Art Business News continues to lead the art world with innovative content and progressive programs that will inspire an exciting new era of art. Packed with the trusted art market coverage readers have been relying on for 35 years, Art Business News is the magazine of today’s forward-thinking art professionals.

Eric Smith, Publisher

ERIC SMITH is a true art world insider with years of industry experience. Smith is the CEO of Artexpo New York and former Vice President of Summit Business Media, the world’s leading producer of art shows and art-related trade publications. Smith also spent several years as Director of Martin Lawrence Galleries, where he managed more than 20 galleries in California, Colorado and Hawaii and quickly developed a passion for modern and contemporary art, selling Warhol, Rosenquist, Rauschenberg, Oldenburg and Keith Haring.
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Rick Barnett, ABN Contributing Editor

With extensive specialty retail expertise, Mr. Barnett brings a wealth of successful experience as the former Senior Vice President of Retail Development for Media Arts Group Inc. He designed and developed a worldwide gallery group and also owned seven galleries in Monterey/Carmel and Southern California. Rick Barnett is a guest lecturer, best selling author, and has hosted television shows in the United States, Europe, Canada, and the U.K.
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Ashley Tedesco, ABN Contributing Editor

Ashley had a promising finance career in Silicon Valley in front of her when she decided her heart was really in the art business. As a gallery director, regional director in charge of seven retail locations, and Director of Training and Retail Development for the Thomas Kinkade Company (and a talented painter in her own right), she now has more than 20 years experience in the art world. She’s a strategist who can provide them with the latest information on the art business to make the best decisions about their careers. “I’m passionate about inspiring others to pursue their dreams,” she says.
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Litsa Spanos, ABN Contributing Editor

LITSA SPANOS started Art Design Consultants, Inc. (ADC) in 1991 with only two customers. Since then, she has increased her customer base to more 2,000. Her award-winning, retail/wholesale art gallery specializes in corporate and residential art consulting.
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Linda Mariano, ABN Contributing Editor

With a career that spans 30 years, Linda is a leader in marketing, brand management, e-commerce and promotion initiatives for major retailers, specialty retail, art industry, licensing partnerships, media and entertainment, as well as entrepreneurial business environments. Now through her own company, LM² Art Marketing & Licensing, Linda brings her years of experience to help outstanding artists and art industry leaders set and achieve high goals.

LM² Art Marketing & Licensing works with exceptional artistic talent, helping each artist work toward achieving his or her fullest potential and, as a result, develops iconic worldwide brands. Contact Linda at or 408-718-3730.


Michael Pacitti, ABN Contributing Editor

Michael Pacitti, IDEC, CPF, has worked in the fine art, design and framing industry for more than 25 years.

He is currently associated with the Color Marketing Group, and the Color Association of the United States (C.A.U.S) where he has been teaching seminars on color and design to interior designers and decorators throughout North America, Europe, and China for 25 years.

He has also written numerous articles on color and design and is a professional certified educator with IDEC Interior Design Educators Council, resulting in his accessible style of conducting informative and interactive workshops. Contact Michael at



Christine Schrum, ABN Contributing Editor

Christine Schrum is a freelance writer whose work has been featured in The Atlantic, The Writer, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Art Business News, DECOR, Irreversible Magazine and other publications. She has extensive experience in the fine art industry, particularly in art show marketing and production, social media, blogging and magazine writing. She lives on Vancouver Island, Canada.