Our team is expanding! ANFA is proud to introduce Anna Belk as Assistant Gallery Manager. Anna comes from a strong art background and has a keen eye for collecting. As Assistant Gallery Manager, Anna will play a key role in client acquisition, exhibition planning, and working closely with our corporate clients; furthering our goal of expanding our reach so that we may be able to do exceedingly more through our mission to give back. To learn more about Anna, continue reading below!
My passion for art first developed freshman year at the University of Virginia when I fortunately found myself seated in Art History 101. Four years and many art history classes later, I was determined to move to New York City and prove to my parents a degree in art history was a good thing! I began working at XL Catlin as a fine art underwriter where I learned the complicated and extensive measures it takes to ensure the utmost protection and care of an art collection.
During my time as an underwriter, I saw firsthand the devastating effects Hurricane Sandy had on the gallery district in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood. The highlight of my job was spent at Lloyd’s of London where I explored fine art insurance on a more global level and analyzed accounts that generally involved higher values and risks.
After four years of insurance, I applied to the Sotheby’s Institute of Art and entered into a master’s program focused on American and European Fine and Decorative Art. The immersive study led me up and down the East coast and finally to London where I recently completed my degree. With an emphasis on connoisseurship and contact based learning, I gained a comprehensive education that has shaped my perspective on the world of art and design.
Anna outside Sotheby’s Institute in London
Born and raised in Charlotte, I am happy to be back in my hometown after a fourteen-year hiatus. Anne Neilson Fine Art was the perfect fit to further my career in the arts as it represents more than forty artists from around the world providing countless opportunities for insight and inspiration.
Get to know Anna more personally:
Favorite Museum in NYC?
The Frick Collection
Last Concert You Went To:
Van Morrison in London. The night my fiancé proposed!
Favorite artist and why?
John Singer Sargent. What I love most about art are the stories that surround and influence the outcome. Sargent’s society portraits of the late 19th century transcend the traditional conventions of portraiture and embody a deeper psychological understanding of each subject. His quick brushstrokes and vibrant colors portray a timeless glamour without sacrificing individuality. I’m always drawn in and what to know more about each sitter in his portraits.
John Singer Sargent’s The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit, 1882
London! After working and studying at separate times in the English capital, I feel right at home despite my Southern accent and American habits. I love walking down the street passing by 16th century medieval architecture followed by modern skyscrapers all in one block. The fact that Prince Harry lives there too doesn’t hurt.
Favorite restaurant in Charlotte?
Beef N’ Bottle. I feel like I stepped back in time whenever I go to dinner there. The restaurant first opened in 1958 and not much has changed since. They serve delicious food although I still haven’t tried the fried frog legs…
I have two dogs, a lab and a pug. My pug, Winnie, is (Instagram) famous! Follow along to see her adventures and for your daily pick-me-up @winniedapug.