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Megan Fox Kelly
Megan Fox Kelly is a professional art advisor who builds and manages collections for an international mix of individuals, museums, estates and foundations. Her full service advisory business provides curatorial and market advice and museum-quality fine art services for collectors, attorneys, financial advisors and estates.
Her academic training includes an MA in the History of Art from Brown University. Megan’s professional training began in the Curatorial and Special Exhibitions Departments of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. This strong foundation in proper museum practice continues to inform her work for clients today.
After ten years in the international art business, she established Megan Fox Kelly Art Advisory in New York in 1999. Megan has curated collections of Post-War and Contemporary art, important 19th and 20th century American and European art, and vintage and contemporary photography.
In addition to advising clients on acquisitions and sales of works of art for their collections, her practice includes estate planning and execution, strategic planning and feasibility studies for museums, exhibition planning and administration, collection management and fine art appraisal services. Megan serves as the advisor to numerous artist and collector estates and Foundations including the Estate of Michael Crichton, The Terra Foundation for American Art, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, the Estate of Robert DeNiro, Sr., and others.
Megan is President of the Association of Professional Art Advisors. She is a Certified Member of the Appraisers Association of America, with a specialization in Post War and Contemporary Art and is U.S.P.A.P compliant. Megan has a Certificate of Appraisal Studies from New York University. She is a well-regarded expert and speaker specializing in the art market and collecting.
Susan Davidson has been engaged with the work of Robert Rauschenberg since 1990 and was a curatorial advisor to the artist from 2001 until his death in 2008. In this capacity, she prepared numerous exhibitions and catalogues on the artist, including Rauschenberg: On and Off the Wall (Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain, Nice, France, 2005), Robert Rauschenberg: Gluts (IVAM, Valencia, Spain, 2005), and Rauschenberg (Palazzo dei Diamanti, Ferrara, Italy, 2004).
She co-curated Robert Rauschenberg: A Retrospective (1997) and Robert Rauschenberg: Gluts (2009) for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and was assistant curator for Robert Rauschenberg: The Early 1950s (1991), organized by Walter Hopps for the Menil Collection, Houston.
Davidson is currently a board member of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, and, with Rauschenberg’s longtime curator David White, edited Robert Rauschenberg: Photographs 1949–1962 (2011). In addition to her work on Rauschenberg, Davidson is senior curator for collections and exhibitions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, where her most recent exhibitions and catalogues include Robert Motherwell: Early Collages (2013); John Chamberlain: Choices (2012); Art in America: 300 Years of Innovation (2007); No Limits, Just Edges: Jackson Pollock’s Paintings on Paper (2005); Peggy and Kiesler: The Collector and the Visionary (2004); and American Pop Icons (2003).
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Randy Herbertson is a recognized brand strategist and creative director with over 25 years of marketing and innovation experience.
Randy’s training and experience includes roles as a corporate facilitator and consumer insight specialist, and as an accomplished creative strategist where he has played a key role in a number of product innovations and corporate transformations.
Sean Kelly is an award-winning art director and illustrator whose clients include The New York Times, The Washington Post, Businessweek, Simon & Schuster and IBM. He has received honors from the Society of Illustrators and the National Cartoonists Society. Kelly leads creativity seminars that teach corporate groups how to be more innovative, and he has lectured at Columbia University and the University of Southern California among other schools. Featured on CBS’s Face the Nation and profiled in many national publications, Kelly graduated from Brown University, studied at Rhode Island School of Design, and was a Getty Fellow at USC’s Annenberg School of Communication.
Sissy Biggers’ career has touched every broadcast platform since her behind-the-scenes-role at the NBC Network. As executive-in-charge of Late Night Television, she quietly sharpened her on-air “chops” observing show business greats on SNL and Late Night with David Letterman. This unique foundation led her to a live, television host chair on the Lifetime Network and to Food Network where she presided over its original cooking competition, Read, Set Cook! Among her many television roles, Sissy has guided viewers from the operating room on ABC’s Extreme Makeover to the vegetable patch on PBS’s victory Garden. She has inspired Today Show and countless, local television viewers as a lifestyle expert on behalf of the International Home and Housewares Association and as a spokesperson for many American household and food brands. Her company, Big Sis Productions provides media coaching and brand consulting.
As long time art collectors, she and her husband Kelsey founded Southport Galleries after a meticulous renovation of Southport village’s 100-year hardware store. Celebrating ten years this fall, Southport Galleries has become one of Fairfield County’s most vital fine art and cultural destinations.