Governance & Management
Board of Trustees of the Camargo Foundation
Since the establishment of the Camargo Foundation - an operating trust 501c3 created by Jerome Hill in 1967 - its governance, management, and direction have been vested in the Board of Trustees.
Christopher Apgar (Vice Chair) +
Executive Director, Morgan Stanley, New York, New York
Christopher Apgar has been on Wall Street since 1999. Enthusiastic about the visual arts, Christopher dedicates a significant portion of his practice to the distinctive considerations of dealers, artists, galleries and others in the art community. Currently, Chris is the honorary co-chair of the Contemporary Arts Council at MoMA and a trustee of ArtsLink. Previously, he served as the treasurer of Artists Space, treasurer of Judd Foundation, co-chair of the Contemporary Arts Council of MoMA, ex-officio trustee of the Museum of Modern Art, and President of The Brooklyn Rail, a magazine of critical perspectives on arts, politics and culture. Christopher graduated with honors from Rutgers University, enjoys guitar, living with art, skiing and spend time with family. He divides his time between residences in Manhattan and Park City Utah.
Carlyle Brown +
Writer/performer, Artistic Director of Carlyle Brown & Company, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Carlyle Brown is a writer/performer and artistic director of Carlyle Brown & Company based in Minneapolis. His plays have been produced at theatres across the country and internationally. He has received numerous commissions, fellowships and awards including 2006 Black Theatre Network’s Winona Lee Fletcher Award for outstanding achievement and artistic excellence, a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2010 Otto Rene Castillo Award for Political Theatre, a 2010 United States Artist Fellow and a 2018 William Inge Award for Distinguished Achievement in the American Theater. A scholar and historian, Mr. Brown has been an artist in residence or visiting professor at several colleges and universities, and has worked as a museum exhibit writer and story consultant. Before his career in the theater Brown was a specialist in outdoor adventure education working with such organizations as Outward Bound. For nearly twenty years he was a maritime educator and a licensed master of historic sailing vessels specializing in 19th century schooners in the North Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean and the Baltic Seas.
Patricia Hampl +
Writer, Regents Professor Emerita, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota
A Romantic Education, Patricia Hampl’s Cold War memoir about her Czech heritage, established her as an influential voice in autobiographical writing. Four of her books have been named Notable Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review. One of these, Blue Arabesque, has a chapter set in Cassis, focused on Jerome Hill. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Paris Review, Granta, The American Scholar, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Best American Short Stories and Best American Essays. In 1990 she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. She has also received fellowships from the Guggenheim and Bush Foundations, National Endowment for the Arts (twice, in poetry and prose), Ingram Merrill and Djerassi Foundations. Retired after 36 years from the University of Minnesota MFA program, she remains a member of the permanent faculty of the Prague Summer Program. In addition to being a Trustee of the Camargo Foundation, she serves on the board of Teachers and Writers Collaborative (New York).
Alice Kaplan +
Sterling Professor, Director of the Whitney Humanities Center, Yale University, Guilford, Connecticut
Alice Kaplan was born in Minnesota and educated at U.C. Berkeley and Yale. John M. Musser Professor of French and Chair of the French Department at Yale, she works at the intersection of literature and history. Her teaching and research have focused on the Second World War, the Algerian War, and on the writers Céline, Proust, and Camus. She is a former Guggenheim Fellow, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a recipient of the French Légion d’Honneur as well the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in History (for The Collaborator) and the Henry Adams Prize (for The Interpreter). Her most recent book, Looking for the Stranger: Camus and the Life of a Literary Classic, written joyfully at the Camargo Foundation, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award (criticism) and the Prix Médicis (essay).
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Noel Kirnon +
Finance Specialist and Art Collector, New York, New York
Noel has a BA in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University, a certificate from the JHU’s School of Advanced International Studies(SAIS) in Bologna, Italy, and an MBA in both Finance and Economics from Columbia University. He speaks conversational French and Italian.
Professionally, Noel had a highly successful career in finance. He worked at Mellon Bank focusing on lending to large corporations and on financing Leverage Buyouts. Most recently, he worked at Moody’s Investors Service rising from Senior Analyst to Executive Vice President responsible for Structured Finance ratings worldwide.
