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POWarts Holiday Party - December 10

POWarts Holiday Party

December 10
Other Criteria
458 Broome Street

6-7pm - Private Holiday Shopping Hour
7-9pm - Mix & Mingle Over Cocktails & Treats

FREE with RSVP (+ Guest for POWarts Members)

Join POWarts to celebrate the holiday season with cocktails, snacks, and a private shopping hour at Other Criteria, an arts-based publishing company co-founded by Damien Hirst. Enjoy a special POWarts discount on a range of artist-designed gift items including books, prints, clothing, and jewelry. Tours of the space will also be available.


Announcing Colleagues & Friends Breakfast Series at artnet

20 NOV
POWarts is pleased to announce a new breakfast series that invites senior women from across the art world to have conversations about their current positions, career paths, and professional relationships.  In this intimate format, visionary leaders invite longtime "colleague-friends," those they met professionally but with whom they have developed personal relationships, to join them in conversation. This format will create discussions that layer the scholarly and the warm, the personal and the professional.  

The Colleagues & Friends breakfasts are generously hosted by artnet at their headquarters in the Woolworth Building.
Elizabeth von Habsburg
Managing Director, Winston Art Group
Tuesday, December 16, 8:30-10:00am

Elizabeth von Habsburg is Managing Director of Winston Art Group, a leading art appraisal and advisory firm. She is on the Board of The Appraisers Association of America, a Fellow of the Pierpont Morgan Library and on the advisory committee of the Museum of Art and Design.

In conversation with:
  • Missy McHugh, Chief Advisor to the President of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  • Heather Gray, legal counsel at Elysium Management, where she is responsible for legal matters relating to an extensive art collection, along with art planning and collection management.
Members: $5
Non-members: $15
Get tickets here!
Deborah Harris
Managing Director, The Armory Show - Modern
Tuesday, January 13, 8:30-10:00am

Deborah Harris will speak with two colleague-friends who also lead major art fairs - Rebecca Hoffmann of the Outsider Art Fair and Michele Senecal of the IFPDA Print Fair. Harris has been with The Armory Show since 2008, where she launched and now directs The Armory Show - Modern.  Before joining The Armory Show leadership team, Harris worked for more than 20 years in art magazine publishing, with positions at W magazine, Modern PaintersArt + AuctionArt in America, andARTnews.

In conversation with:
  • Rebecca Hoffman, Director of the Outsider Art Fair and the Andrew Edlin Gallery
  • Michele Senecal, Executive Director of the International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA)
Members: $5
Non-members: $15
Get tickets here!


Panel on Women Collectors and Artists + Private Viewing of Helena Rubinstein Exhibition

31 OCT
Women Collectors and "Matrons" in Today's World
Monday, November 17 at 7PM
The Jewish Museum

Join POWarts for an exciting evening including an exhibition viewing, reception, and panel discussion exploring the roles of women philanthropists and collectors in today’s art world. Our panel moderator Alexandra Schwartz, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Montclair Art Museum, and formerly co-director of the Modern Women’s Project at the Museum of Modern Art, has gathered a dynamic and esteemed group of women including:
  • Natalie Frank, artist
  • Mary-Kate O'Hare, Advisor, American, Latin American and Contemporary Art at Citi Private Bank, Art Advisory & Finance, and former Curator of American Art, Newark Museum
  • Sarah Peter, artist, philanthropist, and founder, Modern Women's Fund, MoMA
  • Saya Woolfalk, artist 

The panel is inspired by Helena Rubinstein: Beauty Is Power, a new exhibition at the Jewish Museum that explores how the cosmetics magnate integrated philanthropy and art collecting into her pioneering business strategy. As the New York Post deftly put it, “no one had to tell Helena Rubinstein to ‘lean in.’”

You can read more about the exhibition in
W magazine and The New York Times.

Join us at 7PM for drinks before the panel begins at 7:30PM, followed by a reception and private viewing of the exhibition.

Special early bird price of $15 for non-POWarts members through next Friday, November 7th.

