New York, NY – The East Side House Settlement Board of Managers is pleased to announce that Arie L. Kopelman, distinguished longtime Chairman of the Winter Antiques Show, becomes Chairman Emeritus in January 2018. In celebration of his achievement, Mr. Kopelman will be presented with a leadership award honoring him for his service to the Show and the charity. The Winter Antiques Show, entering its 64th year, is a benefit for East Side House Settlement, a community-based organization in the South Bronx that celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2016.
In his new capacity, Mr. Kopelman continues to counsel and lend his sage advice to the Winter Antiques Show and East Side House Settlement, contributing to strategic planning, marketing initiatives, exhibitor selection, and more.
“Serving East Side House and the Winter Antiques Show has been a wonderful and exciting privilege over the years,” says Arie Kopelman. “The dedication of our exhibitors, staff, volunteers and Board members has been beyond motivating. So many people work tirelessly to make the Show the wonderful event it is today, and I’ve been really lucky to be a part of such an exceptional team.”
Arie L. Kopelman served as Chairman of Winter Antiques Show from 1995-2014 and as Co-Chair of the Show from 2015 through today. During his tenure of 25 years, he has spearheaded countless transformative initiatives. Credited with refashioning the Winter Antiques Show into the sophisticated and popular event it is today, Mr. Kopelman successfully established the fair on a global level, attracting a community of collectors, museums, interior designers, and art lovers from around the world, and growing the Show’s attendance to over 20,000 annually.
According to Thomas H. Remien, President of the East Side House Settlement Board of Managers, “It is impossible to overstate Arie Kopelman’s contribution to the Winter Antiques Show and East Side House Settlement. He put his heart and soul into the Show over the course of decades, a commitment that is reflected in its tremendous success. We are fortunate to have been the recipient of his extraordinary vision and dedication. His remarkable leadership has set the Show on a firm footing for many years to come.”
Under Mr. Kopelman’s adept leadership, the Show, one of the only major art fairs in the United States to benefit a charity, achieved commercial success and raised millions in critical funds for East Side House Settlement. His guidance steadied the Show through decades of market cycles and decorating trends. Mr. Kopelman nimbly balanced a mission of progress—introducing a varied mix of exhibitors, disciplines, eras, and price points—with the Show’s core strength in American fine and decorative arts and fundamental commitment to quality across all other major collecting fields.
Professionally, Mr. Kopelman holds the title of Vice Chairman of Chanel, Inc., where he served as President for twenty years, and refers to himself as a “happily retired bum.” His favorite title now is “professional grandfather!” Before joining Chanel, he was Vice Chairman and General Manager of the Doyle Dane Bernbach advertising agency. He received his BA from Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from Columbia Business School before beginning his career in the Marketing Department at Procter & Gamble.
In addition to East Side House Settlement, past and current boards include: Nantucket Historical Association (President), Columbia Business School Board of Overseers, New York City Ballet, Municipal Art Society, St. Bernard’s School, and The Seventh Regiment Armory Conservancy. Kopelman’s family—his wife Coco and grown children Will Kopelman and Jill Kargman—all of whom are passionate about the fine and decorative arts, have been loyal supporters of the Show and East Side House Settlement through the years.
Lucinda C. Ballard and Michael R. Lynch, both Co-Chairs alongside Arie Kopelman since 2015, will continue to lead the Winter Antiques Show.
“I have been very lucky to have Lucinda Ballard and Michael Lynch by my side for many years,” says Arie Kopelman. “I
think it's fair to say that they are a dynamic duo! I feel confident that there is no better leadership to take the Winter Antiques Show from strength to strength.”
Lucinda Ballard has taken a key leadership role at the Winter Antiques Show, and along with her fellow Co-Chairs, has been responsible for helping to set its vision and course since 2015. She has been on the Board of East Side House Settlement since 1986 and has been involved with the Winter Antiques Show for 24 years, serving as Co-Chair since 2015. She is deeply involved with art education at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she has held many leadership roles, including overseeing the 1250-person Volunteer Organization of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, founded in 1967. Prior to that, Mrs. Ballard was Vice President and producer-director of film and video at Ogilvy & Mather Advertising, producing hundreds of specialty films for diverse clients. Mrs. Ballard holds an MS in Museum Leadership from Bank Street College.
Michael R. Lynch, collector, is Vice Chairman, Investment Banking, at J.P. Morgan. He was previously a Partner at Goldman Sachs. Mr. Lynch was a Managing Director at Goldman, Sachs & Co. for 30 years, where he served as a member of that firm's investment banking division, and was elected Partner in 1986. Mr. Lynch received his BA from Rice University and an MBA from The University of Texas. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Williams-Sonoma Inc., a Trustee Emeritus of Rice University and a Trustee of The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. In addition to East Side House Settlement, Mr. Lynch is on the Board of Good Shepherd Services. He is also a Trustee of the Glyndebourne Arts Trust, which administers the Glyndebourne Festival Opera in East Sussex, England.
Michael Diaz-Griffith has been promoted to the office of Associate Executive Director of the Winter Antiques Show and will continue to serve with Catherine Sweeney Singer, Executive Director. Over the last three years, Mr. Diaz-Griffith has helped evolve the visual identity of the Show and expand its digital footprint. In addition, he is committed to introducing historic art and antiques to a younger generation of collectors and expanding the Show’s audience. He received an MA from King’s College London, holds a graduate certificate in American Fine and Decorative Arts, and is a past recipient of the Wendell D. Garrett Scholarship (Winterthur Museum/Foundation for Appraisal Education) and the Dewey Lee Curtis Scholarship (The Decorative Arts Trust). Mr. Diaz-Griffith is a member of the American Young Georgians, as association of the American Friends of the Georgian Group, and the Victorian Society in America.
About the Winter Antiques Show
The Winter Antiques Show celebrates its 64th year as America’s leading art, antiques and design fair, featuring 70 renowned experts in fine and decorative arts from around the world. All net proceeds from the Show benefit East Side House Settlement, a nationally recognized community-based organization in the South Bronx. The Winter Antiques Show runs from January 19–28, 2018, at the Park Avenue Armory, 67th Street and Park Avenue, New York City. The Show hours are 12 PM–8 PM daily except Sundays and Thursday, 12 PM-6 PM. Daily admission is $25, which includes the Show’s award-winning catalogue. To purchase tickets for the Opening Night Party on January 18, 2018, call (718) 292-7392 or visit winterantiquesshow.com.
About East Side House Settlement
East Side House Settlement is a community-based organization in the South Bronx. Recognizing education as the key to economic and civic opportunity, East Side House works with schools, community centers, and other partners to bring quality education and resources to individuals in need, helping approximately 10,000 residents of the South Bronx and Northern Manhattan improve their lives each year. For more information, please visit eastsidehouse.org.