Noel’s principal avocation is supporting both performing and visual artists and institutions. Noel sits on the Board of Trustees of the New York Theatre Workshop. He is currently Chair of the Finance Committee of the NYTW and formerly, Co-President of the Board. He is a member of the acquisition committee of the Studio Museum in Harlem and a member of the photography council of the Guggenheim Museum. In Noel’s spare time he also manages an ever growing contemporary art collection. He is an avid tennis player and fan.
John B. Koegel +
Attorney, Founder and Partner, The Koegel Group LLP, New York, New York
John Koegel, since 1982, has specialized strictly in the legal representation of visual artists, artist estates, galleries, private dealers, advisors, collectors, non-profit organizations and businesses directed at visual art. Prior to establishing his art law practice, he was Secretary and General Counsel at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City where he was responsible for all of the legal affairs of the institution including affiliate operations.
Prior to his position at the Museum, he was counsel to the National Commission for the Review of Antitrust Laws and Procedures in Washington D.C. And prior to that, after admission to the New York Bar in 1973, he was engaged in the general practice of law with concentration in trial and appellate litigation at the venerable law firm of Rogers & Wells. He serves as a Board member on a considerable number of artist-endowed foundations and on several art-related non-profit organizations. He also serves as pro bono legal counsel to several art related trade associations.
Sara Maud Lydiatt +
Businesswoman, Montreal, QC Canada
Ms Lydiatt has a Master of Art in the history of the decorative arts, design history, and material culture from the Bard Graduate Center in New York, USA (2002). Ms Lydiatt has BA in English Literature (1994) and a BFA in Art History from Concordia University (1999). She resides in Montreal, Canada. In her professional life Ms. Lydiatt oversees her family businesses serving to administer several companies in the areas of farming, forestry and land development in Canada, the USA, and New Zealand. Ms. Lydiatt also serves as Member of the Jerome Foundation, and Director of the Hill Farm Historical Society, the Organix Foundation, and the Kenauk Institute. She operates an art gallery within her business offices in Montreal, Canada.
Bella Meyer +
Founder and Creative Director, FleursBELLA, New York, New York
Born in Paris and raised in Switzerland, Bella Meyer was born immersed in the world of art. She always painted while studying art history and obtaining her Ph.D. in medieval art history from the Sorbonne. Bella taught art history, wrote numerous academic papers and delivered informative, first hand experiences in lecture form, of her grandfather Marc Chagall’s work. Invited to take on responsibilities for the Visual Arts at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Bella settled in New York, where she held this position for a number of years. Adding to her expanding list of accomplishments, she has had her hand in costume design and mask-making for a number of theatre performances and also created many puppets for her own puppet show productions. Bella's passion for beauty and aesthetics, led her to become a floral designer. In a recent publication Bella describes her love for flowers, "to discover its essence—opening, life, death—is to experience an unimaginable mystery." Bella founded FleursBELLA, a floral design and décor company, in 2005, focusing her talents on creating floral arrangements much in the way an artist paints. Ms. Meyer served on the Board of Creative Time and sits on the Board of "L’Association des Amis du Musée Chagall" in Nice, France; she is an active member of the Comité Marc Chagall in Paris, which is the legal entity which authenticates all works by Marc Chagall, and follows the mission to protect and promote his oeuvre. She has recently been invited to join the new Advisory Board of ARS (Artists Right Society) in New York.
David Moore, Jr +
Painter and Community Volunteer, Former Theater Executive
David Moore, Jr. worked professionally in theater and performing arts for thirty years supporting and collaborating with hundreds of new artists, many today numbering among the most recognized and influential in the field.
Moore moved to the Twin Cities in 1987 to lead Minneapolis’ Playwrights’ Center. He later founded 3 Legged Race New Theater & Performance, a multidisciplinary vehicle premiering over sixty original works incorporating languages of contemporary theater, dance, music, puppetry, circus and visual arts.
An active painter the past fifteen years, Moore’s work has earned multiple exhibitions.
