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Christine Kuan

CEO, Sotheby's Institute of Art & Director, Sotheby’s Institute of Art-New York

MFA, University of Iowa, Writers’ Workshop, Poetry
BA, Rutgers University, Art History & English

Prior to joining the Institute, Kuan was Chief Curator and Director of Strategic Partnerships at Artsy. She has also served as Chief Curatorial Officer and Vice President of External Affairs at Artstor, a digital image library founded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Editor-in-Chief of Oxford Art Online/Grove Art Online at Oxford University Press. In addition, Kuan has worked at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Department of Asian Art, and has taught at The University of Iowa, Peking University, and Rutgers University. Kuan holds an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and a BA from Rutgers University. She has lectured and published extensively on digital strategy, museum policy, and new technologies for the art world. Kuan sits on the History of Collecting Advisory Committee at the Frick Collection in New York, and she serves on The Brooklyn Rail Steering Committee. She has also taught as Visiting Faculty for Stanford University’s Program for Arts Leaders. She is regularly interviewed by the press about art market trends in The New York TimesWall Street Journal, and was recently interviewed by China Global Television Network (CGTN) on International Women’s Day, watch interview.

Christine Kuan
  • Awards


    Library Journal Best Reference, 2006, 2007, 2009 (Grove encyclopedias)
    Booklist Editors' Choice, 2009 (Grove encyclopedia)
    CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title, 2007, 2009 (Grove encyclopedias)
    Academy of American Poets Prize for Poetry, 1994 and 2001
    Jakobsen Graduate Forum Prize for Writing, 2001
    John Logan Prize for Poetry, 2000
    University of Iowa Graduate Opportunity Fellowship, $25,000, 1999
    National Library of Poetry Prize, 1998
    The New Jersey Project, Prize for Excellence in Feminist Scholarship, 1996
    Edna N. Herzberg Prize for Poetry, 1994 and 1996
    Global Village Study Abroad Scholarship, $5,000, 1995
    Edward Bloustein Distinguished Scholars Prize, 1992
  • Professional Affiliations

    Professional Affiliations

    American Council of Learned Societies
    Art Libraries Society of North America
    Art Libraries Society of UK and Ireland
    American Association of Museums
    College Art Association
    Comité International d'Histoire de l'Art
    International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions
    Museum Computer Network
    Museums and the Web
    Visual Resources Association
  • Selected Publications

    Selected Publications

    In Print
    “7 Lessons Learned for Digital Culture,” Digital Heritage and Culture: Strategy and Implementation, World Scientific Publishing Company, 2014

    “Trendswatch 2014,” American Alliance of Museums, 2014, pp. 13

    “The Art Buyer,” New York Design Hunting, Winter 2014, p. 48

    “A Question of Practice: The Gernsheim Photographic Corpus of Drawings,” Master Drawings, vol. 48, no. 3, 2010, pp. 374–9

    Preface, Grove Encyclopedia of Classical Art & Architecture, 2 vols., Oxford University Press, 2007

    Preface, Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts, 2 vols., Oxford University Press, 2006

    Online (selected links on LinkedIn)
    “The Art Buyer,” New York Design Hunting, Winter 2014

    “Why Artsy Is Succeeding at Putting the Art World Online,” Forbes, September 2013

    “The 15 Greatest Masterpieces at the Louvre,” Business Insider, July 2013

    “15 Works You Can’t Miss at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art,” Business Insider, April 2013

    “Exclusive Interview with Christine Kuan of Artsy,” Musée, April 2013

    “The Genomics of Art, Education, and Commerce, Part I and II,” AAM Center for the Future of Museums, November (2012)

    “Maximum Museum: Digital Images, Licensing, and the Future of Museums,” AAM Conference, May 2012

    “Imagining the Built Works Registry,” co-author with Aaron Straup Cope, Built Works Registry Blog, 2011

    “ARTstor: Evolving Collections and Access,” Images: The Visual Resources Newsletter, 2010

    “ARTstor: Collections and the New Curatorial Workspace,” International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions Pre-Conference, Villa I Tatti, Florence, 2009

    “Interview with Marie-Claude Beaud, Director of MUDAM,” Grove Art Online, 2008

    “Susan Bielstein: Permissions: A Survival Guide,”, 2007

    “Portals of Art History: Clark Art Institute Symposia,” L’Observatoire Critique, 2007

    “Interview with Kiki Smith” and “Interview with Faith Ringgold,” Grove Art Online, 2006

    “Interview with Wang Qingsong,” Grove Art Online, 2005

    Acquisitions editor
    The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art, 5 vols., 2010

    The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art, 3 vols., 2009

    The Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art & Architecture, 3 vols., 2009

    The Grove Encyclopedia of Materials & Techniques in Art, 1 vol., 2008

    The Grove Encyclopedia of Classical Art & Architecture, 2 vols., 2007

    The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts, 2 vols., 2006
  • Selected Presentations

    Selected Presentations

    Click here to listen to an interview with Christine Kuan by Praxis Interview Magazine on Yale Radio.

    Buying Art Online Colloquium, New York University, New York, 2013

    Disrupting Discovery, Museums and the Web, Portland, 2012

    Maximum Museum: Digital Images, Licensing, and the Future of Museums, American Association of Museums, Minneapolis, 2012

    What is Forever? Archiving Exhibitions in the Digital Age, Museum Computer Network, Atlanta, 2011

    DAM(S) the Torpedoes, Full Speed Ahead: Digital Asset Management Systems and the Museums of Tomorrow, American Association of Museums, Houston, 2011

    Transforming Publishing Practices in the Arts, Visual Resources Association + Art Libraries Society of North America, Minneapolis, 2011

    Double Exposure: Photography as Art and Documentation, College Art Association, New York, 2011

    Digital Tools for Museum Educators Summit, George Mason University, Fairfax, 2010

    Searching Cultural Collections: New Research and Methods, Museum Computer Network, Austin, 2010

    Public Art Network Focus Group, Baltimore, 2010

    ARTstor Digital Library: A Global Network for Promoting Local Collections, Museum Computer Network, Taipei, 2010

    Erosion or Evolution? Scholarly Art Publishing in the Digital Age, College Art Association, Chicago, 2010

    Photo Archives and the Photographic Memory of Art History, Courtauld Institute of Art, London, 2009

    Photography: Local Collections, Global Impact, Ohio Museums Association, Akron, 2009

    Museum Publishing: Opportunities and Pitfalls, Print and Electronic Media, Art Museum Partnership, Director’s Forum, New Museum, New York, 2008

    Melting Pot or Bouillabaisse: The Aggregation Dilemma, Visual Resources Association, Kansas City, 2007

    Art History Underground: Careers in Art History, Columbia University Cable TV, New York, 2006

    Art History and the Digital World, Getty Museum, Los Angeles, 2006

    Mission and Metamorphosis: Changing Approaches to Sharing Images and Information Online, Visual Resources Association, Baltimore, 2006

    Copyright: Cutting Edge or Bleeding Edge—Where Do We Stand? College Art Association, Boston, 2006

    Between 0 and 1: Digital Rights and the Future of Art Images Online, College Art Association, Atlanta, 2005

    Developing Online Visual Arts Resources, Art Libraries Society of UK and Ireland, Oxford, 2004

    Building Bridges Between Online Art Information Resources, Art Libraries Society of North America, New York, 2004

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