Board of DIRECTORS

Christopher Apgar
The Apgar Saltzman Group, New York, NY

Christopher L. Apgar is an Executive Director of The Apgar Saltzman Group at Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management. He focuses on the particular needs of high net-worth individuals, trusts, foundations and nonprofit organizations, including retirement planning, wealth transfer, estate planning strategies, and writing investment policies. Enthusiastic about the visual arts, Christopher dedicates a significant portion of his practice to the distinctive considerations of dealers, artists, galleries, and others in the art community.

Currently, Mr. Apgar is the honorary co-chair of the Contemporary Arts Council at MoMA, the Trustee and Secretary of The Camargo Foundation in the South of France, and Trustee of CEC ArtsLink. Previously, he served as the treasurer of Artists Space, treasurer of Judd Foundation, co-chair of the Contemporary Arts Council of MoMA, ex-officio trustee of the Museum of Modern Art, and President of The Brooklyn Rail, a magazine of critical perspectives on arts, politics and culture.

Kim A. Bingham, Treasurer
Global Frontier Partners, New York, NY

Kim Bingham manages client relationships in North America and Europe. He also advises on growth strategy projects for retail, technology, and financial services clients. Before co-founding Global Frontier Partners, he was a Managing Director and head of North America with Copal Partners, a research and analytics firm that is now a division of Moody’s. Prior to that, Mr. Bingham was with Accenture for 6 years where he was an Engagement Manager in the Financial Services Practice working on projects such as the transformation of the finance division of one of the largest global banks and the launch of new products for a leading, global inter-dealer broker. Kim worked as a U.S. government consultant in Central and Eastern Europe before business school where he advised national finance ministries and market infrastructure institutions on capital markets development issues. Kim has an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and his BA degree from Ohio Wesleyan University.

Charlotte Cohen, Secretary
Executive Director, Brooklyn Arts Council, NY

As Executive Director of Brooklyn Arts Council, Charlotte Cohen designs, implements, and furthers the strategic agenda, leadership, and vision of Brooklyn’s foremost nonprofit cultural organization supporting artists.

Prior to 2015, she served as Fine Arts Officer at the U.S. General Services Administration and oversaw the federal government’s Fine Arts Collection in the Northeast and Caribbean region, working with newly commissioned artists and managing the historic collection in public buildings.

Previously, she was Director of New York City Department of Cultural Affairs’ Percent for Art Program managing the commissioning and installation of dozens of public art projects across the five boroughs. She also served as Project Director at the Smithsonian Institution’s Traveling Exhibition Service, and Program Director and Curator at Maryland Art Place, a contemporary art center in Baltimore, Maryland.

A third-generation Brooklynite, Charlotte is deeply committed to promoting and expanding access to the arts. She has lectured internationally. She has been a faculty member at New York University and the School of Visual Arts, and has served on the boards of local, national, and international cultural non-profit organizations including CEC ArtsLink, Hester Street, Proteus Gowanus, and the Public Art Network Journal.

Daniela Kostova
Artist and Co-Founder, Bulgarian Artists in America, New York, NY

Daniela Kostova is an interdisciplinary artist working with photography, installation, video, and performance. Her practice addresses issues of geography and cultural representation, the production and crossing of socio-cultural borders, and the uneasy process of translation and communication.

In 2019, Daniela’s piece “Future Dreaming” wrapped the Ringturm building in Vienna, Austria in one of the biggest public art displays in Europe. In 2016, she had her first solo show in NYC as A.I.R. Gallery Fellow and was a resident at the Center for Art and Urbanism (ZK/U), Berlin. Her work is exhibited at venues such as Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (NY), Queens Museum of Art (NY), Kunsthalle Wien (Austria), Institute for Contemporary Art (Sofia), Centre d’art Contemporain (Geneva), Antakya Biennale (Turkey), Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, (Torino), Kunsthalle Fridericianum (Kassel), and many others. Daniela’s work is reviewed in New York Times, Brooklyn Rail, FlashArt, Art in America and is featured at Open Art Files, Artqol, Artfare, and Artsy.

