Founder Andrea Pollan is a trained art historian with a degree from Yale University. She has spent over 30 years in the art world. She is primarily a curator and has organized over 250 exhibitions and written numerous catalogs and brochures. Pollan worked in the non-profit sector of the art world for almost 20 years. In her role as gallerist, she founded Curator’s Office, a curatorial service bureau with a commercial component, in 2004. Additionally Pollan is a writer, corporate and private art collection manager, art appraiser, educator, collector, and arts activist. She won a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1994 and has been an active member of ArtTable since 2004.
As a young arts activist, she conceived and designed the internationally acclaimed and documented protest to project Robert Mapplethorpe’s images on the outside walls of the Corcoran Gallery of Art in June of 1989 after the museum suddenly canceled the exhibition due to government pressure. She and William Wooby asked light artist Rockne Krebs to project the images. ARTFORUM later used a photograph of this protest by artist Frank (Tico) Herrera on its cover.
Pollan is conversant in English, French, and German and has reading ability in Italian.