Pamela Auchincloss, President
Pamela Auchincloss has been a professional in the visual arts field for over 30 years, starting with the Pamela Auchincloss Gallery in Santa Barbara, California, at the age of 23. Her career has included engagements in the commercial, institutional, not-for-profit, and corporate sectors alongside community services, education, and art-related board participation. Previous positions include Managing Director of Global Operations and CEO for the Artist Pension Trust (APT) (2004-2012). She is the founder of ELEVEN+, a curatorial organization that draws on the expertise, knowledge, and networks of eleven international contemporary women curators and arts administrators and that is connected to more than 50 associate curators from around the world. In 2017 she joined NOUSdigital, a digital solutions company that specializes in museum visitor apps and new engagement technologies. She currently serves on the Dedalus Foundation’s Board of Directors and has served on the boards of the University of California, Pratt Institute, Danspace Project, Housing Works, and Grow NYC, a mayoral appointment.
Nathalie Anglès, Secretary
Executive Director and co-founder, Residency Unlimited.
Serge Marquie, Treasurer
Serge Marquie obtained his PhD from Harvard in Game Theory. Currently based on the West Coast, he has been in banking for 20 years, in Europe, the US and Latin America.
Abhishek Basu is the Executive Trustee of Basu for the Arts Foundation , a family foundation in Kolkota that was created in 1911 to support local talent and which Basu has expanded since 2014 through various international initiatives including residencies in Kolkota and Nou le Morne festival in Mauritius. Basu is an Advisory Board member of Arte Laguna Prize, Berengo Foundation (Venice), Berlin Art Prize, ArtCare Prize (Vienna), Fondazione Pastificio Cerere in Rome and Fondation Fiminco (Romainville, France) among others. A primary aim for Basu is to promote the works of talented Indian artists whose works deserve recognition and introduce them abroad.
Onyedika Chuke is a New York-based artist and RU alum. His largest body of work titled The Forever Museum Archive is a body of work in which Chuke analyzes social, cultural and political structures. Chuke is currently a New York City Public Artist in Residence (P.A.I.R) which places him in the offices of Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) and Department of Corrections (DOC) Rikers Island, and entails collaborating with individuals on Rikers Island facing extreme challenges to alleviate the negative impact of criminal punishment, create access to art, and to open dialogue between New York City policymakers and those in their custody. Chuke’s practice has been featured in venues including Queens Museum, Sculpture Center and The American Academy in Rome. Currently Onyedike is a recipient of the 2020 Black Cube’s Artist Fellowship. The fellowship guides exceptional contemporary artists through the production of an ambitious, new, site-specific artwork in the public realm. Black Cube blackcube.art is a nomadic contemporary art museum located in Denver.
Sharon Phair Fortenbaugh
A seasoned art industry professional. Sharon Phair Fortenbaugh has extensive experience in the media and the arts, including sales management and publisher positions at Andy Warhol’s Interview, Vanity Fair, Forbe’s EGG Magazine, PAPER Publishing, and France Press, LLC. She is currently serving as Sales Director at Richard Taittinger Gallery. She also has diverse experience in the non-profit sector, and currently serves on the Executive Board of the Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra in New York City
Chairman of Sotheby’s Switzerland, Caroline Lang is internationally recognized for her in-depth knowledge of the art market and her longstanding expertise in Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary art. Appointed Chairman of the Swiss Department of Impressionist, Modern & Contemporary Art in 2012, this consummate polyglot has advised some of the most important collectors in Switzerland and worldwide.
Dr. Larisa Leventon
Dr. Larisa Leventon is an entrepreneur, investor, and imaging technology innovator. She is a member of the MIT Council for the Arts and serves as Events Chair for the MIT Sloan Alumni of NY. She is also a member of the President’s Council at New York Hall of Science
Victoire Newman is the Former Head of Investments at Groupe Artémis, Francois Pinault investment holding company currently involved in new directions.
Thomas Rom manages dozens of private and corporate art collections worldwide, collaborating with high profile collectors in helping shape and grow the landscape of contemporary art today. Thomas’ art advisory has overseen artistic collaborations for brands and publications such as Armani, Dolce Gabbana, Zegna, Lanvin, Boucheron, Levi’s, Nike, Club Monaco, 20ltd, ABSOLUT, W Hotels, Ritz Carlton, Financial Times, BlackBook, Interview, OUT, Whitewall Magazine, and Document Journal. Thomas has also acted as a strategic advisor to numerous art institutions and corporations, including Design Museum Holon, Centro Da Cultura Judaica, Sao Paulo, Halle am Wasser Art Campus, Berlin and Christie’s Americas. Past public speaking engagements include the School of Visual Arts, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Affirmation Arts, Artis, and Artport. As an active patron of the arts, Thomas serves as a member of the board of directors of Residency Unlimited as well as a trustee of the Katonah Museum of Art, NY, and Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv. Thomas is also a member of the Middle Eastern North African Acquisitions Committee of Tate Modern and The American Patrons of Tate.
In 2010, Richard Taittinger founded the art consulting company Taittinger Fine Art, to advise art institutions and private collections on their acquisitions. In 2015, Richard opened a 5,000 square foot gallery space at 154 Ludlow Street on the Lower East Side (New York). Richard Taittinger Gallery presents work by international mid-career and upcoming artists including Africa, the Middle East, and East Asia. Richard joined the RU Board in 2014.
Jérôme Sans is an internationally acclaimed curator. He is the co-founder of the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, he was the first director at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, and has curated major international exhibitions including the Taipei Biennale, Lyon Biennale, Nuit Blanche Paris and Milan Triennale. He is currently the co-founder of Perfect Crossovers (Beijing), a consultancy group for cultural projects between China and the rest of the world and was recently appointed as director of the future cultural pole of the Ile Seguin in the greater Paris region.