Board & Staff
The Board of Trustees
The governance, management, and direction of the Camargo Foundation are vested in the Board of Trustees.
Christopher Apgar (Secretary) +
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, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota
Patricia Hampl first stepped onto the literary scene with A Romantic Education, a Cold War memoir about her Czech heritage. Four of her books have been named Notable Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review. Hampl’s 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. In addition, she has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Bush Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts (twice, in poetry and prose), Ingram Merrill Foundation and Djerassi Foundation. Hampl teaches fall semesters in the English MFA program at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Jerome Foundation (St Paul, Minnesota) and the Teachers and Writers Collaborative (New York), and as a Trustee of the Camargo Foundation (Cassis, France).
Alice Kaplan +
John M. Musser Professor of French, Chair of the French Department, 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.
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.
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!
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 (Vice-Chair) +
Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Transportation, St. Paul, Minnesota
Charles A. Zelle was appointed Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Transportation in 2012 by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton. MnDOT is the Minnesota state agency charged with managing and maintaining the state’s multi-modal transportation system. 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. Currently he is the Chair of the Jefferson Lines Board of Directors although he is no longer an employee with any management authority. He is recused from any matters associated with MnDOT and Jefferson Lines relationships. 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. Mr. 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.
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.
Yoanne Dufil +
Caretaker of Buildings and Gardens
Yoanne Dufil studied Fine Art with a specialism in sculpture. His professional background includes work in construction, joinery, electricity, stone masonry, plumbing and landscaping. At Camargo, he strives to keep the spirit of Jerome Hill alive through the constant upkeep of the grounds, buildings and areas of artistic reflection created by Hill. His sculptural work outside of Camargo focuses on themes of time, space, and the material quality of the object.
Juliette Hemery +
Logistics and Hospitality Assistant
Juliette Hemery is in charge of logistics and hospitality at the Camargo Foundation. She studied tourism and solidarity economy (BTS in 2013 and professional degree in 2016) then travelled and worked for a year in Latin America, the United States and Spain. After that, she worked with the non-profit organization Yes We Camp, at the Grands Voisins, a former hospital used as a cultural and social space during its transition period, and then continued her work with Yes We Camp as accommodation coordinator during the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2018.
Cathy Lang Ho +
Director of U.S. Development and Partnerships
Cathy Lang Ho joined the Camargo Foundation in 2019. Based in New York, she has had a long career as an architecture critic, editor, and curator. In recent years, she led her own consultancy practice, CLHoffice, advising clients on a wide range of projects dealing with architecture, design, landscape, and urbanism, including international competitions and communications strategy. Her prominent projects include working with Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) on the relaunch of the Wheelwright Prize, an international competition to win a $100,000 traveling fellowship, and the organization Richard Rogers Fellowship, a 12-week research residency in the landmarked London home that Rogers designed for his parents in the 1960s. For Harvard GSD, she also advised on the communication strategy for the Center for Green Buildings and Cities. In 2018, she organized the architecture edition of the Vilcek Foundation Prizes in the Arts and Humanities, which disbursed $100,000 career prize and three $50,000 Creative Promise awards.
Ho has published hundreds of articles in publications worldwide, including Abitare, Architecture, Art + Auction, Arquitectura Viva, Blueprint, Domus, Frame, Metropolis, Modern Painters, and Photo District News, and the New York Times. Her writing also appears in several books. She was the founding editor-in-chief of The Architect’s Newspaper (2003–07), and was an editor at Architecture magazine (1999–2001), and Design Book Review (1992–99), an award-winning quarterly journal. She remains a contributing editor to Architect magazine.
In 2008, she was awarded the Rome Prize in Design and is currently an officer of the Society of Fellows Council. In 2012, she was named by the U.S. State Department the commissioner and lead curator of the American pavilion at the 2012 International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale. Under her direction, the exhibition Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good earned a Special Mention from the Golden Lion jury. The exhibition traveled to the Chicago Cultural Center in 2013 and Governors Island in New York City in 2014. In 2018, she oversaw the AIA New York’s participation in the national AIA conference in New York. Her additional professional activities include speaking at international conferences and participating as a juror or panelist in numerous competitions, including Architect magazine’s Annual Design Review and the National Endowment for the Art’s selection committee for the 2015 Venice Architecture Biennale.
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.
Muriel Rose +
Development and Communication Coordinator
Muriel Rose holds two degrees, in economics from Aix-Marseille University and in art history from Lille University, and a master's degree in business administration from the Neoma Business School of Reims. She also studied one semester in Seoul, South Korea. After various internships in auction houses (Sotheby's in Paris and London, Piasa in Paris), she worked on the fundraising campaigns of the Musée Guimet – National museum of Asian arts, and the Louvre Museum Endowment Fund as well as on the development of the Louvre Abu Dhabi's incomes in the United Arab Emirates. She then joined Orange Rouge, a non-profit organization based in Paris, where she developed artistic projects, communication and fundraising. Since February 2019 at Camargo, Muriel Rose has been developing fundraising in France and Europe as well as institutional communication.