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GFAA Art Liaison Committee
Ekaterina Luki, GFAA Art Liaison Committee Chair
Holly Baxter, West Coast USA
Jennifer Bishop, Middle East
Carolyn Cruz, Europe
Patricia Lannes, Latin America
Ann Lydecker Bunge, New York
Salwa Mikdadi, Middle East
Desiree Moore, North America
Gina Quan, Asia and Australia
Stefano Rabolli Pansera, Africa
Ekaterina Luki, GFAA Executive Committee and Art Liaison Committee Chair
Originally from Odessa in the Ukraine, Ekaterina Luki currently resides in London, after living for many years in New York.
Ms. Luki studied Modern and Contemporary Art with Christies in London. She also studied Interior Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Mechnikov in Odessa.
She has a deep arts background with over fifteen years of experience of the global art market, as both program producer and curator. In addition to independent projects working with artists and cultural organizations throughout Europe, Ekaterina is the Eastern Europe Director at Beyond Entropy. The company was founded by GFAA Advisory Board member, and Art Liaison Stefano Rabolli Pansera in 2009 as a collaborative practice operating public-private partnerships globally. Entropy Ltd operates at the intersection between art, architecture, and geopolitics focusing on the notion of energy influencing form. Projects vary from art installations, to architectural master-planning, to public relations.
Holly Baxter, GFAA Executive Committee and Art Liaison Committee
Holly Baxter has over 12 years of experience in the fine art industry and 10 years business development experience in the technology industry. Her firm, Holly Baxter & Associates provides independent curatorial and comprehensive art advisory services for individuals, corporate and institutional collectors.
Her expertise ranges from emerging contemporary art to modern masters, specializing in art that is intellectually and conceptually bold as well as technically accomplished.
Since 2001 Holly Baxter has assisted both seasoned and emerging private collectors and corporations in forming sophisticated collections of modern and contemporary artwork across all mediums from emerging and established artists in both the primary and secondary art markets.
Ms. Baxter was also recently appointed as Chief Curator, Human Rights Foundation
Previously, Ms. Baxter created, launched and directed RH Contemporary Art (RHCA), the fine art division of luxury home furnishings corporation Restoration Hardware (NYSE: RH), dedicated to bringing international artists to a global audience, showcasing their work on both an innovative web-based platform and in a 28,000 square foot gallery in New York City, and fostering their talent through an elite artist residency program.
She worked in tandem with CEO to establish concept of fine art division of company, creating a unique business model to reach RH customers, art collectors and institutions. In her tenure at RHCA, Ms. Baxter developed a platform to support international emerging artists with exhibitions, residency programs, artist documentaries, limited edition prints, art journals and artist publications; was responsible for running the complex logistical, staff and marketing operations of RHCA. She managed an international team of 37 fine art professionals and operational staff both in the United States and abroad, assembled team of highly respected international curators to recommend and facilitate artists engaging in the program.
Jennifer Bishop, GFAA Advisory Board and Art Liaison Committee
Having worked with leading galleries, auction houses and museums, Jennifer has a strong knowledge of the global art market and first-hand experience in an emerging market.
Most recently she led a diverse team in establishing the Acquisition Office for Qatar Museums advising on market history, collection strategy, and the responsible sourcing of objects. During her tenure, she facilitated acquisitions across twenty collecting categories and two active museums – one of the most ambitious cultural programs and one of the largest acquisition funds.
She contributed to Qatar Museums’ collection care and management policy in addition to working closely with museum registration teams, conservation teams and curatorial staff to make collections more relevant to research, conservation action and learning worldwide.
An avid museum visitor and extensive traveler, Jennifer appreciates the challenges of presenting exhibitions for a diverse global audience. She values discovering new perspectives through exploring cultural differences and finding shared commonalities through examining and re-examining the history of art.
Since graduating from the University of Texas, Austin with a double major in Art History and English, she has worked in New York City with Merton Simpson Gallery, Joan B. Mirviss Ltd., and Christie’s Impression and Modern Art Department. Jennifer currently resides in Doha, Qatar.
