DEALER / GALLERY MANAGEMENT TEAM
Nele Andersch-Rumbol : Mrs. Andersch-Rumbol is a rare book specialist by trade and has worked in world-renowned auctions houses in Germany. Being head of applied arts at one of Germany's most established bookstores for architecture, arts and design as well as working for the European Patent Office's art collection in Munich contributes to her experience. For over a decade Nele has been involved in trade show sales and development in a corporate and entrepreneurial role. She is a Regional Sales Director for The Curator's Eye with accounts worldwide and lives in the United Kingdom.
Melissa Barbagallo : Ms. Barbagallo comes to the Curators Eye’s with an extensive background in the arts. From 2008, she worked for an international gallery in New York, staging and participating in art fairs in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Istanbul, New York, Miami, and L.A. She also has co-curated pop-up exhibitions in New York, Colombia, and Beijing. Ms. Barbagallo's background also extends to the auction and finance world, having worked for Christie’s in the Post War and Contemporary and Impressionist Art Client Development Department and the Hedge Fund industry as an events coordinator. Ms. Barbagallo holds a Masters in Art Business from Sotheby’s Institute of Art and a Bachelors in Art History and Media Studies from Hunter University.
Tess Berger : Ms. Berger comes from Las Cruces, New Mexico. She has a BA in Art and Art Education. During her graduate teaching program, her studies on the Education, Socialization and Culture of the Ysleta Tigua Indian Nation were published by the Tigua Indian library. As a young woman, Tess started finding arrow heads and pottery chards on her family's ranch in New Mexico and she later turned her collection and passion into a vocation. She collects Canadian and Mexican native artifacts and has sold to numerous museums and galleries in the southwest. She has also hosted exhibitions and curated art shows in Denver, CO and Chicago, IL. Her focus on The Curator's Eye is Natural History, Fossils and the Southwest.
Kate Brolan : Ms. Brolan joins The Curator's Eye with over 25 years of business development and marketing expertise. She is also an attorney practicing as an artist, writer, and small business advocate. Born in San Francisco, Kate acquired her love for the arts through her firsthand exposure to a family business that dealt in cultural artifacts, tribal arts, and antique Asian arts and furnishings. She has worked with artists, writers, start-up companies, galleries, private collectors, and publishers. She is the creator of the lecture series, Bridging the Gap Between Art and Law which she presents to private organizations and community colleges. Sincere to her interest in all medium of art she has taken course work in Industrial Art & Design, Culinary Arts, the Principals of Appraisal, Guides to Collecting, and numerous art classes.
Chris Cantele : Mr. Cantele has spent nearly thirty years continuously challenging and expanding his expertise in the client communication, advertising and sales promotion arena. In 1996, he founded Cantele, Sedivy & Associates Advertising, Inc. with partner Michael Sedivy. The agency was known for employing unique and targeted marketing strategies to help clients build sales, customer traffic and brand awareness. The agency increased annual revenue for fifteen consecutive years and attracted a national roster of well-served clients in telecommunications, healthcare, restaurant/foodservice, cultural attractions, retail/franchise, senior living, automotive, sports marketing, finance and insurance. In 2009, attracted by the agency's growth and expertise, it was acquired by FaceTime Strategy, a leading national integrated marketing services company.
Ellen Damsky : Prior to joining the Curator’s Eye team, Ms. Damsky taught Folklore, Anthropology, and English for almost fifteen years, most recently at Pratt / MWP. Her academic work has been interdisciplinary and diverse, including studies of architecture, oral history, and the cultural and philosophical foundations of health and disease. She has worked with and published articles about folk artists, musicians, and community organizations on projects ranging from folk artists to a project researching the origin and cultural transformations of the Adirondack chair. Ms. Damsky has a Ph.D. from Binghamton University, a M.A. from The Ohio State University, and an A.B. from Vassar College.
Lisa Dromsky : Ms. Dromsky has fashioned a career in both the commercial and Fine Art worlds for over 20 years. She is an accomplished Fine Art Preservationist / Preparer, and has served as Director of a Fine Art Framing Gallery in the Southwestern US, primarily working with Artists, Museums, and Collectors. Her work can be found hanging in Native American Museums and Cultural Centers. Lisa has advised artists in gallery preparation techniques and has lead workshops for students and art groups. She has also worked as an Art Director for a Wholesale Distributor that purchased from a broad base of Publishing Houses and serviced an International Market. She earned her BFA from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania with a primary emphasis in painting.
Rachel Manley : Rachel Manley is a Regional Director for The Curator's Eye, covering accounts worldwide. She is a contemporary artist with an MBA from a top business school in Europe, HEC Paris. Originally from the US, Rachel has lived throughout Europe and Africa. She has extensive experience working in various luxury industries as an executive responsible for business development and sales both in a corporate setting and as an entrepreneur. Rachel currently resides in London with her family.
