Ruby Lerner

Founding Executive Director of Creative Capital

October 15th 2023

Ruby Lerner is the founding Executive Director of Creative Capital, an innovative arts foundation that adapts venture capital concepts to support individual artists. Under her leadership, Creative Capital designed a comprehensive support system for artists that combined money with advisory support. It committed more than $40 million in financial and advisory support to 511 projects representing 642 artists. This commitment helped grantees leverage nearly $100 million in additional support. She stepped down from the organization in June 2016 to pursue consulting work and independent research.

In 2017, Lerner became the inaugural Senior Policy Advisor to the Herberger Institute at Arizona State University and Senior Advisor to the Patty Disney Center for Life and Work at CalArts. In 2018 she began serving as an Advisor to the Cultural and Art program at the Open Society Foundations, assisting in the design of the new Soros International Arts Fellowship. She continues to work with the program fellows.

Eric Fischl

American Painter & Sculptor

October 22nd 2023

Eric Fischl is an internationally acclaimed American painter and sculptor. His artwork is represented in many distinguished museums throughout the world and has been featured in over one thousand publications. His extraordinary achievements throughout his career have made him one of the most influential figurative painters of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.Fischl was born in 1948 in New York City and grew up in the suburbs of Long Island. He began his art education in Phoenix, Arizona where his parents had moved in 1967. He attended Phoenix College and earned his B.F.A. from the California Institute for the Arts in 1972. He then spent some time in Chicago, where he worked as a guard at the Museum of Contemporary Art. In 1974, he moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia, to teach painting at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Fischl had his first solo show, curated by Bruce W. Ferguson, at Dalhousie Art Gallery in Nova Scotia in 1975 before relocating to New York City in 1978

April Gornik

American Artist & Painter

October 22nd 2023

April Gornik shows in New York City, where she had been a resident since 1978, and now lives in North Haven, Long Island, NY. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1953, she received a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Nova Scotia, Canada, in 1976. She has work in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, the Museum of Modern Art, NY, the National Museum of American Art in Washington, DC, the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC, the Cincinnati Museum, the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, the Modern Art Museum of Art of Fort Worth, the Orlando Museum of Art, and other major public and private collections. She has shown extensively, in one-person and group shows, in the United States and abroad.

Joshua Baer

Owner & Founder of The Baer Faxt, Art Advisor

October 29th 2023

For nearly three decades, The Baer Faxt has been trusted as the leading news source for the art world. Josh Baer holds an unrivaled position in the art business as a trusted art advisor to world-class collectors, having completed over $500m worth of transactions. Unlike market reporters who investigate the art world as outsiders, The Baer Faxt offers direct access to the key players of the art world. The Baer Faxt was launched in 1994 as a weekly newsletter for industry insiders. With the support of investors LionTree and Glenn Fuhrman, it has expanded to include a first-of-its-kind auction database—which provides data on buyers and underbidders gathered live on the salesroom floor— and an art advisory membership program. Baer began his career in the art business as a gallerist in the late 1970s, and once served as the director of the seminal artist-run space White Columns. He also had his downtown moment managing ZG magazine and through his involvement with Neutral Records. The Baer Faxt has been featured in the Financial Times, The Art Newspaper, Bloomberg and other major publications.

Andrea Grover

Executive Director of Guild Hall

October 30th 2022

Andrea Grover is the Executive Director of Guild Hall, the cornerstone cultural institution of East Hampton, that combines a museum, theater, and education center. Guild Hall is presently undergoing a facility-wide capital improvements project to bring the 1930s-era building and grounds up to state-of-the-art performance and functionality. Grover has 25 years of experience in curatorial and nonprofit leadership with a focus on innovative and participatory arts programming. Most recently, she was the curator of the 2021 exhibition, Alexis Rockman Shipwrecks presented at Guild Hall, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA, The Ackland Art Museum at UNC-Chapel Hill, NC, and Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ. Prior to joining Guild Hall in 2016, she was the Curator of Special Projects at the Parrish Art Museum, where she was awarded both a Tremaine Foundation and an AADA Curatorial Award for her exhibition, Radical Seafaring. At the Parrish, she established the extremely popular community-driven program PechaKucha Night Hamptons, and the exhibition series Parrish Road Show and Platform. Grover founded the nonprofit film center Aurora Picture Show, Houston, Texas, at age 27.

