GUNNISON, Colo. – A gift from the Grosland fund has made it possible to attract world-renowned faculty in the pilot year of the program. Dr. Heather Orr, program director, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Jeffrey Taylor as the Grosland Associate Director for the Master in Gallery Management and Exhibits Specialization.
“Dr. Taylor is a very high profile and well-respected scholar, researcher and professional,” said Orr. “He brings a wealth of experience with him to his position, and we are thrilled to have him.”
“It seemed like a dream job to be able to teach my specialty subject, the art business, in such a beautiful setting” says Taylor. “This is the ideal program for the type of students I’ve been teaching for the last eight years. A flexible master’s degree focused on the art business, taught by specialized faculty from the art world should have great appeal.”
Taylor has nearly 20 years of experience in the art business and has been teaching the subject for almost a decade. Before joining Western, Taylor was an assistant professor of arts management at the State University of New York (SUNY), Purchase College. He has also taught arts management at the International Business School of Budapest.
“I’ve been teaching in Budapest, Paris and New York, and I have taught students from all over the globe. There is a lot of interest in working professionally in the art world,” explains Taylor. “This program is well targeted to teach to all of those different fields in the art world with great depth: contemporary art, secondary market (old art), auction houses, art fairs and museums.”
In addition to teaching, Taylor maintains a private practice as an art appraiser and an art forensics specialist in New York. He holds the title of Certified Appraiser of Impressionist and Modern Art, which is the highest level of expertise an appraiser can attain, and there are only 27 Certified Appraisers of Impressionism and Modern worldwide. His private practice includes an art forensics lab for analyzing art forgeries and authenticity and attribution issues. The lab was recently the subject of an article in the Wall Street Journal. This summer Taylor has been serving as the Leon Levy Fellow at the Frick Collection's Center for the History of Collecting where he's researching Global Secessions.
Taylor graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in Literature and Government and immediately joined the US Peace Corps in Hungary, where he taught English in a secondary school. He received a Rotary Scholarship to attend the Central European University (CEU) and earned an MA in History. In 2011 he received his Ph.D. from CEU in Comparative Central and Eastern European History, having written his dissertation on the history of the Hungarian art market which was published by Helena History Press as In Search of the Budapest Secession: The Artist Proletariat and Modernism’s Rise in the Hungarian Art Market, 1800-1914.
He is currently working on his next book, Visual Arts Management, to be published by Routledge, which will be a comprehensive textbook to the art business. Taylor frequently writes and makes press appearances on topics of art forgery and problems of the art market, including; 60 Minutes, New Republic, New York Times, Fox CT, CBC Radio, Wall Street Journal, Village Voice, and Artsy.
About Western State Colorado University:
The first college on Colorado’s Western slope and the fourth oldest public college in the state, Western State Colorado University in Gunnison delivers a full, four-year, liberal arts curriculum with graduate programs.