Geena Brown holds a BA in The History and Theory of Contemporary Art from San Francisco Art Institute and has completed coursework in Art History and Fine Arts from The American University of Paris. Geena is Executive Assistant at SZ | Advisory as well as the Arts Program Associate at the American Jewish University. Her aesthetic interests lie in early 20th century modern movements and post-war contemporary with a particular appreciation for emerging local artists.
Geena has held positions in commercial and nonprofit art galleries and was most notably the Director of Nino Mier Gallery, Los Angeles from 2014-2017. She has worked at Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles; Marc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles; LAXART, Los Angeles; and Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco. She is also a freelance content creator and curriculum consultant for Mind Body Passport, where she composes and curates international lectures, tours, and discussions focusing on the intersections of modern and contemporary art and psychology.
She is currently earning a certificate from NYU, Guggenheim Bilbao and Deusto University, Bilbao, International Leadership Program in Visual Arts Management.
While Los Angeles has been a major cultural hub for years, over the past decade, it has truly burgeoned as beacon paramount for artists. With its warm weather and larger studio spaces, the city has lured artists and gallerists alike. Besides the incredible array of institutions – be it the Hammer Museum, the Getty Center, MoCA, LACMA, or the newly minted Broad – there are a slew of galleries to visit with dynamic programming year-round. Because of the sprawling nature of LA, it isn’t easy to pinpoint a city center; it’s best to survey the city by neighborhood. Hollywood, in particular, has seen an influx of new spaces: Matthew Marks has expanded to add another space in addition to their Ellsworth Kelly-designed showroom, legendary light and space artist James Turrell designed the expanses of Kayne Griffin Corcoran with stunning skylights and luscious landscaping; Regan Projects moved into a colossal storefront; Michael Kohn scaled up, and Various Small Fires and David Kordanksy built out impressive spaces, as well. Similarly, Downtown has seen a swarm of spaces spring up. Most excitingly, Hauser Wirth and Schimmel unveiled its 100,000 square-foot gallery, complete with community garden, restaurant, bookstore and teaching facilities. If you happen to venture West, LA Louver is a bastion for some of today’s Modern Masters: from David Hockney and the estate of Ken Price to Leon Kossoff and Richard Deacon. There is always, of course, Gagosian Gallery, as well, with successive blockbuster shows in Beverly Hills.
Offering insider access, she tailors tours for her patrons ranging from gallery tours to museum tours, to private studio visits with local artists. She enjoys sharing her love for the arts and thirst for learning with others and encourages the support and collecting of emerging artists in her hometown of Los Angeles.