In conjunction with this year’s efforts to establish opportunities for our exhibitors and artists and in celebration of the fair’s deep collaborative network developed over a decade, we are thrilled to welcome the founding Untitled Art Ambassadors Committee, a group of experts representing crucial roles within the art world:
Sarah Arison (philanthropist, strategic partnerships builder, and President of the Arison Arts Foundation and Board Chair of YoungArts); Mario Cader-Frech (impactful patron, social impact media executive, Co-Founder of KC Social Impact Lab and Founder and Chairperson of Y.ES Contemporary); Andrew Freiser (longtime Exhibitor of Untitled Art, Co-Owner and Director of the gallery Fredericks & Freiser, one of the original galleries in New York’s Chelsea art scene); Alex Gartenfeld (Artistic Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami where he leads programmatic and institutional growth as well as the museum's permanent collection); Lisa Schiff (internationally recognized art advisor, educator, and philanthropist, Founder of SFA Art Advisory); Hank Willis Thomas (internationally renowned and exhibited conceptual artist, Founder of the artist-led platform For Freedoms). Part of this program includes up-and-coming voices as Young Ambassadors, joined this year by Brigitte Mulholland (independent curator with an expanded curatorial practice, Director of Anton Kern Gallery), and Maria Vogel (arts writer and consultant with a focus on storytelling and interconnectedness, Founder of art advisory Rococo).
As we enter our second decade as the leading independent contemporary art fair during the now iconic Miami Art Week, we are looking ahead to the future in how to navigate the fair’s mission beyond Untitled Art’s flagship annual presentation on Miami Beach. We truly believe it starts with conversations between industry experts such as these invited professionals and signifying their accomplishments as they relate to extending opportunities for growth beyond the traditional fair model. This intention was the guiding mission of our invitation process, ensuring a diversity of professions, extended communities, and voices are represented.
This new initiative will be inaugurated in line with the fair’s development of Exhibitor Prizes, supported by our Premier Prize Partners. Selected Ambassadors will participate in the jury committees for artists awarded the following prizes during our 11th edition. In addition to their collaboration in the fair’s expanded programming, participating in panels, content, and tastemakers selections, and overall as an advisory voice for Untitled Art.
The Nest Prize by Vortic
Jury Committee includes Alex Gartenfeld
21c Museum Hotels Acquisition Prize
Jury Committee includes Lisa Schiff
Colección Solo Acquisition Prize
Jury Committee includes Mario Cader-Frech
CCA Andratx Artist-in-Residence Prize
Jury Committee includes Andrew Freiser
The Last Resort Artist Retreat Residency Prize
Jury Committee includes Hank Willis Thomas
Pébéo Production Prize
Jury Committee includes Sarah Arison
ABOUT THE AMBASSADORS
Born and raised in Miami, Sarah Arison is President of the Arison Arts Foundation, the Arison family’s grant-making organization that supports emerging artists and the institutions that foster them. The legacy’s portfolio also includes YoungArts, and the New World Symphony, in addition to other philanthropic endeavors. Arison has leveraged her significant impact in the philanthropic and non-profit space via a cross-section of participation within an impressive list of national arts organizations: As the chair and board of YoungArts, Arison has developed strategic partnerships with the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, Jacob’s Pillow, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Sundance Film Festival to establish bonafide presentation and mentorship opportunities for the orgs’ extensive reach to aspiring artists. This dynamic approach to development is aided by her roles as the Chair of the Board for MoMA PS1, trustee of MoMA, the Lincoln Center, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Serpentine Galleries, in addition to being the Board President and a trustee for the American Ballet Theatre, and member of the Board of Directors for Americans for the Arts. In a venture to produce films as part of her mission to support lesser-known artistic endeavors, Arison produced her first feature film, Desert Dancer, in 2015, starring Frieda Pinto; coproduced The First Monday in May, a documentary chronicling the creation of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute blockbuster exhibition China: Through the Looking Glass; as well as The Price of Everything which was later acquired by HBO; and most recently served as an executive producer for Aggie, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
An avid collector of contemporary art, Mario Cader-Frech is a social impact media executive and cultural entrepreneur who has brought extensive expertise from creative corporate environments to benefit local and international art organizations alike. Cader Frech is a co-founder of KC Social Impact Lab, a consultancy company to corporations and non-profits (such as UNICEF, OneSight, CanopyLAB, MTV, Nickelodeon, and Univision) led by experts in media, philanthropy, and public affairs. Prior to this, he worked for nearly 15 years as Senior Vice President of Public Affairs & Social Responsibility at Viacom International (at MTV, Nickelodeon, VH1, Paramount, Comedy Central, and Telefe.) During this time, he created over 30 global campaigns and 20 award-winning documentaries, reaching nearly a billion cumulative subscribers in more than 160 countries, complemented by events, consumer products, digital offerings, recreation, books, and education components. He serves with distinction to the Harvard Divinity School Dean’s Council and was a Fellow between 2018-21, during which he spearheaded DeeperDive - a DEI initiative of the KC Social Lab specializing in depictions of religion on screen. DeeperDive joins media professionals with scholars of media, religion, and business to foster critical reflection and collaborative relationships to improve religious literacy of the American public. Cader-Frech serves on numerous boards of notable art institutions including The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Reina Sofia Art Museum in Madrid, and Y.ES Contemporary, an art program of his namesake organization. He is also a founding member of the Art Basel Global Patrons Committee and received the Ten Year recognition from the National Gallery of Art.
