Press Release

Adam Sheffer Appointed President

New York, NY

Partner and Director at Cheim & Read Will Lead the Foremost Nonprofit Membership Organization for American Art Dealers

The Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA) today announced the appointment of Adam Sheffer, Partner at Cheim & Read, as the organization’s new President. Officially chosen at the organization’s Annual Meeting yesterday, Sheffer’s appointment is effective today. Vice President of the ADAA since 2013 and Chairman of the ADAA organized Art Show since 2009, Sheffer will oversee the nation’s leading nonprofit organization of art dealers, which encompasses 180 members from 25 cities in the U.S., representing hundreds of established and emerging artists internationally.

Sheffer will succeed Dorsey Waxter, Partner at Van Doren Waxter, who has served as ADAA’s President since 2012. Under Waxter’s leadership, the ADAA revamped its online presence, relaunching its website to better showcase the backgrounds and offerings of member dealers and launching new social media platforms; initiated a comprehensive, organizational advertising campaign; and created new members-only educational programs, including a series of legal seminars on subjects ranging from contracts to copyright law.

“Adam’s service to the ADAA and his leadership in the field has been exemplary,” noted Linda Blumberg, ADAA’s Executive Director. “As Chairman of The Art Show, Adam has been an especially important force in shaping the high standard of artistic quality and connoisseurship that distinguishes our fair each year. And through his renowned leadership of Cheim & Read’s rigorous and dynamic program, Adam commands a great deal of respect from his colleagues, making him an ideal successor to Dorsey Waxter’s terrific work. While all of us at the ADAA will miss Dorsey’s dedication, generosity, and thoughtfulness, we look forward to working hand-in-hand with Adam to continue to lead our organization into the future.”

“It has been an outstanding privilege to serve as ADAA’s President to advance the collective work of dealers and support our critical role in the art world,” said Dorsey Waxter. “Having worked closely with Adam for well over the past ten years, I have seen firsthand his incredible vision and passion for advancing the work of our members, and I look forward to his leadership over the coming years.”

Adam Sheffer added, “I am honored to serve as ADAA’s new President. The association represents a community of dealers committed to the highest ethical standards and practices within our profession. Through their nurturing of artistic talent, contributions to scholarship and collection-building, and presentation of dynamic art experiences, our dealers play a critical role in our cultural landscape. I look forward to building on Dorsey Waxter’s accomplishments and working with my talented peers to support our dealers’ vital contributions to the art world.”

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