Carolyn Cruz, GFAA Art Liaison Committee
Carolyn Cruz is an integrated marketing professional with over 20 years of experience managing global corporate brands for industry leaders including Gap, Apple, Bank of America and Sun Microsystems.
Her background in advertising and brand marketing includes both client and agency-side roles. She has extensive expertise in developing and producing national and global on-line and print advertising campaigns, in store materials, as well as managing global events. Carolyn has much experience managing both creative and media agencies.
Her career has taken her from San Francisco to NYC, and she now lives in London where she pursues her passion of arts and culture.
Carolyn speaks Spanish fluently and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Communication Studies and Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Patricia Lannes has worked in the fields of visual literacy and museum education for over 20 years. She is the Founder and Project Director of CALTA21 (Cultures and Literacies through Art for the 21st Century), a model initiative funded by a National Leadership grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. As Project Director, she leads all aspects of the initiative from conception to completion. CALTA21 invites adult immigrants and their families to use works of art and museums to break language barriers and build academic, social, and cultural capital.
Prior to her work as Project Director of CALTA21, she was Director of Education at the Nassau County Museum of Art, and worked as an independent consultant to museums, NY school districts, institutions of higher education, and private arts organizations.
A native of Uruguay, she is the Chairperson of the Latino Network, a professional interest committee of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM).
Ann Lydecker Bunge is Senior Vice President at Collectrium, the leading technology platform for tangible asset management, owned by Christie’s. She advises internationally on collection management innovations and best practices, has extensive knowledge of the global art and collectibles markets. Ann works closely with family offices, private banks, trusts and estates attorneys, insurance providers, artist’s estates and cultural institutions.
Prior to Collectrium, she was Vice President at a UK Based international art advisory and appraisal firm, was Director of Worldwide Sales for two world class fine art storage and logistics companies owned by a top Private Equity Fund. She founded Metropolitan Art Advisors, launched artnet online auctions and helped launch three successful startups in Silicon Valley.
She received a B.A. from Simmons College in French and Art History, and Masters in Arts Administration from New York University.
Ann is on the Board of Advisors for Artists Talk on Art. She is a founding member of the Whitney Museum of American Art, a member of MoMA, ArtTable, Appraisers Association of America, The University Club and the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art.
Salwa Mikdadi, Associate Professor, Practice of Art History, NYU Abu Dhabi, specializes in the history of modern and contemporary art of the Arab world. Prior to joining the NYUAD, Mikdadi worked at Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority where she established the professional development program for museum professionals including a customized executive program (2012 – 2014) and was a lecturer at the Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi in the postgraduate program – History of Art and Museum Studies (2010-2014).
Mikdadi was the Executive Director of the Arts and Culture Program at the Emirates Foundation in Abu Dhabi (2009-2012). She wrote the reference guide on the history of the twentieth-century art of West Asia, North Africa and Egypt for the Metropolitan Museum of Art Timeline web pages and is the editor and co-editors of several publications on the subject. She conducted research in Jordan, the West Bank, UAE, Syria and Lebanon on the governance and management of museums and art institutions. Mikdadi curated several exhibitions including the first Palestinian collateral exhibition at the Venice Biennial in 2009.
She was the co-founder and director of the Cultural & Visual Arts Resource/ICWA, a non-for-profit organization dedicated to the study and exhibit of art of the Arab world in the United States (1988-2006). Mikdadi is a founding board member of the Association of Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab world, Iran and Turkey. She received her B.A. from the American University of Beirut; and M.A. from J. F. Kennedy University
Desiree F. Moore, GFAA Advisory Board and Art Liaison Committee
Desiree F. Moore is a partner in the Chicago office of the international law firm K&L Gates LLP. Ms. Moore is commercial litigator, with a focus on Intellectual Property, Social Media, and Art Law related matters. Ms. Moore is the founder and co-chair of the firm’s Social Media and the Law practice group, as well as the firm’s Middle East Art Law representative.
