Introducing the New Global Fine Art Awards Judge and Executive Committee

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Adding to its international panel of judges and advisory board, the Global Fine Art Awards (GFAA) program announces more global representation- with new team members from India, The Middle East, Ukraine and Italy.

GFAA Judge

Savita Apte

I am delighted to be part of the Global Fine Art Awards panel of judges. This is an organisation of truly international scope.

GFAA President and CEO Judy Holm states, "This is an exciting period of growth for our program, and I am honored to introduce an exceptional new Judge and launch the Executive Committee of our Advisory Board. The Executive Committee includes sixteen extremely diverse, talented and experienced individuals- ensuring the future success of GFAA."

The Global Fine Art Awards program welcomes Savita Apte as a new GFAA Judge. She is an Art Historian specializing in Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art and has been actively involved in South Asian art since 1989. She holds a postgraduate diploma in Asian Art and a Masters in Post War and Contemporary Art and her doctoral thesis is on the Progressive Artists Group and Modernism in India. In 1995 she joined Sotheby’s as their consultant expert for Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art, for their auctions in London and New York and was instrumental in setting up the Sotheby’s Prize for contemporary Indian art. In 2009, she was the co respondent for the 53rd Venice Biennale, responsible for curating South Asian and Middle Eastern artists at the Arsenale. Also in 2009 she was an associate of the Serpentine Gallery for the show Indian Highway that toured around Europe and China.

Ms. Apte is a founder director of Art Dubai and is on the advisory board of the Asia Art Archive, AlSerkal Avenue and Para Site; in addition to being on the board of Khoj. In 2009, Apte formulated The Abraaj Group Art Prize, which helped focus international attention on art production, curation and art writing from the MENASA region. Until 2016 she served as the Chair of the Prize.

This year’s returning GFAA judges are Dean Phelus (American Alliance of Museums, Washington, D.C.); James M. Bradburne (Pinacoteca di Brera and Biblioteca Braidense, Milan); Joe Lin-Hill (Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo) and Gina Costa (independent art historian and curator, Director for marketing and public relations at the Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, Chicago).

To further the leadership scope of the GFAA Advisory Board, GFAA introduces its Executive Committee, comprised of sixteen distinguished individuals who are highly dedicated to the future growth of the program. New additions to the GFAA team, also serving key Committee Chair positions include:

Kimberly Lin, GFAA Art Research Committee Chair
Ms. Lin received a BA in Art History with an emphasis on modern and contemporary art from the University of California at Berkeley. In addition, she has a degree in fashion design from the Los Angeles campus at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and completed the program in Post War Contemporary Art at Sotheby's in London.

She worked at Art Network Services in Tokyo for Japanese corporate and private clients and helped to bring live art auctions to Tokyo via satellite.

A native and current resident of Palo Alto, California, Ms. Lin also lived in New York, London and Tokyo.

Bill Peters, GFAA Finance Committee Chair
Mr. Peters is Managing Director with Jones Lang LaSalle’s New York Corporate Services group, previously Managing Director at the Staubach Company. He is a thirty year veteran of the financial and commercial real estate industries, with areas of expertise that include a focus on technology firms and the financial services industry.

Prior, Mr. Peters worked in the investment management sector, with positions as Financial Consultant at Merrill Lynch, Lebenthal & Co., and Drexel Burnham Lambert.

He is a New York native, and holds a BA in Business and Economics from Gettysburg College.

