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January, 2017

We are proud to introduce our “Alumni Updates” for January, 2017. Thank you to who contributed. We will be asking for updates quarterly regarding new professional positions and promotions, new businesses launched, new articles and books published and other significant personal events that happened within the last 12 months*.

If you would like to contribute to our next edition, please feel free to send us your update following the same format to


Maria Alcalde
Masters of Art Business, London, 2015
Since graduating from Sotheby’s Institute, Maria has gained experience, firstly, from researching on London’s public museums funding, and later, as an international sales manager in a commercial gallery (Cecilia Brunson Projects regarding its Chilean niche) and working as an Executive Director at a not for profit foundation (Fundación Tajamar, Santiago, Chile). She is currently Partner and Executive Director of TONIC:Latin-­American Art, Design & Architecture Magazine,on-­line platform and members club. It mainly focuses on researching their markets and collecting.


Jennifer Carty
Masters of Contemporary Art, London, 2011
Jennifer has been promoted to Assistant Curator at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University. Working on contemporary art exhibitions, commissions and permanent gallery rotations, Jennifer recently curated the exhibition New to the Cantor: Dashiell Manley.


Silvia Denaro
Masters of Art Business, London, 2006
After spending 4 years in France where Silvia worked at Musée Würth France, she is now back in London where she has taken on a new position as Membership & Events Manager at Drawing Room.


Sheida Ellini
Masters of Contemporary Art, New York, 2014
Sheida is currently Sales Assistant to the President at Pace Gallery in New York.

Helen Epley
American Arts Course, New York, 1989
Helen is the Head Cataloguer at Greenwich Auction in Stamford, Connecticut. She is living in an old Queen Anne Victorian in Ridgefield with too many kids and dogs.

Sonia Kwiatkowski Everus
Masters of Art Business, New York, 2008
After nearly 7 years as a successful fundraiser for the arts, Sonia transitioned her career to focus on digital design and marketing. Most recently, she was promoted to Associate Designer at the advertising technology startup TripleLift.


Aurore Fournier
Masters of Art Business, New York, 2014
Aurore has been the Program Director at People's Liberty, in Cincinnati, Ohio since March 2015. People's Liberty is a philanthropic lab that invests directly in individuals through funding and mentorship, and brings together civic-minded talent to address challenges and uncover opportunities to accelerate the positive transformation of Greater Cincinnati. Aurore oversees all grant making programs, installations in their storefront and guides current, former and future applicants with their projects. Additionally, in July 2016, she attended Tate Intensive, a week-long program at Tate Modern, London with culture professionals from across the globe to share knowledge and exchange ideas about current practices and emerging trends that are shaping museums and galleries in the twenty-first century.

Mariél Frechette
Masters of Art Business, Los Angeles, 2014
Mariél is currently working in Development at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), running the young collector group, Avant-Garde, as well as the Southern Asian and East Asian art councils.


Jose Luis Guijarro
Masters of Art Business, London, 2014
Jose Luis is now Sales Research Associate at MutualArt & The Artist Pension Trust in London. He has recently obtained a PhD in Art History specializing in Modern Art.


Anna Bierlein Handy
Masters of Art Business, London, 2005
Anna is Client Strategy Manager for Impressionist & Modern Art at Christie's in New York, a position she has held for two years. Anna lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids.

Caitlin Harpster
Masters of Contemporary Art, London, 2011
Caitlin has recently been promoted to Director of Development for the Mattress Factory museum of contemporary art in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Caitlin started with the museum in 2012 and has been leading the Development Department since April 2015, most recently serving as the museum's Fundraising and Donor Relations Officer.

Elizabeth Higginbotham
Post Graduate Diploma in Art Business, New York, 2011
Elizabeth re-located from New York to Boston in September to join the team at DTR Modern Galleries as a Senior Art Consultant and Director of Marketing and Social Media. She focuses on building corporate and private collections and growing the DTR brand.

Erika Hirugami
Masters of Art Business, Los Angeles, 2015
Erika has been awarded a Getty Foundation Scholarship to present her research on Big Data and Museums at the California Association of Museums Conference in Sacramento. As the Founder and CEO of CuratorLove, which became a global enterprise in 2016, she has produced several aesthetic dossiers and a series of curatorial projects in London and across the US. CuratorLove’s future partnerships include exhibitions at Jai & Jai Gallery and Taj Art, as well as other galleries and museums abroad.

Laura A. Hyatt
Masters of Art Business, New York, 2012
After 6 years with LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division), most recently serving as the Associate Director, Laura has recently started at the Hammer Museum as the Manager of Membership and Annual Giving.


