About

Amant is a non-profit arts organization in Brooklyn, New York City and Chiusure, Siena (Italy) founded in 2019. We are a non-collecting institution that fosters experimentation and dialogue through exhibitions, public programs, and artist residencies.

Our aim is to slow down art-making processes so that our residents and exhibiting artists can experiment with formats and reflect on the meaning and contexts of their work. We support both established and mid-career international and local artists who work across diverse creative fields. We are committed to building cultural partnerships with like-minded organizations in the US and abroad, while activating new and ongoing conversations with our local communities.

Team

Lonti Ebers, Founder and CEO

Lonti Ebers is a long-time art collector and supporter of contemporary art. She established Amant to create studios and exhibition spaces that would encourage artistic development and experimentation free of the financial burden and administrative confines that typically accompany art practice in New York. Lonti has served on the boards of several museums in both the US and abroad and is currently a trustee of New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), serves on the board of the Centre for Curatorial Studies at Bard College in Upstate New York, and sits on the European Committee of the Tate Gallery in London.

Ruth Estévez, Artistic Director

Ruth Estévez is a curator and stage designer. Her research work focuses on artistic practices that explore how the spoken and written language operates within the visual arts, contemporary culture and politics. She was the co-curator of the 34th São Paulo Biennial (2021) and from 2018 to 2020 she was senior curator-at-large at the Rose Art Museum in Waltham, and curator of the performance program at MACBA in Barcelona. She was Redcat Gallery Director in Los Angeles and Chief Curator at the Carrillo Gil Museum in Mexico City.

Nick Pilato, Director of Operations

Nick Pilato‘s ethos and approach to work and life were forged in the cauldron of self-discipline, collaborative leadership, and intense curiosity. He has over seven years of operational experience in art institutions across New York, most recently as the Director of Operations at Greene Naftali Gallery. Nick holds a MFA from the Mason Gross School of the Arts.

Juana Berrío, Curator of Public Programs and Associate Director NY & Siena Residencies

Juana Berrío is a curator, writer, educator, and arts programmer. First trained as an artist, she has developed an approach that combines an analytical and cross-disciplinary perspective with an intuitive sensibility. She earned an MFA from the University of Minnesota and an MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard. She co-founded and directed Kiria Koula in San Francisco, worked at the Walker Art Center and the New Museum. Juana was born and raised in Colombia, and remains closely connected to and curious about her own roots.

Sarah Demeuse, Head of Publications and Communications

Sarah brings her background in literary studies and her love for language and experimentation to her work with artists, designers, and curators. Since 2010, Sarah has edited and co-edited numerous artist monographs, anthologies, and websites. She is the creator of podcast dos and co-writer of Name Takes, a podcast series with Kunstinstituut Melly. Between 2019-2020, Sarah was strategist-at-large at acclaimed design studio Wkshps. Sarah has taught at Barnard College, Columbia University, and the School of Visual Arts.

Isabella Nimmo, Assistant Curator of Exhibitions and Education

Isabella Nimmo is an organizer of artistic projects. Prior to Amant, she was Assistant Curator of Public Programs at the Tate in London and Producer of IdeasCity at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York. She holds degrees from the London School of Economics and New York University. A social historian in another life, Isabella is especially interested in works that incorporate historiographical elements and allow for new ways of understanding and experiencing the past.

Rebeca Navarro, Visitor Engagement Coordinator

Rebeca is a museum educator. Born and raised in Mexico, she is a former actress and teacher but most of all a proud Latina. She holds a MA in Contemporary Art and the Market from Christie’s Education, NY, and a MA in Museología (Museum Studies) from Instituto Iberoamericano de Museología. She worked at The People’s Studio at MoMA, engaging with diverse audiences.

Hannah Marks, Executive Assistant

Hannah Marks is a researcher, event coordinator, and avid reader. She comes from the fast-paced auction industry, which she had been involved in since studying at Sotheby’s in 2012. She holds a BA in art history from Christie’s Education, and an MA in Art History and Art Business from the University of Glasgow in Scotland.

Joseph “Sep” Blanco, Visitor Engagement Representative

Joseph “Sep” Blanco is a native New Yorker from The Bronx. He holds a BFA from SUNY Purchase. In his free time he likes to listen to music and visit art galleries for more inspiration.

Isabel Riquezes, Visitor Engagement Representative

Born and raised in Venezuela, Isabel has incredible enthusiasm and respect for arts and culture as a method of community building. She recently graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a major in Visual and Critical Studies.

Melissa Inéz Rodríguez, Visitor Engagement Representative

Melissa has an immense love for the arts and the built environment, which stemmed from having grown up in New York. She has worked in several art institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and she is currently finishing her BA in Art History at Queens College.

Charlotte Sechrist, Visitor Engagement Representative

Charlotte Sechrist is currently pursuing her MA in Art History at CCNY, with a BA in Studio Art from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. In tandem with her painting practice, she discovered her passion for contemporary art while studying abroad at the University of Goldsmiths.

Colleen Stonebrook, Visitor Engagement Representative

Colleen is a recent graduate from Pratt Institute with a BFA in Art Education. They consider art-making and viewing as a way to build a sense of home for the individual, and a sense of togetherness for the community.

Our Campus

Amant was designed by Brooklyn-based architecture firm SO–IL as an art campus, housing exhibition galleries, a performance space, a bookstore and café, as well as an independent studio residency. A series of courtyards and thoroughfares weave through and between the buildings thereby integrating art spaces into the urban fabric of East Williamsburg.

