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Who We Are

We represent all things Bertoia & spread the legacy of Harry Bertoia.

Harry Bertoia Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public non-profit organization. We EDUCATE and INFORM the PUBLIC about artist HARRY BERTOIA and modern art in general. We collect historical documents of Harry Bertoia and distribute appropriately. We create and expand public displays and educational programs of Harry Bertoia artwork and music.

 

Our Team of Experts:

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Celia Bertoia
Director & Founder

Celia, youngest daughter of Harry Bertoia, has a background in real estate and fundraising, and created the foundation in 2013. Her biographical book, The Life and Work of Harry Bertoia, came out in 2015. She lectures internationally on her father, and interviews extensively. She is a fine arts appraiser through the American Society of Appraisers (ASA). She is qualified to issue certificates of authenticity, and to appraise Bertoia’s.

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Wilbur Springer
Chairman of the Board

A previous gallery owner and real estate appraiser, in his retirement years Bill has never stopped dealing in and learning more about fine art, especially Bertoia. His assistance in inventorying estate pieces and his years of studying the art market have imparted valuable input for the foundation.

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Carl Gustav Magnusson
Board Member

A Swedish born design guru who has worked with Charles and Ray Eames, spent decades as the Director of Design with Knoll, won design awards too numerous to count, has recently reopened his own industrial design practice in New York City. His expertise not only in all forms of design, but patent and trademark issues, business practices, and marketing makes him completely useful at the foundation. It was Carl who co-founded the Knoll Museum in East Greenville, Pennsylvania in which many original Bertoias, both sculpture and chairs, plus 60+ years of other archival furniture items, are displayed.

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Mary Petrilli
Board Member
Secretary

Mary has held various management positions at Mattel Toys which has given her broad insight into marketing and business practice. Her insightful suggestions and new ideas are nothing less than genius. Mary carries passionate enthusiasm for Harry Bertoia.

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William Shea
Board Member

Bill Shea, Senior Industrial Designer for Knoll Product Development for ten years, recently retired from his own design, development and engineering consultancy, Shea+Latone, Inc. Bill knows nearly everything about the Bertoia chairs and is working on a book about the same. He has a bloodhound-like passion for investigation, and has an impressive network of Bertoia aficionados to call upon for assistance. Combined with his dry sense of humor, he is a welcome addition to the Board.

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Glenn Adamson
Board Member

Glen Adamson is currently Senior Scholar at the Yale Center for British Art, and Editor-at-Large of The Magazine Antiques. A curator and theorist who works across the fields of design, craft and contemporary art, he was until March 2016 the Director of the Museum of Arts and Design, New York. He has previously been Head of Research at the V&A, and Curator at the Chipstone Foundation in Milwaukee. His publications include Art in the Making (2016, co-authored with Julia Bryan Wilson); Invention of Craft (2013); Postmodernism: Style and Subversion (2011); The Craft Reader (2010); and Thinking Through Craft (2007).

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Eleanor Davis
Executive Assistant

Eleanor’s broad experience in the publishing business and numerous entrepreneurial ventures have prepared her for handling most any project for the foundation. From marketing to multimedia editing to cybersecurity, she is the Foundation’s “Girl Friday.” Eleanor is the cheerful voice behind our social media sites and holds down the fort when the officers are unavailable.

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Beverly Twitchell
Consultant

Beverly H. Twitchell, Ph.D., professor emerita of art history, was a close friend of Harry Bertoia and visited him and his wife frequently, studying and photographing his works in the process.  She curated the Allentown Art Museum retrospective of his work in 1975 and a show of his monoprints and sculptures at Marshall University in 1977, in both cases producing exhibition catalogues with her texts and photos.  She contributed an essay and photos to the book in Sonambient: the Complete Collection of 11CDs by Harry Bertoia, Important Records, 2016, and is currently working on a book about Bertoia’s art.

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Aaron Saxton & Maria Armada
Bertoia Jewelry Specialists

This enthused couple from West Virginia has gained endless experience and hands-on knowledge of Mid-century Modern jewelry through their ownership of History Never Repeats, a vintage store of Midcentury Modern merchandise.

Aaron’s financial expertise and Maria’s years as a Washington D.C. lobbyist make them ideal for researching data for the catalogue raisonné in the jewelry category.