By creating a vetting system comprised of a wide variety of outside fine art professionals, Pen and Brush works with industry influencers to review work created by women, making selections based solely on merit for public presentation through P+B's gallery platform. These curators will rotate in and out of the review process so that the pool of selected work will reflect current perspectives and multiple points of view. This year, we have the honor of working with a diverse group of curators who are willing to contribute their time, expertise, and individual perspective to support Pen and Brush’s mission to advocate for gender parity in the visual arts.
Mashonda Tifrere, Curator and Founder of ArtLeadHER
Curator Mashonda Tifrere launched ArtLeadHER in March 2016 as a dynamic platform to celebrate and bring awareness to the women creating, curating and thriving in the male-dominated art world.
ArtLeadHER provides marketing support, exhibition placement, social media exposure, artists residencies and mentorship opportunities. By pairing new and underexposed female artists with their established contemporaries, artists are given the opportunity to learn, collaborate, and grow in a community of like-minded women.
Mashonda works with a number of artists that produce a wide range of art that differs in scale, approach and mediums. They include figurative, photography, abstract portraiture, sculpture and street art. Taken together, ArtLeadHER is ultimately a celebration of women, providing a platform for acknowledgment and appreciation.
Mashonda is a graduate of the prestigious Christie’s Education, New York and London. For the past two years, she has studied art and the art market with programs focused on Modern and Contemporary Art and the Market and Art, Law and Business.
She continues to works relentlessly through ArtLeadHER to promote and support female artists across the globe. In the past year alone, she has scouted more than 35 artists worldwide and is committed to continuing the growth of the platform and the community of female artists it supports.
Sara Kay, Founder and Principal of Sara Kay Fine Art
Sara Kay is the Founder and Principal of Sara Kay Fine Art. With nearly 20 years of experience and a diverse background, including conservation, museum, auction, gallery and non-profit, Sara is both an industry specialist and visionary. Prior to founding SKFA, Sara was Director of a globally renowned contemporary art gallery, White Cube in London. Formerly, she served as Director of the Fine Art Department at the Jan Krugier Gallery, the exclusive agent for work by Pablo Picasso from the Marina Picasso Estate, and specializing in 19th and 20th century painting, drawing and sculpture.
Previously, Sara served as a Specialist in Old Master Drawings at Christie’s auction house, leading the New York department. She has also held positions at the American Folk Art Museum and Artist’s Talk On Art, New York’s longest running non-profit for critical visual arts dialogue. Sara is the Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Professional Organization of Women in the Arts, a nationally recognized 501(C)3 that champions professionalism and the advancement of women in the business of fine art. She has lectured extensively on the topic of collecting and the art market and serves as an Adjunct Faculty member at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art’s M.A. Art Business Program offering discourse on the subjects of best business practice and career development.
In 2015, Sara was awarded Parmigiani Fleurier’s Women of Exception award for her professional distinctions and philanthropy. Sara was born and raised in New York and studied Art History, Business, Italian Language and Fresco Conservation.
Renato Danese, President, Danese Corey Gallery, New York
Renato Danese served as curator of 20th-century art at the Corcoran gallery of Art in Washington and subsequently was curator at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Concurrent with his tenure at Baltimore, he was appointed associate director of the visual arts program at the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1978 he left Washington for Los Angeles and opened a branch of Light Gallery until 1980, when Arne Glimcher offered him a position at Pace Gallery in New York. Danese was Director of Pace until 1995, when he became Senior Partner at C & M Arts. He then opened his own gallery, Danese, in 1996. In ‘98, he hired his now-partner, Carol Corey. In 2013, the gallery relocated from 24th Street to a large ground floor space at 511 West 22nd Street.
Rick Kinsel, Executive Director, The Vilcek Foundation
Rick Alan Kinsel is the Executive Director of The Vilcek Foundation. He has worked to conceptualize and administer the philanthropic programs of the Foundation since the philanthropy’s founding in 2000, first as a member of the Board of Directors and since 2003 as the executive director.
Kinsel brings to the Foundation experience in both the corporate and non-profit sectors. For Coty Inc. in New York he served as director of cultural affairs, directing all cultural and educational programs for the corporation and its global subsidiaries from 1997 to 2003.
Kinsel’s first task upon joining Coty was to build new corporate art collections for the company’s offices in New York, Paris, London and Moscow. He then went on to oversee a number of other key cultural initiatives, such as the creation of an annual design award; the raising of scholarship dollars to support students at Parsons School of Design in New York; and the forming of an innovative alliance with the National Air and Space Administration (NASA) whereby Coty developed personal care products suited to counter the dry atmosphere of the International Space Station.
Before and during his tenure at Coty, Kinsel provided marketing and management counsel to such organizations as the Greentree Foundation (Mrs. John Hay Whitney Estate) and the Puerta Vallarta Arts Festival in Mexico. Mr. Kinsel has also advised the New York State Attorney General’s Office on various issues related to confiscated art objects.
He began his career at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 1989. There, as cataloguer in charge of acquisitions, he was responsible for the accessioning of all objects acquired by the museum (more than four thousand objects per year).
During his tenure at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, he earned an M.A. in the History of the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture from The Bard Graduate Center in New York. He completed undergraduate studies at Sinclair College in Dayton, Ohio, and The Ohio State University in Columbus. Mr. Kinsel also pursued non-degree coursework in museum studies at the L’Ecole du Louvre in Paris.
Kinsel has served on the board of directors of Sheeba Records, Toronto, and The International Perfume Bottle Association. As a specialist in the decorative arts, he is a member of the International Association of Professional Art Advisors (IAPAA).
Over the last decade a number of extraordinary professionals contributed their insight and vision to our programs. Their work ignited our imagination and helped shape the 2014 relaunch of Pen and Brush.Past Curators