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Tech Tools for the Art World: Panel Discussion

  • General Assembly 902 Broadway, 4th Floor New York, NY 10010 USA (map)

Artists are no longer confined to the studio or gallery. 

On May 22nd guests joined us for a thoughtful panel discussion on the importance and use of modern technology in providing alternative vehicles for creating, promoting, showing, and selling art. Complimentary vodka cocktails and light hors d'oeuvres were served.



Featured Panelists:

Tucker Neel: Vice President of GYSY-Ink & a Los Angeles based artist, freelance writer, & independant curator.
Jonathan Munar: Manager of Digital Media and Strategy at Art21.
Dogan Perese: Founder and CEO of Gallerist.
Caroline Green: Partner and Director of Business Development at IvanExpert.

The past decade of technological advances has provided tools to expedite and simplify everyday life. With these changes it has become more important than ever for artists to utilize these tools to find creative solutions in presenting their work; dramatically changing the way artists interact with the community, and their art object.

Please join us for a thoughtful panel discussion moderated by Annika Connor, which will focus on the place of technology as an alternative vehicle for creating, promoting, showing, and selling art.  Artists are no longer confined to the studio or gallery. New media has become crucial to an artists identity and exciting in-studio tools now deliver innovative ways to capture and create artwork. Come learn with us about these exciting new tools, as this panel will be illuminating to artists, tech developers, and collectors alike!

Featured panelists include innovators, purveyors, and artists whose everyday work is revolutionizing the way the world interacts with art. Providing the general public with new ways to learn and a more global understanding of art around the world.

Panelists Bios:

Tucker Neel: is an artist, freelance writer, and independent curator living and working in Los Angeles, CA. Embracing a heterogeneous practice, Neel utilizes drawing, painting, sculpture, video, installation, and online communication to create works that investigate questions of allegiance, memory, and collective experience. You can see his archived projects at

Neel holds an MFA from Otis College of Art and Design and a BA in Art History and Visual Arts from Occidental College. He has exhibited work in Los Angeles and across the country in venues such as Commissary Arts, Samuel Freeman, Bonnelli Contemporary, Control Room, D-Block Projects, LA Freewaves, and well as in various site-specific exhibitions in public spaces. As a curator he has organized exhibitions for The Regent Galleries, the Bolsky Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design, Highways Gallery in Santa Monica, and GATE Projects in Glendale, CA. His work has been reviewed in publications such as the The L.A. Times, L.A. City Beat newspaper, The Tennessean, Art Week, The Nashville Scene,, and on

He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Communication Arts, Liberal Arts & Sciences, and MFA Graphic Design departments at Otis College of Art & Design. He is Vice President of GYST-Ink, an artist-run company offering professional practices software and services to artists. For more info visit Neel is also resident curator and Project Manager for GATE Projects, which places art in otherwise vacant storefronts in Glendale, CA (

He is a Contributing Editor for Artillery Magazine in Los Angeles, CA and is the Los Angeles correspondent for ART LIES in Houston, TX, and Artpulse Magazine in Miami, FL. Neel’s writings have also appeared in Art Lies Magazine, ARTPULSE Magazine, might be good…, the LA Alternative Press, and X-Tra Magazine. You can read his writings at

In 2010, Neel founded 323 Projects. 323 Projects is an art gallery that exists solely as a voicemail system and website. To visit 323 Projects simply call (323) 843-4652 or (323)TIE-IN-LA. You can also visit the 323 Projects website at 323 Projects exists to provide a dispersed, peripatetic, and constantly accessible venue for artists of all kinds. The artists involved with 323 Projects provide, create, or perform works that can be appreciated in bits and pieces, and at more than one time, in both public and private spaces, by an unseen, yet omnipresent, local and international audience.

Jonathan Munar is the Manager of Digital Media and Strategy at Art21, managing the organization's Web initiatives, strategies, and overall presence, as well as the organization's social media and digital marketing activities. Jonathan is the editor the "Art 2.1" column on the Art21 Blog, which explores the uses of social and Web-based technologies by artists, museums, and other relevant arts organizations and individuals. Before joining Art21, Jonathan was the Website Technology Manager at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, responsible for various aspects of maintaining and advancing the museum's Web and new media initiatives. Jonathan holds a B.A. in computer science from Fordham University.
Art21 is a nonprofit dedicated to engaging audiences with contemporary visual art, to inspiring creative thinking, and to educating a new generation about artists working today. Over the past decade, Art21 has established itself as the preeminent resource on contemporary art and artists through the production of documentary films, including the Peabody Award-winning PBS television series "Art in the Twenty-First Century," online short-format films, and resources for educators.
In the Tech Tools for the Art World panel, Jonathan discussed his experiences from 10 years of being a technologist for the arts, including work with both Art21 and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Dogan Perese: Founder and CEO of Gallerist.  Gallerist is an integrated web platform specifically designed to meet the needs of art world professionals. By empowering art fairs, galleries, institutions and arts organizations with better technological resources, Gallerist provides them a stronger and more convenient bridge to interact with global collectors.

Implementing such features as high resolution scalable images, automated digital catalogues, online inventory and collection maintenance applications, purchase processing, Skype, private messaging and a secure, client-customizable viewing platform for images and video art, Gallerist aims to enhance the way people exhibit, experience, and exchange art around the world.
Caroline Green, Partner and Director of Business Development at IvanExpert.  IvanExpert provides Mac, iPhone, and iPad support for small businesses and home users in New York City. Founded in 2002 by former Apple engineer Ivan Drucker, IvanExpert offers onsite help with a range of Apple computer and mobile issues, including sync of documents, calendars, and contacts; running Windows software on the Mac; server setup and management; and Exchange email on the Mac. The company is a member of the Apple Consultants Network.

 Caroline joined IvanExpert in August 2007. Her managerial, business, and sales skills were honed in the publishing industry, where she worked for over a decade, most recently as the head of North American Sales, Marketing, and Publicity for illustrated book publisher Phaidon Press. Her background in the arts began in high school, when she worked for the office of Michael Graves, Architect. She later received her BA in Art History from Wesleyan University. She has been using a Mac since 1986.

As a part of this conversation Caroline discussed iPads as a tool for promoting and selling art, and the ways artists and galleries can best use the iPad as a sales vehicle.