Virtual | DC Chapter Leadership Award Ceremony Honoring Kim Sajet

In recognition of her significant achievements as the first woman director of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, ArtTable DC honors Kim Sajet with the 2020 Chapter Leadership Award. Please join us in celebrating this occasion virtually. Dr. Johnetta Cole, our 2018 recipient, will present the award to Ms. Sajet.

This event was postponed from March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Please email to confirm whether you would like to use your original registration for the new event or if you would prefer to credit your ArtTable account for future programming (credit can only be used through March 31, 2021).

This event is for ArtTable members only. Click here to see who’s already registered! Not an ArtTable member? Join today!

Ticket Information:

  • $40 – General Admission

Please note, your ticket purchase directly supports the DC chapter’s Faith Flanagan Fellowship Program. This annual program provides mentorship, resources, and a stipend to three DC-area women working in the visual arts. The Fellowship Program focuses on the empowerment and growth of the next generation of arts leaders by building relationships and offering progressive programming. Your support of this event enables the DC Chapter to continue offering this incredible Fellowship Program. THANK YOU.

How to take part:

  1. Click here to Register for this event.
  2. Following registration you will receive call-in information in the form of a ZOOM link.
  3. Before joining a Zoom meeting on a computer or mobile device, you can download the Zoom app from the Download Center and select the “Zoom Client for Meetings” option. Alternatively, you will be prompted to download and install Zoom when you click a join link.
  4. For further instruction on how to use Zoom, see here.

As the first woman to serve as director of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, Kim Sajet (pronounced Say-et) has been exploring new ways to place personal experience and creativity at the center of learning and civic awareness. Not just a place to see famous Americans, the museum explores identity as a social construct that has been shaped in equal measure by opportunity and ability, prejudice and fear. By taking a cross-disciplinary approach that merges the traditional forms of painting, sculpture, drawing and printmaking with poetry, installation art, video and performance, Sajet aims to bring history alive.

Before her current appointment, Sajet was the president and CEO of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the vice president and deputy director of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the director of corporate relations at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Before arriving in the United States with her family in 1997, she served first as curator and then director of two Australian art museums from 1989 – 1995.

Born in Nigeria, raised in Australia, and a citizen of the Netherlands, Sajet brings a global perspective to the position. She earned a master’s degree in art history from Bryn Mawr College, a master’s degree in business administration from Melbourne University Business School in Australia, a bachelor’s degree in art history from Melbourne University, and a graduate diploma in Museum studies from Deakin University in Australia. She has completed arts leadership training at the Harvard Business School, the Getty Institute and National Arts Strategies.

In addition to 20 years of arts management experience, Sajet has written a number of scholarly publications, curated exhibitions and spoken at academic symposia around the world. Her current interests include the June 2019 study of identity politics, role-playing in online virtual worlds and the significance of celebrity in American history. She is also the host of the Portrait Gallery’s new podcast series, “Portraits,” exploring themes of art, history and biography.

Thank you to Ruth Abrahams, Caitlin Berry, Alexa Kaye and Maria Sancho-Arroyo for organizing this program.

Hosted By:

  • Alexa Kaye
  • Alice Dow Walker
  • Anne M. Lampe
  • Beverly Carol With
  • Brandon B. Fortune
  • Brigitte Reyes
  • Carolyn K Carr
  • Charlotte Ickes
  • Concetta M Duncan
  • Dorothy Kosinski
  • Gay P Hanna
  • La’Tasha Nicole Banks
  • Laura Roulet
  • Lauren Jensen
  • Maria Sancho-Arroyo
  • Marlene Rothacker Harrison
  • Mary Early
  • Renee Y Sandell
  • Ruth Abrahams
  • Sarah Courtney
  • Sarah Tanguy
  • Shelley R. Langdale
  • Terry Dudnick Taffer
  • Victoria L. Reis

Image: Grace Roselli, Pandora’s BoxX Project

Virtual | Northwest Chapter Holiday Party

ArtTable Northwest invites members and guests to celebrate 2021 with a bang! Join us for an exclusive virtual tour of the NEON SALTWATER x BRIAN SANCHEZ exhibition ‘Energy Drink,’ plus other spaces, at the Museum of Museums, a skill-building exercise in sabrage (the ancient art of opening a bottle of champagne with a sword) from Jennifer Roberts, a round of ChatRoulette with your fellow members, and a raffle of some great prizes! See below for full details on ticket tiers and participating speakers. We hope to see you there!

Ticket Tiers

Entry is free with registration!

