To Know and Support Living Artists
Sidel & McElwreath is a full-service art advisory firm that provides guidance and assistance to art collectors through a comprehensive list of services. Whether the goal is to acquire a single work, build a collection or add to an existing one we do so through an educated exploration of the art market. Building on the combined experience of Emily McElwreath —independent curator, arts educator, and formerly the Director of Education & Communications at The Brant Foundation — and Evan Pepper — whose professional expertise fuses art and culture at large with professional experience at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Public Art Fund, Calvin Klein, and Ralph Lauren — we are uniquely positioned to invigorate the advisory market with a new approach to arts patronage. Our mission is to promote the work of living artists through interdisciplinary collaboration, institutional partnerships, and most importantly, acquisitions.
Co-founder of Sidel & McElwreath, Emily is equipped with over seventeen years of experience as an independent curator and art educator; she also boasts a background in sales. Thanks to her time as Director of Communications and Education at the Brant Foundation Art Study Center, Emily demonstrates the unique ability to understand the art world from both the point of view of the artist and the audience. This skill is continually perfected through extensive involvement in art education: throughout her career, Emily has organized multiple programs, lectures, and panels, featuring distinguished artists, on university campuses and leading NYC venues, in addition to lecturing herself at Sotheby’s Education. Emily has worked on blockbuster exhibitions including Andy Warhol, Julian Schnabel and Nate Lowman at The Brant Foundation, as well as lecturing at top NYC museums including The Whitney and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Most recently, Emily has curated multiple exhibitions with leading emerging artists and is now co-director of Pegasus Prints Gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Building relationships with artists continues to be Emily’s main focus, frequenting studio visits, connecting artists with collectors, and building partnerships within the art community. With an MA from Purchase College in Art History with a Concentration in Contemporary Art Criticism and an Art Business Certification from Christie's Education, Emily McElwreath possesses diverse, real-world experience and formal academic training. As a result, Sidel & McElwreath clients benefit from her capacity to interpret the art market from multiple perspectives. As a result, Sidel & McElwreath clients benefit from her capacity to interpret the art market from multiple perspectives.
Art has been a longstanding passion for Evan, guiding her professional life for many years. She draws experience from her time working at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Public Art Fund, as well as with artist David Salle. In addition, Evan successfully assisted a prominent private collector during the initial stages of his collection. Outside of the art world, Evan has held roles in the design and marketing departments of two major fashion labels – Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren. She also spent ten years at Condé Nast. Equipped with a degree in Art History from Middlebury College, Evan has an eye for art that has already helped build impressive contemporary collections. Sidel & McElwreath clients can trust Evan to draw on her diverse wealth of knowledge in order to meet the individual needs of every collector.