San Francisco

April 28-30, 2017


Saturday April 29

1:00pm / Women in Art – What Have They Done?

Moderator: Anna Hygelund, Independent Curator and Art Advisor

With our own fair boasting a 3:1 ratio of female to male exhibitors now is the time to talk about the impact and voice that women have in the art world. In this conversation, we gather dynamic women artists, curators, gallerists, writers, art entrepreneurs to discuss the advantages and challenges each face in their respective roles and how these experiences have shaped their experiences and careers. Panelists include Jennifer Perlmutter, Artist and Owner, Jennifer Perlmutter GalleryAmy Ellingson, Artist and Board Chair, Root Division, Michelle Mansour, Executive Director, Root Division, and Ebony McKinney, Program Officer San Francisco Arts Commission.


2:30pm / Preserving the di Rosa Legacy

How one couple created a haven for artists and art lovers in an unsuspecting landscape. A conversation with Kathryn Reasoner, educator, advisor, and former Executive Director of di Rosa, Michael Schwager, Professor of Art History, Sonoma State University and former di Rosa Curator, and artist Enrique Chagoya, about Rene di Rosa, who was not just an art collector, but a true patron of the arts.

4:00pm / UGallery: The Importance of Art in an Online World

Moderated by Alex Farkas, Co-Founder and Gallery Director,

Join Joen Madonna, Executive Director ArtSpanNancy Toomey, Owner Nancy Toomey Fine ArtKerry Adams-Hapner, Director San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs, and DeWitt Cheng freelance art writer and curator at Stanford Art Spaces, as they discuss how physical artwork is experienced and valued in an increasingly digital world. What changes? What stays the same? This group of leading Bay Area minds discuss the art scene. 


5:30pm  / San Jose ICA: Thinking Big: Conversations on Ambitious Installation Proposals

Moderator:  Patricia Cariño Valdez, Curator and Director of Public Programs, SJICA

This panel discussion examines the elements of a successful large-scale, installation proposal and what it takes to embark on these ambitious projects. The conversation will consider the early steps of brainstorming and creating the proposal to understanding the risks and costs incurred to realize a project. Panelists include Randy Rollison, Executive Director Intersection for the ArtsAmy Ellingson San Francisco-based artist, and Elysa Fenenbock design strategist and Designer-in-Residence at Google.


Sunday, April 30

1:00pm / Time Away: Artist in Residencies

Moderator: Kathryn Ian, Co-founder of the artist collective, ONE + ONE + TWO

Residency programs come in many forms, but they all serve one purpose: for artists to focused and create in a supported environment for a set period time. Join Sharon Spain, Curator and Jamil Hellu, former AIR at RecologyHolly Blake, Residency Manager Headland Center for the ArtsJustin Carder from E.M. Wolfman General Interest Small BookstoreGwendolyn Reyes, Manager of Museum Engagement, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles and Terri Loewenthal of The Chetwood as they discuss the selection process, the concentrated experience at various programs, and resulting bodies of work and career opportunities.

2:30pm / How to Care for your Art Collection

Moderator: Ray BeldnerArt Collection Manager and Director, stARTup Art Fair

From shipping and storing to framing, installation, documentation, cataloguing, museum loans, insurance, restoration, accession and deaccession, industry professionals talk about the work they do to present, protect, move and preserve art for clients, collectors and museums. Panelists include Peter Werkhoven, Founder Aedicule Fine FramingElizabeth StaffordFine Art RestorationAbner Nolan, Artist and Collection Manager, Randi and Bob Fisher Collection, and Thao (Tay) Hoang, Business Development Manager, Chubb Insurance.


4:00pm / Living with Art

Moderator: Alex Ray, Alexandra Ray Art Consultancy

A conversation with collectors, advisors and interior designers about collecting, decorating and living with art. Hear from the professionals who consider art far beyond gallery walls to understanding the effect a piece will have on a space and how we'll interact with it in our most intimate environments. Panelists will be Amber Tillman, Interior Designer amberautumn ID,  Fannie Allen Interior Designer Fannie Allen DesignElizabeth Rabinovitsj, Homeowner and client of Fannie Allen, and Janel Holiday Huff, Senior Designer at Geoffrey DeSousa Interior Design


5:30pm / Currents in the Bay Area Creative Community

Moderator: Samantha Reynolds, Gallery Manager, ProArts

Join Soliel Summer, Gallery Manager at Betti Ono Gallery, Emma Spertus, Founder of Real Time & Space, Artist and Educator, Bre Gipson, and Harriet Pozansky, Artist, Writer, and Director of the Workroom Artist Program, as they discuss what brought each panelist to the Bay Area and the reasons its creative community has still a strong hold, despite increase in rents, artists' displacement and socio-political unrest. The conversation will also include example of artistic projects that are relevant and responsive to, perhaps even optimistic about the changing tenants of the Bay Area art landscape.