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WHEN: Wednesday, MARCH 7, 2018, 12:00-1:00 PST
WHERE: SOTHEBY'S INSTITUTE OF ART - Los Angeles, The REEF / LA Mart (7th Floor), 1933 South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Sotheby's Institute of Art - Los Angeles invites current and prospective students and alumni to a brown bag lunch with alumni Ashley Anne Veselis and Erika Hirugami to learn about their work at Tappan and CuratorLove, respectively. The goal of this series is to facilitate conversation and networking by bringing SIA alumni, local arts organizations, and other art professionals together with students in an informal environment.

Event attendance will be limited to facilitate productive conversations.

Tappan is an emerging artist platform - showcasing a curated selection of artwork from an international roster of artists. With a mission to reinvent the approach to discovering and collecting contemporary art, Tappan merges the gallery with e-commerce to connect with artists and collectors around the globe.

Ashley Anne Veselis grew up in the suburbs of Manhattan surrounded by and creating art. She then spent 9 years in Vermont where she attended the University of Vermont earning a Bachelor of Science in Arts Education; working for a number of years as an artist and high school visual arts teacher. Hungry for more, Ashley Anne moved to Los Angeles to complete her Master's in Art Business at Claremont Graduate University and now works as an advisor at Tappan.

CuratorLove is a new kind of art practice. We partner directly with international artists, galleries, museums, alternative spaces, art councils, startups, art publications, and global corporations alike to produce innovative curatorial projects for a social cause. Together we transcend contemporary art business.

Erika Hirugami is the Founder and CEO of CuratorLove. As a Getty Foundation Scholar and a Kress Foundation Fellow, she has formed a part of various curatorial teams at museums and galleries across the United States and Mexico. After being a Public Art Curator for the Department of Cultural Affairs in the City of Los Angeles, Hirugami became the Curatorial Director for the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Hirugami is published internationally and holds and MAAB from the Sotheby's Institute of Art as well as various BAs from UCLA in the fields of Art History, Mexican Studies, and Chicano Studies.

Beverages and light refreshments will be provided. You may also bring lunch from home or purchase food at the Reef. For more information on dining options, click here.