Eric D. Sherman
Eric is co-trustee of the Edward Gorey Charitable Trust, having succeeded the late Andreas Brown in 2019. After receiving his B.A. in political science and philosophy from Syracuse University, Eric earned a J.D. from New York Law School, where he served on the New York Law School Law Review. Eric is currently a partner at Pryor Cashman LLP, a New York-based law firm. Outside of work, Eric serves on the Board of Directors of the Edward Gorey House. An avid rare book collector, Eric is also a member of the Grolier Club and served for 5 years as chair of the Syracuse University Libraries Board of Advisors.
R. Andrew Boose
Andrew was legal counsel to Edward Gorey and assisted Edward in including the Edward Gorey Charitable Trust in his estate plan. Andrew has been co-trustee of the Edward Gorey Charitable Trust since Edward’s death in the year 2000. He attended Georgetown University and the Yale Law School, and after serving in the U.S. Army for two years he practiced law until the end of 2020.
William C. Baker
Will has worked with the Edward Gorey Charitable Trust since the summer of 2019, when he was hired to organize the original art and papers in its care into a working archive. He holds degrees in religion, museum studies, and library science, served as the first executive director of New Haven’s historic Institute Library, and currently works both as archivist for the Trust and as a seller and appraiser of rare books and manuscripts. Will’s fond first encounter with Edward Gorey’s art was watching the opening credits of PBS’ Mystery! series with his grandmother as a young boy; he has been an admirer ever since.
Andrew is an attorney, an architect, an architectural historian, and the author of eleven books. He has also been involved with Edward Gorey and his work since 1970. In 1980 he published Gorey’s F.M.R.A., and in 2010 he donated his major collection of Gorey books, ephemera, and original material to the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Columbia University. In 2012 he curated and mounted a large exhibition there of a significant portion of that collection, and participated in a panel discussion on Gorey with Karen Wilkin and Andreas Brown.
Karen Wilkin is a New York-based curator and critic. Educated at Barnard College and Columbia University, she has written monographs on Stuart Davis, David Smith, Anthony Caro, Kenneth Noland, Helen Frankenthaler, Giorgio Morandi, Georges Braque, and Hans Hofmann, as well as three books on Edward Gorey, and has organized exhibitions of these artists internationally. She is Contributing Editor for Art for The Hudson Review, a regular contributor to The New Criterion, The Hopkins Review, and The Wall Street Journal, and teaches in the New York Studio School’s MFA program.
Jeanette Miller is an art historian and archivist based in New York City. She holds a Master’s Degree in Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture from The Bard Graduate Center. Jeanette has worked for The Boston Athenæum, The Museum of Arts and Design, and The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. She specializes in collections management, archival housing, and provenance research, with expertise in works on paper, film, textiles, and jewelry. Her favorite book by Edward Gorey is L’Heure Bleue.
4 Art Partners, composed of Nicole B. Marra, Sandrine Crener, Laurene De Mortemart, and Raquel Serebrenik, works to develop collaboration-focused projects at the intersection of product, brand, and art. They bring a unique combination of diverse and complementary skill sets designed to strategically build and support high-value artist brands and artist foundations.
Sandrine has 25 years of experience in education, entrepreneurship, consulting, and luxury-brand management. Sandrine is currently Teaching Faculty at Harvard University, Program Director and Case Writer at Harvard Business School, and a former dean at the International University of Monaco, a former dean of Learning Resources at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), and a former consultant at the World Bank.
Laurene de Mortemart
Laurene has over 15 years of experience in corporate and operational functions in the luxury fashion industry. Laurene initially developed her skills at KERING, where she focused on large-scale transactions, integration, and new business models, including the sale of Printemps department stores and the acquisition of Puma. She recently joined designer Stella McCartney’s team as License Director and member of the Management Committee. In addition, Laurene consults with established institutions and emerging brands in fashion, art, and hospitality, concentrating on brand development and collaboration activities. Laurene is also a member of the British Fashion Council Trust, where she scouts and supports new talent.
Nicole B. Marra
Nicole is an award-winning senior executive, entrepreneur, board member, and attorney. For over 20 years, she has earned a reputation as an exceptional strategic partner and a creative and collaborative problem solver. She has also run business and legal affairs for many of the world’s leading luxury brands in North and South America, including Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Boucheron, Saint Laurent, Stella McCartney, and Sergio Rossi. Throughout her career, she has driven operations, protected assets, reduced liabilities, and supported leaders to achieve exponential growth.
Raquel is an expert in the arts and culture industry, where she consults with emerging artists and designers, established artists, and art foundations, with a special focus on financial stability and growth strategies to successfully promote their work. In addition, she has worked with cultural organizations in creating unique programs and development strategies, including the YJP of NY and The Museum of Modern Art of Bogota. Some of her other collaborations have involved the development, conservation, and curatorial endeavors at the Guggenheim Museum, the National Gallery of Art, and the American Institute of Architects.