juvenile and Family Court Judges and chairs a joint collaboration of veteran service organizations, Hire Heroes and Operation Homefront.

Jessica L. Porter is ArtTable’s Lila Harnett Executive Director. She joined ArtTable as the executive director in 2018, after 4 years on the Board of Directors and 8 years of membership. Porter is responsible for developing the long-range strategy of ArtTable, providing leadership and oversight in fundraising to meet financial goals, and directing communications and brand management. In 2020, she was the first to assume the name of ArtTable’s founder as the Lila Harnett Executive Director.

Prior to this role, she was the Executive Director of the New York Artists Equity Association, Inc (NYAEA)—a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1947. In 2001, Porter launched Porter Advisory, working as an independent curator, creating exhibitions and advising artists on career advancement. From 2006 to 2017, Porter founded and directed Porter Contemporary, a Chelsea art gallery, where she was responsible for strategy, business development and market growth, marketing, communications, and talent acquisition. Porter has spoken on CNBC about art collecting and investment in emerging artists, to the Harvard Business Women’s Association about starting an art collection, and has participated in panel discussions on topics including art and music, women in the art industry, art and social justice, contemporary visions of Picasso and art collecting. Porter has served as part of the Leadership Advisory Board for the Girl Scouts of Greater New York’s annual Women of Distinction Fundraiser. She also enjoys coaching little league softball and supporting girls in sports. Porter has a Bachelor’s in Art History and French Language and Literature from the University of Delaware and a Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland.

Dr. Gillian Gualtieri

Gillian Gualtieri, PhD, is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Barnard College, where she teaches classes in the sociology of art, race and ethnicity, gender, organizations, and culture. Previously, she was a postdoctoral scholar at the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University and a postdoctoral fellow at New York University. In 2018, Gillian received her Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley.  Gillian has published research on symbolic compliance and sexual harassment on college campuses (in Sociological Forum), inequality in the art world (Poetics; SNAAP Report), and racial and gender inequality in fine dining (Social Problems; Poetics). Gualtieri is the lead researcher on ArtTable’s 2023 Survey on Working in the Arts.

New York, NY | A Discussion on Pay Equity in the Visual Arts

January 24 | 6:30 pm 8:00 pm

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Data about pay and gender equity when it comes to arts professionals is woefully inaccessible and incomplete. Over the past several months, in an effort to remedy some of these problems and contribute valuable knowledge to our community, ArtTable has collected new data via a survey about the changing contours of the artistic labor market in order to better understand trends and advocate for arts professionals, artists, and arts workers of all types. Based on the feedback we have received so far, and continue to receive, we are pleased to present this discussion on gender, compensation, and inequality among arts professionals at the Ford Foundation in New York City.

Click here to take the survey if you have not done so already! And read, “Why You Should Fill Out ArtTable’s Survey on Working in the Arts” in Hyperallergic, an op-ed by ArtTable’s Lila Harnett Executive Director, Jessica L. Porter.


  • Tania Aparicio, PhD | Full-Time Lecturer, Program in Arts Administration, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • LaKeisha M.A. Caton | Partner, Pryor Cashman, Labor + Employment and Litigation Groups
  • Gillian Gualtieri, PhD | Assistant Professor of Sociology, Barnard College, Columbia University of New York

The discussion will be moderated by ArtTable’s Lila Harnett Executive Director, Jessica L. Porter.

This program is free for all to attend. Registration is required due to capacity restrictions.
Donations to support our continued efforts toward gender equality are always appreciated.
People of all gender identities are allies in supporting women’s leadership in the arts and all are welcome and encouraged to join.

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About Dr. Tania Aparicio

Headshot of Tania AparicioDr. Tania Aparicio (she/her) is a full-time lecturer in the Arts Administration Program at Teachers College-Columbia University. Using ethnographic and archival methods, her research has focused on the study of cultural production, cultural organizations, and cultural workers–with particular attention to the dynamics of inequality in art worlds. In particular, she has conducted a comparative investigation of the effects of unionization in arts organizations and how it shapes racialized and gendered relations in the workplace. Her research has been supported by the Mellon Foundation, Fulbright Program, Institute for Critical Social Inquiry, and Janey Program in Latin American Studies. At The New School she completed her doctoral degree thanks to a Dean’s fellowship and a dissertation award.

About LaKeisha M.A. Caton

Headshot of LaKeisha M.A. CatonPartner LaKeisha M.A. Caton is a member of Pryor Cashman’s Labor + Employment and Litigation Groups, and combines her comprehensive litigation background with a focus on employment-related matters to bring results to clients across the globe. Having represented both management and executives in discrimination and harassment cases, LaKeisha brings her extensive knowledge of the law as well as her familiarity with the strategies often adopted by the opposition to every engagement. She leverages her comprehensive experience with federal, state, and local discrimination law and her background in litigation and dispute resolution to achieve favorable outcomes on behalf of her clients.

Recent representations include:

  • A Fortune 25 multinational bank in various litigations involving allegations of harassment and discrimination;
  • A large global airline in connection with advice concerning employee classifications;
  • Various award-winning restaurants in numerous wage and hour litigations; and
  • A global technology and consultancy firm in disputes involving restrictive covenants.

While a student at Harvard Law School, LaKeisha was on the Board of the Harvard Journal on Racial and Ethnic Justice. She also interned with multiple children’s rights organizations during which she represented individual clients as well as prepared for large class actions.

