Exploring various mediums and contemporary art forms is essential to building a comprehensive and compelling collection.
Our expert panel will introduce you to the unique facets, dictated by each medium, including photography and sculpture, to assist you in your journey toward beginning or enhancing your art collection.
Barbara J. Bloemink
Dr. Barbara J. Bloemink is currently a consultant to international museums and a guest curator/writer with an international blog on global contemporary art in all media. Formerly the Curatorial Director of the Smithsonian’s National Design Museum in New York, she has also served as the Managing Director of the Guggenheim & Guggenheim Hermitage Museums in Las Vegas, the Director and Chief Curator of the Contemporary Art Museum of Virginia, the originating Director and Chief Curator of The Kemper Museum of Art and Design, and the Director and Chief Curator of the Hudson River Museum in New York. Dr. Bloemink has organized over 70 international exhibitions of contemporary art and design. She has advised collectors and acquired significant works for museum collections in all media of contemporary art and design for over twenty years. The author of numerous books and publications, she has lectured all over the world on issues of art, creativity, and design. She received a Ph.D. in 20th Century art from Yale University, two Master’s Degrees (one on 17th – 20th Century American art and architecture from Yale University and the other on European 17th – 19th Century art and decorative arts from NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts.) She also spent a year at Yale’s School of Organization and Management, and received her B.A. from Stanford University with honors in art history and communications. While attending graduate school, she worked as a specialist in contemporary art at Sotheby’s, traveling throughout the United States and Canada, acquiring work for auction sales.
Cheryl Sokolow has over 20 years of art world experience with a Master’s Degree in Art History and Bachelor’s Degrees in both Art History and Anthropology. She serves on the Board of Directors for ATOA and is an active member of the Woman’s Art Dealers Association and ArtTable. Beginning her career in the Gallery world as an Art Advisor, she later moved into the digital space as artnet’s Director of Business Development where she has been successful for over a decade. In 2009, she founded, C Fine Art specializing in the acquisition and placement of large-scale, outdoor and indoor sculpture and sculptural works. She represents and exhibits the work of established, International artists with a focus on formal abstraction in sculpture. She is Founding Director and Curator of the” Uncommon Ground” sculpture series, Bridgehampton’s largest, outdoor sculpture exhibition series featuring large-scale sculpture spanning five acres, making sculpture accessible to the community. C Fine Art offers consulting and advisory services to both individual and corporate clients looking to build and or enhance their current collections.
Aimee Pflieger has acquired over 20 years’ experience working at arts related organizations, including research roles at the Indiana University Art Museum and in sales positions for prominent modern and contemporary art galleries such as Valerie Carberry Gallery in Chicago and Locks Gallery in Philadelphia. Additionally, Pflieger acted as a Senior Specialist of Modern and Contemporary Art at Freemans in Philadelphia, where she also created and directed the 200 year old company’s first dedicated Photographs & Photobooks Department. She earned a Master of Arts degree from Indiana University, Bloomington in Art History with a specialization in the history of photography. She is a USPAP certified appraiser and has appeared on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow as a photography expert.
James Cavello is President and co-owner of Westwood Gallery since 1995. He is an award winning Curator, film producer and respected art expert and advisor. He began his art career in the late 1980’s serving as President of the Park Slope Artists Council, a non-profit organization with over 300 artists. He organized exhibitions in alternative spaces, both national and international. Thereafter, Mr. Cavello was appointed Director of the former Museum of the National Arts Foundation and later established an arts consulting business in SoHo. He advised and assisted corporations with their art collections and also worked with private collectors acquiring secondary market art. After establishing Westwood Gallery with Margarite Almeida, their gallery program expanded from Contemporary artists to include multi-media, photography, secondary market and artist’s estates. Throughout his career, James has been called upon by corporations and foreign governments to curate, advise, and assist with art programs and acquisitions. In the past five years James has acquired several prominent New York artists’ estates focused on the period 1960’s-80’s, with an objective to educate a new generation of collectors. In addition, he serves on the board of several non-profit organizations.