Patrick Kearney
Masters of Art Business, London, 2007
Patrick is currently the Vice-President at Susanin's Auctions in Chicago. He was previously the Consignment Director. His specialty is Silver and Decorative Arts and Fine and Costume Jewelry.


Candy Light
Masters of Art Business, New York, 2012
Candy has been working at artnet Auctions in the Post War and Contemporary Department since 2014, and was recently promoted to a Junior Specialist role. Prior to joining the team at artnet, Candy worked in publishing at Art + Auction magazine.

Avie Linden
Masters of Art Business, New York, 2013
Avie is currently the Registrar at Hammer Galleries at 67th and Madison in New York.

Nicole Liphardt
Post Graduate Diploma in Fine and Decorative Art, London, 2011
Nicole is commencing her Masters in Museum Studies at Harvard University in January 2017. She founded Athena Advisory - a comprehensive and distinctive art advisory for high-net worth and ultra high-net worth individuals and corporations, providing art collecting advice, collection management, and sales and acquisitions of art through an extensive network of market experts.

Sammi Yiyuan Liu
Masters of Contemporary Art, London, 2010
Sammi currently owns an art gallery in the Beijing 798 art district, called Tabula Rasa Gallery, and is also the founder of the first outsider art project - Almost art project - in China. Every year, they produce a catalogue concurrent with the project, and this year, they published a book, in Chinese and English, on a Chinese outsider artist. The book can be found in AAA library in HK.


Kerrie-rue Michahelles
Masters of Fine and Decorative Art, London, 2008
Kerrie-rue transcribed, translated into English and published:
Inventory of Movables Christine de Lorraine Acquired by way of TESTAMENTARY Donation From Catherine de MÉdicis (Palazzo Pitti, 1589) and Inventory of Movables Christine de Lorraine Acquired by way of Inter-vivos Donation From Catherine de MÉdicis (Palazzo Pitti, 1589). Both inventories are found online at Comments on the 1589 Inventory of CATHERINE DE MÉDICIS’
inter-vivoS Donation to Christine of Lorraine by Kerrie-rue Michahelles to be published forthcoming in "French History" in 2017.

Caroline Milhaupt
Masters of Art Business, London, 2013
Caroline is currently working at New Ravenna, the premier luxury manufacturer of custom mosaics in the US, as a marketing manager. The company is located on the eastern shore of Virginia.

Clare Milliken
Masters of Contemporary Art, New York, 2015
Clare is excited to announce that she is the newest member of the photographs department at Phillips. As Administrator to the Department and Executive Assistant to the Worldwide Head of Photographs, she will be working alongside her colleagues to execute the finest modern and contemporary photography sales.

Analissa Moreno
Masters of Photography, London, 2014
Analissa Moreno began working for the Houston-based artist and founder of Escapism, John Ross Palmer, in November 2016 after the untimely closing of Morton Auctioneers. John Palmer Art is an artist run studio and gallery in the Heights, Houston. Mr. Palmer also mentors three artists a year as a part of the non-profit Art Launch. Please visit and for more information.

Fernando Mota
Masters of Contemporary Art, London, 2011
After more than two years at Casa Triangulo in São Paulo working in Institutional Relations and Liaison, Fernando has moved to his current position in Sales and Liaison at Bergamin & Gomide.


Noelle Newell
17th and 18th Century Decorative Arts Course, London, 1987
Since 2015, Noelle has wrote 13 articles for WSI-mag (Wall Street International) where she writes about Travel, Art, Fashion, Entertainment, Architecture and Design. She also has picked up writing for Aspire Design & Home - a quarterly shelter magazine - print and online. In 2015, she wrote for East Coast Home and Design and for VENÜ magazine, where she wrote about an antique tour of Venice for the former and about Paris Design Week for the latter. Noelle will write about Maison Objet & Paris Deco Off - the two big design fairs. She continues to work as a freelance interior designer and part-time at Christie's.

Tram Nguyen
Masters of Contemporary Art, London, 2015
Trâm recently joined the Public Programmes department at the Tate as an Administrator. She has also set up NB,an independent arts publishing company based in London.


Christina Pannos
Masters of Art Business, London, 2006
Christina has joined Howe & Hutton, Ltd. as Of Counsel and has broad experience in art law, nonprofit law, and contract law. She has represented art market clients from artists to collectors to galleries. Christina has advised and represented clients outside the art world in complex contract negotiation, corporate structure, commercial real estate leasing, and securities and investment. She also teaches Legal Drafting: Art Market Transactions at DePaul University College of Law.