About Gillian Gualtieri, PhD

Headshot of Gillian GualtieriGillian is a sociologist of inequality, art, and work. In 2018, she received her PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, where she wrote a dissertation focused on understanding how gender and ethno-racial inequality shape the work experiences of cultural entrepreneurs, especially chefs, under the direction of two of the leading scholars in feminist theory and work. Alongside her dissertation research, Gillian worked closely with several campus offices to conduct program evaluation research related to sexual harassment and sexual violence prevention education on campus. After completing her PhD, she was a Dean’s Fellow at NYU, where she continued her research focused on inequality and artistic labor and completed several consulting projects for the university focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion recruitment and retention efforts at the university.

After two years at NYU, Gillian moved to Vanderbilt University’s Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy, where she collaborated on projects related to the study of inequality in artistic labor markets, developing expertise in SNAAP (Strategic National Arts Alumni Project) data and receiving a National Endowment for the Arts grant to fund her collaborative research. Also at Vanderbilt, she wrote the curriculum and helped lead the NEA-funded Racial Equity in Arts Leadership program, an evidence-based diversity, equity, and inclusion leadership program co-sponsored by the Curb Center and MetroArts Nashville. Gillian recently began a position as an assistant professor of sociology at Barnard College, Columbia University, where she teaches classes in race, gender, work, and the sociology of art.

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New York | Annual Leadership Series – Latinx and Latin American Identity and Representation in the Visual Arts

September 7, 2022 | 5:30 pm

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ArtTable is pleased to present the 2022 Annual Leadership Series, focusing on Latinx & Latin American Identity & Representation in the Visual Arts.

The 2022 Armory Show’s fair-wide focus on Latinx and Latin American Art is the culmination of decades-long efforts of critical forerunners in the field, chief amongst them the incredible visionaries on this panel. Latinx representation in the arts is not simply “having a moment;” Latinx and Latin American artists and arts professionals have and continue to contribute to the development of the culture and history of the United States. Through establishing curators of Latin American/Latinx Art at key cultural institutions and sharing their collections or the curation of exhibitions in these public spaces, passionate innovators, such as Estrellita Brodsky and Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, assisted these visionaries in staying the course to ensure today’s transnational understanding and authentic engagement with the art produced by those who hail from the non-Anglophone nations of the Western hemisphere, as well as those who have joined the U.S. population from these countries. There is added pressure, applied to the United States in particular, to recognize its fellow “America”n countries due to the phenomenon Dr. Mari Carmen Ramirez termed “Latinization,” the influence of those of Latin American descent as the largest ethnic group in the U.S., since historically their contributions have been minimized and excluded in the canon of art history, both in the Americas and internationally.

The speakers on this panel will share their experiences of the past, their plans for the present, and how we can all move forward in the future to continue bringing Latinx/Latin American arts and culture to the forefront of the art world.

The program will be moderated by CJ Greenhill Caldera, Post-War and Contemporary Specialist and Head of Sale, Americas at artnet, with panelists:

  • Marysol Nieves | VP and Senior Specialist, Latin American Art, Christie’s
  • Gabriela Palmieri | Founder and Principal, Palmieri Fine Art, Inc.
  • E. Carmen Ramos | Chief Curator, National Gallery of Art


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Headshot of Marysol NievesMarysol Nieves is Vice President and Senior Specialist, Latin American Art at Christie’s, New York where she has worked on several important consignments, including, the sale of the world auction record for the category, Diego Rivera’s The Rivals as well as the 2022 sale of The Embroiderer, a rediscovered masterpiece by Rivera acquired by the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. She has also been instrumental in bringing such previously under recognized women artists to the auction market as Zilia Sánchez and Olga Albizu. Prior to joining Christie’s in 2011, Marysol was an independent curator and art advisor working with institutional, corporate, and private clients. Additionally, she has held various positions in the museum and for-profit art sectors, including Vice President and Specialist, Latin American Art, Sotheby’s, New York; Senior Curator and Curator of Contemporary Art, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan; Director of Visual Arts, Americas Society, New York; and Senior Curator, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York.

Headshot of Gabriela PalmieriGabriela Palmieri is the Founder and Principal of Palmieri Fine Art, Inc., a bespoke full-service Art firm based in New York City. Prior to establishing PFA, Inc., in 2016, Ms. Palmieri led a distinguished 17-year career at Sotheby’s, where she rose to Chairman of Contemporary Art, Americas, and was recognized as one of the most respected in the auction industry as a leading specialist in Post-War Art.

Ms. Palmieri founded PFA, Inc. in order to unequivocally provide her clients with unbiased, objective and transparent counsel in the increasingly complex and nuanced art market. In her independent role she is committed to providing impartial advice and counsel for established and new collectors aimed at making informed acquisitions, which requires careful analysis and due diligence. As a seasoned researcher and scholar, Gabriela brings to bear all the relevant factors about the artist, the market trajectory for the artist’s work, the particular work taken in the context of the artist’s career, provenance, condition, literature and comparative uniqueness.

In the evolving art market, Ms. Palmieri recognizes that client advocacy is as important as advisory, a role that she spearheaded during her tenure at Sotheby’s where she was the client advocate on every transaction. Among the many highlights during her tenure at Sotheby’s included heading Sotheby’s May 2008 Day Sale to realize $107,800,000, a record total for a Day Sale at any auction house at the time, which followed a $102,800,000 performance from November 2007. As the Head of the Evening Sale, she curated the bespoke Allan Stone Collection, which fetched $55,000,000 in 2011. This role culminated in her stewardship of the prestigious Ahead of the Curve: The Sender Collection sale in May 2014 at Sotheby’s, which sold in excess of $86,000,000.

