Leadership and Marketing Team
GFAA Research Committee
GFAA Nominating Committee
BIOs – Team and Committees
In addition to lifelong education in art history and passion for art, Judy Holm has been immersed in the world of art fairs, biennials, galleries and museums for decades.
Ms. Holm’s 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. She has classical training and education in art, opera, symphony, ballet, literature and film.
Recent highlights include developing strategic partnerships in Art Basel (Switzerland) for a large media client, and corporate and private client events during Art Basel Miami Beach for the past seven years including the Biltmore Hotel. She developed an “Art Concierge” business in Venice, Italy for the Biennale 2011, and continues to consult with private and corporate art clients internationally. She served as Vice-Chair for the Miami Beach Chamber’s Arts and Culture Council from 2011 to 2014, and for three years wrote a bi-weekly column “Arts and Culture (PRE)View – (RE)View.
For fifteen years, Ms. Holm created programs and client events integrating art, culture and education for blue-chip financial companies- Wells Fargo, Fidelity Investments, Charles Schwab and Citibank.
A public relations and social media professional, she has an international network and media reach of over 1,000 targeted journalists and influencers in mainstream news, cultural publications and social media.
A native of San Francisco, currently residing in New York City, she has also worked in Miami, Paris and Venice. Ms. Holm received bachelor’s degrees with honors in Economics and French Literature from U.C. Berkeley, and an MBA from l’Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Paris (ESCP).
Peter Trippi, GFAA Advisory Board and Judge Emeritus
Peter 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 is also president of Projects in 19th-century Art, Inc., the firm he established to pursue a range of research, writing, and curating opportunities.
Trippi 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.
As director of New York’s Dahesh Museum of Art, Trippi guided its renovation of the former IBM Gallery and presentation of nine exhibitions of 19th-century European art. In 2002, Phaidon Press published Trippi’s 250-page monograph J W Waterhouse, which reassesses the Victorian painter and Royal Academician best known for his Lady of Shalott at Tate Britain. Trippi went on to guest-curate the Waterhouse retrospective that appeared at the Groninger Museum in the Netherlands, London’s Royal Academy of Arts, and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
He is now co-curating a touring exhibition about the Victorian painter Lawrence Alma-Tadema, which opened in 2016 at the Fries Museum, in the artist’s Dutch native city, Leeuwarden and is traveling to several additional venues, including the Leighton House in London in summer 2017.
In 2013, Trippi completed a two-year term as president of the nonprofit organization Historians of British Art, and then became president of the Association of Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art.
In his tenure he has had extensive exposure to numerous exhibitions in the US and around the world which have informed his critical thinking on exhibition development.
Carolyn Cruz, GFAA Public Relations and Art Liaison, Europe
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.
Stefano Rabolli Pansera, GFAA Advisory Board and Art Liaison Committee
Stefano Rabolli Pansera, Senior Director at Hauser and Wirth Gallery in London, is an Italian architect and curator. He studied at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, graduating with Honours in 2005.
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).
Rabolli Pansera co-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 Pansera is currently developing Mediter-Radio, a digital pop-up radio station that reveals and connects a network of 1037 museums along the Mediterranean coastline.
Salwa Mikdadi, GFAA Advisory Board and Art Liaison
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-May 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
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.
Originally from Guatemala, now based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Danny Gonzalez is Owner of Datasys, a Marketing Consultancy company.
With more than 20 years of experience, his marketing and consulting skills are focused on business processes, database development, internet and social media tools and solutions. Gonzalez works across multiple industries including travel, health and wellness, telecommunications, non-profits and the Government.
He also teaches web development at the Palm Beach Code School, and and works pro bono as Marketing Director for the non-profit, Speaking Hands.
Gonzalez holds a BA in Construction Engineering Technology from the University of Arkansas. He began his experience with web development at the University of Arkansas where he developed an internet interactive map of his birth country, which became part of Microsoft’s former Encarta Encyclopedia as the cultural web-source for Guatemala.
A former ranked tennis player in both collegiate and professional circuits, Gonzalez is also fluent in four languages- Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and English.
Renee Farina holds a Master’s degree in History of Art and History of the Art Market; Modern and Contemporary Art from Christie’s.