Ms. Moore has successfully represented visual artists, major Hollywood producers, international media conglomerates, theater/dance companies, and other creative industry clients, both in pre-dispute counseling and in active litigation in state and federal courts across the United States. Ms. Moore regularly writes and lectures on various legal topics, including social media and the law and the intersection of art and law.
Ms. Moore is the author of the American Bar Association bestselling book, Thrive – A New Lawyer’s Guide to Law Firm Practice. She is also an adjunct professor of practical skills training at Loyola University Chicago School of Law and has lectured at law schools throughout the United States and Qatar on best litigation practices, legal writing, and other practitioner skills.
Ms. Moore is actively involved in the Chicago and Doha offices’ Women in the Profession group and spearheads the Women’s Mastermind program, which supports the business development goals of women associates and partners.
Ms. Moore graduated from the University of California San Diego magna cum laude with a major in Psychology and a minor in Theater/Dance. In law school, Ms. Moore was the Conference Editor of the Loyola Law Journal, the Student Bar Association President, an academic tutor, and the Joan Marie Corboy Scholarship Recipient (2005). Ms. Moore speaks conversational Italian and Spanish.
Gina Quan, GFAA Advisory Board and Art Liaison Committee
Gina Quan is a passionate art collector and the Asian Director for Gerber Stauffer Fine Arts, the Zurich-based fine art advisory firm serving collectors and institutions on collection strategy and private sales of Modern and established contemporary art.With a formal academic and professional background in the investment banking and business sector in the UK, Gina developed passion for fine art as a young collector of artworks by both emerging and established contemporary artists, and further attended courses on Art History at Courtauld Institute of Art, London.
Born in China, Gina was educated and lived for 15 years in the UK, Gina now lives and works between China, Switzerland and the UK. She closely engages with art collectors on consulting, collection strategies, acquisitions and private sale mandates, while maintaining an international network of gallerists, curators and institution professionals from Asia, Europe and the US.
Gina holds BSc in Investment Banking from University of Reading and MSc in Investment Management from CASS Business School, City University of London, UK.
Stefano Rabolli Pansera, GFAA Executive Committee and Art Liaison Committee
Stefano Rabolli Pansera is an Italian architect and curator. He studied at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, graduating with Honours in 2005.
Mr. Rabolli Pansera is a Director at Hauser & Wirth in London.
After working at Herzog & de Meuron between 2005 and 2007, Rabolli Pansera returned to the Architectural Association to teach. He has lectured in Cagliari, Cambridge, Naples, Wuhan, Seoul, Rejkyavik and Madrid.
In 2010, Rabolli Pansera founded Beyond Entropy Ltd., a London-based not-for-profit company operating internationally at the threshold of art, architecture and geopolitics. In 2012 and 2013, he directed the Museum of Contemporary Art of Calasetta and initiated, designed and directed the Mangiabarche Gallery in Sardinia.
Beyond Entropy Africa produced “Ilha de Sao Jorge”, an itinerant video exhibition that has shown in Venice (Fondazione Giorgio Cini), Lisbon (Hangar), Milan (Hangar Bicocca) and London (ICA). It is also developing “From Hands to Mind”, a research on the new forms of Design in Portuguese speaking countries in Africa, commissioned by Experimenta in Lisbon and exhibited in XXI Triennale in Milan.
Alongside Paula Nascimento, Rabolli Pansera curated the first Angola Pavilion at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, and the Angola Pavilion at the 55th International Arts Exposition – La Biennale di Venezia, a project that won the Golden Lion for Best National Participation.
With Jonida Turani, Rabolli Pansera curated “Potential Monuments of Unrealized Futures”, the Albanian Pavilion at the 56th International Art Exposition – La Biennale di Venezia in 2014 and the Architectural Association in London in 2015.
An Aspen Junior Fellow since 2011, Rabolli Pansera is also an official member of The Council for the United States and Italy.
Rabolli Panserra is currently developing Mediter-Radio, a digital pop-up radio station that reveals and connects a network of 1037 museums along the Mediterranean coastline.