This unparalleled auction house experience uniquely positions Ms. Palmieri to assess the market and deliver the most comprehensive secondary market expertise both on the buying and selling side of the transaction. Still very much part of the auction world, in her present capacity, she advised every aspect of the prestigious Visionaries: Works from the Collection of Emily and Jerry Spiegel, which sold at Christie’s in May 2017 for $128,000,000. In November 2017, she counseled Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel and Ambassador Carl Spielvogel’s Collection: Magnificent Gestures, which sold at Sotheby’s in November 2017 for $54,700,000, with all proceeds benefitting a Not-For-Profit Charitable Foundation that will supports science and medicine, educational reform and cultural projects.

More recently, Ms. Palmieri advised Image World, a private Collection featuring seminal examples from the Pictures Generation of artists, as well as more contemporary works. Carrying a pre-sale estimate of $36,000,000-52,000,000, the Collection made its debut at auction as the highlight of Christie’s 21st Century Evening Sale in November 2021, with further sales continuing into Spring 2022.

In 2021 Ms. Palmieri also advised on all aspects of bringing the prestigious Brillembourg-Caprilles Collection to market at Sotheby’s. The museum-quality Collection was assembled over forty years of connoisseurship and passion, and it is distinguished for its depth of iconic works by contemporary Latin American masters. With an overall pre-sale estimate of approximately $13,000,000-18,000,000, the Collection first hit the auction block at Sotheby’s Modern Art Marquee Sale in November 2021, followed by subsequent sales into Fall 2022.

In 2018, Ms. Palmieri joined the Board of Trustees of Anderson Ranch Arts Center, based in Aspen/Snowmass, a premier art making destination and catalyst for critical dialogue in the contemporary art world. In 2019, she joined the Board of Directors of El Museo del Barrio, New York’s leading Latin American cultural institution, with an emphasis on works from Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rican community in the city.

Prior to joining Sotheby’s, Ms. Palmieri received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History cum laude at Boston College in 1997, and she achieved her Master of Arts and advanced to PhD standing at the University of Chicago.

Ms. Palmieri is a Certified Member, AAA, Appraisers Association of America, and since 2012 she has executed numerous appraisals in compliance with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), the only set of appraisal standards promulgated by The Appraisal Foundation and approved by the Internal Revenue Service.

Headshot of Carmen RamosSince 2021, E. Carmen Ramos is chief curatorial and conservation officer at The National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. There she leads the curatorial and conservation teams as they serve the nation and beyond through collections development, ground-breaking scholarship and exhibitions, and art conservation. Ramos most recently served as acting chief curator and curator of Latinx art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, where she built one of the largest collections of Latinx art at a museum of U.S. art. She organized award-winning exhibitions at SAAM including ¡Printing the Revolution!Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, and Down These Mean Streets: Community and Place in Urban Photography. Before prior to the Smithsonian, she was a curator at the Newark Museum and worked on early DEAI initiatives at The Brooklyn Museum. She holds a MA and PhD in art history from the University of Chicago.

Special thanks to Christie’s for hosting us for this discussion.

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NoCal | The New Art Collection: NFTs and Digital Art, presented in partnership with Art Market San Francisco

April 23, 2022 | 1:00 pm

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Join ArtTable and Art Market San Francisco for a discussion on NFTs and digital art collecting!

As the art world continues to develop amidst the ever-evolving world of digital art, NFTs, and cryptocurrencies, so too must the established habits of art collectors. The past several years have seen significant developments in the digital realm, both when it comes to digital art itself as well as purchasing art on digital platforms. NFTs have quickly become a mainstay in art world news, with new information and initiatives being announced on a regular basis. Artists are more frequently using digital art to address gender and minority imbalances in the art world; art fairs are launching digital viewing sites and permitting non-physical galleries to show at the fair; and NFT platforms are going green. Where years ago purchasing a work of art online might have been unheard of, now it is a common occurrence. Art, and how we access it, is ever-changing, and we are all just trying to keep up.

In this discussion, we will hear from art advisor Claudia Worthington-Hess, Christina Steinbrecher, co-founder of, a digital platform for artists and collectors, and Kelani Nichole, founder of TRANSFER, a gallery that explores the friction between virtual studio practice and its physical instantiation.

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This program is free with fair admission and open to all. For more information about the fair and to purchase tickets, click here.

This program is presented in partnership with Art Market San Francisco. Complimentary tickets are available for ArtTable members via the membership portal.

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Virtual | Panel Discussion – ‘Before Silence: Afghan Artists in Exile’

March 24, 2022 | 5:00 pm

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Before Silence: Afghan Artists in Exile is an online exhibition presented by Art at a Time Like This, in partnership with PEN America’s Artists At Risk Connection(ARC).

Since the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan last August and the subsequent takeover by the Taliban, which has a long and brutal history of censoring artistic expression, many Afghan artists, including writers, musicians, filmmakers, and intellectuals, have been persecuted and targeted simply for being artists. Fearing for their lives, many artists have been forced to go into hiding, self-censor or destroy  their creative work, or flee the country, putting the future of the arts and culture in the country into question. 

