Collectors: Assembling a Collection
For the next program in our series ICA Social Club: A Master Class in Collecting Contemporary Art, collectors Wayee Chu, Wanda Kownacki, Pamela Hornik, and Pete Scantland will explore the making of a contemporary art collection on Thursday, February 11th at 6PM PST. Gain perspectives into starting and growing a collection, what they think about when working with artists and galleries, and their insights into the art world. Let’s dive into a candid conversation about everything you ever wanted to know about collecting art.
This talk is also part of the ICA Social Club: A Master Class in Collecting Contemporary Art. Participants will have “behind the scenes” access to experts and leaders in all aspects of the Contemporary Art ecosystem in the private 8-class program. If you’re not already a member or would like to upgrade your membership to access this exciting offer and new membership benefits, click here to sign up or contact our Membership Manager, Lisa Cavigliano at email@example.com. Become a part of the ICA Social Club today!
About The Collectors
Wayee Chu is a General Partner at Reach Capital, a venture fund focused on early stage education technology start-ups. Prior to Reach, Wayee was the co-founder of the NewSchools Seed Fund; a fund focused on early stage education technology companies with potential for impact in K-12 education. Wayee started her career as a financial analyst at Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch in New York. Wayee currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and co-chairs the Education and Public Practice committee at the museum. She and her husband are passionate about supporting living artists who are able to speak to the questions of our time and seek narratives with a cultural responsiveness to the past while foregrounding issues that we face in contemporary society.
Pamela Hornik spends all day, every day, obsessing over art. As avid collectors of contemporary art, Palo Alto-based Pamela Hornik along with her husband, David, have amassed a significant collection of artwork by female artists and artists of color intentionally selected with equity and inclusion in mind over the past 16 years. Pamela has been a major philanthropic force in the Bay Area arts, especially on the peninsula having gifted artworks and given extensive support to exhibitions of diverse contemporary art. The Hornik’s have supported many local art institutions including the Cantor, Palo Alto Art Center, and recently the ICA San José as our lead sponsor for the Facade Project. She currently sits on the Cantor’s Director’s Advisory Board, as well as the Anderson Collection at Stanford University’s Management Committee. Pamela is an avid collector of contemporary figurative art but happily enjoys all great art, celebrating art’s wonders in her “Two Minute Art Tours with Teddy” video reviews on Instagram.
Pete Scantland is founder and CEO of Orange Barrel Media, which is nationally recognized for its pioneering work in urban media in twenty major US cities. OBM has grown by helping to design a better business model for the public, and its commitment to community investment and support for the arts has created a space for signature architecture and artist projects, including collaborations with Nari Ward, Genevieve Gaignard, Jenny Holzer, and many others. With the launch of its interactive kiosk platform business, IKE Smart City, OBM has established itself as a leader in the smart city infrastructure industry, revolutionizing wayfinding, city communication, and navigation. Beyond his work at OBM and IKE, Pete is involved in real estate development, and is general partner of family office Twofold Ventures, making investments in technology and service businesses. Pete is the vice president of the board of trustees of the Columbus Museum of Art, and more recently has joined the Wexner Center for the Arts board. His collection focuses on artists of this generation working across media and engaged with issues of identity and urgent social themes. It includes works by artists such as Firelei Baez, Amoako Boafo, Jonathan Lyndon Chase, Robert Colescott, Julie Curtiss, Noah Davis, Derek Fordjour, Louis Fratino, Magdalena Suarez Frimkess, Dominique Fung, Jenna Gribbon, Lauren Halsey, Hayv Kahraman, Deana Lawson, Simone Leigh, Robert Nava, Ebony Patterson, Naudline Pierre, Deborah Roberts, Devan Shimoyama, Vaughn Spann, and Hank Willis Thomas, among many others.
Wanda Kownacki, Los Gatos resident and art collector, has been involved with Bay Area museums for many years. She has served on the Board of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive and the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art. She is currently on the Acquisitions Committee of the San Jose Museum of Art and the Montalvo Lucas Arts Program advisory committee. Culture has always been part of Wanda’s life. She grew up in a family that appreciated art, travel and books. Her mother was a watercolor painter and showed work locally. After a successful career as an executive in healthcare management, Wanda started to collect art in 1998. To learn about art history and contemporary art, Wanda took classes, visited galleries and became involved with Bay Area art museums. Wanda began building her collection with contemporary artists, eventually focusing on the work of female artists. Specific themes emerged in the collection, including glamour and sexual identity, obsessive compulsive work, and sculpture made of non-traditional materials – genres which guide selection and strengthen the group as a whole. Now, after almost two decades of collecting, Wanda has an impressive collection of art made by women and she actively supports artist projects, exhibitions and arts organizations.