Andrew Freiser is the co-owner and director of leading New-York based gallery, Fredericks & Freiser, and longtime exhibitor at Untitled Art over the past decade. He and Jessica Fredericks opened their eponymous contemporary gallery in 1996 as one of the original galleries in New York’s Chelsea art scene. For over 25 years, they have championed artists early in their careers and presented solo exhibitions by such artists as Marilyn Minter, John Lurie, Jenna Gribbon, Cristina de Miguel, Mary Reid Kelley, and John Wesley as part of their roster’s program of select emerging and established artists. Fredericks & Freiser’s curatorial program has notably presented many artists’ first solo exhibitions as well as historical exhibitions spotlighting artists of earlier generations whose work is particularly relevant to current trends and ideas. The program actively fosters a continuum between the past and the present in focusing on artists who have made important contributions to the development of 20th and 21st century art. Their gallery’s artists have won the MacArthur Fellowship, Rome Prize, and Baloise Prize at Art Basel; exhibited in the Whitney Biennial, Site Santa Fe Biennial, Documenta, Tate Modern, Museum of Modern Art New York, the Walker Art Center, and the Venice Biennale; and have worked with collaborators in a broad cultural context, including Prada, Hermes, and Balenciaga; as well they have appeared on the covers of Artforum, Art in America, Modern Painters, Sculpture, Artnews, Purple, and Frieze magazines.
Alex Gartenfeld is the Artistic Director at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, where he oversees institutional and programmatic growth and leads the development of the museum’s permanent collection. During his tenure, the ICA Miami has seen one of the fastest-growing contemporary and post-war collections in the world, having added over 500 works in just the last five years. Major ICA Miami exhibitions curated by Gartenfeld have included solo presentations for Terry Adkins, Chakaia Booker, Larry Bell, Judy Chicago, Jadé Fadojutimi, Hugh Hayden, Donald Judd, Paulo Nazareth, Senga Nengudi, Hélio Oiticica, Chris Ofili, Sterling Ruby, Ettore Sottsass, and Andra Ursuta, among many others. In addition to being a longstanding Cultural Partner of Untitled Art, Miami Beach, since its founding in 2014, ICA Miami has established itself as a singular voice in artistic stewardship and research with a collection that champions leading emerging and established artists. ICA Miami is dedicated to promoting continuous experimentation in contemporary art, advancing new scholarship, and fostering the exchange of art and ideas throughout the Miami region and internationally.
Lisa Schiff is a leading and internationally recognized art advisor with over a decade of experience building private collections and foundations. As the founder and Principal of SFA Art Advisory, she has offices in New York, Los Angeles, and London. She has taught as an adjunct professor of art history, lectures continually, and is regularly sought out for her opinion in the press. Lisa has also curated exhibitions, mounted four benefit auctions for the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, and consulted on visual culture for various Foundations. She collaborated with Economic Theorist Jeremy Rifkin on an exhibition called “Open Source: Art at the Eclipse of Capitalism,” and is planning another based on his theories of Empathy. Lisa has produced special projects for artists such as Alex Israel and Doug Aitken and launched the Art & Environment series for the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. Lisa co-founded VIA Art, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting artistic production, thought leadership, and public engagement. She currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Swiss Institute, the Sculpture Center, and Performa. She is also a member of the Women’s Council at DIA and the Makers Council at the Shed. In 2019 Lisa and the SFA Team launched One All Every (One Planet, All Beings, Every Choice), collaborating with artists and designers to produce sustainable products in partnership with various philanthropic and environmental foundations. In 2022, she has initiated a rolling series of exhibitions at her permanent outpost in Tribeca, featuring artists including Sylvie Fleury, Jon Joanis, Rodolfo Abularach, and more.
Hank Willis Thomas
Hank Willis Thomas is an internationally renowned conceptual artist working primarily with themes related to perspective, identity, community, media, and popular culture. The Brooklyn-based artist’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States and abroad, including the International Center of Photography, New York; Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain; Musée du quai Branly, Paris; Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong, and the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Netherlands. Thomas’ works have also been included in numerous public collections at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Thomas holds a B.F.A. from New York University (1998) and an M.A./M.F.A. from the California College of the Arts (2004). He received honorary doctorates from the Maryland Institute of Art and the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts in 2017. Thomas is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery, New York; Pace Gallery, Los Angeles; Ben Brown Fine Arts, London; Goodman Gallery, South Africa; and Marauni Mercier, Belgium. Willis Thomas is also the Founder of the artist-led platform For Freedoms, among other notable collaborative projects.
Brigitte Mulholland is a director at Anton Kern Gallery, as well as an independent curator, with projects staged at Spring/Break, Cuchifritos Gallery, and the W Hotel Downtown, alongside the “Peep Show,” Mulholland’s latest curatorial foray with co-director Kristen Smoragiewicz at Anton Kern Gallery’s WINDOW space last fall, among many others. Her shows have received reviews from Artsy, Artnet, Artforum, Hyperallergic, and Artcritical. Mulholland has been working in the art world since 2006 and holds a Master’s degree in Art History from Hunter College.
Maria Vogel’s experience in the art world covers almost every corner, from blue-chip and emerging galleries to institutions and start-ups. She is the founder of Rococo, an advisory that looks beyond transactions to emphasize storytelling and interconnectedness. Additionally, Vogel is a Contributing Editor at Cultured Magazine and has written for many of the art world’s top publications. With all of her work, Vogel is a conduit to further the stories of artists.