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Christine Kuan, Director and CEO of Sotheby’s Institute of Art-New York, has appointed Erin Sircy as the new Director of Administration. In this role, Ms. Sircy will lead the administrative departments of the Institute, which include Career Services, Student Services, Registrar, and Office Services, and she will work closely with the Institute’s Master’s Degree programs, Non-Degree Programs, Admissions, and Finance.

Kuan said, “Erin Sircy brings to Sotheby’s Institute of Art-New York a rare combination of expertise in higher education administration, academic advisement in art education, and hands-on art market experience. Our faculty and students will benefit immensely from her leadership and guidance in enhancing the faculty, staff, and student experience at the Institute.”

Sircy said, “I’m thrilled to be joining Sotheby’s Institute of Art, working to ensure students continue to have the high caliber academic experience that SIA is known for. I look forward to helping faculty, staff, and students engage deeply in learning about art and art markets at the heart of one of most dynamic centers for art in the world.”

Erin Sircy brings over two decades of combined experience in the visual arts and higher education management. Most recently, this includes over ten years experience in the Department of Art and Art Professions at New York University where she led academic advising, academic affairs including accreditation, and academic logistics for a multi-faceted department offering both art professions and studio art degrees.


“Erin Sircy brings to Sotheby’s Institute of Art-New York a rare combination of expertise in higher education administration, academic advisement in art education, and hands-on art market experience."


She began her career in the arts as a teacher in underserved schools, helping students with limited resources gain access to ideas and skills related to art and culture. Her passion for demystifying the art world and connecting people to contemporary art led her to become part of Mixed Greens gallery in its formative years. Her deep belief that learning about art can be a lifelong pursuit in both formal and informal settings grew as she introduced new collectors to concepts and strategies for honing their eye and building their collections through classes she taught at The New School.

“Sotheby’s Institute of Art is the ideal environment to bring together my interests and experience in art education, the art market, and higher education, as we work to support and strengthen the Institute’s stellar academic offerings,” said Sircy.

Sircy holds a BFA in Art Education from University of North Texas and a MA in Visual Arts Administration from New York University. Sircy will join Sotheby’s Institute of Art on May 28, 2019.

Sotheby’s Institute of Art is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with campuses in London, New York, and Los Angeles and extensive Master’s Degree, Online, Summer, and Pre-College program offerings in art business, art markets, art history, and professional art practice. With more than 8,000 alumni worldwide, Sotheby’s Institute of Art’s network of art experts and art leaders work in all sectors of the art world, including: auction houses, galleries, museums, nonprofits, art fairs, marketing, public relations, and arts-related industries.

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