The Art + Design Office Hours is an event for students and recent graduates to get a better understanding of what it takes to work in the art and design industries. The panel of speakers includes a diverse group of young professionals including a web designer and an editor of an art publication. The panelists will provide expert insight about getting a start in art or design, networking, and rising through the ranks. After the main panel, there will be a collage competition hosted by panelist Sara Radin, who hosts pop-up collage events throughout NYC!

Date: Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Venue: Red Bull Studios New York

Doors Open: 7:00pm

Panel Starts: 7:15pm

Food will be provided from our friends at sweetgreen!

*Capacity is limited so make sure to show up early


Closest Subways: 1 (18th Street), A/C/E/L (14th Street)



Julie Kerner is a Senior Instructional Designer for business and design programs at General Assembly.  She has built three User Experience Design courses, as well as a Visual Design, Product Management, and Digital Marketing course.  Julie also teaches design workshops and does freelance UX work.  She believes that powerful experiences are the product of human-centered design, innovation, and collaboration.  In her spare time, Julie performs musical theater. Prior to General Assembly, Julie was in Teach for America and taught middle school Science. There, she earned tenure and received a Masters in Education.  Julie has her Bachelor of Arts in Music and International Studies from the University of Michigan.   


Sara Radin is a curator, collaborator, writer and educator based in New York City. Full time, Sara is an Associate Editor for WGSN, reporting on Art, Culture + Travel. She began her career in Concept Design and Fashion Trend Forecasting for top brands including Converse, Coach and Polo Ralph Lauren. Sara also teaches precollege workshops at the Fashion Institute of Technology. In her spare time, Sara writes for Huffington Post, Thought Catalog and other outlets, documenting her learnings and journey as a young, creative female navigating the adult world. Additionally, she runs a passion project cultureisland, in which she interviews emerging creatives and curates pop-up art events. Lastly, she is the co-founder of It's Not Personal, a new anthology of art and writing inspired by the female dating experience.


As an administrator, Alexa serves as an in-house specialist for all system-related transactions and is considered an expert in financial related matters. In addition to her daily role, Alexa is the lead project manager for the annual staff art auction and exhibition. This special exhibition includes works from colleagues all over the world, many of whom are trained artists, and also donates the entire auction commission to a chosen charity. She believes this is a unique opportunity for Christie’s to truly engage with the art world as well as strengthen relationships with their charity partners.  She is also an avid volunteer & junior board member of the award-winning organization, Project Art. In her free time she organizes independent exhibitions working with new & emerging artists. Prior to joining Christie’s, Alexa graduated from Fordham University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Finance & International Business.



Melanie is the Promotion & Events Coordinator in the Marketing Department at David Zwirner, a contemporary art gallery with locations in New York and London. She began her career in Washington, D.C. after receiving a B.A. in Art History from George Washington University. She spent four years in the press office at the Corcoran Gallery of Art coordinating media outreach for public programs, Corcoran College exhibitions, and society events. Melanie then pursued a M.A. in Art Business at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York City, during which time she interned at Zwirner. Immediately upon completing her thesis, she accepted a full-time position in Zwirner’s Marketing Department. She currently manages all events, including exhibition dinners, cocktail parties for gallery artists, and press trips in connection with exhibitions and special projects; coordinates publicity and promotion for David Zwirner Books (the gallery’s stand-alone publishing house) and art fairs; and supports special philanthropic collaborative publicity campaigns for MZ Wallace, the New York-based handbag and accessories company co-founded by Monica Zwirner.


As a Graphic Designer on the Marketing team, Emily designs print and digital assets for the magazine, website, and Adweek's growing number of events and awards. She also does freelance design for small companies and individuals; creating logos, marketing assets and event materials. Prior to her job at Adweek, Emily worked with Victoria's Secret designing the catalog, website and print marketing items. She credits her growth in the field to her degree in Communication Design from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, which gave her the best foundation for the fundamentals of design. Her experience at a small interactive studio called Triple Strength also taught her that design is never finished, it's always evolving, there is always something to be learned and something to be improved upon.