Steve Sabella
Masters of Art Business, London, 2009
Steve's memoir 'The Parachute Paradox' was published by Kerber Verlag in September 2016. With book launches at ICI Berlin, SOAS University London, Al Serkal Avenue Dubai and Contemporary Art Platform Kuwait, the book has received a number of highly regarded reviews including IMEU, Selections Magazine, Harpers Bazaar Art Arabia and an interview with Spitz Magazine. Steve was interviewed on 'The Parachute Paradox' by NPR Radio in a two part episode aired on 04/05.01.17. Steve's work Metamorphosis was also featured by Artnet to represent 2016's Context Miami Art Fair.

Jacqueline Minneman Schweiger
Masters of Art Business, London, 2011
Jacqueline recently graduated from the Flatiron School's iOS Development program in New York, NY, which prepares students for careers in mobile app development. She was awarded a Mobile Dev Corps Fellowship from the City of New York to attend the program, and her capstone project is available for download in the App Store. Jacqueline is actively seeking new projects and can be contacted at

Ana-Alicia Siqueiros
Art Business Semester in conjunction with Georgetown's Masters of Art and Museum Studies program, London, 2012
After nearly three years leading membership for the Appraisers Association of America and working for a recently acquired online marketplace for the past year, Ana-Alicia joined the Gallery Relations team at Artsy in January 2016. Artsy is the world’s largest—and fastest growing—marketplace for buying and selling art. Ana-Alicia was married in October 2016.

Jomjai Srisomburananont
Masters of Art Business, Los Angeles, 2016
JAI & JAI Gallery, based in Los Angeles, was founded in 2012 by sisters, Jomjai and Jaitip Srisomburananont. Jai & Jai Gallery focuses on maintaining a trans-disciplinary program by collaborating with and exhibiting the works of contemporary architects and artists. The undercurrent mission of Jai & Jai Gallery is to engage in and cultivate discussions that lie within the intersection of art and architecture and its influences on one another. The fresh perspectives of the gallery exhibitors reveal disparate influences and practices, but share a common affinity in pushing the boundaries of theory, fabrication, and representation through art, architecture, and design.
In most recent news, Jai & Jai is planning a relaunch of their Jai & Jai Boutique web-shop that will become the resource hub for architectural design works and art specifically designed for and or collaborated with Jai & Jai. Along with our own Jai & Jai product branding and exclusive deals with artists, we are also an online source for elusive literary findings on the subject of architecture and design.
Visit us at, and follow us on Instagram @jai_n_jai.

Stella de Stefanis,
Masters of Art Business, London, 2015
After interning with Fitz & Co, the leading global strategy firm in communications, integrated marketing, social media, and audience engagement, Stella is now working with MF Productions in New York. MF Productions is a comprehensive special events production firm focusing on unique and creative projects for arts, nonprofit, and philanthropic organizations, as well as private and corporate clients.


Isabel de Vasconcellos
Masters of Post-War Contemporary Art, London, 1996
Isabel’s book Fourth Plinth: How London Created the Smallest Sculpture Park in the World has recently been published. A commission from the Mayor’s Office at the Greater London Authority and published by Art / Books, it covers the history of all the fourth plinth commissions from the inception of the project in the late 1990s, to the more recent commission by David Shrigley at Trafalgar Square. She is also continuing to work freelance with artists and galleries, notably with British artist Saad Qureshi, whose first public commission, conceived for the new Land Securities development in Westminster, will be launched this Spring.


Erin Marie Wallace
Masters of Fine and Decorative Art, London, 2006
Erin Marie Wallace and her firm, E. M. Wallace Auctions & Appraisals, have just completed a complete re-brand and international restructuring. Her company is now called – representing ‘ANYTHING Rare, from EVERY Era’. The rebrand includes a proprietary on-line bidding platform & mobile-app. called “” where users can bid in real-time, save searches and announcements, as well as submit photos of items for evaluation & consignment. For more information, contact Erin-Marie directly at

Allysa J. Weiner
Master of Art Business, New York, 2015
Aly is now the assistant to the Chairman, Richard L. Feigen at Richard L. Feigen & Co.

Rachael White
Masters of Fine & Decorative Arts, London, 2012
After 4 years in the Post-War & Contemporary department at Christie's in New York, Rachael was recently promoted to Junior Specialist and Co-Head of the First Open live & online auctions. The next sale will take place on March 3rd.


Jie Xia
Masters of Art Business, New York, 2012
Jie founded MAH Art Advisory in 2016 based in New York. She works with private and corporate clients on collecting contemporary art and design from US and Asia. Jie can be reached via