Helen with Ban Ki-Moon and Platon

"Champions to End Malaria" exhibition at The United Nations, New York 2011

1991 - present
Helen Klisser During is an art advisor, curator, and photojournalist who has championed global art projects for over 25 years. She creates, documents and fosters cultural exchange to promote understanding and address issues of social justice. An art world insider, Helen nurtures relationships among individuals and institutions to create significant cultural initiatives. She is recognized by KEA as a World Class New Zealander.

• Art Consultant to Gibbs Farm (New Zealand)
• Art Consultant to the Hall Art Foundation (Germany, Massachusetts,     Vermont)
• International Ambassador at large to the Auckland Art Gallery
• International Ambassador at large to the Auckland University of Technology
• Gubernatorial Appointment to the Connecticut Arts Council (Connecticut)
• Art Advisory at Art Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
• Art Advisory at Art Toronto (Canada)
• Art Advisory at The Armory Show (New York)


2017- present Artistic Director and Co-Founder with Mary Himes  #UNLOAD: Arts Trigger a Conversation
#UNLOAD: Exhibition and Program Venues:
  Samuel Owens Gallery, Stamford, CT
• Fairfield University Art Museum, Fairfield, CT
• ArtSpace, New Haven, CT
• Ely Center of Contemporary Art, New Haven, CT
   Westport Country Playhouse, CT

2016 -present  Artistic Director Emeritus Westport Arts Center, CT
2010 - 2016     Artistic Director, Westport Arts Center, Westport, CT
Notable Programs
• Founded Westport Artists Collective – winner of ACE Award from The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County
• 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

Selected Exhibitions : Westport Arts Center, CT, USA
• Eric Fischl : Paintings and Photogrpahs from the Hall Art Collection. 
• EAST meets WESTport: Marton Nemes
• Leonard Everett Fisher: A Retrospective
• Coney Island: Side Show – companion to Wadsworth Atheneum’s exhibition
• 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
• Chuck Close: About Face : Photo Maquettes
• Bird’s-Eye View - Richard Artschwager, David Maisel, Massimo Vitali and others from the Hall Collection
• William Wegman: The Traveler - postcard paintings
• 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)
• Malawi With Love a collaborative exhibition with Save the Children featuring artwork by Malawian children
• Christo and Jeanne-Claude :  Two works in progress  "Over the River, Project for the Arkansas River, State of Colorado," and "The Mastaba, Project for the United Arab Emirates," a work made of about 410,000 horizontally stacked oil barrels secured to an inner structure.
• Hope in Haiti: photographs by 50 children from the Carma Foundation Orphanage in Haiti
•  Divine Comedy: Drawings by R. Crumb and Roz Chast
• Memory: Works by Mayer Kirshenblatt, Leo Kok, Christian Boltanski, Sophie Calle, Anselm Keifer,Ursula von Rydingsvard

 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)
• James Rosenquist: The Speed of Light and Beyond*
• WaxWorks: Jasper Johns, Robert Ryman* 
• Culture & DNA: Science Meets Art
• BUILD: Louis Kahn/Architecture/Sculpture*
• Consciousness and Process: The Digital in Sculpture, Photography, Animation*
• Christo and Jeanne-Claude ‘Two Works in Progress* The Gates and Over the River
• Paul Cadmus Retrospective*
• Icons of Twentieth Century Photography
• Michael Mazur: Dante’s Inferno*
• From Rembrandt to Ryman*
• A Little of Chelsea comes to Connecticut
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