PRIVATE ART ADVISORY
1991 - present    
Helen Klisser During has shared her insider’s access to the art world with new and established private collectors and public/corporate institutions. She fosters relationships between clients, artists, galleries, museums, art fairs, and auction houses. Helen arranges site-specific commissions and customizes VIP art tours domestically and internationally.

She works as a Consultant and International Ambassador to several organizations, including The Hall Art Foundation (Massachusetts, Vermont and Germany), Gibbs Farm (New Zealand), The Connecticut Arts Council (Connecticut), Auckland Art Gallery (New Zealand), Auckland University of Technology (New Zealand), The Apen Institute Initiative (New Zealand), and UN Live: Museum for the United Nations (Denmark).

Helen is co-founder with Mary Himes of #UNLOAD: Guns in the Hands of Artists, a program which triggers conversations about gun violence through arts, cultural and educational institutions across Connecticut. 
 
PHOTOJOURNALISM
1998 – present     Photo Assignments 
• Still photographer for Gaylene Preston's 2016 documentary "My Year With Helen"
• United Nations Development Program: Rwanda and Malawi – Documented Hon. Helen Clark, Director/Administrator UNDP, Oct 2012 trip
• AmeriCares - Dominican Republic, Guatemala, El Salvador (Overnight airlift 2011)
• Won awards for photojournalistic excellence in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), Connecticut Chapter.

1998 - present     Publications
• www.stuff.co.nz
     National Portrait: Helen Clark, Gunning for Top UN Job, April 2016
     Helen Clark Makes Pitch for Secretary General Job in Speech to United Nations, April 2016
• Richtopia.com
     Powerful Women Secrets: Helen Clark (interview), May 2016
• The Art Market Report
• NYC & Co.
• Connecticut Cottages & Gardens
     Cover photo, November 2014
     Vantage Point, November 2014
     Venice Bienniale, September 2013
     Takin' It to the Streets, September 2013
     Down at the Farm, September 2007
• Hamptons Cottages and Gardens
• Art New Zealand
     Cover photo, Spring 1998 
WestportNOW.com

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR / CURATOR / GALLERY DIRECTOR
2017- present       Co-Founder #UNLOAD: Guns in the Hands of Artists (with Mary Himes) 
Exhibition and Program Venues:
• Fairfield University Art Museum, Fairfield, CT
• ArtSpace, New Haven, CT
• Ely Center of Contemporary Art, New Haven, CT

2016 -present       Artistic Director Emeritus Westport Arts Center, Westport, CT
 
2010 - 2015          Artistic Director, Westport Arts Center, Westport, CT
Notable Programs
• Founded ArtCafé – weekly gathering of artists, collectors and art lovers to review events in the art world
• Created ArtCafé Blog – to inform collectors, artists and community of what’s happening in the art world (the hyperlocal and the global)
• Initiated Wednesday Brown Bag Artist Lunchtime Lectures – featured artists present their work in the gallery
• Founded Westport Artists Collective – winner of ACE Award from The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County
Notable Exhibitions
2015
• Eric Fischl
• EAST meets WESTport: Marton Nemes
• Leonard Everett Fisher: A Retrospective
• Coney Island: Side Show – companion to Wadsworth Atheneum’s exhibition
2014
• Edward Burtynsky: Nature Speaks - from the Andrew and Christine Hall Collection. 
• Scents & Soles: Robert Cottingham and Nina Bentley
Abstract Notes: Smilow Cancer Hospital patients and their families
On the Wire Veiled Rebellion - photo essay on Afghan women’s lives by Lynsey Addario
2013                      
Chuck Close: Photo Maquettes
Bird’s-Eye View - Richard Artschwager, David Maisel, Massimo Vitali and others from the Hall Collection
William Wegman: The Traveler - postcard paintings
2012                      
Pen Pals and Dreams: pen pal letters and drawings inspired by the Copper documentary
Muse - works by Paul Cadmus, Jane Sutherland, Pablo Picasso, Chuck Close
Landscape: Scene / Re-seen - photographs from the Hall Collection
Toy Stories – Alexander Calder, Jeff Koons, Nick Cave, Charles Ray, Murakami, Tom Friedman, Peter Drake
On Duty: Arnold Odermatt, Enrique Metinides & Arthur Felling (Weegee)
2011                      
Malawi With Love a collaborative exhibition with Save the Children featuring artwork by Malawian children
Christo and Jeanne-Claude
Hope in Haiti: photographs by 50 children from the Carma Foundation Orphanage in Haiti
2010                      
•  Divine Comedy: Drawings by R. Crumb and Roz Chast
Memory: Works by Mayer Kirshenblatt, Leo Kok, Christian Boltanski, Sophie Calle, Anselm Keifer