Moore currently serves as a trustee of Walker Art Center, co-chairing its Producers’ Council; the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra; and the Minneapolis College of Art & Design. Past boards include Guthrie Theater, Highpoint Center for Printmaking (chair of board and capital campaign), Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, Minnesota Dance Alliance, and Margolis-Brown Theater. He is a member of Harvard University’s Arts Resource Council and the National Council of Theater Communications Group.
Moore received his AB from Harvard College and studied Dramaturgy & Dramatic Criticism at the Yale School of Drama and Drawing & Painting at the New York Studio School and the University of Minnesota. He is married to Leni Moore and has two children, two step-children and one grandson.
Gary Nan Tie (Treasurer) +
Mathematician, St. Paul, Minnesota
Dr. Gary Nan Tie engages in cross-disciplinary research, discovering connections across disparate fields, bringing new insight, in bridging theory with practice. Previously he was Senior Vice President, Investments, managing Financial Risk & ALM, at Travelers, a Fortune 500 property casualty company providing commercial, specialty, and personal insurance. Prior to that he was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs & Co. in New York and earlier held positions at Morgan Stanley, New York and Lockheed, Palo Alto. He is a reviewer for the American Mathematical Society, serves on advisory boards of universities, boards of Minneapolis-Saint Paul non-profits, and practices Aikido. He received his bachelor’s degree in science with first class honours from Monash University, Australia, his master’s degree and doctorate in mathematics from SUNY at Buffalo, and his master’s degree in statistics from Carnegie Mellon University. Always the beginner’s mind!
Gordana Pavlovic +
Gordana Pavlovic, Designer, Palo Alto, California, Cassis, France
Gordana is founder and principal of Design Studio Gordana LLC, residential design and planning studio. She is passionate about progression of space and creating a unique experience in every structure she designs.
Prior to the creation of the Studio she was a campus planner at Stanford and University of Iowa Planning offices. She has been part of the Workshop at the École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Marseille à Luminy for several years now and finds great pleasure in both teaching and learning from the students and colleagues.
Gordana holds a degree in architecture, art and engineering from University of Belgrade, School of Architecture and Master of Art from WSU Kansas.
She resides in Palo Alto, California, and Cassis, France.
Calogero Salvo (Chair) +
Filmmaker, New York, New York
Calogero Salvo is an independent film and video maker living in New York City. Salvo has been producing and directing film and video for the past 30 years in Latin America, Europe and The United States. He is fluent in Spanish, Italian and English and has experience working in documentaries, feature length narratives, television programs and personal video portraits. He obtained his MFA in Film at The San Francisco Art Institute, and has also studied Communication Arts at the University of San Francisco in California; Journalism at Universidad Católica Andres Bello, and Advertising at Instituto Universitario de Nuevas Profesiones in Caracas, Venezuela. Calogero Salvo began his film career making ethnographic documentaries in his native Venezuela. His approach to film and video is very intimate and personal focusing on diverse issues such as immigration, human rights, and AIDS. All of his films and videos have been awarded international recognition from festivals such as The Margaret Mead, the American Indian, Chicago, San Francisco, Ann Arbor and San Antonio Film Festival in the USA. Festival Indígena Latinoamericano in Mexico and Brazil, The Bogotá Film Festival in Colombia, Viña del Mar in Chile, Merida in Venezuela and Havana in Cuba, The Florence, Sidney, Berlin Film Festivals and at The Cinema Du Reel in France. His films have also been shown on television in Europe, the United States and South America as well as in museums such as the MOMA in New York. Salvo has been part of the independent film community since the beginning of his career and has served on the Board of Directors of organizations such as Frameline in San Francisco, the Latino Film and Video Collaborative, The New Festival, and the Lesbian and Gay Center in New York and for the past 9 years he served on the Board of The Jerome Foundation, which supports the creation, development and production of new works by emerging artists. Currently, Salvo is a Trustee for the Camargo Foundation.
Antoine Vigne +
Author, New York, New York
Antoine Vigne is a French author. Born in Paris in 1973, he has lived in New York since 1999. He has published several novels and numerous articles and books on history, architecture and contemporary art. A consultant specialized in the cultural field, he has helped create several international exhibitions, notably as Director of Visual Arts for the French Embassy in the United States and further as a partner at Blue Medium. He has given talks, participated in panels and jurys and served on the boards and committees of several non-profits.
