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Join us for a special ALL ALUMNI all-day event hosted by AANYAA at the Academy (111 Franklin Street, New York, NY) celebrating our alumni community, and strengthening our connections and careers!

May 11, 2024, 10:30-5:30

Watch for updates as more details are coming soon. 

10:30a: Meet & Greet and Brunch Bites

11:00a - 3:00p: Life Drawing
Please bring your own favorite drawing, painting, or sculpting supplies. We will have two models. 

12:00 - 2:00p: "Doctor's Hours"
Sign up for one individual 15-minute appointment with an art world luminary (gallerist, critic, TBD) to review your artwork. 

Francesca Caterina Pessarelli - Associate Director at Ceysson & Bénétière

Francesca Pessarelli (she/her) is an independent curator, freelance editor, and gallery worker based in New York City. Her practice is rooted in sensitivity, observation, and a commitment to justice while advocating for young, emerging, and under-represented artists. Pessarelli graduated with her bachelors degree in Art History and French Language from University of Wisconsin - Madison in 2018. She has since participated in the Solomon R. Guggenheim curatorial internship, was a gallery assistant at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery (NY), and now serves as the associate director at Ceysson & Bénétière Gallery (NY). All the while, Pessarelli has pursued personal curatorial projects as well as having served as an editor for The OG Magazine and a writer for the Shutterstock blog.

2nd Gallerist / Critic TBA

3rd Gallerist / Critic TBA

3:00p: Break and Tour of Studios and Thesis Exhibition
There will be the classic Academy staple of Pizza, of course. Or you may bring a snack to share. Tour the studios and Thesis Exhibition to welcome the upcoming Academy Alumni into our community. Remember: You were a student for two years, but an ALUM FOR LIFE!

3:45p: Introduction to Catherine McCormick, Career Services at NYAA

4:00-5:00p: Keynote Conversation: Bianca Bosker and Jason Patrick Voegele
with Book Sale & Signing

Bianca Bosker is The New York Times Bestselling Author of "Get The Picture." 


“[A] plucky and hilarious account of years working as a gallery girl, studio assistant, and guard at the Guggenheim museum . . . [Bosker] doesn’t sit with and sift through her material so much as plunge headlong into it, gatecrashing cloistered ecosystems that want nothing to do with her, and emerging as a foremost expert.” —The Guardian

Jason Patrick Voegele is the Executive Director of NY Art Consultant


Jason Patrick Voegele has been a trusted and familiar name in the art world for over 20 years. From Republic Worldwide to The Lodge Gallery and now NYArt Consultant, as an Art Dealer, a Gallerist, a Curator and a Master art Installer, his clients have ranged from first time collectors to museums, corporations, auction houses, celebrities, state institutions and exceptional private blue chip collections around the world.


The evening is free for dinners, drinks, and mingling! 

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