About the Award
The Digital Innovation in Art Award by .ART recognizes the technologists with a mission to advance innovation in the art market. .ART has been presenting this biannual award for the last six years as part of the Investor Allstars, the “must attend” event within the entrepreneurial and investor community. Now in its 20th year, the event brings an industry-leading awards ceremony, hosting over 750 global entrepreneurs and investment professionals. Download the 2021 Award BookletApply Now
2022 Jury Panel
Over the years, prominent figures from the art, technology, and investment sectors joined the award’s prestigious jury panel. Meet this year’s members.
Founder and CEO of New Art Academy & CADAF
A collector of crypto and digital art and a contributor to Forbes and the Observer, Elena Zavelev is an avid advocate of new media art. She is also dedicated to discovering emerging new media artists and creating new opportunities for them to show and sell their work through her roles as the founder and CEO of New Art Academy – the authority on ArtTech, blockchain and artificial intelligence – and CADAF, a digital art marketplace supported by real life and virtual art fairs and festivals. Since it launched in 2017, CADAF has gone from strength to strength, hosting events in Miami, Monaco, Paris and the metaverse, and the first-ever contemporary and digital art fair, in New York in 2019.
Artist and Editor, e-flux Journal
Anton Vidokle is an artist and editor of e-flux journal. He was born in Moscow and lives in New York and Berlin. Vidokle’s work has been exhibited internationally at Documenta 13 and the 56th Venice Biennale. Vidokle’s films have been presented at Bergen Assembly, Shanghai Biennale, Berlinale International Film Festival, Forum Expanded, Gwangju Biennale, Center Pompidou, Tate Modern, Garage Museum, Istanbul Biennial, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Tensta Konsthall, Blaffer Art Museum, Stedelijk Museum, Lincoln Center, MMCA Seoul, the Latvian Center for Contemporary Art, and others.
Editor in Chief, Museum Magazine,
Senior Director, Spectial Projects at AAM
Dean Phelus is senior director of special projects at the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). In his nearly three decades at AAM he has had a diverse range of experiences through various positions to include: overseeing the AAM Annual Meeting and Museum Expo, the largest professional convening for museums in the world; guiding AAM professional development and training programs to ensure museum professionals and their institutions maximize their competencies to advance their service and relevancy to their public; and launching international initiatives and partnerships with museums, and other cultural institutions around the globe to foster a shared understanding of museum practices. He is also editor in chief of Museum magazine, an award-winning bi-monthly publication that explores the timely issues that matter most to the museum field’s growth and flourishing.
COO, SAGA InvestCo-Founder, Jérôme Dreyfuss
Rachel is the CEO at SAGA Invest, vice president of Paris chamber of commerce and a board member at a number of cultural organisations. She is the co-founder of Jérôme Dreyfuss brand, Rachel Sebban’s DNA runs on power and wonder. Symbol of a step forward businesswoman, she started her career as a chief legal officer and then made her mark in the luxury fashion industry. As a real-life talented wonder woman of the modern world, success grows where Rachel goes.
Director, New York Foundation for the Arts
Michael Royce is the Executive Director of the New York Foundation for the Arts a U.S. based national nonprofit serving artists, cultural workers, and arts organizations. Since the pandemic began, Royce has overseen the fundraising and distribution of $21 million in Covid aid. Since taking over the organization he has launched many new services, including a national immigrants artists program, tri-state incubators for executive arts leaders of color, statewide workshops for leaders supporting underserved communities, national grants to address climate change, local grants to artists with disabilities, and national grants to Latin artists.
Previously, Royce had been appointed by Governor Pataki as the Deputy Director of the New York State Council on the Arts, followed by an appointment as the President of Moynihan Station Development Corporation. Royce also served as an on-site evaluator for the National Endowment for the Arts for fifteen years.
Jean-Baptiste Costa de Beauregard
Deputy CEO of Beaux Arts & Cie, Publisher, Le Quotidien de l’Art
Jean-Baptiste Costa de Beauregard is deputy CEO of Beaux Arts & Cie, managing the group’s publishing activities (Beaux Arts Magazine, Le Quotidien de l’Art, Beaux Arts Editions, …). He also founded the group’s annual European art market professionals gathering, The Art Market Day, in 2018. Furthermore, Jean-Baptiste is theInvestment director of ArtNova, the investment fund owning Beaux Arts & Cie and active in the art & tech industry.
An HEC Paris alumni, Jean-Baptiste previously led the Fine art insurance team at Hiscox in Paris and developed Christie’s Collectrium in Europe, a collection management platform.
