Gormley and Watwood : Collecting in community


Feb 29, 2024 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Smith library


Salmagundi Library Committee


Open to the public
RSVP required

$50 | General admission
$25 | Salmagundi members
FREE | Collectors Circle members with discount code
+ $50 | prix-fixe dinner
+ $8 | glass of wine
Collectors Circle members can use their discount code for free admission. Lost the code? It can be requested by emailing info@salmagundi.org

About the Event

The Salmagundi Club and NYAEA have similar missions — to support artists and build community. Too often overlooked in the circle of influence in cultural life is the important place of collectors in nurturing cohesion in groups of artists. When collectors dig deeply into a community of artists, sharing goals and fostering connections, these collectors often have an outsized influence in the forwarding of cultural dialogue.

Look at a little history

The foundation of SC and of NYAE — the artists that became well known through the strength of these organizations, and the collectors that supported them. Artists who are also collectors— i.e. Chaim Gross.

How to become a collector community builder:

  • Collecting in themes/ school — know your WHY — collect artists that know each other and support each other’s work. Be focused in style and philosophy
  • Hospitality — host parties, events, seminars and trips
  • Organization — help or organize presentations, curation, and facilitation of group efforts
  • Networking — bringing your friends into the circle, sharing enthusiasm and


Salmagundi Collectors’ Circle and Salmagundi members who would love to cap the night off with dinner may make a reservation via our Reservations page and include the message “Collectors Circle dinner”.

There is a prix-fixe dinner with a chicken / pasta entree and wine available.

Not your fancy? There is also an a la carte menu to choose from. Pay for your meal in-person with a card or your membership account (no cash).

Salmagundi Collectors Circle

This lecture is part of the Salmagundi Collectors Circle: an annual program for art lovers to unite for enrichment in the arts. There is access to a series of lectures per year, tours, dinners, meeting with artists, and the opportunity to share information with other enthusiasts. Find out more!

About the Speakers

A bearded man with his face mostly in shadow looks at the viewer with an intense look. An urban cityscape is out of focus behind him.
Michael Gormley | Executive Director of New York Artists Equity Association and Equity Gallery

Michael Gormley assumed the leadership position at NYAE in 2017, bringing to bear over thirty years of art world experience. Limbo Lounge, a pivotal East Village art and performance space he founded in 1980, was his inaugural foray into the New York art scene. Since that time Gormley has held key posts in galleries, professional arts organizations, academic institutions and media enterprises including VP of Education, Institute of Classical Architecture & Art; Associate Director of Fine Art, The National Arts Club; Curator, Portraits, Inc.; Dean, The New York Academy of Art and Editor-in Chief and Content Strategist, Artists Magazine. In addition to his curatorial and administrative work at NYAE, he is a frequent contributor to NYAE’s blog and maintains a fine art studio practice in painting.

A winter shot of artist, Patricia Watwood amongst trees
Patricia Watwood | Artist, First Vice President of the Salmagundi Club

Patricia Watwood is a visual artist known for her realist drawings, oil paintings and portraits. A leading figure in the contemporary figurative movement, she has exhibited at the Beijing World Art Museum, and The European Museum of Modern Art. She is the author of the book, “The Path of Drawing,” (Monacelli Press), on drawing, creativity and mindfulness. Her commissioned portraits hang in institutions and museums throughout the United States. Watwood earned her MFA with honors from The New York Academy of Art. She is a Signature member of the Portrait Society of America, and named a Living Master by the Art Renewal Center.

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