Heather Darcy Bhandari joined Smack Mellon in 2016. As Director of Exhibitions, she is responsible for the successful production of all exhibitions in the gallery, including the annual benefit. As the Program Manager of Art Ready, she oversees a mentorship program for high school students that exposes teens to professional artists’ studios, pairs them with mentors, and culminates in a final exhibition in Smack Mellon’s gallery.
Heather spent the last fifteen years as a director of Mixed Greens gallery in Chelsea, where she curated over one hundred exhibitions while managing a roster of nearly two-dozen artists. She is also an adjunct lecturer at Brown University and a consultant to several for profit and nonprofit arts institutions. The second edition of her book, ART/WORK, published by Simon and Schuster, is scheduled for release in the summer of 2017. She lectures and participates in portfolio reviews and panel discussions across the country. Heather is on the board of directors of visual arts at Art Omi (an artist residency in Ghent, NY), the advisory boards of artfcity (an online, art-related publishing platform), and Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn. Heather received a BA from Brown University and an MFA from Pennsylvania State University. Her career began at contemporary galleries Sonnabend and Lehmann Maupin, both in New York City.