ISSUE 1 | VOLUME 7 | December 2016    

Art Career News – Winter 2016 - 2017

Highlights from 2016

In these tumultuous times, we'd like to share some highlights of 2016 – continuing to prove to us that a life in arts & culture can be an essential and universal counterpoint to the ups and downs of politics and markets.


New clients this year include A Blade of Grass, an ambitious non-profit operating at the intersection of art and social justice under the forward-thinking leadership of Executive Director Deborah Fisher; we're pleased to have placed their new Director of Development. At Roundabout Theatre, another new client, we placed the Director of Human Resources for one of New York City's greatest independent theater companies. Past clients we've worked with again in 2016 have included Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, our celebrated American Art client, where we placed an Administrative & Research Associate, and renowned Contemporary Art gallery Paul Kasmin, where we placed his Executive Assistant.

We want to thank and congratulate all of our clients and the numerous candidates we have placed this year in museums, galleries, auction houses and with private collectors.


Each year we've been fortunate to be engaged by organizations focused on preserving and interpreting the past, from historic sites to archives and collections. As the most common form of museum in the United States, these organizations contribute to tourism and local economies as well as providing context, inspiration and identity for modern American communities.

Huguenot Street Flowers

Historic Huguenot Street New Paltz

Currently we are working with Historic Huguenot Street in New Paltz, NY to find their new Executive Director. This unique collection of 17th and 18th century historic buildings and sites interprets the contributions of the French Huguenot settlers to American history and their relationships with enslaved Africans, Native Americans and Dutch and English colonists. A beautiful 10 acre site on the banks of the Wallkill River, the organization is seeking an engaged and astute professional who can continue to diversify audiences, programs and resources for one of the nation's most remarkable collections of art, artifacts and architecture. Learn more here!

The Driehaus Museum
Blaze Pumpkins

You may have seen our postcard for 2016, featuring the magnificent stained glass dome of the Richard H. Driehaus Museum in Chicago. Built in 1879 for the Nickerson Family and restored in 2003 through 2008, this superlative collection of fine and decorative arts is housed in one of the city's few fully intact 19th century mansions. Visit the website to learn more about this splendid resource, one of our new favorite places!

A Halloween visit to The Blaze – the 10,000+ extravaganza of carved pumpkins on the grounds of Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson, NY – was a truly otherworldly experience! One of the nation's most historic Dutch Colonial sites, the house is a key property in the collection of Historic Hudson Valley, whose other sites include Kykuit, the Rockefeller Estate, and Washington Irving's Sunnyside.


Famed for its collection of fine Federal Era furniture, Boscobel House & Gardens hosted an imaginative show of contemporary design, pairing works by NYS master artisans with pieces by early 19th century cabinetmaker Duncan Phyfe and others. Titled "Hudson Hews: New York Furniture Now" and curated by Boscobel's Jennifer Carlquist, the exhibition is one of several recently staged under the directorship of Steven Miller that brings thought-provoking new programming to one of the state's loveliest historic estates.


Crowds at Law event

We were also delighted to participate as exhibitors at the 2016 Art Law Day, presented by the Appraisers Association of America and hosted by the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Followed by a reception at the historic Salmagundi Club, the event included numerous panels on legal issues pertaining to arts business, authentication, insurance and ownership issues. A diverse crowd of attendees visited our table in between in between fascinating talks on "Zombie Art" and "The Nitty-Gritty on Knoedler". Executive Director Linda Selvin has rewired the organization to include contemporary audiences and issues-driven programming – we look forward to the program for 2017!

Thomas & Associate's President, Geri Thomas, began teaching the Professional Development component in the new Arts, Law and Business Master's Degree program at Christie's Education spearheaded by Noah Kupferman.

As 2017 approaches, all of us at Thomas & Associates encourage you to laugh louder, be kind and love more!

Geri Thomas, President

About Thomas & Associates, Inc. /
Celebrating our 17th Anniversary serving the global arts community, Thomas & Associates, Inc. is an innovative firm with offices in New York City that offers staffing, consulting, career services and training programs for museums, non-profit organizations, and arts and culture businesses nationwide. In addition to permanent placement and executive search, Thomas & Associates also provides temporary and interim personnel at all levels and has recently launched its career advisory division and outplacement services to address the needs of arts and culture professionals everywhere.

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We look forward to hearing from you!

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