In this workshop, visual artists will have the opportunity to learn about the rigors of acquiring shows, as well as agent and gallery representation. Our panelists will provide attendees insight from the perspectives of the artist, curator, and gallery owner. Award-winning visual and conceptual artist Michelle Jaffé; Gallerist Valerie McKenzie (McKenzie Fine Art, NYC); and Nico Wheadon (Studio Museum in Harlem, Director of Public Programs) will be on hand to share their experiences on the inner-workings of the art world. This panel marks the first of many in QCA's 2017 professional development calendar.

Friday, October 21st, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Queens Council on the Arts
37-11 35th Ave, Entrance on 37th St
Astoria, NY 11101

Admission: $10


Michelle Jaffé creates sculpture, sound and video installations, immersing people in an experience that transforms their sensory awareness. Jaffé was educated in England as a teenager, and earned a BA Honours in Fine Arts & French Literature from the University of East Anglia in England. Childhood exposure to Asian scrolls shaped her visual sensibility. Her work has been exhibited at the Beall Center for Art + Technology at UC Irvine,  the Morlan Gallery at Transylvania University, KY, Bosi Contemporary, NY and UICA, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Additional solo exhibitions have been held at Wald & Po Kim Gallery, Susan Berko-Conde Gallery, Brooklyn College, Harvestworks Digital Media, and Broadway Gallery in NY, among others. She has created site-specific installations in Long Island City, and Djerassi, CA.

Since 2008, Jaffé has been a fiscally sponsored artist of the New York Foundation for the Arts, and has been awarded grants from New York State Council on the Arts, Queens Council on the Arts, and has been the recipient of residencies at Brooklyn College Department of Computer Music, the MacDowell Colony and Djerassi. Her artworks are in private collections and numerous design works are in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Fashion Institute of Technology and Museé de la Mode et du Costume in Paris.

Valerie McKenzie studied art history at Emory University in Atlanta and at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts.  She began her career in the education department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and then worked for several galleries, among them Holly Solomon, Gagosian, and Graham Gallery, before opening her own gallery in Chelsea in 2002.  In 2012 the gallery moved to the Lower East Side.  The gallery focuses largely on abstract painting and drawing, and its artists’ exhibit nationally and internationally.  They have been reviewed in publications ranging from The New York Times, Art in America, and Hyperallergic, among many others, and their works are found in the permanent collections of museums nationwide.





Nico Wheadon is Director of Public Programs & Community Engagement at The Studio Museum in Harlem, where she designs and produces adult programs that engage publics, activate partnerships and deepen the impact of the Museum’s mission. She is on faculty at Hartford Art School teaching Public Art Professional Practices, and has guest-lectured at Brown University, the Center for Curatorial Leadership and Howard University.

In her independent practice as a writer and cultural producer, Wheadon conducts ongoing fieldwork in arts-led regeneration and human-centered design and has worked closely with city agencies, foundations for the arts, and non-profit organizations to support the careers of contemporary artists of color and the communities they represent. She has served on visual arts panels and roundtables at the Queens Council on the Arts, the Barnard Center for Research on Women, More Art, the Lambent Foundation, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Watson Foundation, the Rubin Foundation, No Longer Empty Curatorial Lab, Pratt Institute, and the Cooper Union. She has also served on funding panels at New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the Connecticut Office of the Arts.

In prior roles, Wheadon served as Curatorial Director at Rush Arts Gallery and Curatorial Assistant at The Studio Museum, and has guest-curated exhibitions at P.P.O.W. Gallery, Scope International Art Fair, The Roger Smith Hotel, Verge Emerging Art Fair and The Catalina Hotel. She has served on steering committees at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, WomensActivism.NYC, Addis Video Art Festival, Harlem Arts Festival and the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop. As a published arts and culture writer, Wheadon has contributed to NOTOFU, Studio, Distorted, ArtVoices and NuktaArt magazines, alongside numerous artist books and exhibition catalogues worldwide.

Wheadon holds an MA in Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship from Goldsmith's College, University of London, and a BA in Art-Semiotics from Brown University.