James Company is led by its founder Katherine Gass Stowe. She is a highly seasoned professional curator and advisor who has worked with many corporations, collectors, and artists.
She has helped her clients build collections, create educational programs, and forge international cultural partnerships. She has successfully managed large and small project teams and budgets, and has put together dozens of private and public collections, installations and related programming for clients since 2000 in the U.S. and abroad. She has strong business and audience development instinct and experience across a variety of industries which she applies to all her projects. Among her past posts, she has worked at The Whitney Museum and the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. She holds an MA in the History of American Art Advocacy from The Gallatin School at New York University. She has served on the Board of Directors of Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture, Maine, and SculptureCenter, New York. She is a member of the Association of Professional Art Advisors and Art Table. Since 2002 she has been the contracted New York metro-region collections curator for Bank of America. She was the contracted Global Art Curator for Jumeirah Group from 2007 - 2012. Most recently she completed a 62 piece collection which includes original commissions for the award-winning The Beekman, A Thompson Hotel, in New York City.
For over a decade her hospitality collection work has consistently garnered positive public attention for clients. In 2011 she was a participant in a Service Innovation Roundtable at The Center for Hospitality Research, Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, invited to discuss a multi-platform custom art program she created for The Essex House, an historic Manhattan hotel previously owned by Jumeriah Group, and now a J.W. Marriott property. The subject of a published white paper, the Jumeriah Essex House Art Program included a custom collection with on-site commissions, changing exhibitions, museum partnerships, innovative art fair sponsorships, and an in-house Artist-in-Residence Program. As Jumeirah Group's Global Curator, she expanded and branded the program. Titled Culturally Connected, the platform encouraged Jumeirah properties across three continents to engage with and actively support their local cultural communities.
Senior Project Manager for James Company is David Marshall. Since 2011, David has been responsible for overseeing all the technical aspects of James Company projects from nail to nail which includes initial planning through to final installation. Armed with over a decade of professional experience in the high-end commercial gallery system, he deftly oversees and manages all schedules, project logistics, and technical services vendors. Collaborating closely with James Company support teams and client property managers he assures the smoothest and most successful project execution possible. Among his past posts David has worked with James Kelly Contemporary and Site Santa Fe in New Mexico, and as senior preparator and registrar at Matthew Marks Gallery and Anton Kern Gallery in New York City. David received his BFA in photography and BS in Conservation Science from the College of Santa Fe, New Mexico. An active musician and artist, David brings a keen aesthetic, incredible patience and a fantastic sense of humor to successfully juggle a never ending stream of deadlines and details.