CATHERINE LEVENE Co-Founder | CEO
Catherine Levene is the Co-Founder and CEO of Artspace. As a digital media innovator and entrepreneur with more than 15 years experience building successful online media companies, she is responsible for the joint vision of Artspace as well as the overall day-to-day management of the company. Most recently, Catherine held the position of COO and General Manager of DailyCandy, a leading daily e-mail and website targeted to women that focuses on the latest trends in fashion, food and culture.
Growing up in a family of art collectors and supporters, Catherine's passion for art started at a young age. Her grandmother sat on the board of the New York State Council on the Arts for over 14 years, and in 1974, founded SUNY Binghamton's MBA in the Arts program, one of the first of its kind in the country. In her early twenties, Catherine developed a strong desire to start her own art collection, but found it difficult to do so on a tight budget. Eventually she began purchasing limited edition pieces sold to benefit non-profit organizations. While slowly acquiring these and other original works, Catherine began to recognize the importance of making art available to a wider audience and encouraging collecting as a great way to support artists and benefit influential charities and cultural institutions. This was the foundation for her Artspace vision.
Prior to joining DailyCandy, Catherine was part of the executive team at start-up shopping search engine, TheFind.com, where she served as Senior Vice President of Product and General Manager of Content and Distribution. In addition, Catherine spent seven years at New York Times Digital (NYTD), building the online properties of the New York Times Company, including nytimes.com. Catherine currently advises early stage Internet companies in media and commerce, sits on the boards of TheFind.com and RenttheRunway.com and is an advisor to LearnVest.com.
Catherine received a BA in history from the University of Pennsylvania and, concurrently, a BS in economics from the Wharton School of Business in 1992. She earned her MBA from Harvard Business School in 1996.
CHRISTOPHER VROOM Co-Founder | Chairman | Executive Vice President, Artists and Institutions
Christopher Vroom, a well-known patron of the arts and an avid contemporary art collector, is the Co-Founder, Chairman and Executive Vice President of Artspace. Credited as the vision behind the business, Chris is responsible for initiating and managing relationships with artists and institutions that sell works on the Artspace platform. Chris grew up in New York City around the block from the prominent National Arts Club in Gramercy Park. He attended public school in the area and went on to receive his BA from The University of Chicago in 1987. After benefiting from a solid liberal arts education, Chris worked for nearly 20 years as a financial analyst specializing in consumer group and e-commerce equity research spaces, where he was a Managing Director and Global Group Head in the CSFB Technology Group.
While working as a research analyst, Chris became convinced of the vital role artists play in the foundation of creative culture; yet at the same time he was surprised to learn that there were few systems designed to help them succeed. In response to the elimination of NEA Artist Fellowships and after a year of research dedicated to identifying the greatest need, Chris founded Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting artists directly through financial awards, public exposure and access to a national network of support. Since 1999, Artadia has provided nearly $3 million in total support to 250 artists living in San Francisco, Chicago, Houston, Boston, New York and Atlanta.
Through his non-profit activities, Chris recognized the challenges faced by artists and cultural institutions alike in reaching new audiences. At the same time, as a collector of art himself, he understood the difficulty in finding a broad selection of artworks based on personal preferences. Chris founded Artspace to address these challenges while simultaneously creating a powerful new distribution channel for artists, institutions and non-profits, in addition to offering collectors at all levels a curated selection of artworks from top contemporary artists.
ADAM FIELDS Vice President of Artist and Institutional Development
Adam was bitten by the art bug at a young age, and continues to evolve while shaping the supply strategy for Artspace, along with managing the platforms 300+ global gallery, museum and artist relationships. Adam is also a big supporter of the arts and is on the Executive Committee of the Whitney Contemporaries along with being founding member of the Chinati Contemporary Council and the Artadia Junior Council.
ANDREW M. GOLDSTEIN Editor-in-Chief
Andrew is a journalist who has covered art and the art market for publications including New York magazine, Art + Auction, Modern Painters, the New York Observer, the Art Newspaper, and Portfolio. Prior to joining Artspace he was the editor of Artinfo; prior to that he was a crime reporter in Chicago and worked on an archeological dig at Morgantina, an ancient Greek colony in Sicily.
CHARLES EVERS Chief Technology Officer
Charles Evers is an expert at building and leading development teams to deliver scalable web architectures for online properties. He has over 20 years experience building solutions for e-commerce, finance and media businesses. Charles joined Artspace from Thomson Reuters where he served as Vice President, Global Solutions Development. Previously, he served in technical management roles at Dow Jones and eMeta Corp. Charles holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Clarkson University.
EMMANUELE VINCIGUERRA Vice President of Merchandising & Operations
Emmanuele Vinciguerra has 20 years of experience in operational management, brand building and retail experience in the US and in Europe. Most recently, she ran The Conran Shop in the U.S. where she oversaw merchandising, brick and mortar and ecommerce operations. Prior to The Conran Shop, she served as CEO for Surevolution, a start-up producing, distributing and selling online sustainable artisan-made accessories. Previously Emmanuele had a 10 year career with LVMH where she held merchandising and operations positions for Louis Vuitton Malletier and LVMH department stores.She started her career as a management consultant with Bain & Company. She holds a Degree from ESSEC Business School and a MBA from Harvard University
KINJIL MATHUR Chief Marketing Officer
Kinjil has over 10 years of experience in marketing and ecommerce at luxury brands such as Saks Fifth Avenue, CondeNast, and Neiman Marcus. She specializes in digital marketing and has a technology background with a BBA degree in Information Systems from the University of Texas at Austin and time spent working as a technology risk consultant at Protiviti and in e-business solutions at IBM. Kinjil was named one of the Top 50 Women in Brand Marketing for 2013 from Brand Innovators.
MELANIE PITSON Vice President of Product & Business Development
Melanie Pitson is a product executive with more than a decade of experience bringing digital solutions to market. Prior to joining Artspace in September 2011, she managed the creation and delivery of innovative products for companies such as DailyCandy/Comcast NBCU Digital, Disney Interactive, Reuters, Vindigo and Acorn Media Publishing. A graduate of the Smith School of Business at The University of Maryland, College Park, Melanie holds a B.S. in Business; Marketing & Logistics.
SEVERIN ANDRIEU-DELILLE Vice President of Engineering
Severin Andrieu-Delille is an accomplished engineering executive with more than 10 years of experience in building complex websites, platforms and mobile applications. He has assembled and managed world-class engineering teams, and lead numerous platform and product launches. Severin joins Artspace from VIP Art Fair (acquired by Artspace in 2013), where he was VP of Product and Engineering, responsible for composing and executing the technology and product vision. He also served as CTO of StyleCaster Media Group, a Media company with a breath of online properties in the fashion and lifestyle space, and was Co-Founder and CTO of Naia Web Services. Severin holds a BS in Computer Science from Tufts University.