  • 1 Raffle Ticket – $15 (100% donation)
  • 4 raffle tickets + cocktail or nonalcoholic shrub – $60 (60% donation)
  • 6 raffle tickets + cocktail or nonalcoholic shrub + plate – $125 (60% donation)

Click here to view the raffle items!

(Food & drinks available for delivery or pickup from Knee High Stocking Co. on Capitol Hill in Seattle, WA. Please note that food & drink options are only available for people within Seattle city limits. Scroll down for menu options.) 

All proceeds benefit ArtTable, the foremost professional organization dedicated to advancing the leadership of women in the arts. Through our national membership network and community initiatives, we expand opportunities for women from diverse backgrounds and at all stages of their careers, fostering a stronger future for all women in the arts.

If you can’t attend but would still like to support ArtTable, please consider making a donation here!

This event is for members & guests of ArtTable’s Northwest chapter only. Not a member? Join us today!

Registration for this event is now closed. Please email if you have any questions.


• 6:30pm – 6:40pm – Welcome + Thanks
• 6:40pm – 7:00pm – Greg Lundgren gives us an exclusive virtual tour of NEON SALTWATER x BRIAN SANCHEZ exhibition Energy Drink, as well as other works, exhibitions and spaces at the Museum of Museums (MoM).
• 7:00pm – 7:10pm – Local art collector, On the Boards board member, and all-around extraordinary individual, Jennifer Roberts, tutors us in the ancient art of sabrage (opening a bottle of champagne with a sword) – a skill-building exercise in celebratory (outdoor) performance we can all definitely use after surviving 2020.
• 7:10pm – 7:25pm – Let’s play ChatRoulette! We will gather in zoom rooms to connect, randomly, with each other.
• 7:25pm – 7:45pm – Stay for the Raffle – where you can win great prizes.

About the Speakers & Prizes

Energy Drink is a collaboration between digital artist Neon Saltwater (Abby Dougherty) and abstract painter Brian Sanchez. It creates a found and fabricated environment that transforms the mundane into a contemplative experience through color, interior design, lighting, and the elusive euphoria of vacant and transitory spaces. Neon Saltwater’s uncanny interiors become a life-size fantasy set, a minimalist stage for Brian Sanchez’s paintings and sculptures. The rich paintings use an emotive palette that responds to the lighting design and activates the pervasive loneliness buzzing between the roomscapes. Energy Drink makes abstraction tangible.

The Museum of Museums‘ mission is to increase the artist population of Seattle and inspire our local arts ecosystem through exhibition, education, and conversation about the role of the artist, philanthropist and collector. It resides in a building originally designed by NBBJ in 1946, and was formerly occupied by Swedish Hospital Women’s Health Center. The museum and gift shop pay homage to the former site in many ways, and MOM founding donors Ruth True, Barbara Malone, Alison Milliman speak to the importance of women as philanthropists and collectors in Seattle and beyond.

Greg Lundgren is an artist, curator and arts entrepreneur. He is the founder of Vital 5 Productions, Artist For a Work Free America (AFWFA), Lundgren Monuments and a member of the artist trio PDL. He co-owns The Hideout and Vito’s, and is the founder and director of Museum of Museum, a new contemporary art center in Seattle.

Jennifer Roberts is an art collector and all around extraordinary individual. She is currently on the board of On The Boards, and is a past trustee of the Henry Art Gallery and Villa Academy. She also owns Old Chaser Farm on Vashon where she manages their beautiful farm share.

Knee High Stocking Co. is a minority, female, family-owned and operated business born and bred in Seattle, WA. Sisters/Partners: Pamela C. and Michelle V. have served up Prohibition-era cocktails and house-made shrubs, plus a menu of Filipino-inspired American food since 2017.

Menu Options:

  • Plate (Vegetarian Option Available)
    • Lumpia (select Beef, Pork, Beyond meat)
    • Asian Chicken Drummettes
    • Potatas bravas
      • +homemade sauces
  • Cocktail/shrub:
    • Thai one on (vodka, allspice dram, basil)
    • Calimansari ginger shrub W/ lemon and soda

Thank you to ArtTable Northwest Chapter Leaders for organizing this event.

Image: Museum of Museums (MOM)

Virtual | New York Holiday Party

Please join the NY Chapter for our annual holiday party! Although we’ll be celebrating virtually this year, we have a fantastic party planned with art games, festive cocktails and singalongs, as well as a chance to honor this year’s NY Chapter Leadership Award recipient, Jane Borthwick, and show your support of ArtTable!