FREE for POWarts Members
Early Bird Tickets $15
Regular Price $20
Get tickets

Summer Workshop Series: 5 Skills Every Woman in the Arts Should Know

14 JUL

With the art world cooling down for the season, POWarts invites you to attend summer school with the workshop series 5 Things Every Woman in the Arts Should Know. Whether dealing with a crisis, managing a difficult work relationship, braving the 'ask' for money or managing a budget or a large project, this POWarts’ workshop series will offer tools for cultivating essential professional skills.

Workshops take place on Mondays evenings from 6:30-7:30PM at Citizen-M Hotel, followed by a networking happy hour at the rooftop bar. Sign up for individual workshops or for the entire series. Workshops are free for POWarts members, $15 per session for non-members.

Monday, July 21
How to Ask for Money
Explore the ins and outs of fundraising with Lisa Mantone, Vice President of Communications and Development, WNET New York Public Media and formerly Director of Development at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Sign up here

Monday, July 28
How to Have a Difficult Conversation
Learn key skills for productive communication in the workplace with Heidi Olson, a management consultant formerly of the Guggenheim Museum and Cantor Fitzgerald. Heidi brings a very unique perspective across the arts, architecture, and leadership outside the arts to her workshop on how to manage the trickiest of workplace dynamics.
Sign up here

Monday, August 4
How to Read and Negotiate a Contract
Have you ever been given a contract you didn’t understand? Want to learn more about contract law? Angie Zorotheos, a passionate advocate for women and for education, will walk you through the basics. She is also an in-house counsel for Quidsi (, which was acquired by Amazon. A dynamic presence and gifted negotiator, Angie will impart the fundamentals of how to tackle reading and negotiating a legal contract.
Sign up here

Monday, August 11
How to Make and Manage a Budget
A member of the POWarts steering committee and of the Sotheby's Institute Art Business faculty, Amy Whitaker will clarify and demystify the basics of making a project budget, connecting it to how your organization thinks about profit and loss, or fundraising goals.
Sign up here

Monday, August 18
How to Manage a Project
Learn how to manage a large project from conception to completion with Jessica Ludwig who, as Director of ClarkNEXT and Design at The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, shepherded the institution’s recent expansion project.
Sign up here


Leadership and Generosity

22 MAY

Like most artists or writers, organizations often have a few big questions that consume them for their whole lives. POWarts is an organization like this.

In 2008, Sara Kay, now a director at White Cube in London, founded POWarts to help women build careers in the arts. But the remit of POWarts was more specific. You could boil it down to three questions:

How do art and business fit together?
How are individual and collective success related?
And, most importantly, how do leadership and generosity co-exist?

Back in the Duran-Duran era, women wore Working Girl power ties (and Reeboks) and fought their way into a man’s world.

But POWarts comes out of the belief that communities of kind, thoughtful, inventively hard-working people can champion both individual and collective success.

A network of generosity creates a space in which to help others in an open-ended way that can only—untidily and indirectly—come back around and help you too.

But skills and business knowledge are important. Understanding business is a tool that makes space for artists’ lives, for funded exhibitions, for successful sales, for non-profit financial soundness, and, eventually, for whole careers across the arts.

From 2008 to 2012, POWarts began creating programming about all the things in the arts besides art: fund management, career paths, tax advice, managing oneself…. Then the organization spent more than a year on hiatus. Its founder was called to London for work.

So we decided that it was time to create an organization with a whole steering committee. We wanted to design a system that could keep going, beyond its founder and its original relaunchers.

We warmly invite you to celebrate the relaunch. And please reach out and let us know if you would like to get involved!

In honor of our relaunch, POWarts is also offering a special reduced membership—join now through June 10th and annual dues are only $50 instead of the usual $85. Sign up here.

Watch this space for more updates on our programs for this summer and fall!

Ars longa, vita brevis,

Amy Whitaker
President, POWarts

And the POWarts Steering Committee:

Meredith Blechman, Artspace
Sara Bodinson, The Museum of Modern Art
Elisabeth Conroy, Edward W. Hayes P.C.
Emilie Faure, White Cube
Molly Kurzius, The Jewish Museum
Laura McCarthy, Sotheby’s Inc.

Alexandra Schwartz, Montclair Art Museum

Li Jun Xian, Emigrant Bank Fine Art Finance - Treasurer

Sara Kay, White Cube - Founder and member ex-officio

POWarts is a volunteer-run, membership-funded organization (and a registered 501(c)3).


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