Marissa Halbrecht is the founder of a new arts venture based in San Francisco as well as an art advisor focused on contemporary Israeli art. Marissa received her Bachelor of Arts from University of California Los Angeles’s (UCLA) renowned Department of World Arts and Cultures. Through her extensive international experiences and travels to 15+ countries, as well as her studies at UCLA, Marissa learned to highlight art and culture as key perspectives for understanding creativity and humanity in local and global communities.
Most recently, Marissa has merged two of her passions—Israel and art— through the launch of Projex Connect with the vision of creating awareness and exposure of Israeli art and culture within international communities. She has brought several well-known contemporary Israeli artists to San Francisco, curated 3 exhibitions and is currently running an artist in residency program based at the Minnesota Street Project.
Additionally, Marissa travels nationally and internationally, immersing herself in various art communities by visiting museums and galleries, conducting studio visits and attending art fairs (Art Basel, Frieze, The Armory, etc.). Thus, keeping her finger on the pulse of the international art scene while maintaining important relationships worldwide and sourcing new artists.
San Francisco, the worldwide hub for tech innovation and entrepreneurs, is excitingly gravitating towards an upward momentum of art and design. San Francisco is the home to world-class cultural institutions such as the De Young Museum, Legion of Honor, Pier 24 and Asian Art Museum. In addition this year has brought the re-openings of the SFMOMA and BMFA as well as the openings of the Minnesota Street Project and new high profile international galleries. San Francisco's art scene is definitely on the rise and is an international hub for arts, culture, and technology.
As the founder of an art venture and art advisor, Marissa has spent the past few years immersing herself in the exciting happenings of the local Bay Area art scene. Due to her drive and passion for the arts, Marissa's knowledge and connections in the SF art world have quickly blossomed. Additionally, in September 2016, Marissa created, organized and led an art tour in Israel that was a huge success. As a result of this tour, and her expertise of the SF art scene, Marissa was inspired to expand her work to include customized art experiences of the San Francisco local art community.
Curated specifically for each individual or group, Marissa creates and leads tours of museums, galleries and artist studio visits in San Francisco.
Over the past several years Marissa has immersed herself in the vibrant Israeli art scene. She now splits her time between SF & Israel spending a quarter of the year in Tel Aviv, maintaining and cultivating old and new relationships in the art world. Marissa creates customized art tours in Tel Aviv catered to each person, couple or group. Galleries visits, studio visits and museum tours in and out of Tel Aviv. Please inquire below for more details.
In addition, growing up in Oakland with her first cook book that she heavily used since a child, "Fanny at Chez Pannise", Marissa also loves food and wine. She's happy to also recommend and arrange a stop for lunch or lite bite during longer tours if liked.