Staff Profiles
Stuart P. Feld
President and Director
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Stuart Feld graduated from Princeton University in 1957 with an A.B. in the Department of Art & Archaeology. He completed his graduate studies at the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University in 1961, and in the same year, became one of the first Fellows at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. From 1962 to 1967 he worked in the Department of American Paintings and Sculpture at The Metropolitan Museum, during which time he co-authored American Paintings: A Catalogue of the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 1967, Stuart left his post as Associate Curator in Charge of the Department and joined Hirschl & Adler Galleries as a partner, becoming its sole proprietor in 1982.

Stuart has authored many articles and catalogues in the field of American Art—both fine and decorative arts—and is a frequent lecturer around the country. He has served for many years on the Advisory Council of the Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, New Jersey; on the Visiting Committee of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York; on the Advisory Council of the Florence Griswold Museum at Old Lyme, Connecticut; and on the Board of the Landmarks Conservancy in New York City. He was elected to membership in the American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Massachusetts, in 2001.

Stuart is currently working with Kathleen Burnside on the definitive catalogue raisonné of the work of the American Impressionist painter Childe Hassam. His recent Hirschl & Adler exhibitions and catalogues have included Neo-Classicism in America: Inspiration and Innovation, 1810–1840 (1991); Boston in the Age of Neo-Classicism, 1810–1840 (1998–99); Of the Newest Fashion: Masterpieces of American Neo-Classical Decorative Arts (2001–02); In Pointed Style: The Gothic Revival in America, 1800–1860 (2006), For Work & For Play: A Selection of American Neo-Classical Furniture (2007); and The World of Duncan Phyfe: The Arts of New York, 1800-1847 (2012), in celebration of the gallery's 60th anniversary, and accompanied by an extensive 152 page catalogue.

Eric W. Baumgartner
Senior Vice President and
Director, American Paintings & Sculpture
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Eric Baumgartner graduated from Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude, and with Honors in the History of Art. His senior honors thesis examined the luminist paintings of John Frederick Kensett, and today, Eric’s specialty continues to be 19th-century American art, particularly the landscape paintings of the Hudson River School and Neo-Classical sculpture.

Eric joined Hirschl & Adler in 1993, was appointed Director of its Department of American Art in 1994, and promoted to Senior Vice President in 2006. He lectures on topics of American art, and has curated many special gallery exhibitions, including Our Own Bright Land: American Topographical Pictures, 1770–1930 (1994–95); A Marvelous Repose: American Neo-Classical Sculpture, 1825–1876 (1996–97); The American Vasari: William Dunlap and His World (1998–98); and Likenesses & Landskips: A Portrait of the Eighteenth Century (2002–03); and Just Plain Folk (2006); and American Masterworks of the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute: Celebrating an Educational Alliance with Pratt Institute (2006).

Margot Chvatal
Vice President
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Margot Chvatal joined Hirschl & Adler in 2013 after 12 years with Christie’s auction house, most recently as Senior Vice President, Senior Specialist. At Christie’s she was primarily responsible for cultivating business and promoting American Paintings and Sculpture sales and maintaining relationships with and advising significant private collectors, institutions and museums. From 2004 to 2010, Margot was Head of the Important American Paintings and Sculpture sales. During her tenure she was instrumental in securing several key consignments and major collections.

Prior to Christie’s, Margot was the fine arts specialist at auction house Weschler’s in Washington, D.C. from 1996 to 2000. She began her career at Skinner auctioneers in Boston. Margot received Bachelors of Arts degrees in Art History and History from Boston University.

Shelley Farmer
Director, Hirschl & Adler Modern
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Shelley Farmer graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in American Studies and Art History from Vassar College. She completed post-graduate study at Sotheby’s Institute, New York, and subsequently earned her certificate in Appraisal Studies from New York University.

Since joining the gallery in 1997, Shelley has worked in the Print Department and is now Director of Hirschl & Adler Modern, the gallery’s contemporary arm. In addition to curating and co-curating many gallery exhibitions, Shelley’s primary focus has been to build a stable of contemporary representational painters working at the very highest level to complement the gallery’s 18th, 19th, and early 20th-century holdings. Under her direction, Hirschl & Adler Modern annually presents about ten solo and group exhibitions of work by both established and emerging artists.