Deni and William McChesney : Mr. McChesney was an International and Private Banking executive with JPMorgan Chase before he became Chairman of Group for the East End, a leading non-profit protecting the environment of the Hamptons and adjacent communities in Long Island, New York. Mr. McChesney is a history and art history graduate of Princeton University and has an MBA in marketing from Columbia Graduate School of Business. Mrs. McChesney worked as a commercial artist in the home accessory business for over thirty years, with her firm “Designs by Deni,” which served diverse markets ranging from The Boston Museum of Fine Arts to L.L. Bean. She is fluent in French with extensive experience in sales in the UK, France, Italy and the US. She has a BA in fine art from Maryville University and attended The Cordon Bleu.
Marilou Mendoza : Ms Mendoza comes to the Curator's Eye with more than 10 years entrepreneurial experience in the luxury marketplace. A luxury sales strategist, Ms. Mendoza negotiated and acquired exclusive representations of top luxury brands for the Asian travel retail market and has a long history managing luxury brand portfolios for brands that include Swarovski Jewelry, Burberry, Van Cleef and Arpels, L'Occitane, Moet and Chandon, and the GAP brand group. A NYC resident Ms. Mendoza graduated magna cum laude from FIT/ Parsons School of Design in New York with Design Marketing and Art History degrees. Her BA in Communications is from the Ateneo de Manila University. Ms Mendoza is a pearl enthusiast, specialist and a GIA Pearl graduate.
Seol Park : Ms. Park is a New York Sales Director. Ms. Park spent the early part of her career at Landor Associates in San Francisco, advising clients like Microsoft and LG Electronics on brand development. Ms.Park worked in the Asian Art Group at Christie’s before joining The Curator's Eye and has a Master's degree with honours in American Fine and Decorative Art from the Sotheby’s Institute in NYC. During her time at the Sotheby's Institute Ms. Park published several articles, most notably in Silver Magazine. A native of South Korea, Ms. Park graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Industrial Design and Art History from Ewha University in Seoul.
Glenn P. Roulette : Prior to joining The Curator’s Eye, Mr. Roulette was a managing partner of a multi-million dollar independent insurance agency operating in the Midwest. Mr. Roulette assisted producers in marketing strategies, coverage expertise, and underwriting of commercial insurance accounts, and also specialized in consulting Fine Art Galleries and Dealers on their business insurance needs. Mr. Roulette has a Masters Degree in Art History from The Ohio State University, as well as completed PhD course work, with specialties in 19th and early 20th Century European Art and Photography, Medieval Art and Architecture, and the cultural and artistic history of Paris, France. He is actively involved in the art community, including a nonprofit glass art center for artists, students, community members, and activities for the general public.
Sara Sinaiko : Prior to her role at The Curator's Eye, Ms. Sinaiko has worked in a number of fields related to Marketing, Art and Financial/Trust Services. She ran a private consulting practice in Marketing, Public Relations and Business Development. She was also Executive Director for a large a Foundation in Chicago, IL and was an investment banker in New York. She also was a delegate to Les Grands Ateliers de France and worked as an advisor to Art galleries in Italy and The United States. Sara has an Advanced Diploma in Luxury Goods Management from the Institute Superieur de Marketing du Luxe, Paris/France and an MBA in Marketing from The University of Wisconsin/Madison.
Alan Spector : Mr. Spector is perfectly suited to consulting with gallery owners and dealers in the discreet application of technology and marketing intelligence for fine art sales. He joins the Curator's Eye with a strong art background, working as consultant (Dyansen Galleries), owner (Curcio/Spector Gallery-emerging art), and private dealer/collector. He links his art world experience with further experience in media (Thomson Financial Media, Sourcemedia), and digital advertising sales (Yack and Ukibi.com). He earned a B.S. in mathematics from C.U.N.Y.
Sandrine Steiner : Ms. Steiner is from Zürich, Switzerland and joins the Curator’s Eye with an extensive international experience in Sales & Brand Marketing for top performing firms in the US, EU, Russia, GCC, the Levant, the Caribbean and Africa for the past nine years. She holds a MA in Art Business from the Sotheby’s Institute of Art and a BA in History and Art history from the George Washington University. During her graduate studies in NY she worked with the Nahmad Gallery and also participated at Art Basel in Miami and in Basel, Art Dubai, Art Abu Dhabi and FNAC in Paris.
Megan Walker : Ms. Walker comes to the Curator’s Eye with several years of experience working within Museums and Institutions. She has worked within the archives department of Villa I Tatti: the Harvard University Center of Italian Renaissance Studies and The Smithsonian Institution’s National Anthropological Archives. She is currently assisting with the collections at The Archibald Smith Plantation Home in Roswell, GA. Megan received a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History from The George Washington University and a Master’s Degree with Merit in Early European Art and Art World Practice from the University of Glasgow.