Mónica Ramírez-Montagut

Executive Director of the Parrish Art Museum

October 23 2022

Mónica Ramírez-Montagut, Executive Director of the Parrish Art Museum, since June 2022. This same year she was appointed by President Biden to the National Museums and Libraries Board of Advisors. She is also a member of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) United States Board of Directors and a member of the Association of Art Museum Directors. A frequent juror and panelist, Ramírez-Montagut served on the US Federal Advisory Committee on International Exhibitions (Venice Biennale), Washington DC., the organization that selected Simone Leigh—winner of the Venice Biennale Golden Lion in 2022. Before joining the Parrish, Ramírez-Montagut was the Executive Director the Michigan State University (MSU) Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, and the former Director of the Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University in Louisiana. She has held curatorial positions at leading arts organizations including The San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA; The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT; and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY. Ramírez-Montagut earned a Ph.D. in Theory and History of Architecture from the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, ETSAB, Barcelona, Spain; a Master of Architecture from the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, ETSAB, Barcelona, Spain; and a Bachelor of Architecture from Universidad Ibero Americana, Mexico City, Mexico.

Allan Wexler

Contemporary Artist

September 11 2022

Allan Wexler has worked in the fields of architecture, design and fine art for forty five years. He is represented by the Ronald Feldman Gallery in New York City and teaches in the School of Constructed Environments at Parsons the New School for Design in New York City. Allan’s works explore human activity and the built environment. He works as an investigator using series, permutations and chance rather than searching for definitive solutions. He makes buildings, furniture, vessels and utensils as backdrops and props for everyday, ordinary human activity.

Ellen Harvey

Contemporary Artist

August 28 2022

Ellen Harvey is a British-born artist living and working in Brooklyn. For the last three years, she has been painting places that people want to visit that no longer exist as part of her ongoing monumental touring project The Disappointed Tourist.

2021 Speaker: Randall Griffey

Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art

August 29 2021

Randall Griffey is the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art. He was the co-curator of the recent Alice Neel exhibit at the Met and is a champion of expanding the Met's diversity of artists.

2021 Speaker: Brendan Fernandes

Contemporary Artist

September 5th 2021

A Canadian Contemporary artist, Brendan is an alumnus of our Uncommon Art residency program and specializes in installation and visual art. He currently serves as a faculty member at Northwestern University teaching Art Theory and practice and has been featured locally at The Whitney, The Guggenheim, and Noguchi Museum.

2021 Speaker: Gregory Wessner

October 24th 2021

Gregory Wessner is Executive Director of the National Academy of Design. Founded in 1825, the National Academy is one of the oldest arts organizations in the United States and continues to serve as a vibrant forum for new work and ideas in contemporary art and architecture. An architectural historian and curator, Wessner also served as Executive Director of Open House New York and prior to that was Exhibitions Director of the Architectural League of New York. In 2016, he was recognized by the Guides Association of New York in 2016 for Outstanding Achievement in Support of New York City. Wessner was named an Honorary Member of the American Institute of Architects and in 2020 he received the AIA NY’s Award of Merit in recognition of his contributions to art and culture in New York City. Wessner did doctoral research in art and architectural history at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and completed undergraduate studies in Art History at Rutgers University.

2021 Speaker: Nona Faustine


September 12th 2021

Nona Faustine is a native New Yorker and award-winning photographer. Her work focuses on history, identity, representation, evoking a critical and emotional understanding of the past and proposes a deeper examination of contemporary racial and gender stereotypes. Faustine’s images have received worldwide acclaim and have been published in a variety of national and international media outlets such as Artforum and The New York Times.
Her work has recently been exhibited at Harvard University, Brooklyn Museum and the International Center of Photography to name a few and she is the recipient of the Baxter St Family Residency at STONELEAF RETREAT 2021.

