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Wendy Posner
Fine Art Consultant

Wendy Posner, owner of Posner Fine Art (PFA), is a contemporary fine art advisor based in LA. PFA is a full service art company that handles acquisitions, commissions, curation, display and installation, with both private collectors and corporate clients around the world.

 

Posner grew up in the art business, surrounded by modern and contemporary art, ethnic artifacts and vintage collectibles. Her mother Judith started the Posner Art Gallery in 1960 –renowned as one of the first large-scale poster companies in the world – and raised her children among artists, museum curators, gallerists and collectors.

 

Upon graduating from Boston University, Posner moved to Los Angeles, where PFA had set up offices. She acquired the firm in 2014, having honed her skills for over 20 years.  

 

With an ever-growing global roster of artists, publishers and galleries, Posner never tires of building relationships with established art stars, and undiscovered new talent. An avid traveler, Wendy Posner has journeyed to over 20 countries where she regularly attends art fairs, makes studio visits and treks to far-flung places in search of unique art and artifacts for her clients, and the inspiration that only comes from experiencing creativity in action, in person.

 


 

Emily Mahon
Senior Director of Education

Bowers Museum

 

 As Senior Director of Education at the Bowers Museum, Emily oversees curation, production and content for all public, family, and educational programming, including group tours, school tours, and Kidseum.

 

It’s no surprise Emily pursued a career in the arts. Her artistic background was heavily influenced growing up in the American Southwest as the daughter of a photographer, graphic designer and artist. She spent much of her young life in galleries and museums, assisting in photo shoots and art workshops for the family business.

 

In an act of artistic rebellion, Emily earned her bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from Duquesne University. She sang professionally in operatic, musical theater, jazz and classical productions, and taught voice and piano in her private studio. As she moved into arts administration, her work involved arts education, programming, and research in schools across LA County through the Skirball Cultural Center and the Music Center. She served as President of Museum Educators of Southern California.

 

Emily lives in Cerritos, CA, with her architect-husband and two young children. 

 


 

Brett P. Dougherty, AIA

President, AIA Orange County

 

Brett is an Architect working at the architectural firm Gensler.  Brett’s professional focus is the pursuit of design excellence in the Aviation and Transportation, Commercial Office Buildings, Arts + Culture, Mixed-Use and Not-For-Profit practice areas within the firm. 

 

Brett started his career over 16 years ago, originally working in Chicago after graduating with his Master’s degree in Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology. 

 

He relocated back to his home state of California in 2006, and has been actively involved in the leadership of the local and statewide American Institute of Architects.  Brett is currently serving as the 2017 AIA Orange County President, and also sits on the Board of Directors for the AIA California Council.