Panelists: Sean Elwood, Creative Capital; Stephanie Howe, Artists Space; Kay Takeda, LMCC, and Edward Winkleman, Winkleman Gallery with Moderator: Christa Blatchford, NYFA

Description: This panel explores how the recession has impacted the art world from the lens of the commercial gallery, the nonprofit exhibition space, the project funder and local arts council. Each panelist will be sharing their experiences, giving advice for artists and speaking about their thoughts on new directions.

Bios of Panelists:

Sean Elwood, Director of Grants and Services, Creative Capital Foundation

Sean Elwood is the former curator and collection manager of the Seattle Arts Commission, director of special projects at Ronald Feldman Gallery (New York), and manager of the Art Residency Program at the Centrum Foundation (Port Townsend, Washington). He founded SEEDITIONS Art Publishing Company, and co-owned Fuller/Elwood Gallery (Seattle). He is currently vice president/treasurer of the Lower East Side Printshop board, and an advisory board member of Literary Ventures Fund and Distributed Art Publishing Inc. (DAP). Elwood received a Max Beckmann Scholarship at Brooklyn Museum Art School and holds an MA in visual arts from Hunter College.

Stephanie Howe, Director of Administration, Artists Space
Stephanie Howe is the Director of Administration at Artists Space, a not-for-profit exhibition space in New York City. She is a member of The Bubble Collective, a support network for young female artists and arts professionals. Howe received her BFA in Photography from the University of Arizona and her MA in Visual Arts Administration from New York University, where she also worked as a program assistant and currently serves on the alumni council.

Kay Takeda, Director of Grants & Services, LMCC
Kay Takeda joined LMCC in 2005 to design a new roster of downtown-focused cultural grants and to oversee its Manhattan-wide grant programs and artist services. Since that time she has successfully guided the implementation of a 4-year, $5 million Downtown Cultural Grants Initiative, supported by the September 11th Fund, while forging new service partnerships to bring professional resources to LMCC’s constituency. Most recently, she led the division in its renewed focus on professional development programs with the launch of Basic Finance for Artists, a 6-week intensive seminar on personal finance for artists as well as a series of monthly workshops on professional topics for artists and arts groups. 
 
Prior to joining the staff, she served as Program Manager of the Advised Funds and Regranting Programs division at Arts International, where she oversaw national-level grant programs providing support for visual and performing artists working internationally. Her background also includes the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art in Staten Island, New York where she served as Assistant Director of Visual Arts, managing contemporary art exhibitions and public programs as well as a studio program that provided workspace and professional development opportunities for visual artists. She serves on the Board of Directors of Goliath Visual Space and of Trajal Harrell Dance Style.

Edward Winkleman, Owner/Director, Winkleman Gallery
Edward Winkleman is the owner/director of Winkleman Gallery in New York, NY. He began his career in the art world organizing a series of guerilla style exhibitions in New York and London called "hit & run." In 2001 he co-founded Plus Ultra Gallery in the Williamsburg District of Brooklyn. When the gallery moved into Chelsea in 2006, the gallery name changed to reflect a change in ownership. In addition to being the author of an eponymous blog about art and politics (edwardwinkleman.blogspot.com) and a contributing editor for the international online forum Art World Salon, he has a book coming out this summer titled "How to Start and Run a Commercial Art Gallery."

Moderator:

Christa Blatchford, Program Officer, NYFA
Christa Blatchford is a Program Officer, NYFA Learning at the New York Foundation for the Arts. NYFA Learning focuses on providing working artists with business skills and other professional practice experiences through workshops, conferences, and one on one consultations. Most recently she developed and implemented MARK, a six-month statewide professional practice program for NY State artists living outside of NY City. Prior to working with NYFA, she worked has worked with a range of non-profit visual arts organizations including Minetta Brook and Eyebeam. While at Minetta Brook as a Project Manager, she worked on such programs as Watershed: The Hudson Valley Art Project and Robert Smithson’s The Floating Island. A practicing video and installation artist, Ms. Blatchford graduated from Hunter’s MFA program in 2005. Since then she has taught in Hunter’s undergraduate Art Department and shown her work in numerous group shows throughout New England, including most recently a video installation in the Project Space at Artists Space during the Spring 2008.

Organized by the New York Foundation for the Arts, the conferences are made possible by a generous grant from McGraw-Hill. Additional support is provided by the Department of Art and Art Professions, New York University Steinhardt School of Education.

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