Meet the nAscent Team...

Jen Wallace

co-founder, director of art

As co-founder of nAscent Art New York, Jennifer Wallace 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. 

James Wallace

co-founder, president

President and co-founder of nAscent Art New York, James Wallace’s responsibilities range from 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.

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 this year she moved to New York from Nebraska 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 cats, Dexter and Baby

Jiwoo Kim

curatorial operations associate

As a Curatorial Operations Associate at nAscent, Jiwoo curates  fine art for multiple projects and assists nAscent management to ensure smooth business operations. With extensive experience in curatorial projects across museums, galleries, and commercial spaces, Jiwoo is passionate about providing the right art to clients. She received her M.A. in Art History from NYU, and B.A. in Art Studies from Hongik University in South Korea (the country's best art university) with a concentration in modern and contemporary art. She enjoys collaborating with artists and seeing their work evolve and gain recognition. When she is out of the office, she entertains herself with long runs while listening to Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple.

Barbara Banchik

summer art consulting intern

Barbara is so excited to join the nAscent team this summer! A rising senior at the University of Vermont, Barbara is majoring in art history with minors in anthropology, French, and studio art. She is also pursuing an individually-designed minor in museum education. Barbara spent the first half of her spring semester studying in Paris. Since returning to NYC, she has continued her studies online and has been volunteering as a reading tutor. When not reading historical fiction novels, running in Central Park, or whipping up new recipes in the kitchen, Barbara loves to spend time with her beloved guinea pig, Matilda.

Kat Boyd

summer art consulting intern

Kat is a rising senior pursuing a degree with a major in studio art at Denison University. She loves creating her own artwork and enjoys drawing, photography, and street art. While working with nAscent, she is looking forward to interacting with other artists and learning more about the business practices of the art industry! If Kat’s not making artwork, she loves reading the Sunday comics, working out, watching a classic musical (Singing In The Rain), and looking for shoes to add to her sneaker collection.

Anastasiya S Lukyanova

summer art consulting intern

Anastasiya is a rising senior at New York University pursuing a degree in art history with a minor in business studies. As an undergraduate, she spent most of her time collaborating with other students from different institutions on independent projects. After having familiarized herself with the art scene in New York City, she is now excited to partake in the industry as a new member of the nAscent team. 

Samantha Jenkins

summer social media/marketing intern

Samantha is a rising senior at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia with a double major in Communications and Music, Theatre, & Film. She is excited for the opportunity to work with nAscent Art New York this summer as a Social Media/Marketing intern. Sam appreciates all forms of art and you can usually find her on stage or in the audience of a musical production. As a member of the executive board for her university’s acapella group, she manages and runs all social media accounts for The City Belles. Sam also serves as the Social Media Manager for her university’s newspaper, The Hawk

Hollis McLeod

summer social media/marketing intern

Hollis is a rising senior at Georgetown University, pursuing degrees in Psychology and Art History. She is excited to join the nAscent team and put her passion for art into action. Born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin, her favorite hometown activities include going to the farmers’ market, attending Badger football games, and grabbing a scoop of frozen custard at Culver’s. In DC, you can find her tossing salads and barista-ing at the Hilltoss or going for walks to the monuments in her free time. While limiting her outings during the pandemic, she has enjoyed baking up a storm in the kitchen and being a novice dog trainer for her six-month old puppy, Louis.

Rachel Robison

summer social media/marketing intern

Rachel is studying Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing at California State University, Fullerton. She is eager to expand her knowledge of marketing and is excited to grow her professional experience with nAscent Art New York. She has an immense appreciation for artists who follow their passions and is delighted to gain the skills needed to coordinate with both artists and businesses through this internship. Rachel enjoys learning about different cultures and individuals’ stories, which inspired her to participate in an international exchange in Seoul, South Korea. At home in California, she spends her time visiting Disneyland, relaxing at local parks, and discovering new coffee shops.

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