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Colloquium #2: Art Business

Peter Kloman, SVP and Senior Specialist, Sotheby’s

Peter Kloman is a Senior Vice President and Senior Fine Art Specialist based in Sotheby’s Los Angeles office. Mr. Kloman previously spent sixteen years with Christie’s, starting in the New York office in 2000 in their Trusts, Estates and Appraisals department before moving into a specialist role in American Art in 2002. From 2006-2009, Mr. Kloman directed the firm’s twice annual sale of California, Western and American Art in Los Angeles while maintaining a role as Senior Specialist American Art coordinating appraisals and business development throughout the western half of the United States.

From 2010-2016 his role expanded to Senior Vice President, Senior Specialist Fine Art, assisting private collectors and institutions throughout the United States with collections management, appraisals, private sales, and auction consignments. Mr. Kloman joined Sotheby’s in July 2016 and maintains a role as Senior Specialist in the field of American Art while continuing to maintain and cultivate private collector and institutional relationships in all Fine Art categories. 

Mr. Kloman holds a B.A. in Art History from the University of Virginia.

Sara Fitzmaurice, CEO and President, Fitz & Co
Sara founded the firm in 1995 to work exclusively in advancing arts and culture internationally. Over the past 20 years, she has advised more than 100 international organizations and corporations engaged in the arts. Her expertise is in strategic public relations and marketing for a wide range of clients including museums, art fairs, foundations, galleries, online platforms and brands that support the arts.

Sara's experience includes strategy development, communications, crisis communications, special events and audience development. She has spearheaded campaigns for clients including Art Basel, for which she conceived the museum trustee group outreach program in the mid 90s, the first of its kind for an art fair, and the 2001 launch of Art Basel in Miami Beach. Sara has also led the strategy for successful campaigns for museum building projects and the architect’s such as Museu de Serralves, designed by Alvaro Siza, in Porto, Portugal; MCA Denver designed by David Adjaye; the Parrish Art Museum designed by Herzog and de Meuron; and, the Aspen Art Museum designed by Shigeru Ban. She and her team launched the Philip Johnson Glass House as a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation; grew Performa into one of the most important biennials; represented more than a dozen biennials and pavilions including in Venice, São Paolo, Sydney, Liverpool and Sharjah; and, provided strategic counsel to Gagosian, Blum & Poe and Mitchell-Innes & Nash. She led the public relations and marketing roll-out strategy for the Brooklyn Museum’s announcement of Anne Pasternak as Director in spring 2015.

An expert for Crisis Communications, Sara has managed crises for Art Basel, Aspen Art Museum, Madison Square Park Conservancy, among others. Sara divides her time between FITZ & CO's offices in Los Angeles and New York. A Minneapolis native, she graduated Magna Cum Laude in Art History from Boston University. She was the only American to serve of the selection committee for Art Basel’s director search. Sara is on the board of New York’s Public Art Fund, where she has advised on public artist projects, funding, public relations and marketing since 1999.

Steve Gayler, ArtCare 

Adam Gross, Director, Lapis Press
Adam Gross is currently Director of The Lapis Press, a publisher of limited editions founded by Sam Francis in 1984.  There he works for a talented team to create meaningful, engaging, and beautiful collaborations with some of the world’s finest contemporary artists.  Prior to joining Lapis, Gross was Executive Director of Art Platform – Los Angeles, a modern and contemporary art fair, and was the Associate Director of Development for MOCA. At Art Platform, Gross worked closely with galleries and non-profits to cultivate an art fair for Los Angeles that highlighted the city as one of the world’s great art capitals. As the Associate Director of Development at MOCA, Gross was steadfast in his work with patrons and major gifts during one of the most economically challenging times in MOCA’s history.  Gross is a graduate of UCLA with undergraduate degrees in both Art History and Economics, and a graduate degree in Contemporary Art History.