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Colleagues & Friends: Women in Tech

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Join us for a conversation with Stas Johnson-Chyzhykov, Director of Collector Relations and Gallery Sales at Artsy along with her colleagues Alex Banfich, Associate Director of Gallery Partnerships, and Jessica Backus, Director of Gallery and Art Fair Relations to discuss breaking through to leadership roles in technology and the challenges and rewards of team management.

$5 Members / $15 Non-Members


Alex Banfich is the Associate Director of Gallery Partnerships at Artsy. Alex has been a member of the Artsy team since October 2013 and became the company’s top salesperson. She now manages the North American and South American Gallery Partnerships teams, focusing on hiring, training, and strategic collaboration across Artsy's businesses. Before joining Artsy, Alex completed her Master’s in Art History with Christie’s Education in London and earned her B.A. in History at Princeton University.

Jessica Backus is the Director of Gallery and Art Fair Relations at Artsy. She previously served as the Director of Artsy Learning and The Art Genome Project, the classification system and technological framework that powers Artsy. Prior to joining Artsy in 2011, Jessica worked in special projects and client services at Phillips in New York, and as associate director of the gallery Peres Projects in Berlin. Jessica holds a B.A in comparative literature and society from Columbia University and an M.A. in art history from Hunter College, where her research focused on post-war German art.

Stas Johnson-Chyzhykov is the Director of Collector Relations at Artsy. Since joining the company in late 2012, Stas has cultivated Artsy’s global collector network, including fine art sales and collector programs for new and experienced collectors. Stas oversees a team of art sales specialists and collaborates closely with Artsy's Product team to constantly enhance and upgrade the artwork discovery and purchasing experience. Stas is a frequent VOGUE Ukraine contributor, and author of cover stories on Marina Abramović, Nan Goldin, Vanessa Beecroft and Olympia Scarry. She is a graduate of Brown University and Sotheby's Institute of Art, New York.