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September 2015

We are proud to introduce our “Alumni Updates” for September, 2015. Thank you to all that contributed. We will be asking for updates quarterly regarding new professional positions and promotions, new businesses launched, new articles and books published and other significant personal events that happened within the last 12 months*.

If you would like to contribute to our next edition, please feel free to send us your update following the same format to

Holiday Anderson

MAAFDA, New York, 2009
Holly lives with her husband in Durham, North Carolina, and is Director of Operations for Spoonflower, an international company that lets customers design and print their own fabric, wallpaper and gift-wrap.

Ashley Andrykovitch

19th & 20th Century FDA PGDip, London, 2005
Ashley was recently named Assistant Curator of Education at Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural masterpiece located in Mill Run, Pennsylvania. Previously, she was Assistant Curator of Education at Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh.

Ahyoung Baek

MACA, London, 2010
For over 1 year, Ahyoung is working as a senior editor of Monthly Korean Art magazine called, Public Art.

Sara Berton

MAFDA, London, 2011
For the past four years, Sara has been the Project Coordinator at Hatfields Restoration, a fine antique furniture restoration company based in London. She has overseen more than 4,000 restoration projects, with objects dating from the Renaissance up to Mid-Century Modern.

Michelle Boynton

MACA, London, 2007
In spring 2015, Michelle was appointed as Exhibition Coordinator for both Röda Sten Konsthall and the Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art (GIBCA) in Gothenburg, Sweden. For GIBCA 2015 (12th September-22 November) she is the Coordinator for the architectural, participatory artwork, House of Words (HoW), where she worked alongside guerrilla architect Santiago Cirugeda and almost 80 volunteers to build this temporary pavilion for the biennial. In addition to her work at RSK and GIBCA, she continues to run her graphic design business Michelle B. Designs which specifically caters to art galleries' design needs. Clients include Ben Brown Fine Arts, Ronchini Gallery and Richard Young Gallery, among others.

Anne Bracegirdle

MAP, London, 2008
Anne is an Associate Vice President at Christie’s in New York and recently joined the Photographs Department as a Specialist.

Beverley Buckingham

MACA, London, 2005
Beverly worked for Sotheby's London in Private Client Services for 12 years. She is currently a Trustee on the Board of The Photographers' Gallery and also serves on the Advisory Board of PhotoLondon, Somerset House and as an International Ambassador for Houston FotoFest, Texas.

Liz Caballero

MACA, London, 2007
Liz owns and directs SKETCH Gallery in Bogota, Colombia. She specializes in Latin American Contemporary emerging markets. Her gallery has a strong focus on works on paper and drawing. This year she will participate for the first time at ARTBO fair taking place from 1-4 October. (Booth number A-4) or @sketch_gallery, @lizocab or

Benedetta Casini

MACA, London, 2014
Currently living and working in Buenos Aires (Argentina) as an independent art critic and curator, Benedetta is also working as Curatorial Assistant to the artistic director and curator of MUNTREF-Museum of Tres de Febrero University (CAC- Contemporary Art Centre and Visual Art Museum). In the meantime, she is attending the Artists' and Curators' Programme at Di Tella University in Buenos Aires and is specialising in Latin American Contemporary Art.

Annie May Chen

MAAB, Singapore, 2010
Annie May established 856 G Gallery in the Philippines and the latest exhibition was an installation by VSOON, Sari Suki 2050. Her upcoming exhibition is Hera: An All-Female Art Exhibit. She joined the International Festival of Extra Ordinary Textiles (FITE) at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila in July 2015. Also, 856 G Gallery has collaborated with Bantay Bata 163 for the 300 victims of the Typhoon Haiyan in San Remegio, Northern Cebu, Philippines.

Isa Natalia Castilla

MAAB, New York, 2011
After graduating, Isa moved back to Mexico to open her art advisory firm, Incontemporary. In 2013 she co-founded, the first art fair focused on emerging art in Mexico City. She is currently the Director of VIP Relations at the fair.

Nicole Claase

MAAB, New York, 2014
Nicole has been working at Sotheby’s for the last year, where she started as a floater in Client Development. She is now an Administrator in the Silver & Vertu department where she works on many collaborative auctions with other decorative arts departments, fine arts, and single-owner sales.