In addition to contemporary realist art, Shelley’s personal areas of interest include American and European Modernism and Post-War Art.

Elizabeth Feld
Managing Director
Director, American Decorative Arts
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Elizabeth Feld graduated from The University of Pennsylvania with departmental honors in Art History. After two years in public relations and strategic marketing, she moved from New York to London to pursue a Master’s Degree in Fine and Decorative Arts with Sotheby’s Institute. While abroad, Elizabeth focused her studies on English Regency and French Neo-Classical furniture and decorative arts to complement her comprehensive knowledge of American decorative arts.

In 1999, Elizabeth joined Hirschl & Adler to head its Department of American Decorative Arts. She has since curated a number of exhibitions in this area and others, including Of the Newest Fashion: Masterpieces of American Neo-Classical Decorative Arts (2001–02), which was the gallery’s 50th-anniversary exhibition. In 2006, she co-curated Elizabeth Turk: The Collars and In Pointed Style: The Gothic Revival in America, 1800–1860, both accompanied by extensive catalogues, and in 2007, For Work & For Play: A Selection of American Neo-Classical Furniture. More recent exhibitions include: Elizabeth Turk: Recent Sculpture (2008); The World of Duncan Phyfe: The Arts of New York, 1800-1847 (2012), a celebration of the gallery's 60th anniversary which was accompanied by an extensive 152 page catalogue; Elizabeth Turk: Cages (2012); and Alexander Creswell: Fire & Light (2012).

Elizabeth serves as the Chairman of the Winter Antiques Show Dealers' Committee.

Dr. Gregory S. Hedberg
Senior Consultant, European Art
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Gregory Hedberg received his B.A. in Art History from Princeton University and his Ph.D. from New York University. For 20 years he had a distinguished museum career as Lecturer and Fellow at The Frick Collection, New York; Curator of Paintings at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota; and Chief Curator at the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut. In 1987, he left the museum world to help found a new art school in New York City, The New York Academy of Art, and was appointed its first Director.

In 1992, Greg joined Hirschl & Adler Galleries as its Director of the Department of European Art. He has since curated several gallery exhibitions including Yanks Paint Brits (1996); New York Classicism Now (2000); and The Grand Scale: New Watercolors by Alexander Creswell (2006), Alexander Creswell: Aquaterra (2010); Bouguereau & His Milieu (2011); and Alexander Creswell: Fire & Light (2012). Greg also regularly lectures around the country on European art and contemporary realist painting, and is currently preparing a book on Degas’ Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen.

Thomas B. Parker
Associate Director
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Tom Parker received a B.A. in Art History and English from Kenyon College, in Gambier, Ohio, and an M.Phil. in Art History from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. After extensive experience at New York galleries and museums, he came to Hirschl & Adler as a researcher in 1999. Tom joined the gallery’s sales staff in 2002. Since then he has curated or co-curated almost twenty exhibitions, including more recently “Stanley Twardowicz in the 1950s and 60s” (2012); “Talisman of the Ward: The Album of Drawings by Edward Deeds,” (2013); "John Sideli: Assemblages" (2013); “An Abundant Life: James Aponovich” (2013); “Lily Cox Richard: The Stand, Possessing Powers” (2014); “Larry Kagan: Steel and Shadow” (2014); "Frank Walter: Lonely Bird" (2016). Tom specializes in 19th and 20th-century American painting, and also plays an active role in Hirschl & Adler Modern’s post-war and contemporary program.

Debra G. Wieder
Associate Director
American Paintings & Sculpture
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Debra Wieder received her B.A. in Italian Literature and the History of Art from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Debra joined Hirschl & Adler in 1993, and has curated and co-curated many gallery exhibitions, including Call of the Wild: A Sportsman’s Life (1994); A Marvelous Repose: American Neo-Classical Sculpture, 1825–1976 (1996-97); Eccentric Orbits (1998); Impossible Landscapes of the Mind (1999); Likenesses & Landskips: A Portrait of the Eighteenth Century (2002); Jennifer Johnson: Photographs (2005); Just Plain Folk (2006); Modeling Grace, Two Centuries of American Sculpture (2009-10).

Debra’s areas of expertise include 19th-century American landscape, still-life and genre painting, paintings of the American Renaissance and the Belle Epoque, American Neo-Classical sculpture, and American decorative arts.