Click here for more architectural information about our campus.

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Opportunities

Internships
We work with dedicated interns in visitor engagement, residency and curatorial projects, and public programming on a 3-month cyclical basis.

Jobs

Siena Residency Coordinator

We are looking for a Residency Coordinator who will work closely with the Associate Director of the Residencies, the Artistic Director, and the Amant Founder/CEO. You will assist in all aspects of the residency application process, the residents’ travel arrangements and day-to-day needs, and execute programming organized with the Associate Director of the Residencies. During the three-month course of the residency, you will live in the village of Chiusure overseeing the Siena Studio & Research Residency. During the rest of the year, you are expected to work 1 day per week at Amant New York supporting the Residencies’ needs. This position reports to the Amant Associate Director of the Residencies.

Tasks will include, but are not limited to:

-Assist with the Siena residency application and selection process
-Manage the residency annual budget
-Manage the general calendar of the residency during the Studio and Research Residency summer program in Siena
-Manage the associated materials and resources of the program including the residencies’ handbook and the residencies’ contracts, reviewing this documentation and procedure with the artists at the beginning of the residency
-Arrange travel for residents, administer per diems, and all other program expenses before and during the residency period
-Assist with the program for visiting artists, curators, critics, and other relevant art professionals
-Assist with the logistics and transportation of visits to cultural sites near Amant Siena on a weekly basis
-Procure residency materials to the Amant Senior Team as needed
-Ensure that residents’ day-to-day needs are met
-Ensure compliance of residents to residencies contract and handbook
-Monitor expenses to ensure adherence to budget
-Oversee the check-in and check-out process of residents at the beginning and at the end of the residencies period
-Have weekly meetings with the Amant Associate Director of the Residencies
-Be available and ready to assist the Founder/CEO while in Siena

Ideal candidates will:

-Be available and able to work 1 day per week at Amant New York in Brooklyn (USA) from mid-February to early June and then full-time at Amant Siena (Italy) from early June to late August
-Have three or more years of experience working in a managerial position in art institutions, ideally in the departments of education, community engagement, public relations, or visitor services
-Have experience overseeing and executing the various day-to-day tasks inherent to institutions that offer hospitality services
-Be fluent in Italian and English
-Thrive and feel comfortable offering support to others and working collaboratively in a small team environment
-Have a strong sense of empathy and creative problem-solving skills
-Have experience working with artists, researchers, and/or scholars in residence
-Have excellent oral and written communication skills
-Feel comfortable serving people with personalities, values, ideologies, cultural and financial backgrounds, and lifestyles different than their own
-Enjoy working in a rural area in Tuscany
-Have experience working with Microsoft Office, One Drive, Adobe, and Google Drive
-Know and be comfortable driving a stick shift car in a non-urban environment multiple times per week

Amant will not sponsor a visa or other work authorization in connection with this position.

This is a contract position. Salary depends on skills and experience. To apply, send resume and cover letter all included in a single PDF document to: employment@amant.org with “Siena Residency Coordinator” in the subject line.

Communications and Public Programs Assistant

We are looking for a Communications and Public Programs Assistant to support the day-to-day needs of the production of Amant’s public events and communication materials. The Communications and Public Programs Assistant works closely with the Head of Publications and Communications and the Curator of Public Programs. You will assist in maintaining Amant’s social media accounts, e-communications, our website, and media relations. You will also assist in the preparation and logistics of our public programs and their audiovisual documentation.

Tasks will include, but are not limited to:

-Maintain, organize, and further develop Amant’s media archive containing documentation of exhibitions and events
-Assist in the production of visual assets for web and social media
-Assist in the production of communications and publication materials (for web and printed platforms)
-Work closely with relevant vendors, especially graphic designers and printing services
-Oversee production timelines
-Implement Amant’s social media protocols on a regular basis
-Coordinate translation of communication materials when needed
-Coordinate AV set-up and documentation for public programs
-Maintain Amant’s contact email account (contact@amant.org)
-Manage Eventbrite and MailChimp

The ideal candidate will:

-Hold a BFA, MFA or MA in Visual Arts, Graphic Design, or another relevant creative field
-Have excellent writing and verbal communication skills
-Preferably be fluent in English and Spanish
-Be self-organized and great at meeting deadlines
-Have experience documenting and editing audiovisual materials using Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and Final Cut Pro
-Have experience working with database systems, MailChimp and Eventbrite
-Be a creative communicator with experience managing social media accounts and institutional e-communications
-Be passionate and knowledgeable about contemporary art
-Be kind, resourceful, and self-motivated
-Enjoy working collaboratively with artists and other team members
-Have experience in copywriting
-Thrive working collaboratively in a small team, yet fast-paced environment.

This is a part-time position with a salary commensurate with experience. The Assistant of Communications and Public Programs will work 24 hours per week, Tuesdays through Thursdays.

To apply, send resume, cover letter, and a writing sample (professional or academic), and links to 1-3 audiovisual and/or online projects created/edited/documented by you, all included in a single PDF document to: employment@amant.org with “Assistant of Communications and Public Programs” in the subject line.

Contact

General inquiries: contact@amant.org

For media inquiries contact: amant@culturalcounsel.com

For inquires related to our exhibition program: curatorial@amant.org

For information about our residencies contact: residencies@amant.org

For group visits and accessibility contact: tours@amant.org

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About this website

Website and identity: Linked by Air.

The fleuron is a variable mark drawn using a polar equation. It is inspired by the flora in Amant’s courtyards, which change naturally with the season and as the institution grows.