Before Silence presents a powerful selection of works representative of the up and coming generation of Afghan artists who have continued to create and inspire amidst insecurity and humanitarian suffering. Through photographs, paintings, cartoons, murals, and performances, this powerful exhibition offers a complex dialogue between artists, danger, deprivation, and insecurity. The artists featured in the exhibition are Ali Rahimi, ArtLords, Latifa Zafar Attaii, Lida Afghan, Mohsin Taasha, Morteza Herati, Naseer Turkmani, Rada Akbar, and Shamayel Shalizi. It was a monumental task to pull together this exhibition with the artists scattered throughout the world after fleeing Afghanistan in recent months. This exhibition would not have been possible without unique collaboration between an arts organization and a leading human rights advocacy group.

To mark the occasion of this exceptional exhibition, please join us for a panel discussion with Art at a Time Like This co-founders Anne Verhallen and Barbara Pollack, conceptual artist Rada Akbar, and director of PEN America’s Artists at Risk Connection, Julie Trebault.


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About the speakers

Headshot of Rada AkbarRada Akbar, born and raised in Afghanistan, is an activist and artist who uses her art to speak out against misogyny and oppression. Her work consists of a mixture of wearable monuments, performance, photography and installation pieces. It has been displayed in numerous national and international exhibitions. In 2015, she received an honorable mention in the UNICEF Photo of the Year Award. In 2020, her art exhibit called Abarzanan—Superwomen—which celebrates pioneering Afghan women, was featured in the New York Times, and in 2021 she received the Prince Claus Seed Award, MujerHoy awards and BBC 100 Women.


Barbara Pollack headshotBarbara Pollack is the co-founder of Art at a Time Like This Inc., a platform for free expression for artists at times of crises. An independent curator and writer, Pollack will be lead curator for the exhibition, Mirror Image: A Transformation of Chinese Identity, opening at the Asia Society Museum in June. In 2021, she organized Lu Yang: DOKU—Digital Alaya at Jane Lombard Gallery. Since 1994,  Pollack has written extensively for  a broad range of arts publications and catalogues and monographs and is also a professor at the School of Visual Arts. 


Headshot of Julie TrebaultJulie Trébault is the director of the Artists at Risk Connection (ARC), a project of PEN America. ARC safeguards the right to artistic freedom by connecting threatened artists to support, building a global network of resources for artists at risk, and forging ties between arts and human rights organizations. She has nearly two decades of experience in international arts programming and network-building, including at the Museum of the City of New York, the Center for Architecture, the National Museum of Ethnology in The Netherlands, and the Musée du quai Branly in Paris. Trébault holds a Master’s Degree in Arts Management from Sorbonne University, a Master’s Degree in Archeology and Cultural Heritage from the University of Strasbourg, and taught at Fordham University. She is co-author of Freedom of Artistic Expression Through the Lens of the Sustainable Development Goals (Springer, 2021) and A Safety Guide for Artists (ARC, 2021), and has been instrumental in the creation of numerous reports on the state of artistic freedom of expression. These include but are not limited to Arresting Art: Repression, Censorship, and Artistic Freedom in Asia and Art under Pressure: Decree 349 Restricts Creative Freedom in Cuba. Julie and ARC have also been featured in numerous media outlets such as Hyperallergic, The Art Newspaper, Artnet, BBC News, The Financial Times, Al Jazeera, Diario de Cuba, NPR, among others.

Headshot of Anne VerhallenAnne Verhallen is the co-founder of Art At A Time Like This, launched in 2020 in response to the global health crisis. The non-profit arts organization supports artists working in response to crisis and current events by presenting their work online and in the public space.

Verhallen is also an agent for visual artists and is currently the director of partnership at 291 Agency. She has worked on projects for many leading artists, including Kehinde Wiley, Robert Wilson, Friedrich Kunath, DRIFT, and Lily Kwong.  In this capacity, Verhallen has overseen large-scale activations and installations in collaboration with brands in the luxury industry. Prior to 291 Agency, Verhallen was the director of the fine art division at CXA for 4 consecutive years. 

Born in the Netherlands, Verhallen brings a global perspective to her projects and seeks to cultivate the intersection between technology, design, art, and health.


Images: Photograph by Morteza Herati, courtesy of the artist; all headshots provided by the speakers.

Thank you to Art at a Time Like This for organizing this program.


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Virtual | Alternative Art Spaces in Southern California, presented with Intersect Palm Springs

1:30pm PT/2:30pm MT/3:30pm CT/4:30pm EST

Please join us for a discussion about the development of alternative art spaces, specifically throughout the Southern California region. In this virtual discussion, we will hear from several professionals who have either founded or currently run alternative art spaces in the Southern California region, and will address questions like, what makes an art space “alternative?” How are these spaces addressing the underserved needs within the local art world? Our panelists will speak to how their respective organizations are implementing alternative methods in order to reach their goals and further their missions.


  • Jordan Karney Chaim, Art historian, writer, and independent curator
  • Kristine Schomaker, Director, Shoebox Projects
  • Joy Silverman, Former Executive Director, LACE; Board Member, Feminist Center for Creative Work

The discussion will be moderated by Liza Shapiro, Director & Co-founder of CURA.

