Ray Beldner, Director
Ray has worked in art education and marketing for the last 20 years with the goal of inspiring people to create, value, and support the visual arts. As an artist, he has exhibited in more than 15 solo shows and over 100 group exhibitions, both nationally and internationally, and his artwork can be found in numerous public and private collections including the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and the Federal Reserve Board, Washington DC; the Saks Fifth Ave Collection, New York; and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, among many others. At several Bay Area colleges and universities, he taught courses in sculpture and installation art, conceptual art, and professional practices for artists. Ray is also a fine art appraiser and art collection manager and advisor.
FRAMEWORK, PR/Media Inquiries
FRAMEWORK is a San Francisco-based boutique agency specializing in PR, strategic communications, marketing, creative content and events. The company serves clients engaged in the arts, culture and creative brand initiatives including: galleries, art fairs, individual artists, cultural nonprofits and lifestyle brands.
With a passion for contemporary culture, the agency stays current on cutting-edge marketing practices and works to continually grow a vibrant network of industry leaders, influencers and media that they call upon to bring awareness to FRAMEWORK clients and their projects.
For press releases, advertising, and interview requests, contact: email@example.com
Shannon Kaye, Business Development Director
A natural entrepreneur, Shannon has run creative businesses for most of her career. From starting a decorative home services company, to hosting and producing television and video series for national channels and brands, and creating a line of home furnishings. Shannon exhibits her paintings locally. Her artwork and advice have been featured in Esquire, Elle Décor, Dr. Oz’s Good Life, and Sunset magazines. Her work has been commissioned by Carlos Santana’s Universal Tone Management and highlighted in a documentary for South Korean Broadcasting about low-tech artists who thrive in high-tech environments.
To learn more about becoming a sponsor with stARTup or creating a program that’s unique to your brand, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Josefin Lundahl, Art Advisor & Curator
Josefin is a Swedish art historian with years of experience in the European and American art markets, art education, curation, advising and consulting. After receiving her MA in Art History, while working in the educational sector, she independently ran a gallery project with the mission of providing emerging artists a space to exhibit and start their careers. In stARTup, she found the same passion and vision of what art can and should be, and she is very excited to have joined the team.
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Mica England, Content Curator / General Admin
Mica graduated from Academy of Art University in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography. She was ranked in the top 5 among photography undergraduates and acted as BFA Photography Student Representative her last 3 semesters. Her work has been featured in several juried shows, including Academy of Art’s Spring Show in both Fine Art Book Arts and Photography. She is now focused on documenting her mother’s experiences with stage 4 breast cancer thru my mother is dying, an ongoing series that was selected for AAU’s coveted portfolio review, and chronicling mental health, stigma, and recovery on Instagram thru The Recovery Archive. She is a founding member of temporary collective, a female photography collective.
For social media, artist pages, and other online content inquiries, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Paige Strockis, curatorial Intern
Paige is an undergraduate at University of California, Berkeley studying Art History, Political Economics, and Chinese language. She has worked on a number of student-run productions building stage sets, managing social media, and creating cover art for music production projects. On campus, she represents and fundraises for Bare Fashion Magazine and Superb Entertainment Movie Productions. This summer Paige looks forward to working for international art communes in Beijing and Shanghai, China, as she has in past summers. Paige loves to apply and develop her creative skills wherever and whenever possible. She is so happy to be contributing and learning with the Curatorial and Advisory team.
stARTup Art Fair appreciates the support of an impressive and ever-evolving Advisory Council
2018-2019 ADVISORY COUNCIL
Adrienne Arieff Marketing Communications Leader
Inna Didenko Director Art Acacia gallery and advisory
Katharine Earhart Principal, Alesco Advisors, LLC
Shawn Flynn Senior Business Development Manager Techcode
Derek Kennedy Senior Partner & Managing Dir., Boston Consulting
Nancy Madynski Founder, Design Barre
Laura Nagle Christie's, San Francisco
Megan Opel Consultant and Entrepreneur, CartyMac Consulting
Adam O’Donnell Art Collector, Principal Engineer, Cisco
Jennifer Perlmutter Artist, Owner, Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery
PAST ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBERS
Peter Frank Curator, Art Critic, Associate Editor of Fabrik Magazine, Los Angeles
Sherry Frumkin Director, Santa Monica Art Studios and Arena 1 Gallery
Maria Jenson Founding Director, ArtPadSF Contemporary Art Fair, San Francisco
Cathy Kimball Executive Director, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art
Jeff King President/CEO, Jeff King and Company
Noah Lang Artist and Owner, Electric Works Fine Art Printing
Cara Megan Lewis Associate Director, Rhona Hoffman Gallery
Nona Lim Founder and CEO, Nona Lim
Joen Madonna Executive Director, Art Span
Michelle Mansour Artist, Executive Director, Root Division
Heather Marx Principal, Heather Marx Art Advisory
Monique Meloche Owner, Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago
Adam O’Donnell Principal Engineer, Cisco
Susan O’Malley Artist and Independent Curator
Jennifer Perlmutter Artist, Owner, Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery
Alex Ray Art Consultant, Five Senses Art Consultancy
Annie Seaton Artist and Former Director, LA Leica Gallery
Bettina Stiewe Founder, Upstart Modern Art Consultancy
Claudia Truesdell Makers 4 Good
Howard Tullman CEO, 1871; member of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Cultural Affairs Council
David Wallach CEO, Wally Walls
Edward Winkleman Winkleman Gallery, Co-Founder, Moving Image Art Fair, New York
Blair Winn Director for Institutional Advancement at The Exploratorium