ArtTable Executive Director Jessica Porter will join us for a look back at 2020 and a look ahead to the coming year with ArtTable, nationally and within our NY chapter. Come celebrate with us in front of your favorite and merriest Zoom backdrop as we toast to ArtTable and our wonderful NY members!

How to take part:

  1. Click here to Register for this event.
  2. Following registration you will receive call-in information in the form of a ZOOM link
  3. Before joining a Zoom meeting on a computer or mobile device, you can download the Zoom app from the Download Center and select the “Zoom Client for Meetings” option. Alternatively, you will be prompted to download and install Zoom when you click a join link.
  4. For further instruction on how to use Zoom, see here.

If you can’t attend but would still like to support ArtTable, please consider making a donation here!

This event is for members of ArtTable’s New York chapter only. Not a member? Join us today!

Click here to see who’s already registered!

Thank you to NY Programs Committee Co-Chairs, Sarah McNaughton and Jacqueline Towers-Perkins, and NY Membership Committee Co-Chairs, Ana-Alicia Siqueiros and Edie Meyer.

Virtual | MAD About Jewelry Trunk Show

5pm ET | 4pm CT | 2pm PT

Join us for a special edition of the Museum of Arts and Design’s MAD About Jewelry Virtual Trunk Shows presented exclusively for ArtTable members. Hear from MAD About Jewelry 2020 Artists in conversation with Bryna Pomp, MAD About Jewelry curator. See what the artists have been working on lately; learn about their processes and inspirations, and – best of all – purchase the pieces you love! The artists will send them right to you. We can’t wait to share this time with you and celebrate the talented people who are part of the MAD artist community. Proceeds will benefit the participating artists and support MAD’s educational programming. Click here to visit the online shopping page in advance of this program.

This program is free for ArtTable Circle members and $5 for all other membership levels. ArtTable Circle members enjoy invitations to special private events, VIP events, and priority registration for select programs. Click here to read more about ArtTable membership levels or join us today!

Click here to register for this event.

You will receive an email confirmation after registration. Please note that your name and email address will be shared with MAD in order to receive the link to the webinar. If you have not already, you can download the Zoom app from the Download Center and select the “Zoom Client for Meetings” option. Alternatively, you will be prompted to download and install Zoom when you click a join link. For further instruction on how to use Zoom, see here.

Image: Jewelry designed by Uli Rapp, Daphne Krinos, Francesca Marcenaro, and Jennifer Merchant

Annual Leadership Series: Enacting Equality, Ending Racism with Sandra Jackson-Dumont

Image: Marie Watt, ‘Companion Species (Calling All My Relations)’, 2018, photographed by Edward Robison


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ArtTable’s Annual Leadership Series is dedicated to convening top voices in the arts to deeply explore the most pressing issues of our time. This year, Sandra Jackson-Dumont (Director and CEO, Lucas Museum of Narrative Art) moderates an essential conversation on race and equity in the art world with Suzy Delvalle (former Head of Creative Capital), Lisa Yancey (President, Yancey Consulting, LLC), and Marie Watt (artist). These inspirational visionaries will share their perspectives on systemic inequity and racism in the art world—as reflected in leadership roles, salary structure, fundraising priorities, and beyond—and discuss the meaningful changes they are spearheading to move the field toward equity and inclusion. 

ArtTable’s Annual Leadership Series presents a public forum featuring a distinguished roster of artists, change-makers, and leaders in our field to discuss relevant and emerging issues for those working in arts and culture. In the past, our speakers have included Thelma Golden, Christy Maclear, Monica O. Montgomery, Anne Pasternak, and many more.

How to take part!

  1. Click the above link to register for this program.
  2. Following registration, you will receive a Zoom link to dial into the program.
  3. If you do not already have it, download the Zoom app for your computer or mobile device from Zoom’s Download Center and select the “Zoom Client for Meetings” option. Alternatively, you will be prompted to download and install Zoom when you click a Join link.
  4. For further instruction on how to use Zoom, click here.

Sandra Jackson Dumont, by Rebecca SchearAbout Sandra Jackson-Dumont

Sandra Jackson-Dumont joined the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art as director and CEO in January 2020. Tasked with leading the institution through its opening and beyond, Jackson-Dumont came to the Lucas Museum from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she served as the Frederick P. and Sandra P. Rose Chairman of Education from 2014 to 2019.

At the Lucas Museum, Jackson-Dumont oversees wide-ranging programming and operational teams and will manage a staff of more than 230 by the time the museum opens. She leads the curatorial, museum experience, education, and collections management teams in exploring the extensive collection and developing exhibitions and programs for the museum’s extensive gallery and classroom spaces. The Lucas Museum broke ground in March 2018 in Los Angeles’s Exposition Park, and Jackson-Dumont also works with the architecture and construction teams to bring architect Ma Yansong’s vision for the 11-acre campus and 300,000-square-foot building to life. Jackson-Dumont reports to the Lucas Museum’s board of directors.

Throughout her career, Jackson-Dumont has developed programming around museum collections and special exhibitions to engage a broad range of audiences, from school-age children and their teachers to artists and scholars. At The Met, Jackson-Dumont conceived of and managed an array of dynamic public programs, community engagement and academic initiatives, and live arts performances for diverse audiences. Jackson-Dumont also served for eight years as the deputy director for education and public programs and adjunct curator of modern and contemporary art at the Seattle Art Museum (SAM). There, she oversaw educational public programs, interpretive technology, and community affairs across the museum’s three venues, as well as organized significant exhibitions and collaborative projects on the work of Theaster Gates, Titus Kaphar, LaToya Ruby Frazier, and Sondra Perry, among others. Prior to that, Jackson-Dumont held positions at the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among other cultural organizations.

Known for her ability to blur the lines between academia, popular culture, and non-traditional art-going communities, Jackson-Dumont is invested in curating experiences that foster dynamic exchanges between art/artists, past/present, public/private, and people/places. She has organized numerous exhibitions, lectures, performances, symposia, and education initiatives and has contributed essays to a host of publications and worked with numerous artists.

About Suzy Delvalle

Susan (Suzy) Delvalle is a fierce advocate for art and artists. With over 20 years of leadership experience in the cultural sector, she has committed her career to enhancing the impact of mission-based organizations and building opportunity and equity in the arts. She most recently served as President and Executive Director of Creative Capital, an innovative arts nonprofit that adapts venture philanthropy concepts to support individual artists. Only the second Director in Creative Capital’s history, Suzy oversaw some of the most dramatic changes in the organization’s two-decade history. Under her leadership, Creative Capital increased its annual operating budget 20 percent by instituting a three-year fundraising cycle, further developed the board with ten new active members while also establishing a National Advisory Council, and expanded services to artists by instituting regular, annual Creative Capital Awards and retreats.

Suzy formerly served as the founding Director of the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, where she oversaw all aspects of the development and opening of the museum. She previously served as Director of External Affairs and Development at El Museo Del Barrio, where she dramatically increased the museum’s budget and attendance over her eleven-year tenure. Before joining El Museo, she worked for American Composers Orchestra following a career in consumer banking and advertising. Suzy has served as adjunct faculty at NYU’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies and is a guest lecturer at several universities. She serves on the Board of ArtTable, New Yorkers for Culture & Arts, The Laundromat Project and is a member of The Metropolitan Museum’s Advisory Committee in Culture Engagement. She was born and raised in Curaçao and speaks Spanish, Dutch, and Papiamento.

About Lisa Yancey

Recently coined a strategic maverick by a long-time colleague, Lisa Yancey is an organizational development consultant who specializes in strategic organizational planning, business planning, program evaluation and assessments, executive project management, revenue modeling, leadership coaching, and organizational structure assessments for nonprofit institutions. She is the President of Yancey Consulting, LLC, an organizational and leadership development consulting firm committed to unlocking, provoking, facilitating, and collaboratively imagining equitable social impacts on the local to national level™. Lisa advises a spectrum of practitioners, nonprofit organizations, philanthropists, and philanthropic institutions committed to dismantling inequities, enriching disinvested communities, building leadership, and amplifying diverse perspectives. She has worked with, facilitated, and provided pro bono services to over 100 organizations or grantmaking institutions in the past 19 years. She works across arts and culture, youth development, social justice, media justice, economic justice, and open internet sectors. As an entrepreneur, Lisa also advises emerging for-profit entities that are values-aligned with her equity-based values. Getting to know organizations personally to co-develop strategies, benchmark indicators, and measurable objectives is a hallmark of her work.

Lisa matriculated from both Boston College Law School and Emory University, respectively earning her Juris Doctorate and Bachelor of the Arts degrees. She used to be a professional dancer and choreographer and has been a member of the New York State Bar Association since 2000. She started her consultancy practice in 2001. Her professional ambition is to make meaningful differences that systemically elevate equity, particularly disrupting inequities that impact historically disinvested, underinvested or marginalized communities.

About Marie Watt

Marie Watt is an American artist and citizen of the Seneca Nation with German-Scot ancestry. Her interdisciplinary work draws from history, biography, Iroquois protofeminism, and Indigenous teachings; in it, she explores the intersection of history, community, and storytelling. Through collaborative actions she instigates multigenerational and cross-disciplinary conversations that might create a lens and conversation for understanding connectedness to place, one another, and the universe.