Risa Daniels

MACA, New York, 2014
Risa was promoted last January and is now the Exhibitions and Programs Manager at The FLAG Art Foundation.

Hannah L. M. Darvin

MAFDA, London, 2011
After three years working as a Specialist Picture Researcher and Archivist with Sotheby's Impressionist and Modern Art Department in London and contributing to historic sales records, Hannah has returned to Toronto, Canada where she currently works as an Associate Curator at Victoria University in the University of Toronto.

Barbara J. (Moran) Dervan

17th & 18th Cent Dec Art, London, 1991
Attending Sotheby’s London was a life changing experience for Barbara in many wonderful ways! Upon completion of her studies, she returned to New York, received certification as an Art Appraiser from NY University, interned at Sotheby’s NY in the English Furniture department and went on to open a Gallery for Fine and Decorative arts. The success of the Gallery led her to return to Sotheby’s London for a course in Contemporary Art, during which she met her husband. She recently celebrated her 18th wedding anniversary! Her love of Art is also paired with her love of real estate. The flexibility each profession offers has enabled her to work in both professions seamlessly. This year, Barbara won the award for Broker of the Year. Her specialties are UHNW and HNW clients shopping the New York real estate market in all price ranges. It would be such a pleasure to hear from any of her classmates!

Lucy Rose Dolan

MAEEA, London, 2013
Having left her position as a Curator for the Chinese Art & Investment company, Yourun International, where she curated a touring exhibition at Mall Galleries, London and Arader Galleries, New York, Lucy has since started her own start-up business in London called ZigZag Teas - and aims to open the first store in 2015.

Laurence Dujardyn

MACA, London, 2009
For the past 2 years Laurence has been working at Albert Baronian gallery in Brussels. Additionally, she has been curating exhibitions and releasing publications independently, together with Mathias Wille, with their joint organization Bunk Club. She recently relocated to New York where she will be starting a new position as Director at Gladstone Gallery, New York.

Alison Weirick Edelstein

WAC, London, 1986
Alison is currently the Director of Major Gifts at LACMA.

Helen Louise Aman Epley

AAC, New York, 1989
Helen has three kids (16, 16, 7) and works at Greenwich Auction House on Harvard Avenue in Stamford, CT. She is in charge of photography and acts as head cataloguer. She also has her own blog.

Anne Field

MAAB, London, 2009
Anne is still living in London and working on the release of the publication, London Burning: Portraits from a Creative City, which features around 100 creative individuals in the city (from Nicholas Serota, Gilbert & George, Eddie Peake to Guy Ritchie, Tinie Tempah and many others).

Mary Frances Flournoy

MACA, New York, 2009
Mary Frances is the Coordinator in Creative Visual Merchandising at Tiffany & Co. New York. She just celebrated 5 years at Tiffany & Co. early this spring.

Sara Forsythe

MAAB, London, 2010
After first being partner of a London-based art advisory for 2 years and then running her own art advisory service for 2 years in Zürich, Sara has now been recruited to head Vito Schnabel’s new venture in St. Moritz as gallery manager. Vito Schnabel Gallery will open in St. Moritz in December 2015 in the gallery space that the art dealer Bruno Bischofberger formerly occupied. She will be moving to the “top of the world” with my son Viktor (2) as of October.

Kim Howell Franklin

WAC, London, 1984
Sadly, Kim is not involved in the art world. She has been with Booz Allen Hamilton, a global IT & Management Consulting Firm, for the past 16 years and manages Domestic Relocations under our Global Mobility and Immigration Team.

Maddie Habanananda Grant

MA Post-War and Cont Art, London, 1996
Maddie is a digital strategist in Washington DC, where she runs social and digital for Artomatic, a huge community arts festival housed in temporary spaces. She published her third book in March 2015: When Millennials Take Over: Preparing for the Ridiculously Optimistic Future of Business.

Adam Green

MAAB, London, 2009
Adam is a Business Analyst at Christie's in New York. Additionally, he serves as the host of the ArtTactic Podcast, the leading podcast on the art market. In May, he returned to school to get his Executive MBA at the Wharton School of Finance.

