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Curating Your Corporate and Private Collection

Active Ideas Productions

Wednesday, December 14, 2011 from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM (COT)

Curating Your Corporate and Private Collection

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Curating Your Corporate and Private Collection

Wednesday, December 14th from 7:00 - 9:30 pm. Complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Bringing together both dealers and designers, this panel will focus on how to build a comprehensive collection that will not only retain its investment value, but also work well visually in a home or office setting. Panelists will broach how to balance investing for investment’s sake but also how to curate a cohesive collection. Heavily rooted in a design perspective, discussion will also cover how to successfully showcase art in a personal or professional space, and how to integrate art in its environment.

Appropriate for interior designers, corporate buyers, first-time art buyers, investors, and artists who wish to break into this burgeoning market, we will be exploring every facet of this interesting intersection of art and business.  These and many more questions will be addressed as Annika Connor leads the discussion exploring Curating Your Corporate and Private Collection.

Featured Panelists:

Heidi Lee: New York-based Art Advisor 

Kipton Cronkite: Founder & Creative Director, KiptonART

Sari Cohen: Collections Manager of Neuberger Berman Art Program

Sarah Connolly: Creative Director of Cavern Home

Panelists Bios:

Heidi Lee: New York-based art advisor, Heidi Lee, founded HLAA in 2002. She has extensive experience with art acquisitions, estate liquidations, collection management and appraisals. She has worked on numerous corporate collections including Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, Capital Group, Davis Polk, A.T. Kearney and Exxon’s Teagle Foundation and has helped clients acquire and appraise over four hundred works of art by internationally acclaimed artists. She has advised clients on important paintings by Mark Rothko, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Roy Lichtenstein, Agnes Martin, Damien Hirst, Keith Haring, Richard Prince, Ghada Amer, Anish Kapoor, John Baldessari and many others. She is currently advising private clients of JP Morgan Chase, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and Christie’s.

Lee is deeply entrenched in the art world and travels nonstop to attend major art fairs, auctions, and exhibitions. She is co-chair of the New Museum’s Contemporary Council and chairman of Christie’s Education Alumni Society. In conjunction with the Philippe Charriol Foundation, she curated her first exhibition in December 2002, featuring twenty-five artists from around the world including, Kenny Scharf, Nina Levy and Anton Corbijn. This summer she won a grant to curate an exhibition featuring critically acclaimed artists Keith Haring, Shepard Fairey, Robert Williams and Ron English.

Heidi Lee received a master’s degree from Christie’s Education in Modern Art, Connoisseurship and the Art Market and is a USPAP certified art appraiser. She is also a member of the Sheba Medical Center’s SILC board.

As a part of this panel, Ms. Lee will give advice on key points to keep in mind when collecting as well giving concrete examples of names to know and good buys for new collectors.



 Kipton Cronkite: Founder & Creative Director, KiptonART.  Founded by Kipton Cronkite in 2002, KiptonART is a private establishment that culls fledgling artists and introduces them to the foremost administrators of the New York art world.  On a continual basis, the organization selects a varied group of up-and-coming artists and provides an outlet for them to display their work in exhibition spaces and online.  KiptonART is quietly becoming a conduit collectors and gallery operators turn to in search of emerging talent.

With personal attention and industry savvy, KiptonART guides new artists through the often daunting task of presenting their work for the first time in the broader market. In effect, the company provides a dual forum for artists to communicate their oeuvres both online and through special events and custom-curated exhibitions.  Our collector clients--many of whom derive from museum patron circles, major auction houses, and world-class institutions--function as reliable benefactors, keen on locating fresh talent and sharing their acquisitions with friends, colleagues, and fellow philanthropists.

KiptonART.com is a full-scale website of utmost intelligibility--a virtual look book of artists representing a wide range of subject matter and technical accomplishment.  Artists featured on KiptonART.com are vetted to maintain superlative artistic quality and integrity.

As a part of this discussion Kipton will discus starting and running KiptonART as well as his own experiences working as a curator and working with other collectors, designers, and curators to help individuals and companies create outstanding and affordable art collections. 


Sari Cohen is the Collections Manager of Neuberger Berman’s Art Program.  In 1990, Neuberger Berman, an asset management firm, inspired by the heritage of Roy R. Neuberger, a renowned collector of 20th Century art, began a program of supporting contemporary artists through the purchase of their work.  For the past five years, Sari has served as a collections operations manager of the Neuberger Berman Art Program which consists of artworks in a variety of media by emerging and mid-career artists that are installed in Neuberger Berman’s office globally.

Prior to working at Neuberger Berman, Sari was the Collections Manger for The Jewish Museum in New York where she developed and implemented policies and procedures pertaining to the permanent collection.  She received her master’s in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University and her bachelor’s from NYU as well.

For this panel, Sari will discuss collections management practices and techniques as pertaining to corporate art collections.

Sarah Connolly is the creative director of Cavern Home, a boutique wallpaper company that specializes in hand screened prints and artist collaborations. Cavern's Artist Edition line features works by Tom Slaughter, Panamanian artist Miguel Fabrega, photographer Jordan Doner, Annika Connor, among others. The Artist Edition papers are installed in Creative Time's office, the Charleston Museum in England and numerous residences, and have been featured in over a dozen magazines including Elle Decor, House Beautiful, and Country Living. Cavern strives to make art accessible through the decorative arts, while expanding the avenues and mediums for artists to display and sell their work. 

Prior to joining Cavern, Sarah worked as an interior design at Kemble Interiors. Sarah graduated from Harvard with B.A. in Art History.

For this panel, Sarah Connolly will talk about the elements of home design and decor that can be used to enhance an existing or future art collection, and how wallpaper, paint, upholstery, and other design elements can best be used to enhance and highlight the art.


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When & Where

902 Broadway, 4th Floor
New York, 10010

Wednesday, December 14, 2011 from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM (COT)

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Active Ideas Productions

Active Ideas Productions is an innovative organization committed to the education, distribution, and development of emerging artists and the art community.  AI Productions explores the intersection of art as a business and discovers innovative ways in which artists can collaborate to manufacture their creative endeavors while giving them a

unique platform for artistic excellence.


Formed by artist Annika Connor as a means to produce ideas she wanted to actualize outside of the studio, Active Ideas Productions is a unique artist lead endeavor that keeps the concerns and interests of the contemporary art scene in the forefront of all it creates.

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