The Next Wave: A Panel Discussion of Art World Innovators -

Get to know the front lines of what’s going on in the art world


As the traditional models of the art world shift, industry leaders looking to new models/concepts come together to discuss their programs, how they work together and what the future may hold. With curator Natalie Kates leading the conversation, with thought leaders from Artsy, Art Money, Artbridge and more, gain insight into what the front lines of the ever-evolving art world are shaping up to be.

About Natalie Kates, moderator
Style Curator, Inc (Founder)
Natalie Kates, is a curator, art advisor and event producer based in New York City, who has raised over a million dollars for various charities. An early supporter of urban art, Natalie has established herself as a leader in discovering and promoting emerging artists. She has curated numerous exhibitions and site-specific art installations, developed close relations with artists, galleries and museums and produced art events for both corporate and non-profit clients including Apple, Core Club, Bacardi, VH1, GrandLife Hotels, ArtWalkNY (Coalition for the Homeless), Housing Works, Galeria-Melissa, Scope Foundation, Slideluck, Lower Eastside Girls Club, Geeks for Peace, Children's Museum of Art, Bloomingdales and Juice Press, among others. She is a contributing editor of VAGA and The Unlimited magazines. Natalie's work and persona have been profiled in Vogue's Style.com, Harper's Bazaar - Brazil, Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal, Artforum, Art Nerd, Artnet.com, Paper Magazine, StyleLikeU, BlackBook, ArteFuse, and the Daily Beast.

About Paul Becker
Art Money (Founder & CEO)
Paul Becker is an art entrepreneur, passionate about increasing access to contemporary art through building a sustainable creative economy. Previously founder of Sydney art engagement business 10 Group (26 years), Paul started Art Money as a way of bringing on the next generation of collectors while supporting artists and galleries through increased sales.

About Erica Lohe Lyon
Artsy (Senior Manager for Institutional Partnerships)
Erica Lohe Lyon is the Senior Manager for Institutional Partnerships at Artsy, where she develops and maintains strategic relationships with art museums and institutions around the world. Artsy is the global platform for collecting and discovering art. Artsy partners with leading museums, international galleries, auction houses, and art fairs to create the world’s largest art marketplace. Artsy’s technology enables the growth of the entire art market by effectively connecting supply and demand at a global scale. Lohe Lyon also works closely with Artsy's Auctions team, managing partnerships with nonprofit organizations to extend the reach of their benefit auctions to Artsy's global network of collectors. She has previously held positions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Pace Gallery. She received her M.A. from New York University and her B.A. from Wesleyan University.


About Stephen Pierson
ArtBridge (Executive Director)
Stephen Pierson has been the Executive Director of ArtBridge since 2014. He is a 20-year resident of Brooklyn, and previously founded the literary/art nonprofit, Canteen.
Since 2008, ArtBridge has empowered artists to transform NYC's urban landscape. From staircases in the Bronx, to NYCHA plazas in Brownsville, to construction fencing through the five boroughs, ArtBridge takes darkened outdoor sites and turns them into large-scale canvases for local artists.

About Vajra Kingsley
ART MEDIA Holdings, LLC (Director of Marketing & Development); ARTnews, Art in America, MODERN, The Magazine Antiques
Vajra Kingsley cultivated a passion for the arts and collaboration while studying Art History and Philosophy. After graduating in 2013 she moved back to NYC to work for Rainer Judd as a creative consultant and studio manager producing large-scale art projects for hotels and high-end fashion brands. With the Judd Foundation in New York and Marfa, Texas, she discovered her talent as a communicator and connector working with artists and institutions. Vajra simultaneously found her place in the philanthropic landscape while helping establish art programming at the Tibet Fund and Guild Hall, pushing the boundaries of institutional programming and collaboration. In 2017 she shifted her skill set to Cultural Counsel, a creative PR agency specializing in galleries, museums, and foundation strategy, where she cultivated new programming and cross-pollination among institutions such as The Whitney, Dallas Contemporary, and Art21 to mention a few.

Vajra is currently working for Art Media Holdings as the director of marketing and business development for the four sister publications Art in America, ARTnews, The Magazine Antiques, and Modern.

About Natasha Schlesinger
ArtMuse (Founder and Director)
Natasha Schlesinger is an award-winning art historian, art advisor and curator who has worked in the art field for over 25 years. Schlesinger began her career working at art galleries in New York and London. She continued as a specialist in European Furniture and Decorative arts at Christie’s auction house in New York before co-founding an international consulting firm, Meridienne LLC. She has lectured both at Christie’s and Sotheby’s and taught at the graduate program for the Study of Decorative Arts, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, and New School. More recently, Schlesinger was appointed to serve as the Art Curator of The Surrey Hotel where she conceived and curated three successful exhibitions connecting The Surrey’s own permanent art collection to the most relevant themes in contemporary art today.


About Amanda L. Uribe
LatchKey Gallery (Co-Founder)
Amanda L. Uribe is a gallerist with over 10 years in the Contemporary Art World. She is a Curator, Art Advisor, and Artist Manager based in New York City. Her career focuses on emerging to mid-career artists; guiding them and growing their collector base to include private and institutional collections. She has worked with numerous Contemporary Art Galleries developing their program and curatorial strategy. In 2016, she co-curated MHOAUNTDH for SPRING/BREAK art fair where the exhibition was highlighted by ArtNews, W Magazine, WhiteWall Magazine, and gothamist.
Amanda holds an MA from Manchester University/ Sotheby’s Institute, London. She has provided her expertise to collectors offering art consulting services along with appraisals and curatorial management. Ms. Uribe currently serves on committees for numerous non-profit organizations, including The Coalition for the Homeless, AmRef, The Girls Club of New York and Franklin Furnace.