2021 Speaker: Stephanie Goto


November 7th 2021

Stephanie Goto is an acclaimed Architect and the founder of New York City STEPHANIEGOTO, a design studio that creates highly refined integrated projects with a foundation in the clarity of space, detail, and experience. Stephanie has built a holistic approach between architecture, art, culture, food, and branding and believes the quietness of details is important. Commissions include Calder Foundation's Project Space, the home of Chef Daniel Boulud, and gallery, exhibition design, and experiences for Hauser & Wirth and Pace Gallery in New York and California.

2021 Speaker: Eric Shiner

Fine Arts Professional

September 26th 2021

Eric Shiner is a leader in the Fine Arts world having worked as the executive director of Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, artist director of White Cube, and director of The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. As a leading scholar on Andy Warhol and Asian contemporary art, Shiner has curated dozens of contemporary art exhibitions in cities around the globe including major exhibits of Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei. He is the President of the board of Visual AIDS, a NYC-based nonprofit promoting the artistic legacy of those artists lost to and living with AIDS. He lives in Lansing, Michigan and upstate New York with his partner, Dr. Ishaan Kumar, and their long-haired dachshund, Juno.

2021 Speaker: Sur Rodney (Sur)

Curator, writer, activist, and archivist

November 14th 2021

Sur Rodney (Sur), identifies as a Black same-gender-loving man, a curator, a writer, a community activist, and an archivist. His engagement with the contemporary art world first gained recognition as a photography curator and TV talk show host broadcast on cable TV. This preceded his partnership with Gracie Mansion, where he served as co-director of the Gracie Mansion Gallery, renown for establishing international profiles for artists celebrated as part of the East Village scene of the 1980s.

2021 Speaker: Brie Ruais

Contemporary Artist

September 19th 2021

Brie Ruais lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She received her MFA from Columbia University's School of the Arts in 2011. Ruais’ movement-based practice is legible through the scrapes, gouges, and gestures embedded in the surfaces and forms of the ceramic works. Each sculpture is made with the equivalent of her body weight in clay, resulting in human-scale works that forge an intimacy with the viewer’s body. Through her immersive engagement with clay, Ruais’ work generates a physical and sensorial experience that explores a new dialogue between the body and the earth.

2021 Speaker: Thomas Dyja


October 17th 2021

Thomas Dyja is the author of New York, New York, New York: Four Decades of Success, Excess, and Transformation. Along with editing four anthologies, he’s written three novels, a biography of civil rights pioneer Walter White and The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream, a New York Times Notable book, One Book One Chicago selection, and winner of the 2013 Heartland Prize for Non-fiction. A Chicago native, he lives on the Upper West Side and Orient with his wife, literary agent Suzanne Gluck.

2021 Speaker: Jonathan Rosen

October 3rd 2021

Jonathan Rosen is an international language-based artist working with mixed-media and interactive digital technologies through which he explores human possibilities. Rosen received a B.A. from University of Florida and a M.S. from VCU Brandcenter for advertising – launching the next 10 years of his career as an award-winning advertising creative and commercial film director. Since Rosen transitioned into visual art, he’s had exhibitions around the world and participated in museum shows in Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu, Miami, NYC and at the Smithsonian in DC. His
work lives in collections around the world – including pieces in the permanent collections of The Museum Kitchener in Ontario, The LiveStrong Foundation, Bloomingdales, Colette in Paris and Pandora Music where his work was shown at Super Bowl XLIV
in Miami. After living overseas in London, Amsterdam and Sydney, Rosen pursues his passions in his hometown,

2021 Speaker: Waris Ahluwalia

Actor & Designer


Waris Ahluwalia, actor & designer, is driven by a deep and abiding desire to create stories, products and experiences that captivate, transport, and shift perception. In 2007, he founded House of Waris- a company dedicated to exploring design through craftsmanship. As a designer, Waris has worked with brands such as Kenzo, The Kooples and Gucci and as an actor he has worked with acclaimed directors such as Wes Anderson and Spike Lee. In the Fall of 2016, the Mayor of New York City proclaimed October 19th as Waris Ahluwalia Day for his work in spreading tolerance and inclusivity through his creative and social impact endeavors.