Alissa Sheldon is an elementary educator with a background in broadcast production and advertising. Her love of art began at a very young age, when she would visit her father’s office at American Republic Insurance and admire the company’s vast collection of contemporary art while being regaled with stories of the curator’s dealings with the likes of Andy Warhol and Alexander Calder. After spending 16 years away from Des Moines in Minneapolis, Chicago, and San Francisco, she was thrilled to return to the city to discover a vibrant art scene in full swing. A few of her favorite artists include Andy Goldsworthy, Paul Klee, Olafur Eliasson, Gerhard Richter, and Richard Avedon.
Over the past few weeks, Alissa has given spotlight to multiple art shows and events in Des Moines. She gave us a peek into the private opening at the new B Modern showroom and studio. She interviewed Steven Vail and curator Breianna Cochran about Exposition Henry Moore now on view at Steven Vail Fine Arts. Most recently she covered the new Frank Hansen show, Growing Up Hansen, at Moberg and wrote an insightful review on the Sandra Gustafson retrospective which will close this week at the Lift. Read reviews by Alissa here.
Personally, I am very excited to have Alissa join Art Beacon and thankful for her contributions thus far. As an official contributor, Alissa will be regularly reviewing art exhibitions and helping promote future art shows, events and deadlines.
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