Watt holds an MFA in painting and printmaking from Yale University; she also has degrees from Willamette University and the Institute of American Indian Arts; and in 2016 she was awarded an honorary doctorate from Willamette University.

She has attended residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and the Vermont Studio Center; and has received fellowships from Anonymous Was a Woman, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Harpo Foundation and the Ford Family Foundation and the Native Arts and Culture Foundation.

Marie serves on the board for VoCA (Voices in Contemporary Art) and on the Native Advisory Committee at the Portland Art Museum and in 2020 became a member of the Board of Trustees at the Portland Art Museum. She is a fan of Crow’s Shadow, an Indigenous founded printmaking institute located on the homelands of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla, as well as
Portland Community College.

Selected collections include the Seattle Art Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Yale University Art Gallery, Crystal Bridges Museum, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian and Renwick Gallery, the Tacoma Art Museum, the Denver Art Museum, and the Portland Art Museum. She is represented by PDX
Contemporary Art in Portland, Oregon, Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle, Washington, and Marc Straus Gallery in New York City, New York.

VIRTUAL | Live Virtual Memorial Tour at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum

12 PM EDT/ 11 AM CDT/ 9 AM PDT

In response to our current state of distance, ArtTable is shifting programming online where we can. This event will take place as a live conversation! Registration is open to members only. We hope to see you there!

Members | $5.00

Guests | $10.00

How to take part!

  1. Click here to Register for this event
  2. Following registration you will receive call-in information in the form of a ZOOM link
  3. Before joining a Zoom meeting on a computer or mobile device, you can download the Zoom app from the Download Center and select the “Zoom Client for Meetings” option. Alternatively, you will be prompted to download and install Zoom when you click a join link.
  4. For further instruction on how to use Zoom, see here.

Join ArtTable for a live virtual memorial tour at the 9/11 memorial & museum.

For the anniversary of 9/11, this year we’re providing members with the opportunity to experience a live virtual tour of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum to experience the site and its monumentality. Through interactive tours, a guide tells the stories of courage, resilience and sacrifice that took place on September 11, 2001.

Thank you to Ana-Alicia Siqueiros, ArtTable New York member.

Virtual Summer Cocktail Hour with The Cocktail Bandits and Van Gogh Vodka


In response to our current state of distance, ArtTable is shifting programming online where we can. This event will take place as a live conversation! Registration is open to members only. Suggested donation of $15.00. We hope to see you there!

How to take part:

  1. Click here to Register and Login!
  2. Following registration you will receive call-in information in the form of a ZOOM link
  3. Before joining a Zoom meeting on a computer or mobile device, you can download the Zoom app from the Download Center and select the “Zoom Client for Meetings” option. Alternatively, you will be prompted to download and install Zoom when you click a join link.
  4. For further instruction on how to use Zoom, see here.

This event if for ArtTable members only! Interested in joining us? Find out more about membership here!

Join ArtTable, the Cocktail Bandits and our friends at Van Gogh Vodka for a summer cocktail hour!

We’ll be making “The Rose Gold:’

  • 11/4 oz of Van Gogh Vodka
  • 2 oz of rose flower tea
  • 1 oz of honey syrup
  • 1/4 oz of lemon juice
  • Garnish of lemon / rose flower

Van Gogh Vodka released its first limited edition #GoghGirl bottle to 31 markets across the U.S. just in time to toast National Girlfriends Day (August 1, 2020). Created by artist Kate Worum, a recognized print and pattern designer, the GoghGirl label pays homage to the brand’s namesake artist Vincent Van Gogh by featuring similar flowers shown in his painting “Oleanders.” In addition to showcasing female art and using the campaign hashtag #GoghGirl on the bottle, Van Gogh vodka will donate a $1 per bottle sold to ArtTable! You can find Van Gogh vodka for this event and beyond here!

Johnny Caldwell and Taneka Reaves are the dynamic duo known around the globe as the curly-haired Cocktail Bandits. Read more about the Cocktail Bandits here!

Virtual: Meet the 2020 ArtTable Fellows!

Join us for a discussion with our 2020 ArtTable Fellows where they will be discussing their projects and  experiences with the ArtTable Fellowship Program. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet our current fellowship cohort and learn more about the ArtTable Fellowship Program and the opportunities it provides to emerging professionals. We are pleased to be celebrate 20 years of this impactful program. Click here to read more about our Impact initiatives. 

