Natasha Schlesinger is an award-winning art historian and art advisor who has worked in the art field for over 25 years. Schlesinger began her career working at art galleries in New York and London. She continued as a specialist in European Furniture and Decorative arts at Christie’s auction house in New York before co-founding an international consulting firm, Meridienne LLC. She has lectured both at Christie’s and Sotheby’s and taught at the graduate program for the Study of Decorative Arts, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, and New School.
Schlesinger previously served as the Art Curator of The Surrey Hotel where she conceived and curated three successful exhibitions connecting The Surrey’s own permanent art collection to the most relevant themes in contemporary art today. Most recently, she curated a group exhibition titled “The Ideal Feminine/The Feminine Ideal?” at Winston Wachter Fine Art gallery in Chelsea that featured multi-media works by 12 artists. She also curates the charity auction for the Baryshnikov Arts Center benefit annually.
Schlesinger holds a Master’s degree in Decorative Arts and Design from the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Culture and Design. In 2005, Schlesinger received the Future Leaders of the Art World award from ArtTable, a national nonprofit membership organization for professional women in leadership positions in the visual arts. In 2017, she launched the Discover Galleries app to bring collectors and galleries together through a unique technology platform offering advice and consultation services.
Schlesinger speaks regularly at leading industry events, and is available for select panel and keynote engagements.
Natasha Roberts is a curator and branding expert, specializing in new media, cultural projects and contemporary art. Roberts began her career working in public affairs and communications for non-profits and NGOs in Washington, DC, including NPR, the Peace Corps, Habitat for Humanity and Food and Water Watch, and volunteering with local and international development-focused organizations. After moving back to New York City in 2011, Roberts became immersed in the rapidly emerging start-up world, taking on positions including Social Media Marketing Specialist at a production studio and, eventually, Senior Publicist at an entertainment PR firm, before launching boutique consulting agency, The Know, in 2017.
Combining her professional skill set with a passion for advocacy and innovation, Roberts and her clients have garnered press in Vogue, PAPER, Entrepreneur, The Wall Street Journal, the New York Post and more. Roberts studied Sociology with an emphasis on Communications and minor in Multiethnic Studies, at American University. While living in Amman, Jordan, Roberts studied Arabic and Architecture, and she completed post-graduate programs in Contemporary Art, and Perfumery at Pratt University. Roberts speaks French, Spanish and German, and has also studied Hebrew and Latin.
Roberts is a media coach & moderator and has spoken on panels at international events.
Sophia Schlesinger has had extensive experience working with major companies and brands in the art, fashion and beauty fields such as Christie’s New York, Lisa Perry, Tarte Cosmetics and Marc Jacobs. She is currently a third year student at the University of Saint Andrews majoring in Art History and Management. In addition, Sophia is instrumental in all aspects of major student run events such as the St. Andrews Charity Fashion show. Her interest is to combine and promote art and culture to the larger audiences.
Samantha Kohl is a writer and aspiring art historian who is interested in the intersections between visual art, politics, history, and music. Samantha graduated from Vassar College in 2017 with degrees in Art History and French & Francophone studies. Samantha has worked at Christie’s Post-War & Contemporary, Judd Foundation, The Kitchen, BRIC Arts Media, and BOMB magazine, among others. Her writing has been published by Podcast Review, Boilerplate Magazine, The Miscellany News, and The Kitchen.