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Christine Kuan is CEO of Sotheby’s Institute of Art and Director of Sotheby’s Institute of Art-New York. Prior to joining the Institute, Kuan was Chief Curator and Director of Strategic Partnerships at Artsy.
She has also served as Chief Curatorial Officer at Artstor and Editor-in-Chief of Oxford Art Online/Grove Art Online at Oxford University Press. In addition, Kuan has worked at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and has taught at The University of Iowa, Peking University, and Rutgers University.
Kuan holds an MFA from the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop and a BA from Rutgers University. She has lectured and published extensively on digital strategy, museum policy, and new technologies for the art world. Kuan sits on the History of Collecting Advisory Committee at the Frick Collection in New York. She was a visiting faculty member of Stanford University’s pilot program for Arts Leadership.
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[…] Christine Kuan is “shaping the future of culture and the future of art” through her work as CEO of Sotheby’s Institute of Art-New York. The institute prepares its graduate students to work in multiple capacities within the art world. The program encompasses art history as well as object handling and includes a business component to set students up to participate in the practical aspects of the art world. While the primary focus is on visual arts, instructors at the institute come from all areas of the art world, from art fair directors to auction house specialists, those in the publishing world and those with expertise in sponsorship and patronage of the arts. The institute offers three master’s degrees at the New York program, Contemporary Art, The Business of Art, and Fine and Decorative Art. Within these degree programs, the courses are highly specialized. Kuan herself is a strong advocate of liberal arts education which allows students to think critically and analytically. She holds an MFA in Poetry which has given her a profound understanding of the importance of language and how language works. The art world, much like the rest of the world, is based on relationships and Kuan says an understanding of language and communication, and the ability to think qualitatively rather than quantitatively, is key to building strong relationships. […]