David A. Ross

                                                                                                            David A. Ross, Director APT Institute


New York City, March 25, 2014 – APT Institute, the nonprofit organization founded by Artist Pension Trust® (APT) in response to the needs among contemporary artists for international exposure and recognition of their artworks, is pleased to announce the appointment of David A. Ross, a noted former art museum director and curator, as its new Director, effective immediately. Mr. Ross will be responsible for the management and evaluation of APT Institute’s services with the objective of increasing the Institute’s efforts to: provide curators, museums and art researchers access to the APT Collection; foster relationships between artists and curators worldwide; and promote emerging and established contemporary artists worldwide.

A co-founder of APT, Mr. Ross has an extensive background in the arts with over 30 years of experience at art museums, including Director of The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Director of the Whitney Museum of American Art, and Director of The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. In 2011, the School of Visual Arts, New York introduced an innovative low-residency MFA in Art Practice that was designed and is now chaired by Mr. Ross.


Moti Shniberg, founder of APT Institute, and co-founder and Chairman of APT and MutualArt, noted:

"This is an exciting and crucial time for all of us at APT Institute, and we are confident that David A. Ross will enable the Institute to achieve its important goals. The APT art community, its artists and curators, as well as the art world at large will benefit greatly from his range of expertise, enriched art background, and dedication to support emerging artists worldwide."


Recently, APT Institute launched its Loans & Exhibitions service, the first and only fully-automated online artwork lending platform, enabling curators, art professionals, and art researchers to borrow from the APT Collection, the largest curated collection of international contemporary art, comprising over 10,000 artworks, including painting, photography, sculpture, installation, new media, and works on paper by more than 2,000 artists from 75 countries. The collection is curated by APT’s renowned international curatorial team, which includes Adam Budak, June Yap, and Andrew Renton, among others. In 2013, APT Collection artworks were featured in over 200 exhibitions in preeminent museums and institutions around the world, including the Tate Modern, the Seoul Museum of Art and the Göteborg Konsthall. Currently, APT artworks are on view at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax, the Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University and the SCHUNCK*, among others. As a second initiative, APT Institute created Art Concierge to enhance curatorial research and exhibition planning with arranged meetings between traveling curators and local APT artists.


On his new function as APT Institute Director, David A. Ross commented:

"APT Institute was founded in order to support and advance the careers of artists, and therefore we strive to achieve these goals through the variety of services we offer. As the new director of APT Institute, I am delighted to be a part of shaping the future of artists’ careers, as we set out to provide our artists with maximum international exposure.”



About APT Institute

APT Institute is a non-profit organization founded in 2013 by Artist Pension Trust® in response to the needs among contemporary artists for global exposure and recognition of their artworks. Designed for curators, museums, and art organizations worldwide, Loans & Exhibitions facilitates loan requests and exhibition planning from the APT Collection; Art Concierge tailors art interactions between curators or other qualified art professionals and APT artists; an exclusive service to advance the careers of APT artists, Global Connect holds the key to a network of artist-in-residence programs, studios and fellow artists. APT Institute is guided by a world-class Advisory Board, including John Baldessari, acclaimed American conceptual artist; Lady Elena Foster, Chairman of the Tate International Council; Hans-Ulrich Obrist, curator and Director of International Projects at the Serpentine Gallery, London and Dr. Melissa Chui, Director of the Asia Society Museum in New York.


For media contact:

Lidia Fabian
Communications Director Artist Pension Trust & APT Institute

+1 3478093449

Date 03/25/2014