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, Director and Chief Curator

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, Chief Operating Officer

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 an MFA from the Mason Gross School of the Arts.

Sarah Demeuse, Head of Publications and Communications

Sarah has a background in literary and curatorial studies. 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, Associate Curator

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.

Hannah Marks, Executive Assistant and Special Events Coordinator

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.

Anna Lyman, Siena Residency Coordinator

Anna Lyman is an arts administrator, strategist, and leadership advisor. She spent over seven years living and working in Italy, and has most recently held high-level administrative positions in U.S.-based arts and cultural institutions including the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD). Anna holds an AB in Religion and the Humanities from the University of Chicago, and an MBA in Arts Administration.

Rebeca Navarro, Visitor Engagement Manager

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.

Silas Edgar, Communications and Community Coordinator

Silas has a background in electronic music production, language study, and holds a BFA in Dramatic Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He has previously worked in a community-based nonprofit setting supporting projects targeting health equity and food access in Brooklyn, and brings this attention to community context into his work at Amant.

Anthony Limauro, Head of Installation

Anthony graduated from Pratt Institute in 2015 with a BFA in Sculpture and has been working in fabrication and installation in the art world since. He has experience working with a wide range of materials and artists and enjoys tending to the small details that others tend to overlook. Outside of art he enjoys playing cards, board games, and riding his bicycles.

Nicole Ruffin, Facilities Assistant

Nicole was born into a military family stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii. She soon after relocated to Washington Heights in New York City. Nicole attended ABC No Rio where the city’s melting pot fueled her aspirations to serve the community as a New York City Parks and Recreations employee.

Stefanie Jason, Graduate Research Fellow

Stefanie Jason works at the intersection of research, writing and curating. Currently an Art History PhD student at Rutgers University, Stefanie is interested in memory and desire in contemporary African diasporic art. With an MA in Curatorial Practice from Wits University, Stefanie’s thesis focused on the absence of pioneering photojournalist Mabel Cetu from South African mainstream archives.

Calvin Wang, Curatorial Intern

Calvin Wang is currently pursuing his MA in curatorial studies from CCS Bard. His current research focuses on how acts of collection and display can alter the relations of previously mundane objects. He holds a BA in English from the University of Chicago, where his thesis project examined the ambivalent ecologies of Pierre Huyghe’s recent installations, and has worked on exhibitions at the Smart Museum of Art and the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College.

Colleen Stonebrook, Visitor Engagement Representative and Education Facilitator

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.

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, London, and proceeded to spend her time in undergrad curating collaborative DIY art exhibitions in Memphis.

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.

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.

Nick Marsico-Morea, Visitor Engagement Representative

Nick is originally from Los Angeles and holds a BA from Reed College in Portland, Oregon. After graduating, he spent a year teaching high school English in Tokyo. Since moving to New York, he has worked at arts institutions including The Moth and Harkawik Gallery and is most interested in curatorial practice and art writing.

Rebecca Turner, Visitor Engagement Representative

Rebecca is a writer, artist, and recent graduate of Kenyon College, where she studied American Studies and Latin American literature with an emphasis on visual culture and Internet history. Her practice is focused around ephemeral digital objects and the interplay between text-based artmaking and new media writing. In her free time, Rebecca reads TikTok.