Menconi + Schoelkopf is a leader in the field of American art, focusing on the finest works of art created in this country between 1800 and 1950. Formed in 2001 by Susan Menconi and Andrew Schoelkopf, the gallery has superior expertise in the areas of modernism, American impressionism, the Ashcan School, and in the work of the nineteenth century genre and landscape painters of the Hudson River School.
We enjoy working with private collectors of American art, and have also had the pleasure of working with a number of top museums, including: the Art Institute of Chicago; the Brooklyn Museum; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; and many other leading institutions in our field of interest.
Our business is built on a model that allows us to focus on the best quality American works of art, and we are known in the industry for providing our clients with a wealth of experience and uncompromised principles and ethics. We can invest our full efforts into projects where our discretion, knowledge, and expertise can add tremendous value to the sale of a single work of art or an entire collection. We view our mission as helping families, museums, and private collectors to make better informed decisions about the purchase and sale of important American works of art.
The gallery is a member of the premier art industry associations: the Art Dealers Association of America and the Private Art Dealer Association. We participate in several public art shows each year, including the ADAA Art Show and the American Art Fair. We produce two catalogues annually, in addition to our usual presentation of gallery selections, we exhibit several monographic and thematic exhibitions each year, open to the public and by appointment.
Speaking with collectors about American art is the greatest joy our work brings us. If you would like to discuss a particular work or the state of the market generally, we welcome your inquiry and look forward to speaking with you.
Susan E. Menconi
Susan E. Menconi has been a dealer in American art of the eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and early twentieth-centuries for more than twenty-five years. She was a Director at Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York, from 1980 to 1993, and was Executive Vice President of Richard York Gallery, New York, from 1993 to 2001. During these years, she curated dozens of exhibitions, accompanied by highly-researched, illustrated catalogues. In 2001, she went into partnership with Andrew Schoelkopf, and the two opened their own art business.
Her educational background includes a B.A. in Art History and Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, along with studies in sculpture at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, and the National Academy of Design, New York. She also apprenticed to her father, the late Ralph J. Menconi, who was a professional sculptor, as was his father before him.
Currently Susan serves on the Art Panel of the Internal Revenue Service, reviewing gift and estate tax appraisals for works of American art. She also is Vice President of the Bermuda Artworks Foundation, a U.S. non-profit associated with the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art, Hamilton, Bermuda. Susan is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Art Dealers Association of America which is the leading association in the field.
Andrew Schoelkopf literally grew up in an American painting gallery. His father, Robert Schoelkopf, opened an art gallery on Madison Avenue in 1958 and continued to run the family business until his passing in 1991. Andrew joined the Robert Schoelkopf Gallery (a member of the Art Dealers Association of America) as Director in 1989.
After the closing of the Robert Schoelkopf Gallery, Andrew joined Christie’s auction house as a Specialist in American Paintings and became Director of the American Paintings Department in 1995, leading several of the firm’s most successful auctions in the field, most notably the 1998 auction of American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture from the Estate of Thomas Mellon Evans which sold nearly $50,000,000. Mr. Schoelkopf subsequently held a number of senior positions with Christie’s as Director of Business Development for North and South America and in his final post with the firm as President of Christie’s Internet Auction business. Mr. Schoelkopf was a member of Christie’s Business Development and Operating Committees.
Andrew and his partner, Susan Menconi, opened their doors in April of 2001 and are leading private dealers in the field, specializing in American paintings, drawings, and sculpture of the eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and early twentieth-centuries. The gallery has sold works of art to the nation’s leading private collectors and museums including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and The Art Institute of Chicago.
Andrew holds a Bachelor’s degree from Denison University and a Masters of Business Administration from Fordham University Graduate School of Business. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Private Art Dealers Association of America, The Art Show Committee of the Art Dealers Association of America and the National Advisory Council of the Reynolda House Museum in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Andrew currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Chordoma Foundation, an international non-profit that raises awareness and seeks to find a cure for chordoma, a rare cancer that affects the spine. Andrew is the Chair of the Foundation’s Education and Outreach Committee and is a member of the Development Committee.
Jonathan Spies joined Menconi + Schoelkopf as gallery director in 2012. He has helped expand the gallery’s program of art fairs and catalogues in that time, organizing the gallery’s inaugural booth at Art Basel | Miami Beach in 2014 in addition to a number of prestigious New York art fairs. He has written and edited the gallery’s twice-annual inventory catalogues, as well as contributing to a host monographic and focused-survey catalogues including Ralston Crawford [1906-1978] (2014), Charles Biederman [1906-2004] (2015), and Important American Art from a Distinguished Private Collection (2016). He has spoken on American art at the Initiatives in Art and Culture at the CUNY Graduate Center. He holds a BA in philosophy and art history from New York University, and learned the ropes of the gallery world from the legendary gallerist Virginia Zabriskie during a five-year tenure as director of Zabriskie Gallery.
Kathryn Fredericks holds a B.A. in Art History from SUNY New Paltz. Her undergraduate studies in American art, specifically the art and architecture of the Hudson Valley, as well as her time in the collections department of Historic Huguenot Street, led her to pursue a M.A. in American Fine & Decorative Art from the Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York, which she received in 2014. Kathryn joined Menconi + Schoelkopf as Registrar in the summer of 2015. She draws from prior experience as a gallery assistant at Liz O’Brien New York, a gallery specializing in early to mid-twentieth century fine and decorative art. In her current role as Registrar she provides administrative support for the gallery’s marketing and cataloguing activities, and is responsible for overseeing the shipping, insurance, and storage of the artworks.