Adriano Picinati di Torcello
Art & Finance coordinator for the Deloitte group of member firms, co-author of the Deloitte and ArtTactic Art & Finance Report
Adriano is the Art & Finance coordinator for the Deloitte group of member firms. He is in charge of the Art & Finance activities within Deloitte Luxembourg, an initiative he has been coordinating since its inception in 2008. Adriano also coordinates the development of the Art & Finance activities at the Deloitte group level. Over the past decade, Adriano has been working towards the creation of an Art & Finance/Business cluster in Luxembourg.
To create public awareness of the Art & Finance subject, Adriano initiated the international Deloitte Art & Finance Conference cycle that has become the annual benchmark event in the field. He has also developed Art & Finance seminars for professionals seeking guidance about the global art market and he is the co-author of the Deloitte and ArtTactic Art & Finance Report. As the spokesperson of the Art & Finance initiative within Deloitte, he regularly speaks at national and international conferences.
Previous Editions and Winners
The previous editions of the .ART Award, celebrated as part of Investor Allstars, featured various innovative organisations bringing their creative solutions and inspiring us to do the same.Listen to one of our former Jury Members, Eugenia Makhlin
The Kremer Collection
Steve Miller ARTERNAL
Steve Miller is one of .ART’s first adopters, showcasing his artwork in versatile mediums at www.stevemiller.art. He is also a co-founder of ARTERNAL, a CRM software which assists art galleries in efficiently consolidating multiple platforms.
Rob Anders Niio
Niio is a platform for streaming digital art via subscription or purchase, which has amassed a global community of 3,500 leading artists, galleries and institutions who have stored and published over 11,000 high quality digital format artworks. Niio can ‘port’ this gallery-quality digital art onto any screen, anywhere – unlocking an entirely new form of consumption.
Jonathan Beck Scan the World
Jonathan Beck is the founder of an online cultural heritage project Scan the World, an initiative that archives objects of cultural significance using 3D scanning technologies. Since its inception in 2014, the platform has created over 16,000 downloadable artefacts and received over 60 million views to its page. Together with Chengxi Wang, the CEO of MyMiniFactory, Scan the World is accessible for everyone to download and study world’s cultural artefacts.
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Longping Derek Zhao ARTEXB
Longping Derek Zhao founded ARTEXB inspired by the creation of Google Arts & Culture. It is a project supported by the medium of 360° panoramic VR, which aims to systematically document Chinese contemporary art exhibitions around the world.
Jason Bailey Artnome
Artnome is the blog of Jason Bailey, who self-identifies as an “art nerd” trying to trigger an art analytics revolution by building the world’s largest analytical database of known works across our most important artists.
Vivi Kallinikou ArtRabbit Ltd
ArtRabbit is a unique guide to the contemporary art scene, connecting thousands of art spaces, exhibitions and events to artists, art professionals, collectors, students and art-interested people alike.
Justin Anthony Artwork Archive
Artwork Archive is an innovative art business management software brand based in Denver, CO. Its cloud-based art database system offers a wide range of easy-to-use tools, including inventory and contact management, sales reports and expense tracking.
Mike LaTour Soundwave ArtTM
Mike LaTour spent 17 years in the music industry before he became President & CEO Soundwave Art™. The app allows a unique experience of converting your own sounds into customisable works of art and jewellery.
Joel Kremer The Kremer Museum
Ex-Googler Joel Kremer is the director of The Kremer Museum, a VR museum which hosts an Old Masters collection of about 75 works collected over the years by Joel’s parents George and Ilone Kremer.
Marco Cappellini VirtuItaly
Marco Cappellini is the founder of VirtuItaly, a project that creates edutainment experiences with art through digital technologies, both with immersive and interactive digital exhibitions.
Eugene Bogorad ArtWalls
Over the past twenty years Eugene has been in senior positions in computer programming, technology and big data. An amateur photographer himself, he realized that bringing online and offline together could create the right kind of synergy. ArtWalls is a platform for bringing aspiring creators and art connoisseurs together, in public spaces and online.
Aretha Campbell Bridgeman Images
Bridgeman Images works with museums, galleries, collections and artists to provide a central resource of fine art and archive footage for reproduction to creative professionals. The Bridgeman Artists’ Copyright Service is a service to artists and their estates to administer their copyright and sell reproduction licenses for their work.
The first and only online platform fully dedicated to unsold lots at auctions, with authenticated art pieces from over 2,000 auction houses.
A Swedish artist that creates paintings, sculpture, photography, websites and performances that critically reflects on contemporary networked systems and technological innovations.
The Artists Web LTD
A leading website builder and platform for Artists, now hosts close to 37 thousand artists’ websites and lists over 300 thousand works of Art.
The valuation service with success in making the art appraisal and valuation process very accessible and easy. It attracted over half a million customers.