Left to right: Paul Laster, Deborah Solomon and Christian Viveros-Faune in conversation with Sharon Louden on October 6, 2014.


The Professional Practice Series is a casual and informative platform open to the Academy community and the public. Each program begins with conversation between the lecturer and faculty member Sharon Louden, who organizes the Series. The conclusion of each lecture is an opportunity for questions from audience.


All past lectures can be viewed on the Academy’s VIMEO channel.




Spring 2016





Wednesday February 3

Art Fairs: Matthew Deleget in conversation with Helen Toomer, Director of PULSE Contemporary Art Fair.

Helen Toomer is the Director of PULSE Contemporary Art Fair. A respected leader in the art and design industries, she has extensive experience with event development, marketing, partnerships, operations and management in both Europe and the United States. In addition to her art fair experience, Helen is also an Adjunct Professor at The Fashion Institute of Technology for the postgraduate course, Art Market: Principles and Practices, and owned a contemporary art gallery on New York's Lower East Side from 2011 - 2013. Helen is British and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Arts institute of Bournemouth, England.




Wednesday February 10 2016

The Nomination Granting Process: Matthew Deleget in conversation with Allison Hawkins and Shervone Neckles of the Joan Mitchell Foundation.

Allison Hawkins
Grants Program Director, Joan Mitchell Foundation
Serving as the Grants Program Director at the Joan Mitchell Foundation since 2005, Allison Hawkins administers the Foundation's grant funding to individual visual artists and arts organizations nationally. She is also active in the National Coalition for Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response. Prior to her time at the Foundation, Allison worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Grants Office of their Education Department. Also an artist, Allison received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts and BA in Studio Art and Art History from Kenyon College. She has exhibited both in the US and abroad and is represented by the Proposition Gallery in New York, NY. Allison grew up in Missouri and Ohio, and now lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.

Shervone Neckles-Ortiz
Artist Support Manager, Joan Mitchell Foundation
Serves as the Manager for New York City and national programs for both the Creating a Living Legacy (CALL) Program and Professional Development Program of the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Before joining the Foundation, Neckles-Ortiz worked as an Art Education consultant and Adjunct Professor for Pratt Institute and other leading NYC art institutions and organizations. For several years, Neckles-Ortiz served her Brooklyn community as a high school teacher in the NYC Department of Education before moving into roles as a Department Chair and contributor to the Arts Achieve: Investing in Innovation (i3) Grant Program.

As an interdisciplinary artist Neckles-Ortiz has held residencies at the Youlou Arts Foundation, the Elizabeth Foundation SHIFT Program, the Center for Book Arts, The Fabric Workshop & Museum, and The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Previous awards include grants from Queens Arts Fund, The Puffin Foundation, Joan Mitchell Foundation, as well as fellowships from Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop and Manhattan Graphic Center. Her work has been shown worldwide in both solo and group exhibitions. Her practice also has included curatorial projects with Pratt Center for Community Development and Bedford-ï ˜Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, and at the Ice Box Gallery in Philadelphia. She’s earned an M.A. from Teacher’s College, Columbia University, MFA from Queens College and BFA from the College of New Rochelle. Her work can be seen at www.shervoneneckles.com




Wednesday February 17 2016

On Pedagogy and Collaboration: Sharon Louden in conversation with Tim Doud and Zoë Charlton

Zoë Charlton creates drawings that explore the ironies of contemporary social and cultural stereotypes. She depicts her subject's relationship with their world by combining images of culturally loaded objects and landscapes with undressed bodies. She received her MFA degree from the University of Texas at Austin and participated in residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting (Skowhegan, ME, 2001), Creative Alliance (Baltimore, MD, 2003), and Art342 (Fort Collins, CO, 2010). Her recent exhibitions include ConnerSmith. (Washington, DC, 2013), Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts (Wilmington, DE, 2009), and Wendy Cooper Gallery (Chicago, IL, 2006). Her work has been included in national and international exhibitions including the Harvey B. Gantt Center (Charlotte, NC, 2015), Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (Bentonville, AR, 2014), Studio Museum of Harlem (NYC, NY, 2012), Contemporary Art Museum (Houston, TX, 2000), the Zacheta National Gallery of Art (Warsaw, Poland 2006), and Haas & Fischer Gallery (Zurich, Switzerland, 2006). She is a recipient of a Pollock-Krasner grant (2012) and Rubys grant (2014) . Charlton is an Associate Professor of Art at American University in Washington, DC. She is represented by ConnerSmith, Washington D.C, and resides in Baltimore, MD.

