Abigail Ross Goodman has been deeply engaged in the art world for more than twenty years as a curator and gallerist. Co-founder of Goodman Taft, she is also a Consulting Curator to the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College and has overseen the development of their Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art since its inception in 2013. Abigail has curated numerous public exhibitions and projects, including the 2012 deCordova Biennial at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum (Lincoln, MA), as well as exhibitions at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum (Winter Park, FL). She has also spearheaded major public art installations by artists such as Nicole Eisenman, Hank Willis Thomas and the Cause Collective, Alexandre da Cunha, and Raúl de Nieves. Abigail contributes to scholarly publications, serving as editor of multiple volumes on the Rollins College collection, and lectures on the topics of curatorial practice and collecting. In addition, Abigail is a Trustee of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and an Advisory Board member of the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. She holds a BA in History of Art and Architecture from Brown University. Together with Molly Epstein, Abigail is the guest curator of Ground/work, the first-ever outdoor exhibition at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA, on view from October 2020 – October 2021.
Maria has spent over a decade in the contemporary art world. Prior to co-founding Goodman Taft, Maria lived and worked in numerous locations in the United States and abroad including London, the Middle East, Singapore, Hawaii, Greece and California, allowing her broad access to the global art market. Maria began her career in the arts with stints at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Sotheby’s, New York, and the David Winton Bell Gallery in Providence, Rhode Island, and spent time working on strategy and development with several global firms. Maria previously served as Co-Chair of the Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art (SECA) at San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art, and as a member of SFMoMA’s Development Council. She is also a partner of the VIA Art Fund. Maria holds a BA in the History of Art & Architecture from Brown University and an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.
Molly Epstein is a curator whose artist-driven practice spans exhibition projects and collection-building activities. Prior to joining Goodman Taft as a Principal in 2016, Epstein spent over ten years as a gallerist in New York and London, serving as Director of Gladstone Gallery—where she worked on major exhibition projects with Anish Kapoor, Shirin Neshat, and Jim Hodges—and holding positions at White Cube, London, and Sperone Westwater, New York. In the public realm, Molly has produced projects and collaborated with several leading artists, including Nicole Eisenman, Teresita Fernández, Alexandre da Cunha, and Raúl de Nieves. She is the co-editor of the Art for Rollins publication series and has lectured on contemporary art practice and various art world topics at The Whitney Museum of American Art, Triple Canopy, and the ITP graduate program at NYU. Trained as an art historian, Molly holds a BA in History of Art from Yale University, where she was the recipient of the W.E. Memorial Award, and an MA in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, where she was the Thomas H. Lee Scholar. Molly currently sits on the Grant Advisory Committee of the VIA Art Fund. Together with Abigail Ross Goodman, Molly is the guest curator of Ground/work, the first-ever outdoor exhibition at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA, on view from October 2020 – October 2021.
Ellen Langan is a curator with over 15 years of experience in the realm of contemporary art. Prior to joining Goodman Taft as Director in 2021, Ellen was the proprietor of EML Fine Art Projects, a creative project advisory working with artists, gallerists, and visual arts nonprofit leaders. Ellen spent over a decade as Senior Director at Maccarone New York, where she oversaw artist and estate stewardship, museum relations, and specialized curatorial projects. Ellen holds a BS in Journalism with a Concentration in Art History from Boston University, and an MA in Modern + Contemporary Art, Connoisseurship, and the History of the Art Market from Christie’s Education. In the nonprofit realm, Ellen currently serves as Co-Chair of Artadia’s Ambassadors Council and is a Founding Partner of New York Consolidated. Ellen is also one of the founders of Art to Zero, an organization building capacity on implementation of climate action across the visual arts.
Bethany has over 15 years of experience in the art world, organizing exhibitions and managing logistics for both private and public collections. Prior to her arrival at Goodman Taft, Bethany spent over a decade supporting private collectors as they built and cared for their expanding and diverse holdings. Before her transition into the private market, Bethany spent several years in public institutions, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where she managed various special exhibitions, including focused examinations of artists ranging from Pontormo and Elsa Schiaparelli, to Barnett Newman and Christian Marclay. She also held positions at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Bethany graduated with a B.A. in Art History from Boston College and an M.A. in Museum Studies from the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Michelle has over 20 years of curatorial and auction experience. She most recently served as Fine Photographs Specialist at Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisers in Boston where she was responsible for consignments and sales, as well as auction evaluations and appraisals. Previously, she worked for twelve years as a curator in the Department of Photographs at Harvard University’s Fogg Art Museum, performing a range of curatorial duties related to collections, exhibitions, and publications. Michelle has also held positions at the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. In 2009, she completed her Ph.D. in Art History at Boston University; she also holds B.A. (Vassar College) and M.A. (University of Oregon) degrees in art history and a Certificate in Appraisal Studies from the Rhode Island School of Design.
Karen has over 20 years of experience in the art world as a critic, journalist, and editor. Prior to joining Goodman Taft in 2023, she wrote independently for publications including The New York Times, where she reviewed major exhibitions and interviewed leading artists and collectors. Previously, Karen served as Editorial Director at the art travel company Artful, Deputy Editor of the art e-commerce platform Artspace, and as a Contributing Editor of New York Magazine. Karen holds an MA in Modern Art and Critical Studies from Columbia University and a BA in English from Yale University.
Elizabeth has held a number of positions in the art world spanning institutional and commercial organizations in the U.S and abroad. Most recently, Elizabeth worked at Salon 94 Gallery in New York, collaborating with and supporting a senior director. She also helped lead the gallery’s transition to curated online exhibitions and art fairs. Prior to Salon 94, Elizabeth worked in London in Sotheby’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Department and the Marciano Art Foundation in Los Angeles. Elizabeth holds a BA in Art History and Studio Art from the University of Virginia.
Cara has had a variety of experiences in the art world spanning gallery roles, curatorial projects, and collection digitization efforts. Prior to joining Goodman Taft, Cara was an early employee at LiveArt, a platform for online private sales and historical auction data. Cara sits on the Programs Committee for the New York chapter of ArtTable and is a Young Patron of the Jewish Museum. She holds a BA in Art History and Italian Studies from Wesleyan University, where she was awarded the Mann Prize for Excellence in Romance Languages.
James has held a number of registrarial roles at various museums in the US and UK, managing the movement, storage, and care of institutional art collections at the Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State University and the Imperial War Museum London. During his time in the museum world, he worked on exhibitions featuring works by many contemporary artists, including Ai Weiwei and Mahwish Chishty. James holds a BA in Classics from the University of Cambridge, and an MA in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester.
Jill has 15 years of experience working in museums, including 8+ years in registration, exhibitions, and collections management. Prior to joining Goodman Taft in May 2022, she was the Project Curator at the Forbes House Museum in Milton, MA working on cataloging, inventorying, and reorganizing their collection. She has worked at history and fine art museums throughout Massachusetts. Jill earned her BA from Franklin & Marshall College in Anthropology and History, with a minor in Art History. In 2018 she earned her Master’s in Library and Information Science, Archives Concentration, from Simmons University (then College) in Boston, MA.