Headlands Benefit Art Auction

At the edge

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Headlands Center for the Arts provides an unparalleled environment for the creative process and the development of new work and ideas. Through a range of programs for artists and the public, we offer opportunities for reflection, dialogue, and exchange that build understanding and appreciation for the role of art in society. Our unique, historic campus comprises a cluster of artist-rehabilitated military buildings situated just north of the Golden Gate Bridge in the Marin Headlands, a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Learn more at headlands.org.






Drusie Davis, chair
Jim Abrams
Melissa Barber
Bill Bondy
Rimma Boshernitsan
Mark Breitbard
Chris Deam
Doree Friedman
Lohren Green
Erin Hastings
Carrie Hott
David Maisel
Larry Mathews
Tucker Nichols
Ben Ospital
Joey Piziali
Deborah Rappaport
Evie Simon
Claire Spaht
Robin Strawbridge
Christy Swildens
Sharon Tanenbaum
Aaron Waxman


Daniel Alarcón
Yves Behar
Aaron Betsky
Jessica Boncutter
David Byrne
Anna Deavere Smith
Paul D. Miller (DJ Spooky)
Jennifer Dowley
Dave Eggers
Sakurako Fisher
Ann Hamilton
Kim Hastreiter
Chinaka Hodge
Lewis Hyde
Mark Jensen
Ruby Lerner
Christy MacLear
Julie Mehretu
Sina Najafi
Jock Reynolds
Mary Robinson
Dylan Simonds
Kelly Sultan
Alice Waters


Meet our


Melissa Barber


Melissa Barber worked for Gap International Inc. for almost a decade in International Visual Merchandising Department, traveling extensively to Japan, Europe, and Canada. She currently takes care of her two children, Mason and Margaux. Melissa lives in San Francisco, where she has been involved with the San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary, San Francisco Parks Conservancy, and SFMOMA. She serves on the Board of the Francisca Club and has been a supporter of the San Francisco Parks Trust, helping to build the Presidio Heights Playground, from fundraising to park planning.

Melissa served on the Headlands Benefit Auction Committee for several years before joining the Board of Directors in 2013. She currently serves as  the Auction Committee co-chair. "I have worked on the Headlands Auction for a few years, and I feel that each year the art and the crowd just get better! There is always some kind of magic happening in the room—the excitement is infectious.”

Amir Mortazavi

Amir Mortazavi


Amir Mortazavi is the founder of M-PROJECTS, an architectural design firm that develops and builds vertically integrated real estate projects. He’s also the co-founder of CANOPY, a premium network of shared workspaces.


Jessica Silverman


Jessica Silverman founded the Jessica Silverman Gallery in 2008 after completing her MFA in Curatorial Practice at California College of the Arts. The gallery is known for discovering emerging artists in California and bringing them to an international audience, as well as introducing foreign artists to the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2013 the gallery expanded to a 3,000-square-foot space in the historic Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco.

“Working with Headlands to support its programming gives me great pleasure. The auction is not only fun, but it yields a tremendous amount of support for the organization and gives back to the artists who donate. It is a win-win situation. This year, 90 percent of the people I asked to donate said yes within an hour! This is going to make for a great year.”


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Evie Simon


Evie Simon is a partner at Simon Breitbard Fine Arts, a gallery in San Francisco, and has been with the firm since 2009. Prior experience includes work in the nonprofit sector with Special Olympics. While taking a break from work for several years to be with her children, Evie was involved at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Walker Art Center She volunteered for Free Arts Minnesota, working with at-risk youth, and took several courses in art history and studio arts. Evie also serves on committees at the Richardson Bay Audubon Society and served on Headlands’ Development and Auction Committees prior to joining the Board of Directors in 2014. She currently serves on the Headlands Advancement Committee, and this is her fourth year co-chairing the Headlands  auction.



Jourdan Abel, Jim Abrams, Charlie Adamski, Melissa Barber, Elizabeth Birka-White, Rimma Boshernitsan, Rhea Fontaine, Amber Goldstein, Nancy Goldstein,Allie Haeusslein, Allison Harding, Helen Hatch, Becky Heldfond, Pamela Hornik, Courtney Kass, David Maisel, Larry Mathews, Amir Mortazavi, Joey Piziali, Lauren Ryan, Jessica Silverman, Evie Simon, Claire Spaht, Laura Sweeney, Christy Swildens, Sharon Tanenbaum, Stephanie Tuttle


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