Clients Speak

Joiri Minaya’s work has been featured at Volta New York, Wave Hill Museum, and the Studio Museum in Harlem, all in New York City.

Selected solo shows by Wendy Red Star include the Trinton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA; Figge Art Museum, Davenport, IA; and the Portland Art Museum in Portland, OR.

New Krivosheiw TestimonialAlexander Krivosheiw with a commissioned work for a residential development in Taiwan. He has recently exhibited at international art fairs including Scope Miami Beach, Art Palm Beach, and Art Hamptons.

Kerry Downey’s exhibitions include the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Project Space in New York City; Queens Museum, Flushing, NY; Cave in Detroit, MI; and the Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA.

Grady Image for Clients Speak
RJ Grady recently mounted a solo show at Movimiento Gallery in Boston, MA, and participated in a group exhibition at the Fitchburg Art Museum, in Fitchburg, MA.

Lillienthal Cleints SpeakAndrea Lilienthal with her installation Six Ladders at the Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY. Photo: Margaret Fox.

Maria Gaspar recently mounted a solo show at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, IL, and her work was featured in a group exhibition at Jack Shainman Gallery in New York City.

David Barnett is represented by the George Billis Gallery in Chelsea, New York City, where he had a solo show in 2017. His work was also featured at the Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design (SOFA) Fair in Chicago, IL.

Adriana Corral with her exhibition at Artpace, San Antonio, TX. She also recently mounted a solo show at the Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin, TX.

Philip Noyed was commissioned to create two major works for the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, and mounted a solo show at the Caelum Gallery in New York City.

Erwin TestimonialGaela Erwin’s work has been featured at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.


“The art world is full of obscurities that can make it difficult for an emerging artist to navigate. The knowledge and expertise Almitra shared came at a crucial moment in my career, as part of a major private foundation grant—her guidance and mentorship were incredibly helpful in developing my organizational and professional skills, and promoting my work more effectively. Almitra supported and advised me regarding my first art fair, important exhibitions, public speaking engagements, and my relationships with gallerists. She provided specific tools to tackle a range of challenges, including precise practical tips for best email practices, tips on taxes, and the general promotion of my work. She also advised me on issues as abstract as my desire to transcend being pigeonholed in a particular artistic genre. A big part of Almitra’s impact on my career was helping me articulate and better communicate my ideas through writing tips and text revisions, as well as advice on speaking in a more concise and clear manner—all particularly important for me as a non-native English speaker. I now have a vast resource of notes from Almitra to which I keep returning, and I won’t hesitate to reach out to her in the future as new challenges arise
Joiri Minaya, interdisciplinary artist, New York, NY

“Almitra, thank you so much for your thorough examination of my work and my promotional efforts. I feel as though I have hit the jackpot after speaking with you. There is much to do but the scaffolding that you have created is a godsend. As a result of our consultation, I now have a clear agenda that will focus my efforts. The work that you have done on my behalf will undoubtedly make a difference in my career.”
Gaela Erwin, painter, Louisville, KY

“Working with Art Maven Consulting over the past 6 months has been awesome. Almitra identified specific steps to promote my career, and helped me focus on accomplishing those steps, giving me constant guidance along the way. Thanks to Almitra, all of my presentation materials are now improved, from a kick-ass reboot of my website, to the articulate translation of my artistic vision into words. She provided me with a list of galleries to pursue, and gave me advice on how to present myself to them. I now have representation, and my work will be featured in a major international art fair this year. I’m stoked that my career is now moving full-speed ahead.”
Alexander Krivosheiw, sculptor, Palm Beach, FL

“I had the opportunity to work with Almitra over the course of a year through a major private foundation grant. Throughout our consultations, Almitra provided thoughtful advice focusing on bigger picture issues within my artistic practice and career, such as contextualizing my work, career planning, and working through conceptual concerns of specific projects. Almitra’s critical, yet generous approach, led me to become better prepared for grant proposals, my tenure review process, and the planning of a major community-based public art project. Not only was her coaching style generative, it also gave me a chance to reflect on my values and priorities as an artist and educator. Almitra understands the artistic process and offered a genuine ear to my questions and challenges. She listens with warmth and helped me strengthen my artistic voice.”
Maria Gaspar, artist, Chicago, IL

“A consultant to Joan Mitchell Foundation grant recipients since 2013, Almitra provides one-on-one mentoring sessions offering practical, expert advice to assist our artists in identifying and implementing solutions to their day-to-day career challenges. She is committed to understanding each artist’s priorities and goals in order to develop and deliver thoughtfully constructed, customized consultations. Almitra provides a great combination of professionalism and enthusiasm, combined with genuine warmth and compassion, to support the vast range of artists’ needs.”
Shervone Neckles-Ortiz, Artist Support Manager, Joan Mitchell Foundation, New York, NY