In response to our current state of distance, ArtTable is shifting programming online where we can. This event will take place as a live conversation! Registration is open to members only. Suggested donation of $15.00. We hope to see you there!

How to take part!

  1. Click here to Register for this event
  2. Following registration you will receive call-in information in the form of a ZOOM link
  3. Before joining a Zoom meeting on a computer or mobile device, you can download the Zoom app from the Download Center and select the “Zoom Client for Meetings” option. Alternatively, you will be prompted to download and install Zoom when you click a join link.
  4. For further instruction on how to use Zoom, see here.

Since the year 2000, ArtTable has conducted a Fellowship Program to address the marked lack of diversity in arts employment. The Fellowship provides quality experiences and mentorship to female-identifying graduate students and emerging professionals from backgrounds generally underrepresented in the field to aid their transition from academic to professional careers. Through one-on-one mentoring relationships at select museums and cultural institutions, fellows have the opportunity to work with established leaders and gain exposure to a range of professional activities.

The ArtTable Fellowship Program is partnering this year with the Chrysler Museum of Art (Norfolk, VA); The Laundromat Project (New York, NY), the Museum of Chinese in America (New York, NY); Socrates Sculpture Park (Long Island City, NY); Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center (Oklahoma City, OK); The Arts Student League of New York (New York, NY); LACE, Los Angeles Contemporary (Los Angeles, CA); Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco, CA); and The Morgan Library & Museum (New York, NY).


Participating ArtTable Fellow Bios

Jewel Ham
The Arts Student League

Jewel Ham is a 2020 Summa Cum Laude Howard University graduate, with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. Interested in production, curation, and distribution of fine art alike, she intends to increase the accessibility of visual art in Black and brown communities.

Jocelyn Lopez-Anleu
Los Angles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE)

Jocelyn Lopez-Anleu was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles and is the first member in her family to attend a four-year university. Lopez-Anleu has packed a lot in her four years at UC Santa Cruz. Besides her B.A., she is completing minors in Latin American and Latino studies and History of Consciousness. During her second year, she studied contemporary curatorial practices at the University of Cape Town in South Africa and engaged with different methods of studying art history at UCLA. She also interned at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and The Broad. These experiences starkly illustrated how limiting the traditional art world can be, and she has dedicated her efforts to bring underrepresented artists from communities of color to the forefront. “I do this in hopes that by seeing art that engages with their identity, communities of color and queer communities of color will arrive at an understanding that art and careers in the arts is not something that is inaccessible to them.

Michelle Mandarino
The Chrysler Museum of Art

Michelle Mandarino is an MA student in Art History at Indiana University and the Graduate Curatorial Assistant of European and American Art at the Eskenazi Museum of Art. Her research interests include southern Baroque painting and the cross-cultural relationship between Italy and Spain in the seventeenth century.

Taylor Payer
Socrates Sculpture Park

Boozhoo! My name is Taylor Payer and I am a citizen of the Turtle Mountain Band of Anishinaabe. I graduated from Dartmouth College in 2015 with a Bachelor’s in Women’s and Gender Studies. During my last year of undergraduate, I was a student fellow at the Hood Museum of Art where I worked on public programming and curated an exhibition of contemporary art by women of color and indigenous women.

For the last three years I have worked as a curator and community engagement director at the All My Relations Gallery in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I have also been an arts educator at the Walker Art Center.  As an emerging arts professional, I have been able to curate, organize, and install several exhibitions and creative place-keeping initiatives.

Erica Rawles
The Laundromat Project

Erica Rawles is an artist, writer, facilitator, and collaborator with a background in community engagement and organizing. In addition to her personal art practice and work as a freelance writer, Erica collaborates with organizations in a participatory, creative process that prioritizes community building and empowerment. Before joining the Laundromat Project as an ArtTable fellow, she worked as Creative Strategist for the Little Tokyo Service Center and as an educator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. She is also an AmeriCorps alumna. Erica holds a dual B.A. in studio art and philosophy from Claremont McKenna College.

Carola Reyes
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Carola Reyes Benítez is a recent graduate from NYU’s College of Arts and Sciences. Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, she embarked to New York City to pursue studies in Art History and Business Studies. During her four years at university, she has had various experiences in the art world, including internships at The Whitney Museum of American Art, Sotheby’s, and Salon 94 gallery in NYC. Her academic interests include international contemporary art and design, specifically that of the Americas. As an incoming ArtTable Fellow at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, she plans to gain further experience in an arts institution while fostering new relationships within the San Francisco art community.

