Meet the nAscent Team...

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James Wallace

co-founder, president

President and co-founder of nAscent Art New York, James’ responsibilities range from finances, client and artist relationships, HR, marketing, and strategic initiatives. A well-traveled former Air Force pilot with advanced degrees in law and business, James’ varied background and familiarity with a variety of industries puts him in tune with client needs. Besides producing and directing a feature-length documentary that played in theaters, he loves seeing client reactions to nAscent’s work first hand and often joins nAscent art installation teams on site.

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Jen Wallace

co-founder, director of art

As co-founder of nAscent Art New York, Jen helps clients acquire fine art by emerging artists for building lobbies, companies' offices, and leading hotels.

Jen has produced dozens of exhibitions and events viewed by hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers. An art expert who cares, she hosts of her own web series called Art Seen, and often speaks on panels to discuss art & emerging artists. Jen also consults galleries, individuals and organizations on artists trending in the marketplace.

When not shaking up the art world, Jen also serves as an executive producer (& sometimes craft services) at Mastodon Films. 

Jess Larsen

curatorial operations associate

Jess completed her degree in Architecture with an emphasis in art history at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she also participated in art exhibitions and curatorial seminars. Her family immigrated to the U.S. from Argentina in the 80s, and Jess moved to New York from Nebraska in 2019 to join the nAscent team. Curating merges her love for art and her knack for spatial design. Jess loves the excitement of seeing a finished space and with placing art that fits the design direction. Besides collaborating with emerging artists and working with clients, Jess also enjoys reading outside, traveling, watercolor painting, and hanging out with her two catsDexter and Baby

Mariah McVey

curatorial operations associate

Mariah survived four years on the Princeton University Women’s Rugby team, completing a degree in Art and Archaeology between matches. Born and raised in Charlottesville, Virginia, she moved to the Big Apple and joined the team after enjoying her summer internship experience at nAscent Art. Her favorite part of her work is curating art moments for the unsuspecting hotel guest, building resident, or office worker. Creating special art experiences gives her great pride. When not at nAscent, you can find Mariah grooving to a jam band, or rocking out on her beloved spin bike.

Ann Lukyanova

art solutions associate

Finishing a degree in Art History with a minor in business studies at NYU, Ann has explored the heart of the art world since moving to NYC, working with student artists on independent projects and exhibitions. As an nAscent internship alum, Ann returns to help with new initiatives. Her favorite part of working at nAscent is the ability to both support artists and promote culture.

Faith Nash

social media intern

Faith, a junior at the University of Michigan, studies a major of Communications and Media and a minor in business. Painting since age 5, Faith's passion for the arts abounds. Over quarantine, Faith made it her mission to become a successful plant mom and has succeeded in keeping 80 plants alive and far.

Sadie Stelter

social media intern

A thrilled Sadie Stelter joins the nAscent team this summer as a social media and marketing intern. This fall, Sadie becomes a senior at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, studying English and art history. Sadie will share a passion for art, social media chops, and an outgoing attitude. When not writing seemingly endless papers for classes, Sadie enjoys collecting postcards, listening to swing music, and eating ravioli.

Mia Arnold

art consulting intern

Mia, a senior, will earn a degree in Arts and Entertainment Management with a minor in Entrepreneurship, as well as an Associate's Degree in Graphic Design, from Eastern Michigan University. During her internship at nAscent, she looks forward to learning more about the business aspects of the arts. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, vlogging, visiting galleries, and lake days.

Caroline Dastugue

art consulting intern

Caroline, an art consulting intern, joins nAscent this summer to learn about how nAscent effectively combines art and business to make the world a more beautiful place. A rising junior at Barnard College studying art history and education, Caroline laments the sometimes-scarce air conditioning in NYC, especially when getting lost on the subway system.

Adi Garner

art consulting intern

A junior at Stanford University and pursuing a degree in Art History, Adi will Zoom from Casablanca, Morocco and Portland, Oregon. Joining from wildly disparate time zones. Adi looks forward to getting the lay of the land of the arts business during her time at nAscent. When not talking art, Adi watches horror movies (Train to Busan), listens to punk music (Nova Twins), and makes theatre with Stanford Shakespeare Company.