Helen Toomer has a comprehensive background of over fourteen years in the US and UK organizing art fairs and exhibitions, with extensive experience in promoting and marketing artists and events, managing staff and external relationships. She is an energetic creator and teacher committed to all things art related.
Helen is a Co-Founder & Artistic Director of STONELEAF RETREAT; a place for artists & creatives to connect & collaborate through a residency program and series of events in the Catskill Mountains of New York. She is an Adjunct Professor at Sotheby's Institute for Art, teaching Social Media and Marketing of the Arts and The Business of Art Fairs as part of the Art Business Masters program.
Formerly, Helen was the Director of PULSE Contemporary Art Fair, which she lead for three and a half years and originated the year-round events initiative PULSE360. Prior to this, Helen was the Director of Collective Design Fair which she helped launch in New York in 2013. She also co-founded and managed toomer labzda, a contemporary art gallery focused on emerging artists, in the Lower East Side of New York from 2011 to 2013. Helen has guest lectured at New York Academy of the Arts, Bournemouth Arts University, Pratt Institute, Brown University and Christie's Education, taken part in panel discussions with The Barnes Foundation, 21c Museum Hotel Group, Soho House, NeueHouse and Artsy, and previously taught at the Fashion Institute of Technology.