Tim Doud graduated from Columbia College with a B.S. in Painting and Drawing and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an M.F.A in Painting and Drawing. He attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine. Recent exhbitions include Randall Scott Projects in Baltimore, MD, New Bedford Museum of Art and the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC. He has received grants from The National Endowment for the Arts (Arts Midwest), The Pollock Krasner Art Foundation and has participated in the Marie Sharpe Foundation's Studio Program in Brooklyn, NY. His work has been featured in group shows at PS1 (MOMA) in New York City, The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, Artists Space in New York City and the Frye Art Gallery in Seattle, Washington and Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland. Tim Doud is currently an Associate Professor at American University and has lectured at various universities and colleges including the Museum School in Boston, MA, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL; University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal, and the University of Washington, Seattle. Tim lives and works in Washington, DC. His work is represented by Randall Scott Projects in Baltimore, MD.





Wednesday, February 24

The Director and the Curator: Sharon Louden in conversation with Harry Philbrick and Jodi Throckmorton from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Philadelphia

Harry Philbrick, Edna S. Tuttleman Director of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum, directs a museum known internationally for its collections of 19th- and 20th-century American art. Harry is spearheading a revived engagement with contemporary art at PAFA, having created a substantial endowment to rekindle the Museum's program of actively collecting contemporary art and leading an ambitious program of contemporary exhibitions.

Harry was Director of The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum from 1996 – 2010, where he led the Museum's first capital campaign, raising $9 million to support the award-winning 2004 renovation and expansion of The Aldrich which created increased exhibition space, an education center, and a sculpture garden that enhances the Museum's historic location. The new Museum building was designed to respect and accommodate the artists the Museum works with, while encouraging an extended, intimate engagement between viewers and the art on display.

Harry developed the nationally recognized Student Docent Program, which trains students as young as ten years old to be docents for their peers. This program was introduced at PAFA in 2012 as part of a systematic overhaul of its museum education offerings.

He received his Master of Fine Arts from London University's Goldsmiths' College. His own artwork has been exhibited in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Curator of Contemporary Art Jodi Throckmorton joined PAFA in fall of 2014. As PAFA's Contemporary Curator, Throckmorton oversees PAFA's contemporary art exhibition programs, including the Morris Gallery Program and the Sculpture Plinth Program.

Throckmorton came to PAFA from the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University, where she served as Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. Prior to that, Throckmorton was the Associate Curator at the San Jose Museum of Art. She holds an MFA in Museum Studies from San Francisco State University, and a BA in Art History and French from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Throckmorton co-organized, with Harry Philbrick, Dive Deep: Eric Fischl and the Process of Painting, which was on exhibit at PAFA and the San Jose Museum of Art (2012-13). Other current and prior projects of Throckmorton's include Postdate: Photography and Inherited History in India (2015); Bruce Conner: Somebody Else's Prints (2014); Questions from the Sky: New Work by Hung Liu (2013); Ranu Mukherjee: Telling Fortunes (2012); Renegade Humor (2012); This Kind of Bird Flies Backward: Paintings by Joan Brown (2011); and The Modern Photographer: Observation and Intention (2010).




Monday, February 29

Rachel Hovnanian

Born in Parkersburg, West Virginia and raised in Houston, Texas, Rachel Lee Hovnanian is a New York-based artist whose multidisciplinary practice explores contemporary notions of narcissism, obsession and intimacy, and society's alienating addiction to modern technological advances and media. She navigates the post-internet world, merging photography, video, sculpture, painting and installation art into surreal environments that challenge viewers to examine and reevaluate their own cultural values and relationship with digital technology. Judith Stein described Hovnanian as "a wizard at fingering uncomfortable truths."

Hovnanian received her BFA from the University of Texas, Austin, and has since exhibited internationally in both solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Her recent solo exhibitions have been held at Leila Heller Gallery, New York; Pechersky Gallery, Moscow; Joyce Gallery, Beijing; and Foundation Pons, Barcelona. In addition, Hovnanian has been widely shown in group exhibitions including the University of Connecticut, Connecticut; Parasol Unit in London; Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines; Manarat al Saadivat, Abu Dhabi and at Loretta Howard Gallery, New York, in an exhibition curated by Beth Rudin DeWoody. Hovnanian's artwork has been featured in numerous publications such as The New York Times, WWD, Flaunt, Cultured, The Wall Street Journal Europe, Vogue, Interview, Tatler, Food & Wine, ARTnews, Modern Painters, Hyperallergic and BOMB.




