About Burns Sowder Arts Advisory
Lynne Sowder and Victoria Burns, Principals of Burns Sowder Arts Advisory, are cultural entrepreneurs committed to the development of new audiences through innovative communications strategies, cultural initiatives, and signature art collecting programs for private and institutional collectors. As a company we seek to inspire our clients, to encourage curiosity and risk-taking along with innovation and collaboration in every project we undertake. We are eternal optimists and we believe deeply in the power of art and culture to transform people’s lives, changing the way they think, what matters in their lives and how they do business.
This vision, combined with our twenty-five years experience in creating museum quality art collections, breakthrough communications projects and distinctive, inclusive cultural initiatives for both private and institutional clients, helps us to create innovative cross disciplinary cultural programs which break new ground, are relevant and useful to those who work and live around them, and never fail to provoke new thinking and fresh perspectives.
Our projects are distinguished by strategic clarity, tactical excellence, the highest aesthetic quality, and collaboration with the most relevant professionals in the technology, cultural, scientific, marketing and organizational development communities.
Lynne Sowder was a partner with Nathan Leo Braulick in Y-CORE from 1990 to 2005. She was president of the Association of Professional Art Advisors (1987 – 1990), Director of Visual Arts at First Bank System (1980 – 1990), and a Principal of Sowder and Associates (1980 – 1985). Lynne has been a guest curator for multiple projects internationally and her practice has been published and discussed in numerous books and periodicals including “Activists Speak Out”, “Talkback”, “Art At Work”, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Fortune Magazine, to name a few.
Victoria Burns has been principal of Espy Burns Fine Art since 1993. She has consulted with the MacArthur Foundation since 1995 and has been a corporate curator and private art consultant with clients in Berlin, Milan, London, Los Angeles, Vail and Chicago. She was the President of the Society for Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago from 2002-2004 and continues to sit on its Board of Directors.