GFAA Advisory Board, Executive Committee

  • Lawrence M. Shindell, Chairman, ARIS Title Insurance Corporation, GFAA Advisory Board Chair
  • Holly Baxter, Art advisor and Chief Curator for the Human Rights Foundation
  • Suzanne Deal Booth, Art historian, philanthropist and collector
  • Ivonn Goihman, International Real Estate business owner, GFAA Gala Co-Chair 2014 and 2015
  • Inness Hancock, Artist and fundraiser, GFAA Gala Co-Chair
  • Kimberly Lin, Art Historian and collector, GFAA Art Research Committee Chair
  • Ekaterina Luki, Art Advisor, curator, GFAA Art Liaison Committee Chair
  • Salwa Mikdadi, Associate Professor of Art History, NYU Abu Dhabi
  • Ty Murphy, Family Office advisor and consultant; Publisher of Family Office Elite Magazine and Art & Museums Magazine; former management committee BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts)
  • Bill Peters, Managing Director, Jones Lang LaSalle, GFAA Finance Committee Chair
  • Dean Phelus, Senior Director AAM, GFAA Judge
  • Betsie Piussan– MBA from NYU; BA Stanford University, studied at l’Université de Paris and l’Ecole du Louvre, Design Certificate NY School of Interior Design, GFAA Nominating Committee Chair
  • Stefano Rabolli Pansera, Architect, Arts Nonprofit Director, Director Hauser & Wirth London
  • Hedva Ser, UNESCO Artist for Peace, GFAA Honorary Committee Chair
  • Peter Trippi, Editor-in-Chief, Fine Art Connoisseur magazine, GFAA Judge Emeritus
  • Chris Vroom, Founder and CEO at CollectorIQ, Inc.

About the GFAA Program
The GFAA program honors innovation and excellence in exhibition design, historical context, educational value, and public appeal. The program’s mission is to develop interest and passion for fine art, and to further its educational role in society.

GFAA is the first annual program ever created to recognize the best curated art and design exhibitions and installations worldwide. This program includes exhibitions in museums, galleries, art fairs and biennials, as well as public installations.

The Mission
The mission of GFAA is to elevate the importance and relevancy of fine art in the world today: economically, socially, and culturally. GFAA endeavors to be world renowned as the premier art and design award program.

The Research and Nominating Process
A broad set of criteria is utilized to research and assess prospective nominees, with continuous review of over 50 sources of print and online art editorial and critiques. Through these sources, more than 200 museums and 2,000 exhibitions are vetted each year as well as extensive exhibition viewing around the world.

In addition to research-based nominations, GFAA accepts open calls from museums, biennials, fairs, galleries and other art organizations. Individual patrons may nominate their favorite exhibitions as well.

Open Call Nominations will be accepted via Submittable from May 1 through Jun 10, 2017. Any individual or institution may submit exhibition(s) for consideration by the GFAA Judges. The timeframe for eligibility this year was for exhibitions and installations opening between Aug 1, 2016 and Jul 31, 2017. The basic criteria for eligibility is that each nominated exhibit or installation must be curated.

The Nominating Committee reviews the slate prepared by the Art Research Committee, and presents their recommendations for final approvals by the Judges. The Judges review, modify and select the final slate of Nominees, then vote on the Finalists and Winners.

The Judging Process and Award Categories
The GFAA Judges will select the winners in 13 award categories: Contemporary and Post-War Art (solo artist and group/theme); Impressionist and Modern Art (solo artist and group/theme); Renaissance, Baroque, Old Masters and Dynasties (solo artist and group/theme); Ancient Art; Public Art; Design; Photography; Fringe; Global Planet (new in 2017) and Global Humanity (new in 2017).

In addition to the juried awards, “Youniversal,” recognizes the best exhibition of the year as determined by public vote from people across the globe, which all nominees are eligible to win. Voting takes place in the fall. To expand the digital presence of GFAA further, a second public award was added in 2016: YOU-2. The Top 10 Nominees, based on the Youniversal votes, are eligible for this Twitter-based award.

Media, Arts, Educational & Cultural Partners
The program is flourishing with the continued support and partnership of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), other important arts organizations, educational and media partners including: Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), Family Office Elite Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, Fractured Atlas, Frieze London and Frieze Masters, Traveling Exhibits Network, Vastari.

Corporate Sponsors
Aon/Huntington T. Block Insurance Agency, Inc., ARIS Title Insurance Corporation, Baccarat Hotel, Crowell & Moring LLP, Galerie LeLong, Galleria Farina, Goihman Group of Douglas Elliman, K&L Gates LLP, Pryor Cashman LLP, Kwittken Communications, Vastari Group, Wiggin and Dana LLP

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