ART is US

Our Expertise

For decades, our consultants have held key positions at some of the most prestigious art businesses in the market. They are art industry experts with an in-depth understanding of the art market "ecosystem" having worked with exceptional artworks, artists, collectors, patrons, donors and museums. They will understand your problems and speak your language.  Most have lived and worked internationally, gaining an in-depth understanding of clients’ preferences and the cultural differences in business practices--insights we apply to all of our analyses and planning. More importantly our consultants have complementary individual fields of expertise in Strategy, Business Development, Sales, Operations, Financial Management, Communications, Optimization, Technology, Coaching and Recruiting all to benefit your business, project or art (ad)venture today. 

Our Commitment to Results

As the commercial art market’s only art business consulting firm, we are here so that you can take decisive action and achieve instant results. Whether you are a gallery, auction house, artist, investor, art executive, a large or a small art business owner, we are committed to not only safeguard what you have created, but perhaps more importantly help your venture grow and thrive in an ever changing world. 

Our Philosophy

We believe that all art business ventures and artists will achieve their potential with reliable, expert guidance, meticulous planning and top level execution. Our consulting philosophy is based on working with you to review realistic opportunities for the success of your ideas and your business. We’re at the forefront of the art market, and continuously monitor its evolution which informs our approach - all to give you exceptional advice that will increase your revenue and solidify your growth for years to come. We embrace equality, diversity and sustainability in all of our dealings and bring professionalism and great enthusiasm to every project. Finally, we give back to the community that we support by donating a percentage of our proceeds to Pen + Brush, a-126-year- old-publicly supported not-for-profit organization based in New York fighting for gender equity in the arts.

Our Clients

We understand our clients and the market and are thus able to focus on the most critical challenges and opportunities they are facing. Together we conduct a comprehensive review using our deep expertise and flexible evaluation tools and efficiently diagnose performance and clarify how best to effect change. We operate in a holistic manner and work in direct partnership with you, capturing value and optimizing performance throughout.

GROW! TRANSITION! PROSPER!

Your Art Business Consulting Team

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Muys Snijders 

Founder, Partner

New York, USA

From working at the world’s leading art business, to opening her own firm in 2020, Muys is an innovative leader and creative strategist whose experience in the field of art advisory and international management place her uniquely at the intersection of art and business.

Over her 20-year tenure at Christie's, most recently as the Managing Director, Americas, Muys has worked with divisions globally to successfully define, built and implement aggressive growth strategies; to develop their online presence, launch in new markets such as china and scale their Global Private Sales platform, resulting in $1.2bn annually in sales. While in the Post War & Contemporary Art department, her per-eminent leadership of cross functional teams, combined with state-of-the-art client and sales strategies, led to a seamless adjustment in value and volume of sales and contributed to the success of countless high profile sales, such as The 11th Hour, sold to benefit The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. It was during this time that Christie's made history by hosting record breaking evening sales totaling $495m (May 2013), $700m (Nov 2013) and near to $1bn in May 2014 and sold the most expensive Post War painting ever offered at auction - Francis Bacon Three Studies of Lucian Freud - for $142.4million.   Muys has an instinctual ability to assess business needs and identify practical solutions. In her executive leadership role at Bonhams she worked with a Private Equity firm to develop their 3-year plan to grow the US middle market. Muys has a proven track record of applying entrepreneurial strategies to capitalize on new business opportunities, helping those she works with to organize, pivot and expand whether they be start-ups, businesses in transition or established firms. Muys is positive, pragmatic, personable and culturally sensitive. She uses collaborative working practices to build trust-based relationships with key stakeholders and HNW clients. Muys places an ethos of integrity, quality and success at the heart of all activity and has an extraordinary ability to enhance performance and growth.  Muys has a passion for art and people. Her experience in Client Advisory, Estates & Appraisals and as the Post War & Contemporary Head of Americas has allowed her to cultivate a deep understanding of the inner workings of the international art market and build long term relationships with art collectors, artists and institutions. She is a trusted advisor, well regarded expert, auctioneer and speaker, specializing in art business management, collecting and investing in art. Together with her highly skilled team, she presents a unique asset to commercial art organizations, start-ups and artists looking to grow, develop and enhance their business venture in the art world.  Muys holds an MA in Art History and Classical Archaeology from Leiden University in the Netherlands, as well as an MA in Arts Management from Greenwich University and an MA in Art Market Appraisal from Kingston University (accredited by the RICS) in the United Kingdom. Muys is also a graduate of the Senior Executive Leadership Program for China from Harvard Business School, Tsinghua University in Beijing, and CEIBS in Shanghai. and most recently obtained a Certificate in Alternative Investments from Harvard Business School. Muys speaks Dutch, English, German and Spanish and has a limited proficiency in French and Mandarin. She has worked in Amsterdam, London and New York. She is an honorary committee member of the Appraisal Association of America and the Dutch Centre in London and an active member of the Guggenheim Young Collectors Acquisition Committee, Institute of Contemporary Art in Miami Visionary, POWarts, Art Mamas and ArtTable, the foremost professional organization dedicated to advancing the leadership of womxn in the visual arts.

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Kristin Aronson 

Managing Director, Senior Consultant

Philadelphia, USA  

Kristin is a Managing Director in our practice. She focuses on the various facets of management that revolve around strategic planning and financial management. Prior to joining Art Business Consulting Kristin was the Vice President and Business Director of Business Development at Christie's in the Americas where she focused on driving business strategy, client experience, operating models and complexity reduction. Prior to that Kristin was a gallery manager at Alexander Gray Associates. Kristin holds an MA in Modern Art, Connoisseurship, and the History of the Art Market from Christie's Education and a B.A. in Art History from Gustavus Adoplphus College. 

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Catharina van Beuningen

Consultant, PR & Communications

Geneva, Switzerland

Catie has over 10 years experience in arts communications, working for a broad range of clients, from museums and art fairs to commercial galleries and art start-ups. Prior to working as a consultant, Catie worked for communication agencies Sutton and Reiber PR in London, managing campaigns across art, design and lifestyle press. As Account Directors at Sutton she managed a team on the UK and European Press for Art Basel, Basel, Hong Kong and Miami. Further clients have included PAD London, Levy Gorvy, Ben Brown Fine Arts, Galerie Dutko, Fondation Cartier, The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation and The Photographer's Gallery London. Catie studied Graphic Design and History of Art in Groningen, The Netherlands and has a master's degree in Management in the Creative Industries from the University of St. Andrews. Catie is a native English and Dutch speaker, with an intermediate level of Spanish and French. 

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Pablo Escamilla 

Director of Operations, Start-Up Business Consultant

New York, USA

Pablo is a serial entrepreneur and Startup Business Consultant who provides specialty guidance in Art Business Consulting's operations management, e-commerce, marketing and digital media strategy. He is known for delivering high-value commercial and practical advise and has extensive experience building and shaping businesses as they seek to stay at the forefront of rapidly changing markets like wine and alternative energy. Pablo is also Art Business Consulting's COO, and works hard to ensure that our business is well structured and prepared to keep up with our growth journey. Pablo is a native English and Spanish speaker who has a background in accounting and is a Patron of Art Omi, an Art Center and Creative Hub in Ghent, New York.

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Katushka Giltsoff

Sr. Consultant, Executive Search & Interim Management 

London, UK

An experienced boardroom adviser, Katushka has spent three decades working across a range of industry sectors. Her work is global in nature. The Arts have always been a significant part of her portfolio. She advises several of the leading auction houses, art fairs and blue-chip galleries.  Her expertise lies in leadership and talent and her advice is that of an independent strategic consultant. Her clients have worked with her for many years, she pays keen attention to cultural values and ethics. She can be considered an interventionist and is able to effect transformational change in support of business. Katushka is a Senior Advisor to Rothschild & Co, Ambassador of 30 Percent Club, Former Chair at St. Benets, Oxford University, Patron of The Vatican Arts, and an active Participant in Speakers for Schools.  Born in Dublin, an Irish passport holder, Katushka was educated in the United Kingdom, and graduated from the University of Plymouth with a B.A. Hons in Sociology and Politics. Residence is in the UK. Her heritage is largely Irish and Russian, diversity and inclusion and open mindedness plays a crucial role in her work.

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Ruth Mauldin 

Consultant, Client Engagement & Partnerships

New York, USA 

Ruth has the expertise, connections and vision to lead teams to maximize their client engagement potential. From creating bespoke partnership opportunities to producing memorable high-level events that exceed expectations, Ruth's experience at Christie's and Bonhams includes a wide span of collaborations, from investment firms to fashion houses such as Dolce & Gabbana. Ruth maintains a big picture philosophy with a focus on her client's goals, and a critical eye for detail. She advises clients on Corporate Social Responsibility and its transformational power in global business. Ruth is an accomplished charity auctioneer, raising over $10 million to date. Ruth holds a dual B.A. in International Studies and French from the Croft Institute for International Studies at the University of Mississippi and a M.A. in Arts Business from Sotheby's Institute London as well as an Executive Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility from Pepperdine Graziado Business School. She serves on the boards of the Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation and the New York Common Party. Ruth is a native English speaker, with business proficiency in French, and has worked in London, Paris, New York and Moscow.

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Heleen Westerhuijs

Executive-, Performance &

In-House Coach  

New York, USA 

Utilizing over a decade of broad international business experience, Heleen works tirelessly to raise the bar with her clients. She specializes in coaching for Executives, Leaders- and Managers and their teams. Her clients experience increased effectiveness at work and all round satisfaction in life. Her quality coaching is entirely tailored and encompasses a combination of neuroscience, behavioral science, positive psychology and applied mindfulness, Executive- Business and Performance- Coaching. Heleen has a B.A. and M.A. in History of Art and Architecture from Amsterdam University, The Netherlands. Subsequently, Heleen studied Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, and obtained her ICF qualification at the Center for Executive Coaching. In addition, she also completed the advanced professional program in Psychology at Yale University and last year she graduated from The Inner MBA at New York University. Heleen is multilingual and has lived and worked in Amsterdam, New York, London, Milan and the South of France.