Salon Director Annette Benda Fox has worked in the art world for 40 years. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Queens College, City University of NY with a BA in Art History. During her Master Degree Studies at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts, she began a 7 year career with Sotheby’s in London and NY, becoming VP in charge of African and Oceanic Art, followed by Mixed Consignments. In 1986-1988 she established and ran the Tribal Arts Department for Phillips Auction House, NYC.
For 24 years (1983-2007) she was the independent art consultant/asset manager to J. Walter Thompson (JWT), overseeing an 8,000 piece collection ranging from period Americana and English furniture to Modern and Contemporary Art. This included inventory control, cataloguing, curation and sales. In addition, she created an in-house online 300+ item catalog of the most important artworks in the collection, an in-house exhibition schedule for artists who were JWT employees and a weekly NYC arts exhibition calendar.
Currently she emails a monthly newsletter tracking the artists who have shown at her salon, promoting their current and upcoming exhibitions and any relevant news about them. With her auction house background and community, she also works as an agent for clients who wish to appraise and de-accession their fine and decorative arts.
Her current and proposed 2015 efforts are to create visibility for art dealers on the Upper West Side of Manhattan while benefiting local school district arts programs.