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Virtual | Listening to Native American Voices: Reimagining & Honoring a Diverse Heritage

January 26, 2022 | 6:00 pm

Erin Genia at work in her studio
3pm PT/ 4pm MT / 5pm CT / 6pm ET
In this 4th and final program in ArtTable’s Monuments and Memorials series, we shift our attention to those memorials that bear witness to Native American heritage, through their own voices. By exploring Native American memorials and sites, we will learn how they honor and preserve cultural memory in the United States. This series continues to ask: whose stories are we telling and who is telling them? Join us for a discussion with artists Malynn Foster (Coast Salish of Squaxin Island) and Erin Genia (Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate), as well as attorney Shannon O’Loughlin (Citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma). Foster and Genia will each speak about their artistic practice, as well as reimagine, re-contextualize, or otherwise address the general conversation around public monuments and memorials. O’Loughlin will bring our focus to some sites of memory that are sacred to Native Americans, sharing the need to protect and preserve them. The presentations and discussion will be followed by a Q&A session. In the previous three programs in this series, we looked at “old stories and new narratives through other lenses” with Harriet Senie, Alison Saar and Marisa Williamson, with a special focus on creating sites of public memory, particularly for the disenfranchised, as so eloquently expressed by Judy Baca and her “Great Wall of Los Angeles.” The series included a fall walking tour in Harlem to view the sculptures honoring Duke Ellington, Harriet Tubman, and Frederick Douglass. Admission
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  • All other ArtTable Members – $10
  • Non-Members – $15
  • Members may bring an additional guest for $5
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About the speakers
Erin Genia headshotErin Genia (Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate) is a multidisciplinary artist, educator, and community organizer specializing in Native American and Indigenous arts and culture. Her work in these areas focuses on amplifying the under-recognized presence of native peoples in the arts, sciences, and the public arena. Erin earned an M.S. in Art, Culture, and Technology from MIT and an M.P.A. in Tribal Governance from Evergreen State College. She also studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts. In recent years, her artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally including at Boston’s Urbano Project, the Venice Biennale, Ars Electronica, The Museum of Northwest Art, and the International Space Station. Public commissions have come from the Tufts University Art Galleries, the Minnesota Historical Society, the City of St. Paul, and the City of Seattle. Also in the public realm, Erin was named artist-in-residence with the City of Boston (2020-2021) and co-founded, “Centering Justice: Indigenous Artists’ Perspectives on Public Art,” with the New England Foundation for the Arts’ Public Art Team. Shannon O’Loughlin headshotShannon O’Loughlin is a citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, and the Chief Executive and Attorney for the oldest non-profit serving Indian Country – the Association on American Indian Affairs. Throughout its 99-year history, the Association has provided national advocacy on watershed issues that support sovereignty and culture, while working at a grassroots level with Tribes. The Association’s vision is to create a world where diverse Native American cultures and values are lived, protected and respected. Chaco Canyon Shannon has been practicing law for more than 20 years and is a lecturer at Johns Hopkins University. In 2013, she was appointed by Secretary of the Department of the Interior to the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act Review Committee. In 2015 she was appointed by President Barack Obama as the first Native American to the Cultural Property Advisory Committee within the State Department. Shannon received a B.A. in American Indian Studies from California State University, Long Beach. She then received joint M.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Arizona in Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy. Malynn Foster stands next to a totem poleMalynn Wilbur-Foster is a Squaxin Island tribal member, raised among her people near the Skokomish and Squaxin Island reservations where she has lived most of her life. She works in a variety of media , including weaving, painting, jewelry, and carving both stone and wood. Malynn is always looking for new ways to tell the stories of her people fusing tradition and technology. Since 1998, her work has been shown in galleries and featured in A woven basket books. It has also entered collections of the Seattle Art Museum, Burke Museum, and Washington State History Museum. Additionally she has collaborated on a number of commissioned works in the Seattle area, with family members and friends. 2020 brought a significant new commission: Malynn is now collaborating with Tamela LaClair and Kimberly Deriana, as a team, known as the MTK Matriarchs. They have been selected as the artists for the Salish Steps, part of the Seattle project re-imagining the city’s waterfront. Representing both local tribes and Urban Natives, they are working with the design team, developing a permanent artwork to elevate the importance of indigenous culture and history to this very public site. Malynn has received grants for her achievements in both art and for being an indigenous knowledge keeper.   Thank you to ArtTable members Cathie Behrend, former Deputy Director of New York’s Percent for Art Program and founder of VenturesinVision, and Lori Shepard, Independent art advisor, for organizing this program series.
  1. Erin Genia, “Acoustic Tipi.” Courtesy of the artist.
  2. Erin Genia, courtesy of the artist
  3. Shannon O’Loughlin, courtesy of the speaker
  4. Pueblo Bonito, Chaco Canyon, Courtesy of the National Park Service
  5. Malynn Wilbur-Foster, courtesy of Sam Jones of Quinn/Brein Communication
  6. “Seal Roost,” woven by Malynn Foster


January 26, 2022
6:00 pm
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Virtual | Self-Mythology and the Unreliable Narrator in the Life & Times of Sam Francis