Molly Gron

MAAB, New York, 2008
After working at Bonhams in New York for four years, Molly attended DePaul University College of Law and was admitted to practice in Illinois in 2014. She presently works at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago.

Christine Hamacher

MAAB, 2010, London
Christine has recently been promoted to Private Sales Associate, Old Master Paintings at Sotheby’s. She has been working in Private Sales at Sotheby’s for nearly 5 years now and has handled a number of high profile deals over the years.

Caitlin Harpster

MACA, London, 2011
Caitlin works for the Mattress Factory, a contemporary art museum in Pittsburgh that features site-specific art installations created in residence by artists from around the world. She was recently promoted to lead the museum's Development Department as Fundraising & Donor Relations Officer.

Summer Martin Hartley

MAAB, London, 2009
Summer is currently working for the Kessler Collection as Gallery Director of Grand Bohemian Gallery in Saint Augustine, FL.

Andrew Holter

AAC, New York, 2000
Andrew currently works for Christie’s in New York and is a VP, Specialist Head of Department for the American Furniture, Outsider and Folk Art department. In addition, he serves as an Appraiser on the Emmy nominated Antiques Roadshow. He is married and has two boys, Tristan (13) and Ashton (11).

Danielle M. Hoo

MACA, New York, 2014
In April, Danielle started working for the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City as the Department Manager/Paralegal in the General Counsel's Office. Danielle works closely with the Board of Trustees and deals with the Museum's collection management. She is also a member of MoMA's PopRally, a cross-departmental committee of Museum staff that produces dynamic programs including artist collaborations, performances, film screenings, and digital content that encourage new and experimental ways of engaging with modern and contemporary art.

Alexis Horn Lehrer

MAAB, London, 2005
Alexis was promoted this month to Strategic Marketing Manager in AIG’s Home Office. She lead the creation and launch of AIG Private Client Group’s product for Couture, Shoes, and Handbags, and other ‘Wearable Collections’. It is the first insurance of its kind. In her new role she will be part of the Home Office marketing team in helping deliver key growth initiatives for PCG, taking an active role in launching new products and services, and oversee the new Wearable Collections coverage. Having recently relocated with her family to Houston, TX, she will also focus on strategic partner opportunities in Houston. Alexis has been with AIG since 2006, most recently she was the Private Collections Manager and New Product Development specialist in PCG’s NY office, responsible for underwriting oversight and management of the art and jewelry collections book and the development and implementation of innovative collections coverage offerings.
Comprehensive Coverage for Wearable Collections (PDF)

Katie N. Howard

MACA, New York, 2011
Katie currently works as a private art advisor to individuals and corporations in NYC, specializing in emerging art and the primary market. She has also received critical acclaim for her Instagram project and blog @PickleBeholding & ArtBlogDogBlog. It has been written about in The Daily Beast, Refinery29, Mashable, The New Yorker, The Creators Project, and even the local news.

Katherine C. Hughes

MAAFDA, New York, 2014
For the past year, Katherine worked at interior design and preservation firm, Ralph Harvard, Inc., on various design and research projects including work at the Winter Antiques Show and the Colonial Williamsburg Antiques Forum. The New York-native has recently moved to Charleston, SC, for a two-year position as the Curatorial Research Assistant at Historic Charleston Foundation.

Elizabeth Iacullo

MACA, New York, 2013
Elizabeth recently became the Director at Mark Borghi Fine Art in Bridgehampton, NY.

Elisabeth Ioannides

Contemp Art PGDip, London, 2001
Elisabeth has been an Assistant Curator at the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens. She has also been pursuing an MA degree on Art and Psychotherapy. On July 20th, she brought into the world her beautiful baby girl, Ariadne.

Megan Klarenbach

MACA, New York, 2011
Megan recently moved London and is working as Development Officer at 14-18 NOW: First World War Centenary Art Commissions, hosted within the Imperial War Museum.

Melanie Kimmelman

MAAB, New York, 2013
Melanie has been working in Marketing and Communications at David Zwirner since 2013.

Annka Kultys

MACA, London 2014
Annka founded Annka Kultys Gallery, a contemporary art gallery located in East London.

