Erica Barrish has a diverse background working with many institutions from the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum to the Guggenheim. She was an independent fine art appraiser working globally with individuals, corporations and non-profits. Barrish served as Associate Specialist Assistant Vice President, Fine Arts Generalist of Christie’s Interiors department. and is an active member of the American Society of Appraisers. She earned a Masters degree in Art History from Hunter College. With offices based in Chicago and New York, her most valuable activity is in spending time with her husband, and greatest work of art, baby son Gideon.
Susanne Birbragher was born in Bogotá, Colombia, and has traveled the world developing her expertise in many areas related to the Art World. She is both a graduate of Brown University Computer Science and Rhode Island School of Design in Graphic Design. She is the Co-Founder & CEO of ArtNexus.com, an award winning site that follows Art Nexus Magazine, for which she is the Associate Publisher. Susanne acts as a liaison between corporations and leading art events such as Art Basel Miami Beach, for which she co-Chairs the Junior Host Committee.
Melissa Chaykin, President of Melissa Chaykin Consulting, Inc., has over twenty years of fund-raising experience for not-for-profit organizations. She has worked for the internationally-acclaimed Miami City Ballet Company, regional theatre companies, and Mount Sinai Medical Center of Greater Miami. Her work takes her from Miami; to Blowing Rock, North Carolina; Moscow; and Soweto. Her expertise lies in strategic planning, major-gifts fund-raising, and capital campaigns. With a Bachelor of Arts in English from Albion College, and a Master of Arts in Community Arts Management from the University of Illinois, she finds that her most important and rewarding project so far is raising her beautiful daughter, Sydney.
Philippe Dutilleul-Francoeur is a prominent French attorney living in central Paris and co-director of a master of risk management curriculum at University Paris X Nanterre. He specialises in business law and art law. He currently represents many international artists, galleries and collectors; and he serves on many art advisory boards in France and elsewhere. Being also an active collector for many years, Philippe has perfect knowledge and expertise of the art world, traveling the globe many times a year in pursuit of emerging artists and genres.
"I have no talent to be an artist. Therefore, I am a collector and art lover," says Philippe about his passion for art!
Dr. Jeff Gelblum, is a leading neurologist with a busy private practice. He is a collector of Modernism, and has served on the host committees for the Miami Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), as well as Art Basel Miami Beach. With a background also in journalism, he is fluent in French, English, and Spanish and enjoys writing in spare moments. His leisure time is dedicated to attending regional and international art fairs; and traveling with his children.
He enjoys sharing his home and art with friends, family, and fellow collectors; and has initiated the memorable "Salon Shabbaton" -- Friday evening dinners dedicated to art and politics – but rarely religion!
Aviva Itzkowitz began an art career at Christie's in the 1990's and is active in art appraisals and art business development, ever since. She helped $200 million of American Art sales and the establishment of world auction records for over fifty artists.
Aviva has served as assistant curator in the Books & Manuscripts Department at the Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, and in sales and public relations at Calvin Klein Inc. She earned a B. A. Magna cum Laude in Art History from Yeshiva University. Aviva lives and breathes American Art! This passion carries over into many aspects of life, as evidenced by the name of her miniature dachshund, Homer (as in Winslow Homer).
Anthony Japour M.D., post-graduate trained and former assistant professor at Harvard in infectious disease, previously spearheaded Abbott Laboratory's development of a blockbuster AIDS drug. During studies in Boston, while living near the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts, he developed an interest in the visual arts. Cultivation of the "arteye" came through first hand viewing of Impressionists; as well as reading exhibition catalogs and artists books. In his words, " I found art a wonderful way of diverting my attention from the rigors of the day." Now, he focuses on collecting Chinese contemporary art; and enjoys teaching, political involvement, and philanthropy.
Gilles Moser, Director of Strategic Consumer Insights at Procter & Gamble France, guides top leaders of one of the most admired company worldwide in making the right day-to-day and long term strategic decisions to grow billions of dollars of brand business. He is an industry-wide recognized marketing expert in company image building and efficient advertising. He is also a fine art collector, like his parents, who own the Galerie Charlotte Moser and discovered at their debut many of the today’s well known artists. He enjoys living in Paris with his wife and two kids; talking art with his best friends; and bringing new collectors to the exciting art world.
Yves Roucaute is full professor at Paris-Nanterre Law School, living in Paris and Sao Paulo. A French philosopher and writer, he achieved two “aggregations” (competitive examinations) in Philosophy and Political Science. Former Director of TV channel « France 3 »; owner of the newspaper “Le Bavar” (Saint Tropez area). He collects and advises on contemporary art and is a global expert on crises of modernity and postmodernity. He is managing director of the review “Cahiers de la Sécurité”; President of the Scientific Council of the “Institut National des Hautes Etudes de Sécurité et de Justice” (Prime Minister's administration); Director of the Master of “Risk Management” at Paris-Nanterre.
Cricket Taplin, owner of the world-famous Sagamore Hotel, has been involved in fine arts for 25 years. Promoting such renowned artists as Massimo Vitali, Yoko Ono, Spencer Tunick, Olaf Breuning, Elliott Erwitt and Roxy Paine. She personally curated “The Stairwell Project” – six artists, six floors and one huge collaborative mural. Maintaining affiliations with Art Table, the New World School of the Arts, and the Funding Arts Network. She is founding board member of Arts for Learning and has served on the Bass Museum and Miami MOCA. She enjoys sharing her hotel, homes, and office buildings with art lovers everywhere, culminating in the annual "Sagamore Brunch" during the Art Basel/Miami fair.