Craig Wallen : Mr. Wallen comes to The Curator's Eye with a wide range of experience in academia and the corporate sector as a business, technology, and training consultant where he managed large teams and worked on even larger projects. This background, combined with his lifelong study and interest in early ethnographic textiles led to a decade of independent gallery operation. As a gallerist, he has hosted and curated exhibitions of early rugs and textiles, as well contemporary works by master weavers from Turkey and Korea. He has exhibited at both national and international antiques venues; presented talks at the Textile Museum and other organizations, and has been featured in Art & Antiques and Hali Magazine. Mr. Wallen completed his master's degree program at the University of Pennsylvania, in international relations and economics, with a focus on the Middle East, as well as the Appraisal Studies Program in Fine and Decorative Arts at New York University.
Karen Deslattes Winslow : Before joining the Curator’s Eye, Ms. Winslow served as VP of Business Development for Synovate, an industry leader in customer loyalty research and consulting. While with Synovate, Ms. Winslow advised organizations on methods to gain a competitive edge in the marketplace by focusing on the key levers that build customer loyalty. Prior to Synovate, Ms. Winslow was Managing Director of Millward Brown IntelliQuest, a leading provider of marketing research to technology companies and Internet marketers. Ms. Winslow has a B.S. and M.A. from the University of Alabama. More recently, Ms. Winslow followed her true passion completing certificate programs focused on Fine and Decorative Arts at New York University and in Antwerp, Belgium where she has lived for many years.
Jessica Wong : Ms. Wong comes to The Curator's Eye from the Sotheby’s Classical Chinese Paintings department, where she assisted their sales efforts in North America, Europe, and Asia. Ms. Wong grew up in Hong Kong with a passion for entrepreneurship and business. She graduated from The George Washington University with a dual Bachelor’s degree in Art History and Economics and is particularly interested in the markets of Contemporary Asian Art, Modern, and Classical Chinese Paintings. Ms.Wong is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese.
DEALER / GALLERY ADMINISTRATION
Jennifer Tarbox : Jennifer Tarbox earned her B.A. in History from Susquehanna University with minors in Photography and Art History. Following her graduation Ms. Tarbox spent two years living in Rome, Italy experiencing the culture, learning the language, and working in tourism. She gained accounting, marketing, and project management skills during her tenure in the travel industry. Jennifer also worked with Lyon & Turnbull Fine Art and Antique Auction House in Edinburgh, Scotland, researching and cataloging artifacts for their auctions.
Leah Tharpe : Ms. Tharpe comes to The Curator's Eye from Copley Fine Art Auctions, a boutique art and antiques auction company in Boston, where she headed the Paintings and Works on Paper Department. She has experience with auctions, appraisals, and working at the Philadelphia Antiques Show. Ms. Tharpe earned her Master's degree in History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, and graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University, where she studied Art & Archaeology.
Philipp Lehmann : Mr. Lehmann, an architectural photographer by training, has worked as a professional photographer for various clients in the US and throughout Europe. He studied computer science in southern Germany, and has worked in the IT business for many years. Mr. Lehmann graduated with honors from New England School of Photography.
Ronel Lehmann : Founder of Lehmann Communications in 1988, Ronel is widely recognised as one of the UK’s leading communications experts, in particular for organisations in the corporate, financial, professional services, luxury brand and arts sectors. He is also well known for his crisis communications work for clients, has an extensive network and frequently comments about items of interest in newspapers, television and radio. He is a Governor of the City of London School , sits on the Ballet Rambert Campaign Committee which has raised £19.6 million to build a new home on London’s South Bank and a Trustee of Noah’s Ark children’s hospice. He has previously served on the Council of the University of Buckingham , as director of an international Chamber of Commerce, chaired a £6.5 million Capital appeal for Demelza and advises many other not-for-profit organisations.
Thomas B. Stephens : Mr. Stephens has spent ten years as an engineer, entrepreneur, and strategic advisor in the internet and software industries. He is currently a Principal at Bulger Capital, where he advises technology companies on mergers and acquisitions. Earlier in his career, he was previously a consultant at McKinsey & Company where he advised some of the world's leading firms on strategy formulation and implementation. Mr. Stephens was also the founder and president of the enterprise software company Archer Technology, and the head of platform development at the health care IT firm Outcome Sciences, Inc. Tom earned a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science and Philosophy from Dartmouth College, and an Masters of Business Administration from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Howard M. Rogatnick : Mr. Rogatnick is counsel for Bryan Cave, LLP in New York. He has experience in the areas of trademark infringement, unfair competition, and copyright infringement. In addition, Mr. Rogatnick has litigated Internet issues involving domain names and web site content. He also advises computer manufacturers and others on the protection of their intellectual property rights. Mr. Rogatnick graduated Summa Cum Laude from Yale University and received his Juris Doctorate from Harvard University in 1987.