7:00 PM19:00

Straight Talk for Artists

We’ve been to too many workshops and read too many articles that purport to give artists advice on how to manage their careers, but repeat the same tired recommendations. You too? We (Peter Gynd, Emily Lenz and Melinda Wang) started talking about what we discuss with our art colleagues behind closed doors and how we’d like to help more artists outside of our existing art circles. 

With that in mind, we are inviting 10 artists to join us on Tuesday September 18 for a roundtable discussion about actionable real world advice to get work seen and sold. Chatham House Rule applies. 

We ask that you fill out this short questionnaire by September 7 so that we can gauge interest and have a mix of perspectives for a robust discussion. 

We’ll confirm attendance by September 14. Cost is $20 per person, entirely to cover food and two drinks. The Lower East Side location will be sent to attendees.

Thank you for your interest! 


About us:

Peter Gynd is an independent curator and fifth generation artist originally from Vancouver, Canada. Peter studied at the Alberta College of Art and Design and has exhibited in both Canada and the US. Notable exhibitions curated by Peter include a permanent exhibition at the Foundation Center, NY; SPRING/BREAK Art Show; Lesley Heller Workspace, NY; Present Company, NY; NARS Foundation, NY; 440 Gallery, NY; the Northside Festival, NY; and at the Dynamo Arts Association, Vancouver Canada. His exhibitions have been featured in Hyperallergic, The Carnegie Reporter, Blouin Artinfo and Gothamist. Peter lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and is the director at Lesley Heller Gallery in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

Emily Lenz is Director and Partner at D. Wigmore Fine Art, Inc, a New York gallery focused on American Art from 1900 to 1980. The gallery identifies important movements in American art that have fallen into obscurity and revitalizes them through research, exhibitions and collaborations with museums and scholars. The gallery has received numerous reviews from The New York Times, The Brooklyn Rail and The New Criterion. Emily's articles on abstraction of the 1930s and 1960s have appeared in American Fine Art Magazine and American Art Review. Emily graduated from Princeton University, where she studied art history and finance. She is an advisory board member of Silvershed, an artist-run space, and is active in the Metropolitan Museum of Art Apollo Circle and the Junior Associates of the Museum of Modern Art.

Melinda Wang is an independent curator and Founder and Principal of MW Projects, a cultural production and art advisory firm dedicated to bringing contemporary art to historic sites, non-traditional venues and liminal spaces. She was previously the Executive Director of New York Artists Equity Association, a non-profit organization founded in 1947 to promote opportunities for artists, and founded Equity Gallery (Artists Equity’s art space on the Lower East Side) in 2015. Melinda has curated or produced over 30 contemporary art exhibitions since 2010, with a focus on emerging artists and socially engaged projects. Melinda graduated from Princeton University and received her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Melinda serves on the Board of Governors of the Princeton Association of New York City and is Chair of the Association’s Arts & Culture Committee. In addition, she is an advisory board member of Silvershed, an artist-run space, and is active in the New Art Advisors Alliance, the Junior Associates of the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum Apollo Circle.

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