Catherine LaJeunesse

MAAB, Singapore, 2010
After moving back to Hong Kong in 2010, Catherine founded her own company, Quoin, which specialises in search consultancy in the banking sector. Though she continues to collect art and visit art fairs, she is interested in opportunities to engage marginalised groups in the creation and appreciation of art. I have started to volunteer with a local charity, AnEW (Arts and Enterprise for Women), which brings creative art skills to this community.

Bharti Lalwani

MACA, Singapore, 2009
Bharti was selected by the International Art Critics Association (AICA), Austria, for their inaugural Critic-in-Residence program in Vienna for 4 weeks. In association with Kunsthaus Wien, Bharti was awarded the opportunity to stay in Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser's apartment in August-September. She delivered a lecture on Contemporary Southeast Asian art and explored the Austrian art scene.

Claire Tinguely-Rubin Serpi

MAAB, London, 2011
Claire founded Manimenti.comwhich connects connoisseurs with Italy's master artisans and historic workshops, offering custom orders, restorations and ready-made collectors' items. The offerings are diverse and museum quality, encompassing the many facets of artisanship 'Made in Italy'; custom jewelry, violins, architectural details, interior decor and more. Services include gold leafing, fresco painting, framing, and restorations.

Emily Todd Lambert

MAAB, London, 2008
In March of 2015, Emily was appointed to Associate Director at Fraenkel Gallery, a leading photography gallery in San Francisco. Prior to that, she had been working at Fraenkel as the Assistant to the President. In this new role, she is primarily responsible for working with collectors and the gallery's artists as well as working at various international art fairs.

Anne Varick ‘Vara’ Lauder

WAC, London, 1992
Anne is Curator of the Katrin Bellinger Collection and an Independent Art Advisor. Recent projects include curating with Adriano Aymonino the exhibition, Drawn from the Antique: Artists & the Classical Ideal (Teylers Museum, Haarlem; Sir John Soane’s Museum, 2015). She has held positions in the Drawings Department, Morgan Library & Museum, the Drawings Department, J. Paul Getty Museum, the Print Department, New York Public Library, and the Photographs Department, National Portrait Gallery. She completed a catalogue raisonné on the Venetian artist, Battista Franco, for her PhD at the University of Cambridge (2004). Her book, Dessins italiens du Musée du Louvre: Battista Franco, was published in 2009.

Alison Diamond Levasseur

WAC, London, 1989
Alison is currently the Editorial Development Manager for Architectural Digest.

Britt Lintner

MAFDA, London, 2005
In October 2015, Britt is taking on a role at Deutsche Bank Asset Wealth as an MD running distribution for liquid alternatives for Europe. Her creative hobby is

Sammi Yiyuan Liu

MACA, London, 2010
Sammi is the founder and director of Tabula Rasa gallery, which is a new gallery, focused on Chinese contemporary art, founded in May 2015, located in 798, Beijing, China. She is also the founder of Almost Art Project, which is an annual art event of Chinese outsider art.

Rebecca Lockwood

MACA, New York, 2008
In 2014, Rebecca joined Sotheby's Trusts & Estates Department as Vice President, Business Development. She advises individual and corporate fiduciaries on the valuation and sale of fine art and tangible personal property held by an estate or in a trust. After graduating from SIA, she received a JD from New York Law School and was admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey.

Caroline Luppescu

MACA, New York, 2012
Caroline is working as an Integrated Marketing Manager at Architectural Digest magazine.

Sara Lurie

MAAFDA, New York, 2009
In April 2015, Sara was appointed Director of Hostler Burrows, a leading gallery in Nordic design since its opening in 1998, specializing in the integration of contemporary and vintage work in the fields of studio ceramics, cabinetmaker furniture, and textiles.

Megan Lynch

MAAB, Los Angeles, 2014
Megan is now the Director of the Art Department for Art and Coin TV in Los Angeles working in a fast paced environment, selling and buying artwork daily. She is also the producer/co-host of the Fine Art Showcase with Barry Chappell, where they sell artwork on a live TV show once a week.

