This roundtable, hosted by the Binghamton University Art Museum, is held in conjunction with the exhibition “Alumni Collect and Reflect.” Stacy Newman Kandel ’99 and John Brunelli ’97 share their perspectives on art collecting.
JOHN BRUNELLI is an art dealer and Gallery Director of Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts in Binghamton, NY. Over the past 17 years, John has shaped an international program of emerging, mid-career and established artists whose work represents the finest examples of post-modern contemporary realism. High-quality craftsmanship, labor-intensive production and innovation are central to the gallery’s mission. Since 2012, John has led the gallery to actively participate in some of the leading contemporary international art fairs in locations such as New York, Miami, Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Palm Springs, and Chicago. Prior to John’s tenure at the gallery, he worked for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City while studying privately at a classical atelier in Manhattan learning traditional techniques in drawing and painting. He graduated from Binghamton University in 1997 with a B.F.A. degree in Fine Arts with a dual-concentration in Drawing and Printmaking. During this time, John also completed his undergraduate degree in Art History at Binghamton University. His previous work as an active artist and photographer took him to places such as Vietnam, Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda. John has recently taught on the faculty at Binghamton University as the instructor for the Senior Seminar Exhibition Course in the Department of Art & Design. He is an avid tennis player and loves studying topics surrounding alternative health and human consciousness.
STACY NEWMAN KANDEL has been on the Binghamton Alumni Association Board of Directors since 2018. As a student, Kandel interned for two years in the University Publications department as a graphic designer working on a broad range of University materials including Student Art Show posters, welcome banners and Orientation handbooks. Since graduation, she has received a master’s degree in human-computer interaction from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. More recently, she has become involved with Binghamton’s art and museum programs including co-curating the current “Alumni Collect and Reflect” show. She has been a guest lecturer on campus and mentors students from campus to career. She is the vice president, UX lead at JP Morgan Chase & Co where she has been since October 2018. Kandel also serves on the board of directors for the Wilson Area Partners in Education Foundation and serves as chair of its Events and Sponsorship Committee. She resides in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley with her husband, Matthew, daughter, Tillie, and sons, Murray and Harry.