Founded in 2005, PULSE Contemporary Art Fair is an established part of the annual art calendar and is recognized for providing its international community of emerging and established galleries with a dynamic platform for connecting with a global audience. PULSE offers visitors an engaging environment in which to discover and collect the most compelling contemporary art being produced today.
In 2016, after twelve years of providing a platform for the international art community in New York, PULSE Contemporary Art Fair decided to focus solely on the evolution of the Miami Beach edition. PULSE360 was launched in 2017, furthering PULSE's mission by bringing together an inclusive community for year-round experiences centered around art and culture.
Katelijne De Backer, Director
Katelijne De Backer brings over 20 years of art world experience to PULSE Contemporary Art Fair. Katelijne was recently the Director of Art New York and Aqua Art Miami. Prior to that she served as Managing Director of top contemporary art gallery Lehmann Maupin, where she oversaw several teams with locations in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood and the Lower East Side, as well as in Hong Kong. She spent over a decade as the Executive Director of The Armory Show, where she was instrumental in transforming the bohemian-style fair of 75 galleries to a world-renowned exhibition of more than 200 galleries. Earlier, Katelijne produced alternative music programs for MTV Europe. She is a native of Antwerp, Belgium and obtained her Master’s Degree in Sociology from the Free University of Brussels.
Elizabeth Boyle, Fair Manager
Elizabeth has been working with Ramsay Fairs since 2013 and has been handling exhibitor relations and operations as Fair Manager since 2017. Elizabeth has extensive background in fair management, as well as experience marketing and successfully operating art fairs. She earned her BA in Art History and is currently earning a Masters in Arts Administration.
Alexandra Slattery, Marketing Director
Alexandra Slattery is the Marketing Director of PULSE Contemporary Art Fair. She previously worked at ArtBinder where she helped galleries and collectors utilize new technologies to organize their inventories and promote their artists and programs. Alexandra holds a BA in both Art History and Journalism from New York University.
Caitlin Britton, Partner & Sponsorship Manager
Joining the team in 2014, Caitlin explored various aspects within PULSE - from producing social media content to on-site production - before finding her niche in building and maintaining relationships between the fair and innovative brands to make the visitor's experience more dynamic. She graduated in 2013 with a BA in Communications Studies from James Madison University.
The Advisory Committee
Alice Gray Stites, Museum Director and Chief Curator, 21c Museum Hotel
Alice Gray Stites is Museum Director and Chief Curator of 21c Museum Hotel. A multi-venue museum located in Louisville, Cincinnati, Bentonville, Durham, Lexington, Oklahoma City, and Nashville, 21c was founded by Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson, collectors and preservationists who are committed to bringing works of art to the public through innovative exhibitions and programs that expand the audience for contemporary art. Prior to joining 21c in 2012, Stites was director of artwithoutwalls, a non-profit, non-collecting public arts organization, and from 1995-2006 was adjunct curator of contemporary art at the Speed Art Museum. Stites has lectured at universities and conferences such as Art Basel Conversations, Leaders in Software and Art, TEDx Stockholm, the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts, NewInc at the New Museum, and has served on many juries, including ArtPrize, PULSE PRIZE, and Moving Image New York. She has been active on advisory boards at the University of Kentucky’s College of Design and at the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas, and is an adjunct member of the fine arts faculty at the University of Louisville. Stites graduated magna cum laude from the University of Virginia, and holds an M.A. from Columbia University.
Todd Hosfelt, Founder, Hosfelt Gallery
Todd Hosfelt founded Hosfelt Gallery in San Francisco in 1996 with the belief that art is transformative -- with the power to change audiences’ world-view. In the past twenty-one years, he has curated nearly 300 exhibitions in a program that brings a refined aesthetic vision to an investigation of cultural, social and intellectual history. In addition to the San Francisco space, Hosfelt operated a large gallery in New York’s Chelsea district from 2006 to 2012. In 2012, he consolidated the program to San Francisco’s largest commercial gallery space, the first to be located in what is now called the DoReMi arts district. In 2015 Hosfelt founded a Digital Media Conservation Lab to preserve the aesthetic and conceptual integrity of artworks that use technological media. 2017 will mark the ninth year of Hosfelt Gallery exhibiting at PULSE Miami.
Helen Toomer, Co-Founder and Artistic Director, STONELEAF RETREAT
Helen Toomer is a Co-Founder and Artistic Director of STONELEAF RETREAT; a place for artists and creatives to connect and collaborate through a residency program and series of events in the Catskill Mountains of New York. She is an Adjunct Professor at Sotheby's Institute for Art, teaching Social Media and Marketing of the Arts and The Business of Art Fairs as part of the Art Business Masters program. Helen is the former Director of PULSE Contemporary Art Fair, which she lead for three and a half years and prior to this, she was the Director of Collective Design Fair which she helped launch in New York in 2013. Helen has guest lectured at New York Academy of the Arts, Bournemouth Arts University, Pratt Institute and Christie's Education, taken part in panel discussions with The Barnes Foundation, 21c Museum Hotel Group, Soho House, NeueHouse and Artsy, and previously taught at the Fashion Institute of Technology. In 2011-2013 she co-founded and managed a contemporary art gallery, toomer labzda, which focused on emerging artists, in the Lower East Side of New York.
Tarrah von Lintel, Founder, Von Lintel Gallery
Tarrah von Lintel founded Von Lintel Gallery more than 20 years ago and has continually developed its discerning curatorial point of view, predominantly featuring painting, photography and unique works on paper that are forward-thinking and challenging while maintaining an aesthetic tradition. Tarrah began her career in Paris, working first with Galerie Claire Burrus and then Thaddeus Ropac before opening her own gallery in Munich in 1993. Her gallery featured many NY artists, some of whom she continues to represent today, leading to her move to NYC’s growing Chelsea district in 1999. After 15 successful years in NY, the gallery relocated to a much larger space in the burgeoning Culver City arts community, in recognition of LA’s growing importance on the international art scene.