Eleni Markopoulioti

MAAB, London, 2010
Eleni has become the Client and Business Development Director at the European art finance firm Right Capital. She is also part of the Sotheby's Institute of Art Online Faculty teaching Art as an Alternative Investment.

Jessica Hubbard Marr

MAP, London, 2011
Having spent the past several years working as a photography specialist and arts researcher/writer in Mexico City, Jessica has returned to school in the US in order to further her research into photography's history and theory. In the fall of 2015, she began the PhD program in the History of Photography/Art History at the University of New Mexico where she will be focusing on both Latin American photography and the Global South photographic discourse. She is grateful to be part of a program, started by first photo historian, Beaumont Newhall, that includes such esteemed photography historians such as Geoffrey Batchen, among others - whose work she was exposed to while studying at Sotheby's!
She also notes the wonderful surprise of coming across Juliet Hacking's book, "Photography: The Whole Story" and even read an excerpt from it to her students!

Leonard Marchal

MAAB, New York, 2012
After coming back to Paris, Leonard started to work for Le Labo, a perfume company. They have 3 shops in NYC. Six months ago, he began to work for DROM, a company which supplies perfumes for perfume brands. He is an account manager.

Ruth Mason Mauldin

MAAB, London, 2010
Following 3 years in Client Development in Christie's London, Paris, and New York offices, Ruth is now working as Manager of Special Events based in Christie's New York. She also serves as a charity auctioneer for the firm, volunteering auction and event-planning expertise to high-level charities and non-profit organizations.

Vlada Monaenkova

MAAB, New York, 2013
Vlada is currently finishing her law degree at Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School. Even if she is on the track to become a Public Defender, she is still actively involved with the art community as a president at the Art Law Society.

Priscilla Nasrallah

MACA, London, 2009
Priscilla is currently living in São Paulo, Brazil and working at Galeria Fortes Vilaça as sales and liaison coordinator.

Blaise Niosi

MAAB, New York, 2007
Blaise is a litigator in the New York office of K&L Gates. Highlights of her Fordham Law School experience include founding the Art Law Society and being published in her journal, the Fordham Law Review. She is enjoying participating in the art market as a non-professional, although she does foresee art law issues being woven into her practice in the years to come. In the meantime, it is frequent mind-clearing neighborhood strolls from her apartment to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She sends well wishes to each of her SIA classmates.

Michael Joseph O'Donnell

FDA PGDip, London, 2005
Michael is currently working at Real Madrid CF as Advertising, Communications and Online Strategy Manager of the Área VIP-Corporate Hospitality Department. He is supervising and designing advertising strategy, audiovisual material and online presence.

Elizabeth Taryn O'Meara

MAAB, New York, 2013
Taryn is a Customer Experience Architect and Post Sales Coordinator at, an online marketplace for fine art and antiques. Prior to joining Lofty, Taryn was part of the team that launched the North American branch of Suttons & Robertsons, a historic British pawnbrokering company. She also worked at Aicon Gallery, a modern and contemporary Indian Art Gallery in New York that manages emerging market art funds.
Check out her recent blog post: Top 10 Things to Know About Purchasing Art Online

Aminah Pierre

PGDip Photography, London, 2006
Aminah is currently studying for her PGCE Secondary in Design and Technology at Roehampton University where she is incorporating photography aspects to create aesthetic samples and teaching some of the photographic history gained at Sotheby’s Institute of Art.

Margarita Maria Rodriguez

MAAB, New York, 2010
Margarita recently opened a project room in Bogotá for Rincón Projects, the roving platform she created while doing her thesis for Sotheby´s. This year she will be participating for the third time at Untitled Miami in December and at Odeon Art Fair in Bogotá for the second time in October.

Steve Sabella

MAAB, London, 2009
Steve's work will be exhibited in "Nel Mezzo del Mezzo" at Museo Riso, Palermo (October, 10 2015 - January 2016), curated by Marco Bazzini, Bartomeu Mari & Christine Macel. He has also been selected for the 1st Biennial of Arab Photography at the The Arab World Institute, Paris (November 10, 2015 - January 17, 2016). The film "In the Darkroom with Steve Sabella" was selected for the Boston Palestine Film Festival (October 2015). Finally, Trent Morse featured Steve in "Shifting Sands: Photography and Beyond" in Art+Auction (March, 2015).

