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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 a degrees in business and law, James’ varied background and familiarity with a raft of industries puts him in tune with client needs. Because he loves seeing client reactions to nAscent’s work first hand, sometimes he joins nAscent art installation teams on site.

Stephanie Hansen

business operations coordinator, assistant art director

Stephanie returns to nAscent after a stint at a leading global media firm and prestigious interior design firm. She began as an art consulting intern at nAscent, and is excited to be back. She completed her degree at Pace University with an emphasis in Communications and Fine art, and now coordinates nAscent projects and business operations. When not at nAscent shaking up the art world, she enjoys the Brooklyn music scene. Stephanie also thrives in the role of nAscent CFO—Chief Fun Officer!

Adrian Cadavid

Film and Video Intern

Adrian is a Latino filmmaker from Queens, New York, who will graduate from Florida State University in 2020. He started making films in middle school, and remains passionate. He has been nominated for several film festivals around the country, and has even had his work featured on national television in Argentina. He appreciates films of all kinds, but sometimes you may catch him at a screening of a “bad” horror movie like Scream.

Shelby McElwain

Art Consulting Intern

Shelby, a senior at Ole Miss, is pursuing a degree in Art History with a minor in Italian. Excited to join the nAscent team to learn the ins and outs of the art business, Shelby spends most of her free time exploring everything this city has to offer. New York is a big change for this Mississippi native, but The Met and Central Park have impressed. Next up: The Guggenheim!

Mariah McVey

Art Consulting Intern

What's this item about? What makes it interesting? Write a catchy description to grab your audience's attention...Mariah is a rising junior at Princeton University pursuing a degree in Art & Archaeology, as well as a certificate in American Studies. During her summer with nAscent, she looks forward to putting her passion for the arts to work in a business setting, and seeing how nAscent makes it work. When she isn’t helping her teammates on the rugby pitch place third in the nation, Mariah can be found enjoying a rock concert (Widespread Panic) or spending time with her friends.

Josie Pierce

Film and Video Intern

Josie Pierce is pumped to join the nAscent team this summer as a film/video intern. Currently a rising junior at Sarah Lawrence College where she studies film and poetry. When not stuck producing documentaries for freelance clients or writing the next great screenplay, she enjoys reading (Virginia Woolf), exploring museums (Museum of the Moving Image), and watching movies (Princess Bride).

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