November 7, 2021 | 11:00 am 12:00 pm

Book cover of 'Light on Fire' by Gabrielle Selz
11am PT/ 12pm MT / 1pm CT / 2pm ET
Please join Gabrielle Selz, Jeremy Stone, and Debra Burchett-Lere as they probe the self-mythologizing narratives of artists and personalities of the 20th Century. This talk will focus on discoveries Selz made in her new book, Light on Fire, the first comprehensive biography of Sam Francis. Light on Fire traces the extraordinary and ultimately tragic journey of a complex and charismatic artist who first learned to paint while encased for three years in a full-body plaster cast. Francis portrayed himself as a pilot who heroically crashed his plane in the Arizona desert; a story Selz reveals is a fabrication that was repeated by all the male historians who wrote about his illustrious career. For indeed, Francis’s color-saturated paintings went on to fetch the highest prices of any living artist. His restless desire resulted in five marriages and homes on three continents. His entrepreneurial spirit led to the founding of MoCA, Lapis Press, a reforestation program, and several nonprofits. Light on Fire captures the art, life, personality, and talent of a man who sought to resolve in art, the contradictions he couldn’t resolve in life. Admission
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  • All other ArtTable Members – $5
  • Non-Members – $7
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About the Speakers
Debra Burchett-Lere brings a range of professional international art-world experiences as an author, curator, and executive director of the artist-endowed Sam Francis Foundation, California. Her background includes key positions at the fine-art limited editions print studio Gemini G.E.L. and the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art (LAICA). For over twenty-five years, Debra has collaborated on museum exhibitions including projects with the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles; the Milwaukee Art Museum; Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Charlotte, NC; the Jeu de Paume, Paris; Kunsthalle- der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn; Fundacio Caja de Madrid; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). In addition, Burchett-Lere has authored books and catalogues including publications by the Getty Museum Conservation Institute, Los Angeles and the University of California, Berkeley (UC Press). She has worked as a grant writer for university art programs, an art consultant, and accredited appraiser with the Appraisers Association of America, NYC. Her recent volunteer board services include positions for ArtTable, NYC and the Brand Associates of the Brand Library and Arts Center, Glendale, CA.   ArtTable member Gabrielle Selz is the award-winning author of Unstill Life: Art and Love in the Age of Abstraction (W.W. Norton 2014) and Light on Fire: The Art and Life of Sam Francis (UC Press, 2021), the first comprehensive biography of one of the most important American abstract artists of the 20th century. Her essays and art reviews have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Hyperallergic, Square Cylinder, Art & Object, Art Papers, The Rumpus, and The Huffington Post, among others. She makes her home in Oakland, CA. For more information, visit:   Jeremy Stone, also an ArtTable member, is a former gallerist, art advisor/appraiser, and collector who has advised many important private collectors, museums, and institutions. Her expert witness work over the past 25 years has included legal cases across the United States and the government of Canada. She has served on the board and held office on multiple levels with ArtTable, the American Society of Appraisers, and the San Francisco Art Dealers Association. Jeremy specializes in Post-War, modern, and contemporary art. Her collection includes Hank Murta Adams, Robert Arneson, Elmer Bischoff, Squeak Carnwath, John Chamberlain, Willem de Kooning, Nancy Drosd, Sam Francis, Mike Henderson, Mildred Howard, David Huffman, Kazuko Inoue, Franz Kline, John Graham, Rick Hickam, David Huffman, Gaston Lachaise, Joanne Leonard, Robert Mapplethorpe, Grace Munakata, Edith Schloss, Richard Sheehan, Katherine Sherwood, Lorna Simpson, Louise M. Stanley, Pia Stern, Masami Teraoka, Wayne Thiebaud, Ai Wei Wei, and John Zurier, among many others.   Thank you to Gabrielle Selz, Jeremy Stone, and ArtTable’s Northern California Chapter Leaders for organizing this program.
  1. Light On Fire: The Art and Life of Sam Francis by Gabrielle Selz


November 7, 2021
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
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Virtual | Annual Leadership Series – The Precarious Position of Women in Leadership

1pm PT / 2pm MT / 3pm CT / 4pm ET

Women-identifying leaders in the arts are stepping down or being fired in larger proportions to their male counterparts. The issue was further exacerbated in the year 2020 when women, either by choice or circumstance, continued to leave the workforce in greater numbers than men. However, as the world began to reopen, more and more women came into leadership positions at large-scale arts organizations and institutions. In 2020, CultureType listed 54 Arts Leaders Who Took on New Appointments in 2020, 43 of whom are women. This past year, of approximately 75 new appointments to various leadership positions in the art world, 62 of them have been women, as noted by CultureType and ARTnews.

Despite the growing visibility of women in the art world, issues still plague the industry, such as the ongoing gender pay gap (as of now, women continue to earn approximately 73 cents for every dollar that men earn; the number is even lower for women of color, ranging from 55 to 62 cents for Latina, Native American, and Black women.), disparities in gender representation depending on operating budget (the majority of museums with budgets less than $15 million are run by a female rather than a male director; the reverse is true for museums with budgets of over $15 million, where female representation decreases as budget size increases), and the glass cliff phenomenon (the idea of women being placed in leadership positions during periods of crisis or downturn, when the chance of failure is highest, but under the pretense of providing an exciting professional opportunity). 

For this year’s Annual Leadership Series, we want to acknowledge and celebrate the incredible strides that women have made as leaders in the art world, but we also want to look to the future and ask ourselves, what still needs to be done, and how can we ensure women always have a seat at the table?

