Innovation in the visual arts


How start-ups, artists, and cultural institutions are exploring innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship -- and democratizing art through technology

Matthew Israel Artsy, Curator at large Artsy, The Art Genome Project, Director Emeritus and Advisor

Matthew Israel
Artsy, Curator at large
Artsy, The Art Genome Project, Director Emeritus and Advisor

Matthew Israel // Artsy, Curator at large // Panel Moderator
Matthew Israel is an art historian, writer, and educator based in New York City. Currently he is curator at large at Artsy, where he also serves as director emeritus and advisor, The Art Genome Project. He received his PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and has written for various magazines and websites, including ARTFORUM, Art in America, Departures, Education Week, and Frieze, and has contributed to catalogues published by major galleries and museums. Matthew has delivered talks about the future of art history, contemporary art, art and politics, art and innovation, and his work at Artsy, internationally, and has taught modern and contemporary art history at New York University and Parsons, The New School for Design. He is the author of Kill for Peace: American Artists Against the Vietnam War, published in 2013 by the University of Texas Press. 

Julia Kaganskiy NEW INC at New Museum, Director

Julia Kaganskiy
NEW INC at New Museum, Director

Julia Kaganskiy // NEW INC, Director
Julia Kaganskiy, Director of NEW INC, is a recognized cultural producer across the art and technology fields. She previously served as Global Editor of the Creators Project, a partnership between VICE Media Group and Intel, and founded #ArtsTech Meetup, a group that brings together professionals from New York City’s museums, galleries, art-related start-ups, and digital artists. She has been cited by Fast Company (2011) and Business Insider (2013) as one of the most influential women in technology and profiled in the 2012 AOL/PBS series MAKERS honoring women leaders.

Carrie Fitzsimmons ArtScience Labs, Executive Director

Carrie Fitzsimmons
ArtScience Labs, Executive Director

Carrie Fitzsimmons // ArtScience Labs, Executive Director
Carrie Fitzsimmons is the Executive Director of ArtScience Labs, an international network of creativity and innovation labs founded by Harvard Professor David Edwards that catalyzes idea translation in art and design experiments at the frontiers of science, and the founding Director of the ArtScience Prize. She attended the Getty Museum Leadership Institute in 2008 while she was Chief of Staff at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. She is a connector for Boston World Partnerships; a Fellow for the Royal Society of Arts; a founding board member of the National Creativity Network; on the National Advisory Council for The Art of Science Learning; and advisory board member for Massachusetts College of Arts Artward Bound program. Carrie travels globally to speak on behalf of the ArtScience Prize while strategically growing and managing the international programs that comprise the ArtScience Labs.

Kevin McCoy Monegraph, Artist/CEO

Kevin McCoy
Monegraph, Artist/CEO

Kevin McCoy // Monegraph, Artist/CEO
In 2014 McCoy co-founded Monegraph, a company using blockchain technology to power a professional media licensing and service platform for creators. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Art Professions at NYU where he oversees the department's digital art practices. He has had a long studio art career working collaboratively with his partner Jennifer McCoy. In New York, their artworks are in the permanent collections of MoMA, the Metropolitan Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art and dozens of other museums and collections world-wide.

Sarah Hromack Whitney Museum of American Art, Director of Digital Media

Sarah Hromack
Whitney Museum of American Art, Director of Digital Media

Sarah Hromack // Whitney Museum of American Art, Director of Digital Media
Sarah Hromack is a writer, educator, and technologist working at the intersection of art, technology, and institutional strategy and theory. She currently works as the Director of Digital Media at the Whitney Museum of American Art, where her most recent projects include the publication of 22,000 works from the museum’s collection online in fulfillment of its strategic technology plan for its new building, which opened to the public in May of 2015. She is a part-time faculty member at New York University’s Steinhardt school, where she teaches about the relationship between technology and the arts. She has written for various publications and websites including Frieze, Artforum, Art in America, Mousse, Print, and Paper Monument. An exhibition she recently organized, Egress, considered the physical and architectural relationship between the technologically-mediated body; it was on view at New York’s K. gallery through August of 2015.