She received her BA in History of Art focusing on Roman History and Italian Medieval and Renaissance Art from Indiana University, Bloomington. Ms. Farina presented her Thesis on Botticelli’s Mystic Nativity and competed for an academic scholarship (Menz Award).
In Christie’s Wine Department, she was involved in sales, warehouse inventory, photography for catalogues, phone bidding, and wine connoisseurship. She completed three major projects: South and Central American Market Research, International Price Analysis, Proposal for Sales. Ms. Farina also worked in Christie’s Old Masters Department, where she worked on cataloguing, condition reports, research, photography, catalogue essay writing and inventory.
She is trilingual: Italian, Spanish and English. While at Christie’s, she translated manuscripts, served as a translator with Italian and Spanish speaker clients, translated simultaneously during meetings, and assisted with multi-lingual phone calls during auctions.
Her background also includes gallery experience; she managed the Ca D’Oro Gallery in Miami; responsibilities including installations in NYC and Miami, exhibition curation, art fair organization and logistics. In 2014, she opened Gallery Farina in Wynwood, which she recently sold.
A native of New York, Betsie Piussan received a B.S. Degree from Stanford University, Stanford, CA in social sciences and second 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. After graduating, she worked for nine years at Republic National Bank of New York, specializing in international lending.
Mrs. Piussan subsequently founded her interior design firm, Bremer Designs, after earning a Design Certificate from New York School of Interior Design. She specializes in renovations in NYC, Westchester, Connecticut and The Hamptons.
A long-time resident of Manhattan, Mrs. Piussan currently resides in Miami Beach with her French husband and children.
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).
Artistic producer, enthusiast and social media aficionado, Hogan Fritz lives in New York City where he attends Marymount Manhattan College, pursuing his Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with a minor in Journalism.
From Portland, Oregon, he attended Arts and Communication Magnet Academy focusing on Theatre and Moving Image Arts.
Aside from his studies, he works professionally in theatre and film and has been awarded several accolades including Finalist at the International Youth Silent Film Festival and the ACMY Theatre Awards. He currently works during the summer at the Columbia Gorge School of Theatre located at Lewis and Clark College in Portland where he is the Lead Social Media Coordinator and a Camp Counselor. Hogan’s world revolves around the arts and he takes pride in his passion for the universal appreciation and strive for a global artistic connection.
Hogan’s brother Truman created and produced most of the music for the GFAA Finalist videos. Truman Fritz is a music producer in the Portland, Oregon area. His music was featured in the awards trailers with such tracks as “assassination.wav”, “reverse.wav”, and more. SoundCloud under his DJ alias HExEN.
Brazilian native Felipe Gehrke is a Marketing Analyst with international experience in the creative and marketing world across three continents.
Felipe received a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design from the Catholic University in Rio de Janeiro in 2009 and has worked as a creative and marketing analyst since then, with experiences at Coca-Cola, Sapient Nitro Miami and Ogilvy Paris.
His most recent academic achievement was graduating from Miami Ad School at the end of 2013 as an Art Director, a two-year program which was based in Miami with practical training and studying abroad.
Felipe is the winner of the 2015 GFAA new logo global contest, and has contributed significantly to the rebranding initiatives of the GFAA program.
Jenna Agres is a student at the University of Florida, pursuing a degree in Graphic Design. She is a recent graduate of Miami’s DASH, Design and Architecture Senior High.
Aspiring to incorporate her passion for design in a future career, joining the Global Fine Art Awards team as the Graphic Design Intern for over two years has been a very beneficial and rewarding experience.
Jenna enjoys the process of ideas, as well as incorporating a strong layout, aesthetically pleasing color scheme, and trending typography in her work.
Aside from design, Jenna loves experimenting with new media and techniques, such as darkroom photography, India ink, and book binding.
Nicole is currently studying the History of Art at St. Andrews University in Scotland. She is Ukranian, and was raised in Greece. She is actively pursuing art, writing, dancing, and other cultural interests in addition to her art history studies.
Nicole is a journalist for the University newspaper, a campus tour volunteer, and has volunteered for numerous fashion and art events and nonprofits in Scotland and England.