2011                       Curator, United Nations, New York, NY
Champions to End Malaria featuring PLATON
 
2000-2007            Gallery Director, Silvermine Guild Arts Center, New Canaan, CT
Notable Exhibitions (*Sponsored by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation)
2007        
James Rosenquist: The Speed of Light and Beyond*
2006                      
WaxWorks: Jasper Johns, Robert Ryman*
• Culture & DNA: Science Meets Art
2005                      
BUILD: Louis Kahn/Architecture/Sculpture*
• Consciousness and Process: The Digital in Sculpture, Photography, Animation*
2002                      
Christo and Jeanne-Claude ‘Two Works in Progress*
• Paul Cadmus Retrospective*
2001                      
Icons of Twentieth Century Photography
• Michael Mazur: Dante’s Inferno*
2000                      
From Rembrandt to Ryman*
• A Little of Chelsea comes to Connecticut
 
 
ART CONSULTANT
2008- present       Art Consultant, Art Dubai, New York Armory, Art Toronto
Art Consultant to liaise and host VIP Collectors
 
2009-2010            Public Art Project Consultant, UNICEF, Saatchi, NYC & Co.
Aided in the Above Water public art project
 
 
ARTS OUTREACH
2000 - present      Juror/Valuation Panel
• New Haven Paint and Clay Club, 2013
• Deutscher-Menzies Auction House, Australia: NY Expert, International Art, 2000-present
Innovation Design Awards: Juror, Connecticut Cottages & Gardens Magazine, CT, 2007
Radius Emerging Artist Workshop: Presenter (hosted by The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary  
   Art, Ridgefield Guild of Artists & Westport Arts Center, CT), 2007
• Connecticut Commission of the Arts, CT, 2006 & 2007
• Tremaine Art Foundation: three person Jury of Contemporary curators, 2006
• Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT
• Katonah Museum, Arts Panel, Katonah, NY
 
2010                       Hope in Haiti
• Organized “Kids with Cameras” Carma House Foundation project where 50 orphans received
   disposable cameras to photograph their lives in post-earthquake Haiti and then created the
   “Hope in Haiti” exhibition.
• Documented post-earthquake Haiti photographs of hospitals, Port au Prince, and tent cities.
   Sent to UNDP. Exhibited, Hope in Haiti, Westport Arts Center in 2010 and Saatchi + Saatchi NYC
   in 2011.
 
2009                       Guest Speaker, Center for Architecture, American Institute of Architecture (AIA)
• “Electric Fountain” at Rockefeller Center: A project by artists Tim Noble & Sue Webster from concept and fabrication, to installation. March 3. (http://iesny.org/)
 
2002                       Moderator, “An Insiders Insight to the Art World,” Fairfield University
• A unique peek into New York City’s major “art world” players 
• Five on-campus lecture seminars including: Thomas Krens, Director Guggenheim Museums, worldwide; Knight Landesman, Executive Publisher, ARTFORUM; Christopher Eykyn, Director, Impressionism & Modern Art, Christies Auction House; Paul Morris, Pioneer Chelsea Art Gallery Owner

1998-2001          Art Education After-School Program Director, Weston Public Schools, CT
• Developed and implemented hands-on after school enrichment program “Portrait of an Artist,”
   an in-depth study of artists’ lives, technique and work
• Developed a two-week summer workshop: 20th Century Art, Music and Dance
 
 
CORPORATE MARKETING AND MANAGEMENT
1988– 1991          National Brand Manager, Pepperidge Farm Inc., Division of Campbell Soup Co., Rolls
• Managed 35 varieties of rolls and bakery products with over $60 million in sales revenue, nationally
• Managed Stuffing and Croutons nationally $60 million in revenue
 
1981, 1986            Marketing Director, Klissers Farmhouse Bakeries, Auckland, New Zealand
• Director of Sales, Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations, Research, Development and Distribution
• Implemented franchising and licensing projects for “Vogel’s” Bread in Holland, Hong Kong, and Singapore
 
 
EDUCATION
1983 - 1985          Auckland University, MBA program – 2 out of 3 years
1976 - 1979          Auckland University, BA Art History
 
 
LANGUAGES
English, Dutch, German
 
 
BOARD MEMBERSHIP
2012-2013            Weston, Westport Chamber of Commerce, CT
2008                     Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, CT
 
 
RECOGNITIONS
2016                
• Gubernatorial Appointment to Connecticut Arts Council  
• Received ACE (Arts & Culture Empowerment) Award from The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County for co-founding The Westport Artists’ Collective
2015
• Recognized by KEA as a World Class New Zealander
2011-2014           
• Prizewinning Photojournalist, Society of Professional Journalists
2000-2012           
• Received Tremaine Art Foundation Grants
1980                      
• University of Auckland Sportswoman of the Year
1973 - 1976         
• New Zealand Ski Team 
 
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