Charles Zelle (Secretary) +
Chair, Metropolitan Council, St. Paul, Minnesota
Charles A. Zelle was named Chair of the Metropolitan Council in 2020 by Minnesota Governor Tim Walz. The Metropolitan Council is the regional policy-making body, planning agency, and provider of essential services for the Twin Cities metropolitan region. He was Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Transportation between 2012 and 2019. Zelle came to MnDOT from Jefferson Lines, an intercity bus company with routes in 13 heartland states from Minnesota to Texas. He worked there for more than 25 years, and served as President and Chief Executive Officer. Zelle’s past community and civic activities included being the Chair/President of the Boards of the following organizations: Minneapolis Club, Guthrie Theater, Meet Minneapolis, Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce, American Bus Association and Itasca Project Transportation Initiative and St. Paul Academy. Zelle has been recognized for his work in transportation policy as a recipient of the George Rucker Award by the Community Transportation Association in 2009 and the Ray L. Lappegaard Distinguished Service Award by Center of Transportation Studies in 2012. Born and raised in St. Paul, Zelle received a BA from Bates College and a MBA from the Yale School of Management.
Conseil d’administration of Camargo
In 2017, a French non-profit organization Camargo was established to better serve the Foundation’s mission of supporting artists, scholars and thinkers. In 2020, the association started operating activities in France and Europe. The association works closely with the U.S. Board in all of its activities.
The Conseil d’administration is composed of the following members:
Anne Aghion (Trésorière) +
Filmmaker, United States, France
Director and producer Anne Aghion was a Camargo Core Program Fellow (2016) and a member of the Core Program Selection Committee. She is an award-winning documentary filmmaker best known for her series of four films on post-genocide justice and social reconstruction in Rwanda, including the 2009 feature My Neighbor My Killer. The film was in the Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival, nominated for Best Documentary at the Gotham Awards, and earned the Nestor Almendros Award for courage in filmmaking at the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival. Her acclaimed feature Ice People, also released in 2009, explores the physical, emotional, and spiritual adventure of conducting science in Antarctica. Anne Aghion holds a degree in Arabic Language and Literature from Barnard College at Columbia University in New York and is an Emmy winner and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2020, she joined Camargo’s Conseil d’administration.
The Camargo Foundation (Secrétaire)
Chantal Crousel +
Founder of Galerie Chantal Crousel, France
Chantal Crousel founded her eponymous art gallery in 1980 at 80 rue Quincampoix in Paris, with the intention of representing the mutations of international contemporary creation in France and around the world. Of Belgian origin, she chose to represent artists of different nationalities participating in the elaboration of a universal language through a wide variety of mediums. The artistic orientation in the gallery’s early years featured a new generation of European and American artists who were unheard of at the end of the 1970s, such as Tony Cragg, Gilbert & George, and Cindy Sherman. Two successive partnerships punctuated the 1980s, first with Ghislaine Hussenot, from 1983 to 1987, then with Ninon Robelin, from 1987 to 1993. Since 1994, Chantal Crousel, with her own gallery, mounted the first exhibitions in France of Gabriel Orozco, Mona Hatoum, Absalon, Melik Ohanian and Rirkrit Tiravanija. In 2000, her son Niklas Svennung joined her. Located on rue Charlot since 2005 and directed by Niklas Svennung, the gallery sustains an artistic dialogue, both poetic and conscious, representing artists, young and established, who, for the most part, question social space by using new forms in the service of innovative ideas. Under the acronym CCC (Chantal Crousel Consulting), Chantal Crousel continues to cultivate artistic projects outside the norms and outside the walls.
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Mikael Mohamed (Président) +
Head of International Affairs, MuCEM, France
Mikael Mohamed is head of international relations at Mucem, National museum of European & Mediterranean civilizations, Marseille, France, and has served in this position since its opening in 2013. He previously worked for the ministry of foreign affairs, was director of a French cultural institute in Morocco from 2008-2012, was a cultural attaché in Latvia from 2004-2007 and was a fundraiser for medical research in Paris.
