Meet the Leadership Alliances Team

Nora Halpern

Vice President of Leadership Alliances

Trained as an art historian and curator, Nora joined Americans for the Arts in 2001, following four years in Oxford, England, where she served as Doctor of Philosophy thesis advisor to graduate students of art history at Oxford University while continuing her work as an independent curator and art advisor. Prior to living in England, Nora, a native of New York City, spent much of her career in Los Angeles, where she was curator of the Frederick R. Weisman Collections; founding director of the museum at Pepperdine University; and Vice President and Director of Fine Arts for Sotheby’s, Los Angeles. Nora received both her B.A. and M.A. (with honors) from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has written and lectured extensively on modern and contemporary art issues as well as served as an art critic for a number of national and international publications. She is a recipient of the Los Angeles Mayor’s Award of Merit and Helena Rubinstein Fellowship at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and was a Rhodes Scholar finalist from the University of California. She has served on the board of the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, the Santa Monica Museum of Art, the Advisory Board of the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, ArtTable, and PS Arts; a Los Angeles based nonprofit that works to put the arts back into public schools.

In addition to her work at Americans for the arts, Nora has continued her work as an independent curator. She is co-founder of Street Scenes: Projects for DC, a public art program which organizes presentations of work by artists in all disciplines including The Liz Lerman Dance Exchange; visual artists Jeremy Deller, Jenny Holzer, Jose Ruiz, Kim Schoenstadt, and Yoko Ono; poets Jo Harjo, E. Ethelbert Miller and, Reetika Vazirani, among many others. She was the curator of Anton’s Memory, a major retrospective exhibition of the work of Yoko Ono which was held at the Palazzo Tito, Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation in Venice, Italy, in 2009.

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