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Haitian Voice Photographer Returns to Leadership of 45-Year Panel

Artists Talk on Art Elects Albert Dépas Chairman

New York, April 2019 – The Artists Talk on Art (ATOA) board of directors has elect- ed Albert Dépas its new Chairman, effective April 15th, 2019. Dépas will suc- ceed Douglas I. Sheer, a co- founder who has served as ATOA’s Chairman since 1975. In January Sheer announced his plan to retire this spring. Dépas has served as a member of the Advisory Board of ATOA for

the past decade, as an executive board member for over a decade previously and served as President in the 1990s.

Albert Dépas, an artist, writer and educator born in Port – au – Prince, Haiti, resides in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City. A graduate of The New School with a BS in Visual Studies and New York University, with an MA in International Education, Dépas has had multiple careers which included: gallery director, chief editor of “Creative Insight,” graphic designer for the New York City Planning Department and adjunct professor at Boricua College.

Additionally, Dépas has been a consultant to a variety of client for issues related to arts and education. This has enabled him to under- stand both the aesthetic and educational aspects of the art world. As an artist, he has worked and exhibited in a variety of media including found objects. He is also an accomplished photographer and visual art educator. He is the author of Metamorphosis of Joy, a collection of poetry. Through the creative process, Dépas explores the notion of self, identity and consciousness. In this search he explores the individual self as well as the construct of collective- consciousness within our cultural diversities.

“I’m delighted to be taking over the Chairmanship of Artists Talk on Art at this time in its 45-year history,” said Dépas. “The series remains a central component of an ever-expanding art world and I’m humbled to be tasked to carry on from where Doug Sheer is leaving it.”

In his various roles within ATOA, Dépas has curated, organized or moderated dozens of panels or dialogs at past venues including while at The School of Visual Arts (SVA) and recently at the National Arts Club, where it now meets.

Douglas I. Sheer, ATOA’s outgoing Chairman and the only active original co- founder said “When I announced in January my plan to retire this spring, my most serious concern was for the ongoing management of the enterprise I crafted and protected over nearly a half century. But, with the recent elec- tion of Barry Kostrinsky as our President and Albert Dépas as our new Chairman and a dedicated board, I have heightened confidence in our team. Albert not only has the best interests of ATOA and our fellow artists at heart but possesses the temperament and diplomacy essential to foster even longer life for the series.”

Artists Talk on Art

Artists Talk on Art has provided a forum for visual artists in New York City for nearly a half century and is the longest running panel series in art history. The organization is a 501C3.

Critically acclaimed, ATOA was conceived and organized in 1974 by Lori Antonacci, Douglas I. Sheer and Robert Wiegand. It has offered talks by more than 6,500 artists since, as well as a significant number of art critics, histori- ans, gallery directors and curators. Serving a largely art world constituency, the series has presented to an audience of hundreds of thousands. The pan- els are currently held at the National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South in Manhattan.

In 2016, ATOA’s historic archive of papers, photographs and over 900 recordings of panels and dialogs were acquired by the Archives of American Art of the Smithsonian Archive in Washington, D. C. See http://www.artist- for more information.

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