The Art Dealers Association of America has appointed Andrew L. Schoelkopf, a cofounder and partner of the New York gallery Menconi + Schoelkopf, as its new president. He will now oversee the organization of 180 members, 72 of which are currently exhibiting at the ADAA Art Show in New York this week.
Adam Sheffer, the sales director and a partner of Cheim & Read gallery, was previously president of the ADAA. He had held the position since 2015, when he took the reins from Van Doren Waxter partner Dorsey Waxter.
Schoelkopf has been involved with the ADAA since 2011. From then until 2015, he was a member of the Art Show Committee, and since 2014, he has been on the ADAA’s board of directors. He also currently sits on the board of the ADAA Foundation. (And in 1989, a release notes, Schoelkopf’s first day on the job as director of his family’s business, Robert Schoelkopf Gallery, involved helping man its Art Show booth.)
Before opening Menconi + Schoelkopf, he worked at Christie’s, where he first served as a specialist in American painting, then as director of the auction house’s American paintings department, and finally as president of internet auctions. In 2001, with Susan Menconi, he opened his New York gallery, which specializes in 19th- and 20th-century American work. In addition to his gallery-related work, Schoelkopf is the board chair and a member of the development, finance, and executive committees of the Chordoma Foundation and a member of Denison University’s regional board of advisors.
In a statement, Schoelkopf said, “I am honored to serve as ADAA President, coming full circle from my first day working in the art world at the founding Art Show in 1989. Membership in the ADAA was then, and remains today, an important symbol of a gallery’s accomplishment, connoisseurship, and high standards. Having served in various roles at the ADAA for the past seven years, I am more convinced than ever of the collective power and impact of our membership.”