David Maupin was born in California and studied art history at the University of California Berkeley and the University of Pennsylvania. He started his professional career abroad in Italy, where he met Rachel Lehmann. Together they opened the Lehmann Maupin Gallery in New York’s SoHo neighborhood in 1996 and relocated to the present location at 540 West 26th Street in Chelsea in 2002. They opened a second gallery in 2007 at 201 Chrystie Street in the Lower East Side. Lehmann Maupin inaugurated its first international gallery space in the historic Pedder Building in Central, Hong Kong in March 2013. Lehmann Maupin has garnered a reputation for identifying and cultivating an international roster of visionary and historically significant artists working across disciplines with new and challenging forms of creative expression.
David serves on the board of Edible Schoolyard NYC, a non-profit organization which partners with public schools to build gardens and kitchen classrooms where children can engage in hand-on learning experiences, gaining the knowledge and skills necessary to make healthier choices for life. He is also a member of the selection committee for the international art fair Art Basel Hong Kong.
The Toby Devan Lewis Director of the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City, Lisa initiated the expansion project that has resulted in the construction of a new building in Manhattan’s downtown that is heralded as one of the best new pieces of architecture in the city. Drawing on her long curatorial experience at New York’s Whitney Museum, Lisa has inaugurated shows and programs at the New Museum that consistently challenge the perception and role of art in modern life, making it a vital force in the downtown scene with connections throughout the world supporting new art and new ideas. Lisa has lectured extensively, served as panelist and Jurist for the National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Public Art Commission, Fulbright Fellowship Review Committee (among many others) and has served on numerous boards such as The Andy Warhol Foundation, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Penny McCall Foundation, etc. Lisa graduated with honors from Middlebury College, attended Doctoral Program of Art History at CUNY, and was a Senior Fellow of Art History and Museum Studies and Helena Rubinstein Fellow at the Whitney.
Edwina von Gal
Founder / President
Principal of her eponymous landscape design firm since 1984, Edwina creates landscapes with a focus on simplicity and sustainability for private and public clients around the world. Her work has been published in many major publications and her book "Fresh Cuts" won the Quill and Trowel award for garden writing in 1998. She has served on boards and committees for a number of horticultural organizations, and is currently on the board of What Is Missing, Maya Lin’s multifaceted media artwork about the loss of biodiversity. In 2013, Edwina founded the Perfect Earth Project to promote toxin-free landscapes for the health of people, their pets, and the planet. Most recently, she is the 2017 recipient of Guild Hall's Academy of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award for the Visual Arts.
Susannah practiced environmental law for a number of years and now devotes her time to working with nonprofit organizations. She serves on the Board of The Nature Conservancy in New York and chairs its Committee on Trustees. She is also on the Board of the School of American Ballet where she co-chairs the Studio Circle, which supports the school’s scholarship and diversity initiative for young girls. Susannah received her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, where she served as the Executive Editor of the Georgetown International Environmental Law Journal. Susannah graduated from Trinity College with honors and as Phi Beta Kappa.
Sandra Brant is the founder of Sandra Brant Publishing LLC, and the former International Editor for: Vanity Fair France, Vanity Fair Italy, Vanity Fair Spain, and Vogue Germany (2008-2015). Brant was also the President/CEO of Brant Publications, Inc., and Publisher of Interview, Art in America, and The Magazine Antiques (1984-2008).
Brant co-curated groundbreaking exhibitions for the Museum of American Folk Art, in New York: Folk and Funk—a selection of Andy Warhol’s folk art collection (1977); and, Small Folk: A Celebration of Childhood in America (1980). Brant co-wrote Small Folk: A Celebration of Childhood in America (1980, E.P. Dutton), and published definitive works on American artists—including the monograph Eric Fischl (1988, Stewart Tabori & Chang). In 2004, with Ingrid Sischy, Brant wrote and edited Andy Warhol’s Interview: The Crystal Ball of Pop Culture (7L Editions)—seven volumes boxed in a trolley designed by Karl Lagerfeld.
Sandra Brant studied art history at the University of Colorado and UCLA. Since 1989, Brant has been a member of the Board of Trustees for the Dia Art Foundation—the non-profit visual arts organization that initiates, supports, presents, and preserves significant modern and contemporary art.
Laura Lehmann grew up in Geneva, Switzerland and in New York City. She holds a B.A. in Urban Studies from Brown University.
Laura first worked at Warner Brothers in the DVD department in London. More recently she helped setup Kolltan Pharmaceuticals, a biotech based in New Haven and focused on cancer drugs. Laura has raised funds for multiple cancer nonprofits including Gabrielle's Angel Foundation, Livestrong and the Lymphoma & Leukemia Society.
Laura is the founder of Pangee, inc. a media company based in New York, focused on advertising technology and video content.
Brian Sawyer is a principal at Sawyer|Berson, which he co-founded with John Berson in 1999. The firm works in a variety of styles and seeks to achieve unique designs in traditional and modern vocabularies. The firm’s work has received several awards and been featured in major publications and books.
Mr. Sawyer founded Brian Sawyer Design, Sawyer|Berson’s predecessor, in 1996 to pursue his interest in architectural design together with landscape architecture. Prior to that, Mr. Sawyer was an associate and head of the landscape architecture department at Robert A.M. Stern Architects where he participated on a wide range of projects in the United States, England, Canada and Japan. These included homes in Aspen, Dallas, Montecito, East Hampton, and Toronto, as well as commercial and institutional projects in Charlottesville and Aspen.
Mr. Sawyer has a Bachelor of Arts from Wabash College in Indiana, where he studied music and classical piano as well as biology, and received his Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Virginia. Mr. Sawyer moved to Manhattan in 1988, where he joined The Central Park Conservancy and worked on various landscape architectural and architectural restoration projects.
Board of Advisors
Alessio Di Capua: Executive Director, Kew Foundation America
Eric "T" Fleisher: Principal, F2 Environmental Design
Drew Lebby, PhD: Senior Partner, The Performance Group
Maya Lin: Artist, Architect, Environmentalist
Faith Popcorn: Trend Expert, Faith Popcorn’s BrainReserve
Vernon Scholey: Marine Biologist and Environmental Advocate, Director of the Achotines Laboratory, Panama, Board Member Emeritus
Alexander Vreeland: Fashion Executive, Board Member Emeritus
Stephen W. Pacala: Petrie Professor of Ecology, Princeton University, Director, Princeton Environmental Institute
Neil Radey: Managing Director, Credit Suisse, Legal Consul
Sunny Bates: Founder & CEO, Sunny Bates Associates
Jennifer Marshall Grantham: Board Member Emeritus,
Nancy Hechinger: Faculty, NYU/Tisch Interactive Telecommunications Program
Dr. Robert S. Ridgely: President, The Rainforest Trust
Dr. Carl Safina: President, The Safina Center at Stony Brook University
Kevin Simmons: Environmental Advocate, Board Member Emeritus
Dr. Philip Landrigan: Director, Children's Environmental Health Center, Mt. Sinai Hospital
Scott Mori: Nathaniel Lord Britton Curator of Botany, New York Botanical Garden