Join Us Online for ‘A Peek Behind the Curtain: Conversations Between Photographers + Their Dealers’

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NOTE: This class will be held in a live, online format using the Zoom platform
Class meets 12-1:30pm ET

This ongoing 90-minute series is geared toward photographers and the curious collector, where we go behind-the-scenes to have a flexible, honest and open conversation between a dealer and one of their artists.  From the gallery’s perspective, topics may range from how the dealer met the photographer and how they now work together, to how the gallery defines its brand, how new talent is discovered to the challenges of running a gallery in today’s world. Of particular interest is what attracted the photographer to the dealer and vice versa!  Collector, advisor and Maine Media faculty member, Alice Sachs Zimet, moderates.

©Jess T. Dugan


Jess T. Dugan

Jess T. Dugan is an artist whose work explores issues of identity through photographic portraiture. Dugan’s work has been widely exhibited and is in the permanent collections of over 35 museums throughout the United States. Dugan’s monographs include To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults (Kehrer Verlag, 2018) and Every Breath We Drew (Daylight Books, 2015). They are the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, an ICP Infinity Award, and were selected by the Obama White House as an LGBT Artist Champion of Change. They are represented by the Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago, IL.

December 1, 2020 marked the 33-year anniversary of Catherine Edelman Gallery, a venue for contemporary fine art photography in Chicago. Since its founding in 1987, the gallery has established itself as one of the leading galleries in the US devoted to the exhibition of prominent living photographers, alongside new & young talent. The gallery showcases a broad range of subject matter, attracting both the seasoned collector and first-time buyer. Recently, CEG moved to a 4400 sq ft space, expanding its program to include artists readings and panel discussions, with a larger exhibition space and dedicated video room, as we seek to expand the vocabulary of photography. Our web site provides a wealth of information, including artist talks, interviews with art world professionals, an online only gallery for local talent, and extensive educational material.

In 2018, Catherine Edelman and Anette Skuggedal formed CASE Art Fund, a 501c3 non-profit that raises awareness about children’s human rights through the support and exhibition of photography, with the firm belief that every child has the right to an education, regardless of race, class or creed.

CASE’s vision is to be at the forefront of presenting photographs that inspire and create a positive impact on social awareness, human rights, and children’s education. Photographic projects are exhibited in the public arena, including wall-pastings on the side of buildings, public libraries, art fairs, and other cultural venues.

Catherine is an active member of the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) and is widely respected as a leader, educator and specialist in the field of contemporary photography.


Check out the Full Upcoming Series:

Thursday, March 25
12 – 1:30pm EST
Cig Harvey and Caroline Wall, Director of the Robert Mann Gallery, New York, NY

Wednesday, April 7
12 – 1:30pm EST
Jess T. Dugan and Catherine Edelman, Director of the Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, IL

Thursday, April 22
5:30-7pm EST
David Emitt Adams and Terry Etherton, Director of the Etherton Gallery, Tucson, AZ

Wednesday, May 5
5:30-7pm EST
Kevin Cooley and Susan Laney, Director of Laney Contemporary Fine Art, Savannah, GA

Tuesday May 18th
12-1:30pm EST
Annu Palakunnathu Matthew & Esa Epstein, sepiaEYE, New York, NY

Wednesday, June 2
12-1:30pm EST
Allen Frame and Tom Gitterman, of Gitterman Gallery, New York, NY

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Instructor: Alice Sachs Zimet

Alice Sachs Zimet has been a collector of fine photography for 30+ years, as well as an educator, consultant, and advisor with regular participation in juries, portfolio reviews and festivals. Faculty, International Center of Photography (ICP) School. Chair, Photography Curatorial Committee, Harvard Art Museums. Board, Magnum Foundation. Chair, Acquisitions Committee, ICP. Independent educator and consultant, Corporate Sponsorship. Adjunct Professor, Graduate Program, Arts Administration, Steinhardt School, New York University. Bachelor’s Degree (Art History), Syracuse University. Studied art history at the Sorbonne, Paris, France. Master’s Degree (Art History), New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts. Research Assistant, Grey Art Gallery. Manager, Summer Intern Program, Metropolitan Museum of Art. Manager, Direct Mail Publications Program, American Federation of Arts. Director, Worldwide Cultural Affairs, The Chase Manhattan Bank.