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ICI Announces the Appointment of Four New Trustees

Clockwise from top left: Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Younghee Michelle Kim, Shawna C. Gallancy, Laura Bardier.

On Dec 13, 2022

Clockwise from top left: Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Younghee Michelle Kim, Shawna C. Gallancy, Laura Bardier.

In 2022, ICI is proud to announce the appointment of four new board members: Laura Bardier, Shawna C. Gallancy, Younghee Michelle Kim, and Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo. These new Trustees bring an international and diverse range of expertise to ICI, further strengthening our commitment to advancing the work of curators and building stronger art communities. This expansion of the organization’s leadership aligns with ICI’s overall growth in 2022, a year in which we have built a new digital platform, established a permanent presence in Chicago, and received the largest single grant in the organization’s history through the Ruth Foundation for the Arts.

Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo is a collector and philanthropist living in Turin, Italy who, in 1995, turned her passion for collecting contemporary art into an institution by establishing the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo. She is an international cultural leader who serves on various international boards and councils, and was the recipient of ICI’s Leo Award in 2019. A member of numerous New York arts institutions including the Julliard School, Johnson Museum at Cornell University, and Wagner Society, Younghee Michelle Kim is a passionate art educator and collector who is deeply engaged in finding common ground through arts education, collaborative performance works, and cultural exchange programs. Shawna C. Gallancy brings nearly 20 years of experience in the art world, having successfully managed public relations and marketing strategies with renowned galleries, artists, and institutions. Finally, Laura Bardier is an international changemaking leader in the arts, founding Director of the Este Arte art fair in Punta del Este, Uruguay, and the Executive Director of the James Howell Foundation in New York.

Belinda Kielland, President of ICI’s Board of Trustees, says, “The vast experience and perspectives brought by our newest Trustees are invaluable to ICI. As the organization moves towards its 50th anniversary in 2025, we are bolstered by their elevated engagement.”

In May 2022, ICI launched a new visual identity, including a new website that serves as a platform for our vast network of collaborators and ideas. One month later, ICI formally expanded into the Midwest, adding Scott Vincent Campbell as our new Midwest Programs Manager. This permanent presence in Chicago offers a powerful new point of engagement with the U.S. cultural landscape that builds on ICI’s longstanding partnerships with curators, artists, and institutions in the Midwest and the Mississippi River Basin. Recognizing ICI’s unique role in supporting curatorial thinking and regional exchange, the Ruth Foundation has recently awarded us with a $300,000 grant to launch a cross-programming initiative focused on the Mississippi River Basin.

Renaud Proch, Executive & Artistic Director, says, “We are thrilled to be welcoming Laura, Shawna, Younghee, and Patrizia, four individuals who have been deeply involved with ICI prior to joining the Board, at a crucial time of ICI’s growth. Their appointment represents a key step in our commitment to making global connections.”

Meet the New Trustees

Laura Bardier is Executive Director of the James Howell Foundation in New York and the founding Director of the Este Arte art fair in Punta del Este, Uruguay. In 2017, Bardier was appointed to incorporate the artist-endowed foundation in honor of American artist James Howell, which fosters his legacy and supports educational programs, exhibitions, and scholarships. With the founding of Este Arte in 2015, Bardier generated a platform for the professionalization of the arts that has profoundly shifted the Latin American art scene and market, producing a radical increase in the region’s cultural awareness. Previously, Bardier held key positions at the Cultural Department of the Municipality of Napoli (Italy) and major private collections in the United States. She has curated exhibitions in Uruguay, Italy, and the U.S.; her writing on contemporary art has been published in Domus Magazine, Arte al Día, Review, and Infonegocios. Bardier was a member of the National Committee of Visual Arts of Uruguay and is a Board member of ArtTable. She received her BA from the Università Degli Studi di Firenze and her MA from the Donau University in Austria.

Shawna C. Gallancy is currently Senior Director of Marketing, Communications and Visitor Experience at the International Center of Photography in New York. Gallancy has nearly twenty years of experience in the art world working with renowned galleries, artists, and institutions, with positions at Jeff Koons LLC, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, Sutton PR Ltd, and the American Federation of Arts. Within this increasingly sophisticated landscape, Gallancy has successfully managed public relations, marketing, and social media strategies inclusive of strategic brand communications, digital strategy, VIP relations, and partnerships. Her experience ranges from working with internationally recognized artists to launching new brands in the cultural sphere. She holds an MA in Art History from Hunter College, CUNY and a BA in Art History from Duke University.

Younghee Michelle Kim is an art educator and collector, and is a member of the President’s Council of the Julliard School since 2007, a board member of the Johnson Museum at Cornell University since 2008, and a board member of Amherst College Mead Museum since 2009. Kim is a graduate of Amherst College with Phi Beta Kappa, and NYU Stern School of Business. She also attended Doshisha University in Kyoto for advanced studies in Japanese, and University of Hong Kong for Certificate in Mandarin language. She received a joint Master’s degree in Cybersecurity Risk and Strategy from NYU Law School and NYU Tandon School of Engineering in 2019, and a Master’s degree in Contemporary Art from Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York in 2021. Kim is a member of the Economic Club of New York’s Council on Foreign Relations. She is a patron of Metropolitan Opera, a member of Wagner Society in New York and Bayreuth, a member of the Artemis Council at the New Museum, and a patron of Islamic Arts and Asian Arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo is founder and President of the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo. In 1995 she gave life to the Fondazione, based first in Guarene (1997) and then also in Turin (2002), and in 2017, she established the Fundación Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Madrid. She is a member of several boards and councils of worldwide institutions like MoMA in New York, Tate Gallery in London, New Museum in New York, Museum of Art in Philadelphia, Bard College of New York, Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai, and Fundación MACBA in Barcelona. Since 2014, she has been the President of the Comitato Fondazioni Arte Contemporanea (National Committee of Contemporary Art Foundations), and since 2017, she has been the President of Fondazione IEO-Monzino (The European Institute of Oncology and Monzino Cardiological Centre). She has been awarded many prizes and honorary titles, including the “Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres’ conferred by the French Republic (2009), the “Montblanc Arts Patronage” Award (2003), the Leo Award from ICI (2019), the “Rinascimento + Prize” for her commitment to art patronage (2022). Since 2015, she has taught Theories and Forms of the Art Market at IULM University in Milan.