Lisa Schiff | President and Senior Advisor
Lisa Schiff has over a decade of experience as an advisor to private collectors and foundations. As the Principal of her advisory firm, Schiff Fine Art, she travels widely to stay on top of trends within the art world. Through extensive relationships and deep connections to the gallery, museum and auction worlds and a honed inside knowledge of the art market, SFA focuses on adding value to its clients' collections by sourcing and acquiring significant works of art from both established and emerging artists.
Lisa is ABD on her PhD in Art History. She holds an M.A. in Art History from the University of Miami, Florida, and a B.A. in Art History and French from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She completed a year with Columbia University's Reid Hall in Paris, executing her undergraduate thesis while in residence.
Prior to establishing SFA, Lisa held a variety of positions in the art world in New York, Los Angeles, and Paris. Additionally, she has taught as an adjunct professor of art history at Hunter College, the College of Staten Island, and Nassau Community College and has lectured at UCLA, USC, and CUNY on various art-related topics. Lisa has also organized a number of exhibitions, the next of which is slated for 2015.
Lisa co-founded VIA Art with Bridgitt Evans, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting artistic production, thought leadership, and public engagement (http://viaartfund.org). She sits on the board of trustees of the Sculpture Center in New York and is on the founders board of LAX Art. Lisa is also on the advisory board of the School of Doodle, an organization focusing on children and education.
Leslie Fritz | COO and Senior Advisor
Leslie Fritz joined Schiff Fine Art in 2013 as a Senior Advisor. Leslie comes to SFA with some fifteen years of experience in the art world. As a gallery owner for almost a decade, she established both the Leslie Fritz and Renwick galleries. Prior to starting her own businesses, Leslie was a gallery director at Petzel and an associate at Skarstedt in New York, where she developed an expertise for dealing in both the primary market for emerging and established artists, as well as in the secondary market of contemporary masters.
Leslie holds a BA degree in anthropology and art history from Barnard College. She presently serves as a Partner in VIA Art, an advisory member of Lalela Project, and volunteer for Learning Leaders. Leslie is an ambassador for the Sculpture Center in Long Island City and a member of Triple Canopy's Publisher's Circle.
Andrea Lounibos | Senior Advisor
Andrea Lounibos earned a B.A. in Art History and French and Francophone Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. She spent her junior year in Paris studying contemporary French culture at the Center for Critical Studies and at the Sorbonne. During her senior year, she completed an honors thesis on African architecture.
Before joining SFA, Andrea worked at the not-for-profit exhibition space, LAXART in Los Angeles, where she assisted with grant-writing and procuring funding for artists' exhibitions. She also worked in the Los Angeles studio of artist Elliott Hundley before moving to New York.
Lauren Guilford | Junior Advisor
Lauren Guilford earned a B.A. in Art History from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She completed her honors thesis on 17th century Italian art theory after spending a semester studying in Rome.
Before joining Schiff Fine Art, Lauren held a long-term museum internship in the Special Programs Department at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art where she assisted with various development projects. Upon moving to New York Lauren interned with Casey Kaplan Gallery where she realized her interest in contemporary art.
Emily DeRosa | Director, Sales and Logistics
Emily DeRosa graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in Art History. She completed her studies with a focus on contemporary art, specifically that of the Young British Artists.
During college, Emily also held an internship in the Education Department at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, where she assisted with research to create a comprehensive room guide for visitors. Before joining SFA, Emily interned for both the Major Gifts and Corporate Partnerships divisions of the Development Department at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.
Abigail Hibbs | Director, Administration and Finance
Abigail holds a bachelor’s degree in Art History from the University of California, Berkeley. She has held positions at several bay area museums and galleries, including the de Young Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She has been involved in special exhibition planning, museum education, and public programming.
Raina Himmelman | Office Manager
Raina Himmelman graduated with honors from Barnard College, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Art History and completed her Senior thesis on Alexander Calder’s playful aesthetic.
Prior to joining Schiff Fine Art, Raina held several internships in Los Angeles and New York. Some of the institutions at which she interned include Gagosian Gallery and the Calder Foundation, where she assisted with archival research.
Missy Franco | Assistant Registrar
Missy graduated with honors from UCLA, where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Comparative Politics. She has worked for several years in research and development, education programming, and graphic design. After living in Madrid, Spain, she decided to move to New York and merge her passion for the arts with her planning skills into a career in contemporary art.
Sarah Van Liefde | Executive Personal Assistant
Sarah Van Liefde earned her BFA with an emphasis in Photography from California State University Fullerton. She has held positions at galleries in Southern California, as well as over four years of experience working in the field of digital photography. She recently moved to New York to further her career in contemporary art.