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 AND A SAMPLER OF PLACEMENTS
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.
OUR YEAR OF HISTORIC PLACES
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
The Driehaus Museum
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
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