Please join us for what is sure to be an enlightening and thought-provoking discussion with women-identifying leaders in the art world with various perspectives on the issues. We will address questions including:

  1. What do these phenomena mean for women in the workforce, and particularly in the art world, both women leaving the workforce in greater numbers and the incredible amount of women being promoted to leadership positions?
  2. How do we advocate for women leaders from racially, ethnically, and socio-economically diverse backgrounds and reach greater gender parity in leadership roles? 
  3. The glass cliff is the phenomenon of women in leadership roles, such as executives in the corporate world and female political election candidates, being likelier than men to achieve leadership roles during periods of crisis or downturn, when the chance of failure is highest. Is this a phenomenon that we may have recently witnessed, with all of the significant appointments of woman-identifying leaders in the art world? Or are we finally, truly on the path to equality? Do women continue to be more vulnerable to career displacement than men? 
  4. What lessons have we learned, and how can we ensure lasting change?

The panel will be moderated by Stephanie A. Stebich, Director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC. Additional speakers include:

  • Min Jung Kim, Director, Saint Louis Museum of Art, St. Louis, MO
  • Dorothy Kosinski, Vradenburg Director and CEO of The Phillips Collection, Washington DC
  • Mia Locks, Independent Curator and Culture Worker, Los Angeles, CA
  • Danyelle Means, Executive Director, Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM
  • Brittany Webb, Evelyn and Will Kaplan Curator of 20th-Century Art & the John Rhoden Collection, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA

Please join us after the discussion for 10-15 minutes of virtual networking in Zoom Breakout Rooms. ArtTable programs are a time for members and non-members to connect with old friends and meet new people, both in-person and virtually. We hope you will stick around afterwards to discuss important themes from the conversation and talk about new ideas and insights.


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About the Speakers

Headshot of Stephanie A. StebichStephanie A. Stebich (pronounced STEE-BISH) is responsible for the nation’s premier collection of American art and major exhibition, research, publication, education and digital-media programs at the museum and its Renwick Gallery. She was named director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in January 2017. Stebich also serves as co-chair of the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative.

Before coming to Washington, D.C., Stebich had been executive director of the Tacoma Art Museum since 2005. Under her leadership, the museum underwent a major renovation that doubled its exhibition space; launched a capital campaign with a goal of $17 million and raised more than $37 million; and added endowed curator, educator and fellow positions. She oversaw the development and implementation of the museum’s strategic plan, as well as a 10-year collecting strategy. At Tacoma, Stebich championed the presentation of many groundbreaking exhibitions and secured major collection gifts, including the Haub Family Collection of Western American Art, and the Rebecca and Jack Benaroya Collection of American studio glass.

Stebich was assistant director of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts from 2001 to 2004 and assistant director at the Cleveland Museum of Art from 1995 to 2001. She was previously a trustee of the Association of Art Museum Directors and the American Alliance of Museums.

Stebich earned a bachelor’s degree in art history from Columbia University and a master’s degree with a concentration in modern art from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. She has a certificate in nonprofit management from Case Western Reserve University and is a graduate of the Getty Leadership Institute in Los Angeles. She was a fellow at the Guggenheim Museum and has studied at the University College London. She is fluent in German.

Headshot of Min Jung KimMin Jung Kim was named the Barbara B. Taylor Director of the Saint Louis Art Museum in 2021. She brings to St. Louis extensive experience in museum leadership roles. As the director and chief executive officer of the New Britain Museum of American Art, she enhanced the museum’s profile through exhibitions and collection development designed to expand the definition of American Art and reflect greater diversity while strengthening community engagement and collaborative partnerships. As deputy director of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, she was in charge of implementing the completion of the Zaha Hadid-designed Broad MSU. As director of content alliances at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, she managed collaborative projects among the Guggenheim; the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia; and the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. Min Jung Kim was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. She graduated from Wheaton College and holds a master’s degree in art history from the Courtauld Institute of Art at the University of London.

Headshot of Dorothy KosinskiDr. Dorothy Kosinski has been the Vradenburg Director & CEO of The Phillips Collection since April 2008. Previously, Dr. Kosinski was Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Dallas Museum of Art. She was also the museum’s Barbara Thomas Lemmon Curator of European Art. Over the course of 30 years in museum work, Kosinski has earned a reputation internationally as an accomplished curator and scholar of 19th and 20th century art. For over 12 years, Dr. Kosinski was based in Basel, Switzerland, where she was a curator, scholar, and university instructor, including curator and administrator of the Douglas Cooper Collection. In August 2013, Dr. Kosinski was appointed by President Barack Obama to the National Council on the Humanities. She currently serves on the Board of the Sherman Fairchild Foundation and The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation. Dr. Kosinski received a BA from Yale University and an MA and PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University.

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Mia Locks is an independent curator and culture worker based in Los Angeles. She was previously a curator at The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles as well as MoMA PS1 and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. She was a 2018 fellow at the Center for Curatorial Leadership and currently co-leads Museums Moving Forward, a data-driven initiative focused on accountability in the museum field.


Headshot of Danyelle MeansDanyelle Means is the newly appointed Executive Director of the Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA) in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She will continue her successful philanthropic and non-profit leadership by advancing CCA’s mission to celebrate creativity across the arts, humanities, and sciences by generating transformative experiences designed to ignite minds and connect people. Means has served as the Director of Advancement at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) and the Executive Director of the IAIA Foundation. During her tenure at IAIA, like many in the philanthropic sector, Means and her staff shifted all efforts online during the pandemic, bringing IAIA one of the most successful fundraising years ever.

