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WHEN: TUESDAY, MARCH 12, 2019 | 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Sotheby’s Institute of Art- New York is proud to present the second installment of our 4 Under 40 speaker series featuring conversations with young professionals breaking new ground in the international art world. Discover the backgrounds, career trajectories, and trade secrets of working the art market today from young entrepreneurs, creative talents, and rising stars in the art industry. Panelists include Marc Hajjar, Business Manager at Phillips, Jennifer Houdrouge, Director of The Chimney, Courtney Knights, Associate Director, Institutional Giving at Public Art Fund, and Seol Park, Principal at Spark Arts Management, in conversation with Christine Kuan, Director/CEO, Sotheby’s Institute of Art-New York.

RSVP required. Space is limited. Priority access for MA students and alumni. Please note that this event will be closed promptly at 7:00 PM due to building security.

Watch a recording of the event here.

About the Speakers


Christine KuanCEO, Sotheby's Institute of Art & Director, Sotheby’s Institute of Art-New York
Prior to joining the Institute, Kuan was Chief Curator and Director of Strategic Partnerships at Artsy. She has also served as Chief Curatorial Officer and Vice President of External Affairs at Artstor, a digital image library founded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Editor-in-Chief of Oxford Art Online/Grove Art Online at Oxford University Press. In addition, Kuan has worked at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Department of Asian Art, and has taught at The University of Iowa, Peking University, and Rutgers University. Kuan holds an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and a BA from Rutgers University. She has lectured and published extensively on digital strategy, museum policy, and new technologies for the art world. Kuan sits on the History of Collecting Advisory Committee at the Frick Collection in New York, and she serves on The Brooklyn Rail Steering Committee. She has also taught as Visiting Faculty for Stanford University’s Program for Arts Leaders. She is regularly interviewed by the press about art market trends in The New York TimesWall Street Journal, and was recently interviewed by China Global Television Network (CGTN) on International Women’s Day.


Marc Hajjar, Business Manager, Phillips
Marc works at Phillips as a Business Manager overseeing all major US deals along with streamlining various sale processes.  Previously Marc worked at AXA Art Insurance assisting their Marketing Manager and then at Sotheby's in their Bids Department. After Sotheby's, he accepted a position to manage the private sales and auction consignments at Winston Art Group, an independent appraisal and advisory firm later moving into a business development and relationship management role. Marc attended Washington University in St. Louis for his Bachelor's degree, received a Master’s in Art Business from Sotheby’s Institute and then attended NYU's Institute of Fine Arts graduating with Master's degree.

Jennifer Houdrouge, Director, The Chimney
Jennifer Houdrouge is a curator, scholar and director of the gallery The Chimney NYC, which opened in June 2015.  She was a research intern at Christie's Auction House, worked from 2015-2016 at Gladstone Gallery as an assistant to Director and worked with the curator Karole Vail on the Solomon R. Guggenheim's exhibition of Alberto Giacometti which was held in 2017. She holds a bachelor from King's College, London, a Master’s from Sotheby's Institute of Art- New York and is currently completing an MA thesis at the Institute of Fine Arts at NYU on the work of Philippe Parreno.

Courtney Knights, Associate Director, Institutional Giving, Public Art Fund
Courtney is the Associate Director, Institutional Giving at Public Art Fund where she is responsible for grant writing and corporate sponsorships to support the organization's exhibitions, public programs, and special initiatives. Courtney previously worked at Artadia, an organization that gives grants to individual artists in six cities, Public Art Fund, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in event and development roles. She also worked as an Events Coordinator at a law firm in San Diego. Courtney holds a BA from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in journalism and art history. Courtney earned her MA in Art Business with distinction from Sotheby's Institute of Art for her thesis "The Resurgence of Nazi-Era Art Restitution and the Art Market."

Seol Park, Principal, Spark Arts Management
Seol is the Principal at Spark Arts Management and most recently served as art curator-advisor for INTEL (INTC). Seol began her avant-garde career at leading brand management advisory firm Landor Associates, orchestrating strategy development and implementation of brand campaigns in Asia and the U.S. for Disney, Microsoft, Chevron, Samsung Everland, The Silla, Asiana Airlines, GS Group, T-mobile, and many more Fortune 500 companies. Notable projects that Seol managed include the revitalization of the "Microsoft Windows" brand for the global launch of Windows 7 and strategy & content development for Chevron's "Human Energy" campaign. Seol founded Spark Art Management/SPARK+ in 2013 and has since produced innovative exhibits and alternative art programs in both physical environments and augmented reality (AR) format. Building upon the founding director's expertise in fine art & brand management practices, the agency excels at bridging corporate clients with fine art content/practitioners that are on the same wavelength. The team's rapidly-expanding clientele now includes premier names in F&B, consumer products, technology, property development and lifestyle, as well as cultural institutions. Recent projects include advisory for Intel and Blue Moon Beer. Seol studied interaction design and art history from Ewha Womans University (Seoul), Parsons (New York), and University of Toronto (Toronto) and earned an MA in American Fine and Decorative Art from Sotheby’s Institute of Art- New York, Summa Cum Laude.