Martha Foley is an independent consultant, serving clients in government, education and the not-for-profit sector. Martha works with each client to find solutions to its archive-related issues, providing evaluations of the condition of various types of collections and recommendations concerning storage, preservation, access, and other policies and procedures, as well as reformatting of materials. Martha advises clients on sources and availability of grants, and writes grant applications. She assesses the suitability of various repositories for the ultimate disposition of a collection and works for each client. This has entailed working within that client’s organizational structure and making use of whatever staff or volunteer resources are available.
Azikiwe Mohammed graduated from Bard College where he studied photography under the tutelege of Larry Fink, Stephen Shore and An-My Le'. Shooting his way thru the city he freelance prints for a variety of clients and over the past 12 years working in the field has shot for innumerable others. Some past clients have included but are not limited to Arthur Elgort, Bill Fredericks, Primary Photographic, The Small Darkroom, Conde Nast, Mass Appeal and Guest of a Guest. A digital and film shooter, Azikiwe currently works at the Camera Club of New York.
Ann Restak studied Early Modern Art at The Courtauld Institute of Art in London where she earned her Masters Degree with a dissertation on the mirror in Seventeenth Century Netherlandish High Life Genre Painting. Ann’s love of Seventeenth Century Art originates from a high school AP Art History class where she saw her first Caravaggio painting. It was love at first sight. Ann’s undergraduate research focused on the critical reception of Caravaggio, discussing two paintings that were dismantled by the decree of the Catholic Church almost immediately after their installation: “The Death of the Virgin” and the first version of “The Inspiration of St. Matthew”. In keeping with her passion for avant-garde artists, Ann archived the estate of the late and prolific filmmaker and performance artist, Jack Smith at Gladstone Gallery.
Many in the Devenish Group are familiar with long time member Zach Zaman and his Oriental rug and antique business. In addition to keeping busy as a dealer and appraiser, he has also been working hard on new ways to bring oriental rugs to a contemporary audience.
David Fuentes of DF Conservation has worked in restoration and conservation for over 25 years. David began buying and selling antiques as a hobby while running his own graphic design company in his native Mexico City. Upon moving to the U.S. he began training in restoration and conservation by working for different restoration companies and by taking courses at The Finishing School for decorative finishes, the Furniture Conservation Training Institute of the Smithsonian Institution, and NYU’s Appraisal Studies program. Visiting museums, auction houses and galleries developed his eye for patinas and finishes, both aging and contemporary. This has become a very important component in his work. David is a member of the AIC (American Institute for Conservation).
Catherine Giuliani comes from a business background having been active behind the scenes in the political arena for many years, in addition to being a wife, homemaker, and mother of two college graduates. Her passion for interior design is clearly evident in the lively sun drenched colors she selected for her home in Maine with her lively selection of Italian Faience together with local colored glass goblets. Her natural ability and enjoyment of decorating her homes in Maine and in New York led her take design courses at the prestigious Parsons School of Interior Design, from which she graduated in 2010.
Amy Sung is no ordinary Ivy League educated, former Investment Banker. Since leaving Wall Street five years ago, she has become a world traveler / treasure hunter / designer / entrepreneur. Travel is in Amy's blood. She was born in Asia, raised in North Africa, and educated in New York City and London.