Headshot of Brittany Webb

Dr. Brittany Webb is the Evelyn and Will Kaplan Curator of Twentieth Century Art and the John Rhoden Collection at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA). She is currently working on a retrospective exhibition on 20th century African-American sculptor John Rhoden (1916-2001) that includes an initiative to gift more than 250 sculptures by Rhoden to museums around the country. Dr. Webb came to PAFA from the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP). She holds a PhD in Anthropology from Temple University and a BA in Political Science from the University of Southern California (USC).



  1. Stephanie A. Stebich, The Margaret and Terry Stent Director, Smithsonian American Art Museum; Photo credit: Smithsonian American Art Museum
  2. Min Jung Kim, Photo by Tim Parker
  3. Dorothy Kosinski, Photo by Daniel Schwartz
  4. Mia Locks © 2016 Scott Rudd;;
  5. Danyelle Means
  6. Brittany Webb

Virtual | Fluidity & Queerness in Art & the Art World

9am PT/ 11am CT/ 12pm ET / 6pm CET

Please join ArtTable for a special virtual discussion on Fluidity and Queerness in Art, in partnership with Speciwomen.

On the occasion of Speciwomen’s third issue launch, this panel will explore fluidity and queerness from various perspectives in the art world. We will hear from each panelist on what fluidity means to each of them, how identity has influenced their work and/or approach to their profession, and the “overtness” of queer art.


  • Grey, Artist & Cultural Activist, Moderator
  • Philo Cohen, Founder & Editor-in-Chief at Speciwomen
  • Opashona Ghosh, Artist, featured in the Fluidity issue of Speciwomen
  • Anne-Sophie Guillet, Artist, featured in the Fluidity issue of Speciwomen
  • Alyssa Nitchun, Director of the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art


  • ArtTable Circle Members– Free
  • All other ArtTable Members – $10 (Members may bring a guest for an additional $5)
  • Non-Members – $15

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Additional Resources: We encourage all attendees to review these articles and resources in advance of the conversation – Gender fluidity: What it means and why support matters  Why the Art World is Focusing In on Gender Fluidity (2018)   ‘Museums Belong to Everyone’: Curator Clare Barlow on the Tate’s Groundbreaking Queer Art Show, and the Work Institutions Still Need to Do

About the Speakers

Grey wearing a denim outfitGrey (moderator) is a multimedia artist who identifies as AfroIndigenous, genderfluid, and queer. She’s currently known for making art pieces and installations in solidarity with the trans community as well as being the lead singer of the band God Save The Club Kids.





Philo Cohen seated against a black background wearing a red T-shirtPhilo Cohen is the founder and Editor-in-Chief at Speciwomen, an online archive and independent publishing initiative aiming to change the representation of womxn and femmes in the arts. Cohen lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2020 with a BA in Visual Studies and Comparative Literature.


Headshot of Opashona Gosh against a dark yellow backgroundOpashona Ghosh (b. Kolkata 1987) is an artist and facilitator, based in London. Graduate of Central Saint Martins (University of the Arts, London). Their work explores feminist approaches to mental & sexual health, and club culture, locating the intersections of body, community & ritual. They curate FEMME NEW WORLD, an intersectional panel exploring migrating femme landscapes. Currently, they are co-publishing HONEY with Bahraini-British writer and editor Nadia Jones, a zine meditating on the experience of friendship. (Instagram)



Photo of a person's forearm with a tattoo that reads "Gender Rules Are Dead"Anne-Sophie Guillet was born in Oxford, UK. She’s a French photographer based in Brussels, Belgium. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels with an MFA in visual arts and photography. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally. In 2019, her book “Inner Self” was published with Case Publishing, a Japanese publisher. The book launch was at the same time as her solo show at Poetic Scape in Tokyo. Anne-Sophie Guillet is currently working on her “Together” series around love and relationships, what bonds one to another and questions their representation. The series suggests that we change our attitude and perception on the ways people live their relationships. (Instagram)

Alyssa Nitchun headshotAlyssa Nitchun is Executive Director of The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, where she oversees the Museum’s many initiatives and long-term growth. Founded just weeks before the Stonewall uprising and located in Soho, New York, LLMA provides a platform for artistic exploration through multi-faceted queer perspectives. Prior to LLMA, Alyssa was an independent cultural consultant focused on the Middle East and Europe, advising artists and cultural institutions on projects at the intersection of art, social justice, and public space. From 2012 to 2018, Alyssa was with the public art organization Creative Time where she held a variety of positions focused on development, communications, and team management, culminating with Acting Executive Director. Prior to Creative Time, Alyssa oversaw Institutional Giving for StoryCorps – the public media organization archiving diverse oral histories at the Library of Congress. Alyssa has also served as Director of Development for the CUNY Graduate Center’s Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies and has held multiple creative positions in the worlds of art, fashion, and music. Alyssa received an MA in Gender Politics with a focus in Queer theory from New York University.

About Speciwomen

SPECIWOMEN is a community of emerging womxn makers from all over the world representing each other through the means of interviews, essays, new media and print publications. Our goal is to bring forward the work of artists that deserve a better representation than the one given to them in the art world.

Philo Cohen started SPECIWOMEN in 2015, aiming to foster intersectional communities built from equality and respect. Click here to view the website.


Thank you to Philo Cohen and the team at Speciwomen for partnering with ArtTable on this program.


  1. Cover of Speciwomen’s third issue.
  2. Headshots provided by the speakers.
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