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On Championing Feminist Art: an interview with Kristen Accola and Kat Griefen, the Co-founders and Co-Directors of Accola Griefen Fine Art

Friday, August 2nd, 2019

Kristen Accola is Co-founder and Co-Director of Accola Griefen Fine Art (www.accolagriefen.com/, which was established in 2011. The business is focused on established 20th and 21st century American and Native American women artists. She began her profession in the art world in 1978 as the sole Assistant to the Director of Lefebre Gallery(1960-1986) in NYC and then held the position of Coordinator of Special Projects at Gary Snyder Fine Art in Chelsea, NY. In 2008 Kristen opened her first gallery. 

Accompanying this is Kristen’s 15 years as a curator. She was Director of Exhibitions and Curator at the Hunterdon Art Museum in NJ for 10 years, where she conceived, designed and oversaw the implementation of the institution’s exhibition program, moderated panel discussions, lectured and wrote didactic wall and catalogue text. For the remaining 5 years, Kristen was an independent curator for various galleries, colleges and corporations in New York and New Jersey. To date, Kristen has curated over 120 solo and group exhibitions, many of which were reviewed in the New York Times and other art publications.

Owing to her wealth of experience, Kristen has been a juror for the Joan Mitchell Foundation and on the benefit committee for the New York Foundation for the Arts. She is also a member of the leadership organization ArtTable and is a founding member of the New York Chapter of the Association of Women Art Dealers (AWAD). 

Kat Griefen is Co-founder and Co-Director of Accola Griefen Fine Art, which was established in 2011. The business is focused on established 20th and 21st century American and Native American women artists. Prior to this, she was Director of A.I.R (Artist-In-Residence) Gallery, the first non-profit gallery for women artists in the United States which was established in 1972. Exhibitions organized and curated by Kat have been reviewed in large-scale publications, such as the New York Times, the New Yorker and ArtNews

Kat is a Lecturer of Gallery and Museum Studies at Queensborough Community College in New York, which prides itself in the accessibility of its education programs and has lectured widely at institutions and conferences such as The College Art Association, New York University and The Brooklyn Museum. She was Co-chair and Co-organizer of the 11th Feminist Art Project Day of Panels in 2017, which was dedicated to the visual culture and Native Feminisms of North America. Kat is a National Committee Member for the Feminist Art Project, a founding member of the New York Chapter of the Association of Women Art Dealers (AWAD), a member of the Council for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum and was appointed a seat on ArtTable’s National Board of Directors in 2018. 

Accola Griefen Fine Art was founded by Kristen Accola and Kat Griefen in 2011 and works with women artists in both the primary and secondary market. The two women boast over a combined fifty years of experience in commercial services, curation and academia. In addition to expertise in contemporary American art, Kristen specializes in the works of the European CoBrA movement and Kat in the realm of Feminist Art, among other areas. Accola Griefen’s exhibitions have been well-received in major publications such as ArtNews, The New York Times, and Sculpture Magazine. The gallery also exhibits at major international fairs in the United States. 

In recent years, works represented by the business have entered the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, multiple university museums and the Library of Congress: brilliant testaments to the duo’s keen abilities to discern remarkable pieces. 

Services offered include: advisory to established and emerging collectors, as well as those who wish to consign works from their collections. 

The business stages multiple exhibition programs in New York City and helps facilitate their artists’ exhibitions across the country. 

Stephanie Yeap spoke with Kat (KG) and Kristen (KA) via video call between London and New York City…

1. Describe your business in 5 words:

Feminism, integrity, partnerships, knowledge, and equity.

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