“When it was time to change my New York City gallery representation, Almitra was the first and only person I considered to help me with this task. I’ve known her for many years, and was always impressed with her knowledge of the commercial gallery industry. But, just as important, I always looked forward to her studio visits and thoughtful critiques of my work. I knew I could trust Almitra to recommend potential venues that would be a good fit for me. She researched a targeted list of galleries, and helped me get my presentation and promotional materials up to snuff. It was a time consuming effort, made much easier due to Almitra’s expertise. The entire process paid off—I now have exclusive representation with a great New York City gallery, and I’ve been recommending Almitra to fellow artists ever since.”
David Barnett, assemblage/collage artist, Tarrytown, NY

“I received one-on-one mentoring from Almitra as part of a major private foundation grant. Throughout 2016, we had several sessions, targeting my website, updating my artist bio, cultivating a list of galleries in key cities, and strategizing time management. Almitra’s guidance came at a pivotal juncture in my career, helping me transition to a fulltime self-sustaining artist. Her approach was intuitive, professional, and addressed my specific needs. My sessions included an in person consultation, skype sessions, and written feedback. Almitra provided an unbiased sounding board for my concerns navigating the art world, as well as practical advice for streamlining administrative details. Each session left me feeling motivated and optimistic. Moving forward, I have a comprehensive artistic vision and feel confident that I now have the tools to continue building my career toward my future goals.”
Wendy Red Star, multidisciplinary artist, Portland, OR

“I had reached a roadblock in my painting career. While I am disciplined and work almost every day in the studio, I wasn’t expanding my network, nor was I being offered exhibition opportunities. I felt isolated and discouraged. Just as my spirits hit bottom, a colleague shared the positive experience she had working with Almitra. I knew I needed to do something different, to take a chance, and decided to enlist Almitra’s assistance. After helping me improve my website, artist’s statement, and resume, she coached me on how to approach curators and gallery owners, and provided me with an extensive list of venues to contact. Her deep and broad understanding of the art world opened up possibilities for me. I am thrilled. My confidence is restored and I feel hopeful and excited about the future.”
Diane Messinger, painter, Truro, MA

“Almitra is an excellent advisor, providing practical, objective advice on the presentation of a clear artistic vision. We have phone consultations on a regular basis, which has helped me identify, refine and achieve my goals. She has helped me understand the market, as well as specifics about galleries and alternative venues.  Linked into a broad network of resources and colleagues, she has provided many opportunities and connections that I simply would not have found without her assistance. Finally, Almitra is personable, approachable and fantastic to work with.”
Philip Noyed, multimedia artist, Minneapolis, MN

“Over the course of a year, I had the great privilege of working with Almitra to strategize how my multidisciplinary practice can better reach its audience. She helped me reorganize my website, tighten my artist statement, hone in on the gallery world, and develop my application writing. As a queer artist working across diverse media, my work benefited from Almitra’s concrete examples for bringing clarity to complicated ideas and avoiding unnecessary jargon. She helped me recognize these elements of an artist’s professional life are not so terrifying after all, that these skills can be harnessed, and how these pieces fit together to make the ideal space for the art to be art.”
Kerry Downey, multidisciplinary artist, Brooklyn, NY

“Art Maven Consulting brought order into the chaos of my artistic life. In working with Almitra, her thoughtful analysis of my painting practice has been most important. Understanding where my work fits into an historical and cultural context, and the tangential connections it has to other artists and styles. This kind of informed critique, paired with Almitra’s brilliant understanding of the art market, has been most valuable. This is why I expect to continue to work with Almitra, because as my painting evolves, all of the aforementioned dynamics will change, too. I’ll rely on Almitra to guide me through this challenging and ever-changing aesthetic and business landscape.”
RJ Grady, painter, Boston, MA

“Almitra’a services were provided to me as part of a major private foundation award I received, and I had the pleasure of working with her over a year-long period. This proved to be instrumental in refining the text used to define my projects, as well as grant and fellowship applications. She also provided suggestions for the development of my website and the representation of my work through media sources.  With Almitra’s assistance, I’ve been able to approach and refine the professional presentation and promotion of my work through a framework that applies to my process and work ethic. I am grateful for her time and energy spent over the course of the year.”
Adriana Corral, interdisciplinary artist, Texas

“While working at the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2008, 
I brought Almitra in to consult with artists regarding professional development. I knew her extensive experience in the art world would allow her to provide useful advice to artists at all career stages. Almitra is a gifted listener and natural advisor. She understands what each individual artist wants and needs and helps them identify what it takes to get there. She is an ideal consultant for any artist ready to take the next steps to advance their career.”
Christa Blatchford, formerly Artists’ Learning Officer, New York Foundation for the Arts, Brooklyn, NY

“Almitra was an invaluable resource to me when I started looking for a gallery to exhibit my work.  She visited my studio numerous times, and reviewed and edited my resume and artist statement.  She suggested appropriate galleries, as well as how to approach them most effectively.  Almitra’s comments are personally tailored, taking the history of the artist into consideration. Subsequently, I was able to find a good gallery to exhibit my work during the worst of the recession when many galleries were closing.”
Pamela C., painter, Brooklyn, NY