Natalie Rastoin +
Brand Consultant, CEO, Polytane, Paris, Cassis, France
Born in Marseille, Natalie spent her childhood and youth between Paris and Cassis, before studying at HEC Paris and at La Sorbonne. She is now WPP Senior Advisor and President of Polytane, a strategy-consulting firm. Natalie has more than 35 years of experience in communications – from her early years in strategic planning at Saatchi & Saatchi, followed by BDDP, and then to the general management and presidency of the Ogilvy group in France since 2006. Under her leadership, Ogilvy Paris became the most awarded French agency of the decade 2010-2020 (Cannes Festival).
In her career, Natalie has supported international brands such as Nestlé, Allianz and Unilever; major French companies such as the Caisse d’Epargne, Suez and Panzani; ministries, and many great humanitarian and cultural movements such as WWF, AICF, and Born HIV-Free.
She recently contributed to the conception and launch of La Maestra, the first international female conductors’ competition, to the communication of the Institut Giacommeti, and to the promotion of the Gilles Caron Fund with the School Gallery. Natalie is a member of the board of directors of the Institut Montaigne, administrator of Parrot and Pégase, and was awarded one of France's highest medals, the Légion d'honneur.
Julie Chénot +
Julie Chénot joined the Camargo Foundation in January 2014 initially as Program Director. Following the separation of the Jerome and Camargo Foundations, in September 2017 she was appointed Executive Director of the Camargo Foundation. From 2007 to 2013, Julie Chénot worked on the organization of Marseille Provence 2013 European Capital of Culture. Initially, she was involved in project conception and governance. Then from 2009 onwards, she became in charge of international affairs: conceiving international projects, in particular with the Arab world, and developing and managing international relationships in partnership with the European Commission, the French State, local authorities, and the cultural organizations of the area. Prior to Marseille Provence 2013, she worked for 15 years on international cultural projects in Asia and in the United States. From 1995 to 2002, she was based in Beijing, China. After working for the French Embassy in China for two years, she organized China’s first international modern music and jazz festivals. In 2002, she joined UNESCO’s Phnom Penh office, where she worked as adviser to the Kingdom of Cambodia’s Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts. In 2004, she was selected as a fellow of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center and remained there to work on the organization of the Festival of China. In 2006, she moved to Vietnam as consultant for the UNESCO office in Hanoi on the Convention for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. Ms. Chénot was a Rockefeller Research Fellow at the Center for Folk Life and Cultural Heritage at the Smithsonian Institution. She holds a Masters’ in Business Administration with a specialization in public administration and city economy from the ESSEC Business School in Paris.
Cécile Descloux +
Cécile Descloux is the administrator of the Camargo Foundation since March 2014. She is in charge, among others aspects, of administration, accounting and human resources. Before joining Camargo, she worked in administration and production, primarily in performing arts at the Avignon Festival, Actoral Festival, Mucem, Centre des Arts, Didier Galas Company, and at the Cultural Services for the French Embassy in Canada. She holds a Masters’ degree in Management of Cultural Organizations from Paris-Dauphine University.
Margot Durand +
Communication and Mediation Assistant
Margot is pursuing a Master's degree in Communication and Cultural Institutions at the Institute of Political Sciences of Lyon. She also completed a one-year academic exchange at the University of California in Santa Barbara. Being passionate about cultural exchanges and contemporary artistic creation, she is willing to build her career in this field. She joined the Camargo Foundation in January 2021, as a Communication and Mediation Assistant.
Julian McKinnon +
Julian McKinnon (Italy/UK 1986) arrived in France in 2013 after completing a master's degree in Middle Eastern Studies—with a major in Visual Anthropology—at the University of Naples L'Orientale and at the American University in Cairo. While in Paris, he worked for a film production and distribution company (La Vingt-Cinquième Heure). He pursued his university education in France with a masters' in Cultural Management at the Paris-Dauphine University. He moved to Marseille in 2015 to work on the production of cultural events at the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations (Mucem). Besides his work at Camargo, he is also working on the writing of several film projects.