Annelien Bruins has worked within the international art world for 18 years. After honing her expertise managing two well-known, extensive private collections of art, antiques, and collectibles, she set up London-based Bruins Private Collections Consultancy in 2007, providing portfolio management to both private and corporate clients from Europe, the United States, and Asia. Five years later, Annelien hopped the Atlantic and joined Tang Art Advisory where she currently serves as CEO and senior art advisor. Annelien is a member of the Estate Planning Council of New York City and a board member of the Foundation of the American Institute of Conservation. Annelien holds a BA in Marketing and Communication from Ichthus Hogeschool, Rotterdam, an MA in Arts and Heritage Management from London Metropolitan University. She holds a Foundation Certificate in Art Law and a Diploma in Art Profession Law and Ethics from the Institute of Art and Law in the UK and an MSc in Leadership and Strategy (Sloan Fellowship) from the London Business School. Recognizing her acute understanding of the art market and its many nuances, Spears Wealth Management named Annelien Best Art Advisor in 2014 and 2015. She has lectured at Christie’s Education, Sotheby’s Institute of Art and California College of the Arts, has written for Family Office Exchange, Spears Wealth Management, and Private Wealth Focus. She has been interviewed by CNBC, Thomson Reuters, Barrons Asia, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Art + Auction, Investment Week and Private Asset Management. You can visit her website: www.annelienbruins.com.
Ruth Polleit Riechert has studied History of Art in Germany and England (University of London, Goldsmiths College) and holds an M.A. from Humboldt-University Berlin. During her studies and afterwards she has worked within the art world (Christie’s, Berlinische Galerie – Museum of Modern Art and Brockstedt Gallery). Later on at Ketterer Auctions, however, she switched to press relations and continued in communications and marketing at Deutsche Bank, McKinsey & Company and the Private Bank of the Princely House of Liechtenstein. Whenever possible she included art in any communications strategies such as the “Deutsche Bank Identity Art Exhibition” which was shown at Deutsche Bank’s headquarters worldwide. During her parental leave she completed her Ph.D. in History of Art from Duesseldorf University on “Marketing and Price Development of Contemporary Art from 2000 - 2007”.
Shlomit Dror is a curator working in Greater New York. She has organized several group exhibitions including, “In Her Eyes: Women Behind and in Front of the Camera,” (Newark Museum, 2012), “F_ll in the Bl_nk” (NARS Foundation, 2013), “Ready or Not: 2014 New Jersey Arts Annual” (Newark Museum, 2014), “Seeing through Abstraction” (Residency Unlimited 2015), “Story of A Story” (Smack Mellon, 2015) among others. Dror’s writing has been published through CUE Art Foundation’s Young Art Critics Mentoring Program and has been included in several exhibition catalogues. Previously, Dror held the position of the Consulting Curator of American Art at the Newark Museum, and for the past decade has worked in various institutions, including El Museo del Barrio, The Felix Torres Gonzales Foundation, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Inchoen Women Artists Biennale, among others. She has served as a visiting critique at Residency Unlimited, NARS Foundation, The Wassaic Project, Wave Hill Visual Arts Program and the Elizabeth Foundation. She received an MA in Museum Studies from New York University and a BA in Art History and Latin American Studies from Bard College. She also took part in Independent Curators International’s (ICI) Curatorial Intensive program.
Debra Friedmann is a J.D. candidate at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. Her studies focus on art and cultural heritage law. Debra is the Vice President of the Georgetown Art Law Society and has previously held legal internships at the National Archives and Records Administration in Maryland and the Center for Art Law in New York. She has also worked at several museums and archival institutions including the Rose Art Museum and the Brandeis University Archives and Special Collections. Debra holds a B.A. from Brandeis University and graduated as a dual major with high honors in History and the Deborah Joseph Cohen ’62 Memorial Award in Fine Arts.