Daniela currently serves as the Director of Curatorial Projects at Radiator Gallery, Artist Mentor at NYFA’s Immigrant Artist Program, and Trustee of CEC ArtsLink.

Jane Lombard, Chairman Emerita
Jane Lombard Gallery, New York, NY

Jane is the owner of Jane Lombard Gallery with a focus on socio-political art. She serves on the Boards of the Vera List Center for Arts & Politics at the New School in NYC and Protocinema in Istanbul, Turkey. Jane joined the Board of CEC ArtsLink in 1972. 

Clyde E. Rankin III, Chairman
Baker & McKenzie, New York, NY

Clyde E. Rankin III is a member of Baker McKenzie North America Transactional Practice Group based in the New York office and is Chair of the North America Projects Practice. Mr. Rankin is fluent in French. He has been named one of the Best Lawyers in America from 2006 – 2021 and is highlighted in Legal 500 US 2010, 2011, 2015 and 2017-2021 for his work as an advisor to sponsors in project finance and renewable energy. He has also been named a New York Metro Super Lawyer from 2014-2021. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie in 2005, Mr. Rankin served as the ninth chairman of Coudert Brothers LLP.

 

Amei Wallach
Author, filmmaker and art critic, New York, NY

Amei Wallach is a filmmaker, art critic, journalist, and author. Her documentaries about artists include Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, The Mistress and the Tangerine (2008), Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: Enter Here (2013), and Taking Venice: The Rauschenberg Factor. Her writings have appeared in the New York Times, Smithsonian, Vanity Fair, Art in America, and numerous other publications. Ms. Wallach served as president of the U.S. Section of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA/USA) in 2000 – 2005.

Photo by Grace Roselli

Lilly Wei
Author and art critic, New York, NY

Lilly Wei is a New York-based independent curator, writer, journalist and critic whose area of interest is global contemporary art, in particular emerging art and artists, writing frequently on international exhibitions and biennials. Her work has appeared in dozens of publications world-wide and she is a longtime contributor to Art in America, a contributing editor at ARTnews, and a former contributing editor at Art Asia Pacific in the United StatesThe author of numerous catalogues and monographs, she has curated exhibitions in the United States, Europe and Asia. Her most recent curatorial project is Without Borders: The Paintings of Brian Maguire at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, Washington D.C. Wei lectures frequently on critical and curatorial practices and sits on the board of several not-for-profit art organizations. She has an MA in art history from Columbia University, New York.

ADVISORS

Norton Batkin
Center for Curatorial Studies Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
Iara Boubnova
Art critic and curator, Sofia, Bulgaria
Valerie Cassel Oliver
Curator, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
Allen Frame
Artist, Brooklyn, NY
Branko Franceschi
Director, The Museum of Modern Art, Zagreb, Croatia
Mariam Ghani
Filmmaker, Brooklyn, NY
Kendal Henry
Director, Percent for Art Program, Department of Cultural Affairs, New York, NY
Chrissie Iles
Curator, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Emilia and Ilya Kabakov
Artists, Mattituck, NY
Viktor Misiano
Curator and art theorist, Moscow, Russia, and Ceglie Messapica, Italy
Meredith Monk
Singer and musician, New York, NY
Shirin Neshat
Artist, New York, NY
Fairouz Nishanova
Director, Aga Khan Music Initiative, Trust for Culture, Geneva, Switzerland
Terry Riley
Composer, Richmond, CA
Jane Safer
Museum consultant, New York, NY
Kenny Savelson
Executive Director, Bang on a Can, Brooklyn, NY
Aneta Szylak
Curator, Gdansk, Poland
Olesya Turkina
Curator, Senior Research Fellow, State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
Adam Weinberg
Director, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY