1991 - present    
Helen Klisser During has shared her insider’s access to the art world with new and established private collectors and public/corporate institutions. She fosters relationships between clients, artists, galleries, museums,curators, art fairs, and auction houses. Helen arranges site-specific commissions and customizes VIP art tours domestically and internationally.

She works as a Consultant and International Ambassador at Large to several organizations, including The Hall Art Foundation (Massachusetts, Vermont and Germany), Gibbs Farm (New Zealand), The Connecticut Arts Council (Connecticut), Auckland Art Gallery (New Zealand), Auckland University of Technology (New Zealand). 

Helen is involved with outreach for several institutions and foundations including,The Nature Conservancy,(Connecticut,USA), The Aspen Institute Initiative (New Zealand),
and UN Live: Museum for the United Nations (Denmark).
Helen is the co-founder and artistic director with Mary Himes of #UNLOAD: Arts Trigger a Conversation, a statewide initiative to promote conversation through arts and education,around the divisive issue of gun violence in America.

Helen is a member of The Connecticut Arts Council and chair of the art aquisitions committee for Connecticut. This is a Gubernatorial Appointment.
1998 – present     Photo Assignments 
• Still photographer for Gaylene Preston's 2016 documentary "My Year With Helen"
• United Nations Development Program: Rwanda and Malawi – Documented Hon. Helen Clark, Director/Administrator UNDP, Oct 2012 trip
• AmeriCares - Dominican Republic, Guatemala, El Salvador (Overnight airlift 2011)
• Won awards for photojournalistic excellence in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), Connecticut Chapter.

1998 - present     Publications
     National Portrait: Helen Clark, Gunning for Top UN Job, April 2016
     Helen Clark Makes Pitch for Secretary General Job in Speech to United Nations, April 2016
     Powerful Women Secrets: Helen Clark (interview), May 2016
• The Art Market Report
• NYC & Co.
• Connecticut Cottages & Gardens
     Cover photo, November 2014
     Vantage Point, November 2014
     Venice Bienniale, September 2013
     Takin' It to the Streets, September 2013
     Down at the Farm, September 2007
• Hamptons Cottages and Gardens
• Art New Zealand
     Cover photo, Spring 1998

2017- present       Co-Founder #UNLOAD: Guns in the Hands of Artists (with Mary Himes) 
Exhibition and Program Venues:
• Fairfield University Art Museum, Fairfield, CT
• ArtSpace, New Haven, CT
• Ely Center of Contemporary Art, New Haven, CT

2016 -present       Artistic Director Emeritus Westport Arts Center, Westport, CT
2010 - 2015          Artistic Director, Westport Arts Center, Westport, CT
Notable Programs
• Founded ArtCafé – weekly gathering of artists, collectors and art lovers to review events in the art world
• Created ArtCafé Blog – to inform collectors, artists and community of what’s happening in the art world (the hyperlocal and the global)
• Initiated Wednesday Brown Bag Artist Lunchtime Lectures – featured artists present their work in the gallery
• Founded Westport Artists Collective – winner of ACE Award from The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County
Notable Exhibitions
• Eric Fischl
• EAST meets WESTport: Marton Nemes
• Leonard Everett Fisher: A Retrospective
• Coney Island: Side Show – companion to Wadsworth Atheneum’s exhibition
• Edward Burtynsky: Nature Speaks - from the Andrew and Christine Hall Collection. 
• Scents & Soles: Robert Cottingham and Nina Bentley
Abstract Notes: Smilow Cancer Hospital patients and their families
On the Wire Veiled Rebellion - photo essay on Afghan women’s lives by Lynsey Addario
Chuck Close: Photo Maquettes
Bird’s-Eye View - Richard Artschwager, David Maisel, Massimo Vitali and others from the Hall Collection
William Wegman: The Traveler - postcard paintings
Pen Pals and Dreams: pen pal letters and drawings inspired by the Copper documentary
Muse - works by Paul Cadmus, Jane Sutherland, Pablo Picasso, Chuck Close
Landscape: Scene / Re-seen - photographs from the Hall Collection
Toy Stories – Alexander Calder, Jeff Koons, Nick Cave, Charles Ray, Murakami, Tom Friedman, Peter Drake
On Duty: Arnold Odermatt, Enrique Metinides & Arthur Felling (Weegee)
Malawi With Love a collaborative exhibition with Save the Children featuring artwork by Malawian children
Christo and Jeanne-Claude
Hope in Haiti: photographs by 50 children from the Carma Foundation Orphanage in Haiti
•  Divine Comedy: Drawings by R. Crumb and Roz Chast
Memory: Works by Mayer Kirshenblatt, Leo Kok, Christian Boltanski, Sophie Calle, Anselm Keifer

2011                       Curator, United Nations, New York, NY
Champions to End Malaria featuring PLATON
2000-2007            Gallery Director, Silvermine Guild Arts Center, New Canaan, CT
Notable Exhibitions (*Sponsored by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation)
James Rosenquist: The Speed of Light and Beyond*
WaxWorks: Jasper Johns, Robert Ryman*
• Culture & DNA: Science Meets Art
BUILD: Louis Kahn/Architecture/Sculpture*
• Consciousness and Process: The Digital in Sculpture, Photography, Animation*
Christo and Jeanne-Claude ‘Two Works in Progress*
• Paul Cadmus Retrospective*
Icons of Twentieth Century Photography
• Michael Mazur: Dante’s Inferno*
From Rembrandt to Ryman*
• A Little of Chelsea comes to Connecticut
2008- present       Art Consultant, Art Dubai, New York Armory, Art Toronto
Art Consultant to liaise and host VIP Collectors
2009-2010            Public Art Project Consultant, UNICEF, Saatchi, NYC & Co.
Aided in the Above Water public art project
2000 - present      Juror/Valuation Panel
• New Haven Paint and Clay Club, 2013
• Deutscher-Menzies Auction House, Australia: NY Expert, International Art, 2000-present
Innovation Design Awards: Juror, Connecticut Cottages & Gardens Magazine, CT, 2007
Radius Emerging Artist Workshop: Presenter (hosted by The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary  
   Art, Ridgefield Guild of Artists & Westport Arts Center, CT), 2007
• Connecticut Commission of the Arts, CT, 2006 & 2007
• Tremaine Art Foundation: three person Jury of Contemporary curators, 2006
• Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT
• Katonah Museum, Arts Panel, Katonah, NY
2010                       Hope in Haiti
• Organized “Kids with Cameras” Carma House Foundation project where 50 orphans received
   disposable cameras to photograph their lives in post-earthquake Haiti and then created the
   “Hope in Haiti” exhibition.
• Documented post-earthquake Haiti photographs of hospitals, Port au Prince, and tent cities.
   Sent to UNDP. Exhibited, Hope in Haiti, Westport Arts Center in 2010 and Saatchi + Saatchi NYC
   in 2011.
2009                       Guest Speaker, Center for Architecture, American Institute of Architecture (AIA)
• “Electric Fountain” at Rockefeller Center: A project by artists Tim Noble & Sue Webster from concept and fabrication, to installation. March 3. (
2002                       Moderator, “An Insiders Insight to the Art World,” Fairfield University
• A unique peek into New York City’s major “art world” players 
• Five on-campus lecture seminars including: Thomas Krens, Director Guggenheim Museums, worldwide; Knight Landesman, Executive Publisher, ARTFORUM; Christopher Eykyn, Director, Impressionism & Modern Art, Christies Auction House; Paul Morris, Pioneer Chelsea Art Gallery Owner

1998-2001          Art Education After-School Program Director, Weston Public Schools, CT
• Developed and implemented hands-on after school enrichment program “Portrait of an Artist,”
   an in-depth study of artists’ lives, technique and work
• Developed a two-week summer workshop: 20th Century Art, Music and Dance
1988– 1991          National Brand Manager, Pepperidge Farm Inc., Division of Campbell Soup Co., Rolls
• Managed 35 varieties of rolls and bakery products with over $60 million in sales revenue, nationally
• Managed Stuffing and Croutons nationally $60 million in revenue
1981, 1986            Marketing Director, Klissers Farmhouse Bakeries, Auckland, New Zealand
• Director of Sales, Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations, Research, Development and Distribution
• Implemented franchising and licensing projects for “Vogel’s” Bread in Holland, Hong Kong, and Singapore
1983 - 1985          Auckland University, MBA program – 2 out of 3 years
1976 - 1979          Auckland University, BA Art History
English, Dutch, German
2012-2013            Weston, Westport Chamber of Commerce, CT
2008                     Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, CT
• Gubernatorial Appointment to Connecticut Arts Council  
• Received ACE (Arts & Culture Empowerment) Award from The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County for co-founding The Westport Artists’ Collective
• Recognized by KEA as a World Class New Zealander
• Prizewinning Photojournalist, Society of Professional Journalists
• Received Tremaine Art Foundation Grants
• University of Auckland Sportswoman of the Year
1973 - 1976         
• New Zealand Ski Team 
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