Eric Gleason ’05 may have had his mind set on a career in politics when he arrived at Syracuse University in 2001, but by the time he graduated, his heart had led him into the world of art. Today, he is known as one of the most influential rising stars among New York City art dealers.
A native of West Springfield, Massachusetts, Gleason attributes his shift in focus to the influence of a number of life-changing classes, experiences, and professors on the Hill. As a political science and art history major in the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S), Gleason worked at the Everson Museum of Art and as a monitor on the installation of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s The Gates in Central Park, which was the subject of his thesis.
Following graduation, he landed a job in New York City with the Marlborough Gallery, one of the world’s leading art dealers, and became sales director at Marlborough Chelsea in 2007. Since that time, he has worked extensively with a number of artists, coordinating exhibitions and placing works in private and public collections around the globe.
He has curated solo exhibitions by sculptors Seung Jung (2009) and Sora Sims (2010) at the Brain Factory in Seoul, South Korea, as well as several thematic exhibitions. Recognized for discovering innovative new artists, Gleason returned to campus in 2010 and collaborated with SUArt Galleries on the exhibition Run and Tell That! New Work from New York, which featured works in a variety of media by 21 young New York City artists who reflected conceptual and aesthetic trends in contemporary art.
Gleason, who is a member of the A&S Board of Visitors, currently works at Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York CIty.