Announcing the 2018 Global Fine Art Awards Nominees
The GFAA Salon | Talks & Exhibitors
This full afternoon of curated salon presentations is the next evolution of the GFAA educational panels that took place in March, hosted by K&L Gates LLP. These salon talks will feature stories and perspectives of art – providing the audience an “insider’s” glimpse into some of the most interesting topics in the world of art.
The afternoon will consist of a series of salon talks, with art-world luminaries sharing some of their personal knowledge and adventures, all live streamed on the GFAA facebook page –
1:00 pm | meet and mingle
2:00 pm | Jennifer Francis, one of the most experienced international museum marketing professionals, will share some of her stories about the recent opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi- and how it compares to some of her previous roles at such prestigious museums as the Victoria and Albert, Royal Academy of Arts in London and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
2:30 pm | James McAndrew, former Head of The United States Department of Homeland Security’s International Art and Antiquity Theft Investigations Program and Creator of The Modern Era Monuments Men (and Women) will discuss how he led the global pursuit of international criminals and recapture of some of the world’s most valuable treasures.
3:00 pm | mini-break
3:30 pm | Leila Heller, one of the most respected art dealers in the Middle East and New York, will highlight some personal stories of her involvement with international artists, innovative curatorial and educational programs that create a dialogue between Western and Middle Eastern artists and collectors.
4:00 pm | Eli Klein, the New York-based Gallerist and leading dealer of Chinese contemporary art outside of China, will talk about investing in the future of Chinese artists through exhibitions, the loan of artwork to museums, and publishing catalogues.
4:30 pm | Heather MacDonald, who received her PhD in Art History from the University of California, Berkeley, is a senior program officer at the Getty Foundation, where she is responsible for grant-making related to advancing museum-based scholarship and education, including the Getty Foundation’s grants for Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA. She will illuminate the development of this far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. This initiative, comprised over 70 different programs and exhibitions, was led by the Getty and Pacific Standard Time.
5:00 pm | The Nomination Announcement Live Streaming
The evening will commence with the live-streaming official public announcement of the 2018 GFAA Nominees, which will be co-hosted by Jennifer Francis, GFAA Marketing Committee Chair, and GFAA Founder and President Judy Holm; and presented by Betsie Piussan, GFAA Nominating Committee Chair and Peter Trippi, Editor in Chief of Fine Art Connoisseur magazine, GFAA Executive Committee member and past Judge.
Our guests will be the first in the world to learn which exhibitions and installations from around the world are in the running for the 5th Annual GFAA Awards. The research is completed, the Nominating Committee has presented the slate to the Judges, and the Judges will now officially acknowledge this year’s Nominees. Last year, after a formal review of more than 2,000 potential Nominees, 85 Nominees were selected from 28 countries across 6 continents. We anticipate an equally diverse and elite group of Nominees this year.
5:30 – 8:00 pm | The Silent Auction & Cocktail Party
Meet and mingle with previous Nominees and celebrate our new Nominees! Guests will enjoy an open bar and sumptuous hors d’oeuvres provided by the National Arts Club, while bidding on exciting silent auction lots. Help support the future of GFAA and bid on these packages, which range from art work to lifestyle experiences.
Throughout the day and evening, corporate sponsors and institutional partners will exhibit their products and services, allowing our guests to learn more about their businesses. This open forum for networking will offer invaluable connections to prospective collaboration and provides the opportunity for educational learning.
BIOS | Presenters and Moderators
Judy Holm, GFAA Founder and President
Ms. Holm is the President of the GFAA program which she founded five years ago. Her background includes twenty-five years of experience in arts and culture, direction of more than 60 art installations and 600 cultural events throughout the United States and Europe with a career spanning fine art, opera, symphony, ballet, literature and film.
Andrew Nicolls, GFAA Executive Committee and PR Director
Co-Founder and CEO of Copperfield Advisory, Mr. Nicolls previously served as a strategic communications advisor to several financial services organizations working out of London, New York, Hong Kong, Paris, and Limassol. His clients have included, KKR, State Street, JP Morgan, Accor, Thomson Reuters and Sir Robert McAlpine.
Betsie Piussan, GFAA Executive Committee and Nominating Committee Chair
Ms. Piussan received a B.S. Degree from Stanford University, in social sciences and a concentration in French. She also studied at l’Université de Paris and l’Ecole du Louvre. She completed her MBA at NYU Graduate School of Business and worked for nine years at Republic National Bank of New York, specializing in international lending.
Peter Trippi, GFAA Executive Committee and Judge Emeritus
Mr. Trippi is Editor-in-Chief of Fine Art Connoisseur, the bimonthly magazine that serves collectors of historical and contemporary representational painting, sculpture, drawings, and prints. He holds a MA from New York University in Visual Arts Administration, as well as a MA in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London.
Thank you to our generous Sponsors and Partners
Lead Sponsor, Crowell & Moring LLP
Copperfield Advisory, DSL Collection, Leila Heller Gallery, Ironhorse Vineyards, Eli Klein Gallery, K&L Gates LLP, Liberty International Underwriters, a member of Liberty Mutual Insurance, Masterpiece Fair, National Arts Club, SRI Fine Art Services , Diane Tuft, Vastari, The William Vale, Wiggin and Dana LLP
Program design: Baki Mumkaya | Invitation Design: Jenna Agres
What Happens Next?
This year’s nominations will culminate in the Award Ceremony, when the winners are crowned – to take place on Tuesday March 12, 2019 at the elegant and historic Harold Pratt Mansion in New York. The 4th Annual Award Ceremony and Gala, accompanied by educational panels in the morning hosted by law firm K&L Gates LLP, and an official after-party hosted by the GFAA Young Visionary Committee. The events were attended by more than 50 Nominees and art-world VIPs for a complete day and night of celebration of the best curated art in the world.
These events are open to the public, and tickets are available online now. Please contact us for more information and sponsorship opportunities.
Co-Host Jennifer Francis, GFAA Marketing Committee Chair
Co-Host Judy Holm, GFAA President and CEO
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