Speaker(s): Drew Bennett, Celestine Johnson, Cristina Tcheyan, Vanessa Sigurdson, Wendi Norris

Changing the Paradigm for Corporate Art


How do artist residencies, Curiosity Camps for entrepreneurs, and state-of-the-art maker studios contribute to companies and their creative capital, and what do the artists get in return? Are artists mere window-dressing for modern tech giants?

Hear from leaders at Facebook, Autodesk and Innovation Endeavors VC fund about their new approaches to bringing artists and professionals together as equals in the modern workplace.

Featuring Drew Bennett, Facebook; Vanessa Sigurdson, Autodesk, Pier 9; Celestine Johnson, Innovation Partner at Innovation Endeavors --Venture Fund/ Venture Creation; and Cristina Tcheyen, Google's GoArt Program.

Moderated by Wendi Norris, President of the San Francisco Art Dealers Association and owner of Gallery Wendi Norris.


Drew Bennett

Drew Bennett is an artist, designer, and curator who designed the Facebook Artist in Residence (or FB AIR) program in 2012 with the founders of the Facebook Analog Research Lab, Ben Barry and Everett Katigbat. For the last two years Drew has directed this program which has supported over 30 engagement-based art making experiences for local emerging artists within Facebook’s headquarters.

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Celestine Johnson

Celestine Johnson is one of the youngest female partners in venture capital. At Innovation Endeavors, she backs interesting renegades solving big market problems that affect the world. Celestine also creates innovation programs and builds community to support global entrepreneurs and spark emergent innovation ecosystems. She has founded and scaled some of the most innovative and impactful...

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Cristina Tcheyan

Cristina Tcheyan is a Technical Program Manager at Google working on Google Cloud Platform. She was one of the first volunteers for the GoArt program, and has hosted and curated several on-site installations and exhibitions.

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Vanessa Sigurdson

With over a decade of experience in 3D design and digital fabrication, Vanessa has worked with artists and fabrication companies worldwide to combine new technologies with traditional art making workflows. At Autodesk’s Pier 9 Artist in Residence Program, Vanessa encourages a supportive community of artists to explore new methods of creating their work that are then shared with the art and...

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Wendi Norris

Since 2003, Ms. Norris has presented a compelling contemporary and modern gallery program and she has worked with over one hundred of the top museums around the world on acquisitions and exhibitions. Ms. Norris has been the primary gallerist building the markets of Dorothea Tanning and Leonora Tanning to surpass record sales, breaking the $1 million mark at auction, a threshold previously...

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