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Toomer to Head Print Fair

Art fair veteran Helen Toomer will join executive director Jenny Gibbs at the helm of the Fine Art Print Fair as fair director, the International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA) recently announced.

Toomer brings a comprehensive background of over 14 years in the U.S. and U.K. organizing art fairs and exhibitions. She is the former director of PULSE Art Fair and the Collective Design fair, which she helped launch in 2013. She has experience in promoting and working with artists as the cofounder of STONELEAF RETREAT, an artist residency in the Catskill Mountains (in its third year) and as cofounder of toomer labzda, an art gallery that was in the Lower East Side. Toomer taught courses in the business of art fairs and social media and marketing at Sotheby’s Institute of Art and has lectured at Christie’s Education, New York Academy of Art, Arts University Bournemouth, and Pratt Institute.

Before becoming the IFPDA’s executive director in February, Gibbs was the director of the master’s degree program in art business at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, where she continues to teach as adjunct faculty. Before working at Sotheby’s, she served as executive director of Elmhurst Art Museum.

The International Fine Print Dealers Association is a nonprofit organization with 160 dealers and publishers in 18 countries. The annual IFPDA Fine Art Print Fair is the largest international art fair focused exclusively on printmaking. Proceeds from the Fine Art Print Fair benefit the IFPDA Foundation, which awards museum acquisition grants and curatorial internships. The Fine Art Print Fair will take place October 23-27 at the River Pavilion Javits Center in New York City.

For further information on the Fine Art Print Fair, visit the website (www.printfair.com).

Originally published in the June 2019 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2019 Maine Antique Digest

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