MARCH 2016


Wednesday March 2

The Collector: Sharon Louden in conversation with Laura Skoler, collector and board member of the New Museum

Laura Skoler has dedicated much of her life to the arts. Laura is a founding member of the New Museum, New York and the Daniel and Florence Guerlain Foundation, Paris, dedicated to promoting artists who use drawing as a medium. She initiated the first cultural program at The Alliance Francaise, New York and was awarded Chevalier of Artes and Letters from the government of France. Laura is a supporter of the arts and enjoys engaging with artists in conversation, personal studio visits and performance. She has been a collector of contemporary art for many years with a very personal collection of works from emerging artists of whom, now, many are established. Her curiosity continues and she is still looking and collecting!


Friday March 4
7:00 pm:

Audrey Flack and the History of Art Band

Renowned photorealist painter and sculptor Audrey Flack and the History of Art Band will perform live at the New York Academy of Art on March 4. The History of Art band is a fiddle-banjo bluegrass Americana group that performs original songs about artists like Jackson Pollock, Vincent Van Gogh, Caravaggio, Picasso, Mary Cassat and Camille Claudel. They have previously performed at Cooper Union, The Institute for Feminist Art at Rutgers University and the Yale Art Museum.












FALL 2015






  • 11/4 (6:00pm) A CONVERSATION WITH THE CONSULTANTS: Sharon Louden in conversation with Leslie Gerber-Seid, Lacy Davisson Doyle and Emily Santangelo.

    SPRING 2015




    FALL 2014



    • 09/29 (6:00pm) ART AS COMMODITY: ART IN THE MARKET PLACE Kathleen Hays, Host of the “Hays Advantage,” Bloomberg Radio, and Kelly Crow, Staff Reporter covering the art market for The Wall Street Journal
    • 09/30 (6:00pm) WORKING WITH MUSEUMS: MEET THE CURATOR - Laura Hoptman, Curator, Museum of Modern Art


    • 10/6 (6:00pm) A CONVERSATION WITH THE CRITICSPaul Laster, an artist writer, editor, independent curator, and lecturer; Deborah Solomon, an art critic, journalist and biographer; and Christian Viveros-Faune, is a writer and curator
    • 10/14 (6:00pm) GRANTS AND FISCAL SPONSORSHIPMatthew Deleget guests moderates a conversation with Lisa Dent, Director, Resources & Award Programs, Creative Capital, and Courtney Harge, Fiscal Sponsorship, New York Foundation for the Arts



    SPRING 2014



    • 03/24 (6:30pm) PERSON, PLACE, THING – Randy Cohen with Jerry Saltz and Roberta Smith


    FALL 2013



    • 09/12 (6:30pm) ON GALLERIES – Magda Sawon (Owner and Director, Postmasters Gallery in TriBeCa), Dennis Christie (Co-Owner, DCKT Gallery), Stephanie Theodore (Owner and Director, Theodore: Art, Bushwick, Brooklyn)
    • 09/23 (6:30pm) ART CRITICISM TODAY – Roberta Smith, (Critic for the New York Times)
    • 09/26 (6:30pm) WORKING WITH NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS & RESIDENCIES – Christopher Cook (Executive Director, Cannonball, Miami, FL)
    • 09/30 (6:30pm) THE VALUE OF ART – Jonathan T.D. Neil (Director of the Sotheby's Institute of Art, Los Angeles)



    • 10/03 (6:30pm) ASK THE DOCTORS: EXHIBITION ALTERNATIVES, APPROACHING A COLLECTOR, AND VARIOUS SOLUTIONS TO YOUR QUESTIONS – Lisa Anastos (Founder and CEO of ARThood, Philanthropist in the Arts, Entrepreneur and Passionate Advocate of the Arts), Matthew Deleget (Artist, Director/Owner of MINUS
      Space, Curator and Consultant)
    • 10/10 (6:30pm) THE ETHICS OF BEING AN ARTIST –Randy Cohen (Author, Playwright, former Ethicist for
      The New York Times, and Creator and Host of Person, Place, Thing)
    • 10/31 (6:30pm) OBTAINING SPONSORSHIP –Murat Orozobekov (Co-Owner of Winkleman Gallery, New York)