Lisa Zhang
Museum of Chinese of America

Lisa Yin Zhang is an artist, art historian, and writer, based in Queens, NY. She is a graduate of Williams College, and is interested in marginal narratives of modern and contemporary art history.


Your health and the health of our supporters is important to us. It is with a heavy heart that we have decided to cancel this year’s annual benefit and award ceremony.

This is a signature ArtTable event that we look forward to each year as an opportunity to bring our network together from around the world celebrating the women who make a difference in the art world.

The excitement around this year’s event in celebration of our 40th anniversary as well as our honoree Susan Unterberg and our awardees Wassan Al-Khudairi, Erin Christovale, Lauren Haynes and Jami Powell has been incredible. These women are an inspiration to us all.

Consider supporting ArtTable today. Every dollar counts to help us support women in the visual arts. 

               ArtTable Benefit and Award Ceremony Honorary Benefit Co-Chairs:

Susan K. Freedman

Lowery Stokes Sims

Barbara Tober

Ruby Supporters

Alva Greenberg

Gold Supporters


Bloomberg Philanthropies

Agnes Gund

Susan Unterberg

Bronze Supporters 

ArtTable Northern California Chapter

Susan K. Freedman

Carol Cole Levin

Marian Goodman Gallery

Elizabeth Smith

Barbara Tober


Jody and John Arnhold

Arlene Bascom

Catherine Behrend

Brian Wall Foundation

Courtney Burbela

Peggy Danziger

Linda Fischbach

Milly Glimcher

Thelma Golden

Donna Harkavy

Patricia E. Harris

Julia P. Herzberg

Barbara T. Hoffman

Raymond Learsy

Susana Torruella Leval

Melissa Osterwind

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation

Lyn M. Ross

Mary Sabbatino

Ann Schaffer

Lowery Stokes Sims

Ellen Taubman



Jane Borthwick

Lori Chemla

Marna Clark

Eileen Ekstract

Elaine Goldman

Marilyn Hoffman

Sandra Lang

Joyce Pomeroy Schwartz


*list as of February 24, 2020


ArtTable Benefit  Journal: Ad Deadline Extended to April 3!

We are still planning to share our Annual Benefit Journal with our members + friends digitally. This a wonderful opportunity to show your support for our honorees or promote your business and services. See the link below for journal rates and sizes!

Journal advertising rates

For more information please contact Jonquil Schaller-Harris at

Distinguished Service to the Visual Arts Press Release

New Leadership Awards Press Release

2019 Gala Highlights

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ArtTable is a 501(c)(3) organization. All programs are non-refundable.

            Honorees + Presenter Bios 

2020 Distinguished Service to the Visual Arts Honoree

Susan Unterberg is a New York–based photographer and philanthropist whose poetic photographic and video work explores the psychological complexities of intimate relationships, especially familial ones, as well as nature and broader political themes. She was represented by Lawrence Miller Gallery, and later Yancey Richardson Gallery, and her work has been exhibited broadly in the U.S. and abroad at such institutions as the New Museum, International Center of Photography, and Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Unterberg is represented in major public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Jewish Museum, and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She has been awarded fellowships and residencies at Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, Djerassi Artists Program, American Academy in Rome, and Bogliasco. In 2019, she was awarded NYU’s Distinguished Alumni Award, as well as being honored at the Skowhegan Awards Dinner. In 2018, Unterberg stepped forward as the founder and sole funder of the Anonymous Was A Woman award, which awards 10 unrestricted $25,000 grants to women-identifying artists over the age of 40.

2020 New Leadership Awardees

Wassan Al-Khudhairi is chief curator at the Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) in St. Louis where she organized Stephanie Syjuco: Rogue States, Bethany Collins: Chorus, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Lawrence Abu Hamdan: Eartwitness Theatre, Guan Xiao: Fiction Archive Project, Hayv Kahraman: Acts of Reparation, Trenton Doyle Hancock: The Re-Evolving Door to the Moundverse, and SUPERFLEX: European Union Mayotte. Prior to her position at CAM, Al-Khudhairi was the Hugh Kaul Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Birmingham Museum of Art where she organized the first large-scale exhibition of the museum’s contemporary collection, Third Space/shifting conversations about contemporary art. She was invited to be a curator for the 6th Asian Art Biennial in Taiwan in 2017 and co-artistic director for the 9th Gwangju Biennial in South Korea in 2012. Serving as the founding director of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Qatar, Al-Khudhairi oversaw the opening of the museum in 2010 and co-curated Sajjil: A Century of Modern Art and curated Cai Guo-Qiang: Saraab.


