Hotel Ella Salon Series

The Umlauf is excited to partner with Hotel Ella on a series of upcoming talks! All talks will take place at Hotel Ella's Goodall's restaurant, where guests may purchase drinks or dinner.

To honor the artistic roots of the property, Hotel Ella presents a monthly Salon Series that features inspiring Austin creatives from all disciplines. The goal of the series is to amuse, educate and provoke inspiring dialogue about art, literature, film and music. Hotel Ella's Salon Series is a free event and welcomes all members of the creative community.

Upcoming Hotel Ella Salon Series

Sima Familant

October 29, 2019 6-8pm


Since receiving her MA in Postwar and Contemporary Art from Sotheby's Institute in London, Sima Familant has been integrally involved in building important collections of contemporary art. While in London, Sima saw every show possible from the West End to the newly forming East End. At the time, London was in the midst of momentous change, from a stuffy old world art scene to a hotbed of artistic experimentation and rebellious careerism. The mood was exuberant as new galleries opened weekly and artists were everywhere. Her experiences there shaped her philosophy about art: You need to see art—a lot of art—to understand art; and engendered her strong commitment to, and love of, contemporary art,
which has always served as the backbone in all of her ventures in the contemporary art world.

Sima began her professional career at Baumgartner Gallery in Washington DC, followed by a four-year term as Director at Greene Naftali Gallery in New York. At Green Naftali, where she curated exhibitions in addition to managing the gallery’s operations, artists, and collectors. From there, she moved to Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, where she served as Associate Director, and curated several critically acclaimed group shows of emerging and established artists. Her time in galleries allowed her to develop relationships with many collectors as she helped them establish a curatorial vision and oversaw all aspects of their collections. This eventually led to the creation of her own art advisory in 2006, Sima Familant: Private Curator & Art Advisor, to meet the best needs of today’s sophisticated collectors in an increasingly globalized art world.

Sima’s relationships with an international group of dealers, curators, critics, and artists allow her to provide comprehensive education and guidance to collectors, in addition to granting her access to the best works. By focusing on a select group of
serious collectors, Sima provides a full range of services and guidance that draw on her gallery experience and is unlimited in artistic scope and geography.

Previous Talks:

January 30: Jamie Crawley

February 12: Sally Whitman Coleman

March 19: Virginia Cumberbatch & Leslie Blair

April 16: Katie Robinson Edwards on Midcentury Modern Art

August 13: Dr. Kenneth Hafertepe

September 17: Pittman McGehee, PhD and Merrilee McGehee

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