Dennis Scholl is the President and CEO of Oolite Arts, a 35-year-old organization dedicated to supporting visual artists in Miami. He is also a collector of contemporary art whose willingness to experiment and encourage artists and curators to push boundaries is well known in the art world. He and his wife Debra built one of the largest private collections of Aboriginal Australian art in the US. They have toured three shows drawn from their collection entitled, “No Boundaries: Contemporary Aboriginal Australian Abstract Painting,”(six U.S. museums), a second exhibit focusing on women Aboriginal Australian contemporary artists entitled, “Marking the Infinite”, (six museums across North America) and “The Inside World”, a show of aboriginal Australian memorial poles (four U.S. museums). Recently they donated 200 works from this collection as a joint gift to The Met, the Nevada Museum of Art and the Frost Art Museum in Miami.
Over the last 20 years, Scholl created a series of initiatives dedicated to building the contemporary art collections of museums, including the Guggenheim, the Tate Modern and the Pérez Art Museum Miami, which resulted in hundreds of patron-funded art acquisitions. He has served on the boards and executive committees of the Aspen Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, the Pérez Art Museum, ArtPlace, South Arts, and the Linda Pace Foundation. He was named three times to the annual WESTAF list of the Most Powerful and Influential Leaders in the Nonprofit Arts, and along with his wife, Debra, received the National Service in the Arts Award from the Anderson Ranch Art Center.
Karen Boyer is a highly regarded art advisor, who is the founder and principal of Elements in Play Fine Art Advisory. She works with high net worth individuals and families, who range from beginner to experienced collectors, along with hotels, corporations and real estate developers. As a former hedge fund executive and lawyer, she is familiar with the interests and concerns of these clients. Karen’s extensive experience in the art market and knowledge of blue-chip, mid-career and emerging artists is invaluable to her clients as she helps them pursue their passions and expand their art connoisseurship. She specializes in post-war and contemporary art and is sought after for her skill in blending scholarship and investment in building art collections. In her years navigating the art market, Karen has built a robust network, giving her access to artists and artworks that her clients wouldn’t know about or couldn’t obtain on their own. Her astute observations appear regularly in the media, and she has been featured and interviewed in The New York Times, Bloomberg, Barron’s, artnet News, Private Asset Management and Worth. Karen divides her time between Miami and Manhattan and covers the art market internationally.
Christina Warner has worked in the art world for over 15 years, specializing in Modern, Contemporary, and Latin American art. Christina’s curiosity and attraction to these different disciplines have shaped her dedication to bridging the gap between new collectors, upcoming artists, and the established art world. Warner primarily works with clients to build and manage collections and to meet their unique collecting goals creatively.
After an introduction to the fundamentals of the art market at Citibank Art Advisory and subsequently, Christie’s auction house, Warner joined New York’s Helly Nahmad Gallery as Assistant Director. She also helped organize Nahmad’s biannual exhibitions of Modern art’s giants, including Francis Bacon, Alexander Calder, Wassily Kandinsky, Fernand Léger, Amedeo Modigliani, and Pablo Picasso, among others.
Recently, Warner founded CWC Art Advisory out of a passion and desire to help educate and support her clients and develop strategic plans for future collecting.