    • 11/07 (6:30pm - 8:00PM) PANEL DISCUSSION AND BOOK EVENT: "LIVING AND SUSTAINING A CREATIVE LIFE" – Bill Carroll, Artist and Director of the Studio Program of the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, Peter Drake, Artist, Carson Fox, Artist, Annette Lawrence, Artist, Kate Shepherd, Artist,
    • 11/21 (6:30pm) PEDAGOGICAL ISSUES: TEACHING ART AND, TEACHING POSITIONS FOR ARTISTS –Don Kimes (Professor of Art, American University, Washington, DC; and Artistic Director in the Visual Arts, Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY)
    • 11/25 (6:30pm) TALK WITH THE CRITICS – Lilly Wei (New York-based Art Critic, Writer and Independent Curator), Christopher Howard (Critic, Editor and Occasional Curator), Hrag Vartanian (Writer, Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of Hyperallergic)


    SPRING 2013



    • 01/29 (6:00pm) WORKING WITH MUSEUMS – Anne Goodyear, Ph.D. (Associate Curator, National Portrait Gallery; Professorial Lecturer, George Washington University)


    • 02/26 (1:00pm) ADVICE FROM CRITIC MARTHA SCHWENDENER – Martha Schwendener (Writer and Critic, New York Times)


    • 03/05 (1:00pm) ON COLLECTING – Phil Rosenbloom (Partner, Bearence Management Group, Twin Cities)


    FALL 2012



    • 09/11 (7:15–8:30pm) GALLERIES, ART WORLD – Adam Sheffer (Partner, Cheim and Read Gallery, NYC)
    • 09/25 (5:30–6:30pm) TAKING THE PULSE OF THE ART WORLD: ART CRITISCM AND THE PRESS – Benjamin Genocchio (Editor and Chief for Artinfo.com, critic, writer, NYC)


    • 10/02 THE ARTIST STATEMENT – Alan Bamberger via Skype (Consultant, Art Advisor, San Francisco, CA)
    • 10/30 MULTIPLE HATS IN THE ART WORLD – Simone and Bo Joseph (Simone is an art advisor; Bo is an artist and dealer, NYC)


    • 11/13 GALLERIES, ART WORLD – Steven Sergiovanni (Director, Mixed Greens, NYC)
    • 11/20 PUBLIC ART – Brian Clyne and Brian Tolle (Artists, NYC)
    • 11/27 PEDAGOGY – Brian Bishop (Professor, Framingham State College, Framingham, MA)


    • 12/11 (7:00-8:15pm) NON-PROFIT ORGS/ALTERNATIVE SPACES – Michelle Grabner & Adrienne Outlaw (Granber is an artist, the founder/director of Poor Farm and The Suburban, and Chair of the Painting and Drawing Department, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL. Outlaw is an artist, founder/director of Seed Space, Nashville, TN)
    • 12/21 Robert Storr – Art Historian, Curator and Dean of the Yale School of Art

    SPRING 2012



    • 01/24 BLOGS, ON-LINE MAGAZINES, & CONTEMPORARY ART CRITICISM, Paddy Johnson (Founding Editor of the popular Art Fag City)






    FALL 2011



    • 09/15 COLLECTING, Sherry and Joel Mallin (Collectors)
      09/22 REVIEWS & THE CRITIC, Walter Robinson (Artist and Editor of Artnet.com)



    • 10/06 WRITING A WRITING A BUSINESS PLAN, Susan Schear (President, Artisin, LLC)
      10/13 BLOGS & SOCIAL MEDIA, Sharon Butler & Joy Garnett (Artists, curators, and bloggers)
      10/20 GRANT WRITING, Gigi Rosenberg (Author, “Artists Guide to Grant Writing”)
      10/27 POP–UPS & CURATING, Austin Thomas (Artist and Curator)



    • 11/03 ALTERNATIVE PROJECTS, Anne Pasternak (Director, Creative Time)
      11/16 GALLERIES, Bill Carroll & Dennis Christie (Bill Carroll: Former Art dealer, Consultant, and current Head of EFA studio program; Dennis Christie: Gallery owner, DCKT Gallery, New York, NY)


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