Erin Christovale is associate curator at the Hammer Museum and co-founder of Black Radical Imagination with Amir George. Notable exhibitions include a/wake in the water: Meditations on Disaster (2014) at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, Memoirs of a Watermelon Woman (2016), and A Subtle Likeness (2016), both at ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, S/Election: Democracy, Citizenship, Freedom (2016) at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, the critically acclaimed Made in L.A. 2018 (2018) with Anne Ellegood, and belonging (2019) at the Hammer Museum.


Lauren Haynes is the curator of contemporary art at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and curator of visual arts at the Momentary in Bentonville, AR. Haynes was co-curator of the 2018 Crystal Bridges’s exhibition The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Art and is co-curator of the 2019 exhibition Crystals in Art: Ancient to Today. Haynes is currently leading the curatorial team working on the exhibition State of the Art, which opened at both Crystal Bridges and Momentary in February 2020. Prior to joining Crystal Bridges in October 2016, Haynes spent nearly a decade at the Studio Museum in Harlem. As a specialist in African-American contemporary art, Haynes curated dozens of exhibitions at the Studio Museum and contemporary art institutions in New York. Haynes was a 2018 Center for Curatorial Leadership fellow. Haynes is co-curator of the inaugural Tennessee Triennial for Contemporary Art taking place across Tennessee in 2021.


Jami Powell is the Hood Museum’s first associate curator of Native American art and was recently appointed as a lecturer in Native American Studies at Dartmouth. Powell is a citizen of the Osage Nation and has a PhD in anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to working at the Hood, she was a faculty lecturer at Tufts University. She has also worked as a research assistant at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, was a Mellon Fellow at the Peabody Essex Museum, and has conducted research projects at the Field Museum of Natural History and the Denver Art Museum. Powell’s research examines representations of Indigenous peoples in museums as well as the interventions contemporary Indigenous artists make through creative acts of self-representation. Powell is currently working on a book manuscript from her dissertation titled Stitching an Osage Future: Aesthetic Resistance and Self-Representation. She has also published articles in Museum Anthropology, Panorama, Museum Management, and Curatorship, and is an editorial advisor for First American Art Magazine. Powell has served on curatorial advisory boards for the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Yale University. She is currently working on several exhibitions including Form and Relation: Contemporary Native Ceramics, Critical Indigenous Photographic Exchange (CIPX) Dartmouth, and This Land: American Engagement with the Natural World.


Amy Sherald was born in 1973 in Columbus, GA, Sherald documents contemporary African-American experience in the U.S. through arresting, otherworldly portraits. Sherald subverts the medium of portraiture to tease out unexpected narratives, inviting viewers to engage in a more complex debate about accepted notions of race and representation, and to situate black heritage centrally in the story of American art. Sherald received her MFA in painting from Maryland Institute College of Art (2004) and her BA in painting from Clark-Atlanta University (1997). She was the first woman and first African-American ever to receive first prize in the 2016 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition from the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC; in February 2018, the museum unveiled her portrait of former First Lady Michelle Obama. Sherald has also received the 2018 David C. Driskell Prize from the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the 2018 Pollock Prize for Creativity, and the 2017 Anonymous Was A Woman grant. Her solo exhibition “Heart of the Matter” opened at Hauser &Wirth in NYC in September 2019. Alongside her painterly practice, Sherald has worked for almost two decades alongside socially-committed creative initiatives, including teaching art in prisons and art projects with teenagers.


Shinique Smith is known for her monumental artworks of bundled fabric and gestural calligraphy that resonate on a spiritual and social scale which have been featured in acclaimed exhibitions such as Revolution in the Making: Women Abstract Sculptors 1940-2016; 30 Americans: Rubell Family Collection; UnMonumental: The Object in the 21st Century; New Museum, and Frequency; Studio Museum in Harlem. Smith’s works are held in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, LACMA, Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), and Whitney Museum among others. She earned her MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art, where Smith was awarded the Alumni Medal of Honor (2012).

NOCAL | ArtTable’s Northern California Chapter Leadership Award Celebration and Holiday Party

Image: Suzanne Lacy with the Rape Map at LAPD headquarters, January 2012. Photo: Neda Moridpour

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Join ArtTable’s Northern California Chapter for a special celebration honoring ArtTable’s Northern California Chapter Leadership Awardee Suzanne Lacy.

ArtTable’s Northern California Chapter invites you to join in this recognition of artist and educator, Suzanne Lacy for her long career probing and illuminating the histories and cultures of women through performances engaging communities in active participation. Her impact on California and generations of young artists in the San Francisco Bay Area has opened important dialogue through her commitment as an educator and advocate for revelatory process.

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