Natalie Popovic Schuh

MACA, London, 2008
In July 2014, Natalie opened up her own gallery in Chicago called Regards. After a year of programming (with seven solo exhibitions and numerous performances held at the gallery), the gallery is doing its first fair, EXPO Chicago, this fall exhibiting two Chicago based artists. Regards focuses on solo exhibitions with emerging artists working in all media.

Michelle Deanne Schultz

MACA, London, 2010
Michelle has recently moved back to Edmonton, Canada and joined dc3 Art Projects as Director. dc3 Art Projects is a supporter, advocate, producer and promoter of contemporary art, committed to helping emerging and mid-career artists to bring challenging and engaging work to a greater public. dc3 Art Projects was named one of Canada’s Top 11 Emerging Commercial Galleries in ARTINFO and has upcoming projects with Art Toronto and the inaugural Nuit Blanche Edmonton.

Henrik Simonsen

MAAB, London, 2004
Henrik is having a solo show at Wally Findlay Galleries in New York. The preview is on the 14th of Oct. If any Alumni would like to attend that evening, please contact the gallery if you wish to be added to the guest list.

Emily Maria Skeppner

MAAB, London, 2011
Emily has been employed by Lisson Gallery since 2012

Zena Takieddine

Art & Antiques Connoisseurship PGDip, London, 2001
Zena is a Board Member of Mideast Youth (2015) and Editor and Content Developer of Dar El-Nimer for Arts and Culture (2015) and was Communications Manager at Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (2011-2014).

Sydney Townsend

MAAB, London, 2009
Since graduating, Sydney has been active with various strategic client and artist initiatives. Currently, she is managing business development for Gazelli Art House to deepen its base in Europe and US. Prior to Gazelli, she worked with White Cube and Serpentine, gaining extensive experience with both commercial and noncommercial institutions.

Christine Gilchrist Tuttle

WAC, London, 1995
Christine was named to the Patron Council Committee Board at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for 2015-2016

Mary Urban

MAAFDA, New York, 2011
Mary just recently joined Doyle Auctioneers in Beverly Hills, CA as the Business Manager to help develop and oversee the growth of Doyle’s move into California. Working directly with the New York office, Mary will assist in business development in the Southern California area, as well as assist in general appraisal inquiries.

Kelly Van Ingen

MAFDA, London, 2011
Kelly works at Phillips Auction house in New York in the Photographs Department.

Nick Wilkinson

MAAB, London, 2013
For the past two years, Nick has been working at Post Box Gallery in London. The gallery has an extensive track record dealing with domestic and international collectors. Notable sales include works by contemporary artists Jeff Koons, Richard Prince, Ed Ruscha and Andy Warhol and modern masters Lucio Fontana and Domenico Gnoli. Post Box Gallery also maintains a vibrant exhibition program showcasing established and emerging talent from the UK and Latin America. Recent shows have included works by George Condo, Cindy Sherman, Adam McEwen, Gabriel Orozco, Dan Rees and Stefan Brüggemann, showcasing the breadth and diversity of artworks that the gallery specialises in. Their next show will include new works by Alejandro Pintado.

Süreyya Wille

MAAB, London, 2010
Süreyya is Head of Asia and the Middle East for Artsy and currently lives and works in Hong Kong where she opened and manages their first Asian office.

Ashley Young

MACA, New York, 2010
Ashley is the Manager of the Media and Performance Art Department at the Museum of Modern Art, and Co-Chair of MoMA PopRally. PopRally is a series of events at MoMA and MoMA PS1 that serve as a gateway for young and diverse audiences to engage with the Museum. PopRally produces dynamic programs including artist collaborations, performances, film screenings, and digital content that encourage new and experimental ways of engaging with modern and contemporary art.

Yichen Xu

MAAB, New York, 2015
Yichen is starting up her own art project called MR SHINY ART in China now, and works in the Shanghai Center of Photography (SCoP) as a PA for the founder Liu Heung Shing. She worked for Sotheby's, Bonhams and China Guardian auction houses in New York prior.