our team

SLATE’s mission is to create opportunities for people to live, work, and engage with art that delights and stimulates the mind and senses, inspires creativity and innovation, and expresses individual taste and values.

Danielle Fox

Principal Partner and Managing Member, Slate Art LLC

Danielle founded SLATE Art in 2009. An art historian by training (PhD, Northwestern University), Danielle has over twenty years of career experience in the field, as a teacher, writer, editor, independent curator; as Deputy Director of Business Development at Sotheby’s in London; and as communications and project manager for Artakt Art consulting in London. She brings to her work an understanding of the international art market; experience working with galleries and auction houses; and five years in the interior design field, which gives her a special understanding of the important role that art plays in architectural and design programs. Danielle oversees operations for SLATE Art LLC and manages key accounts. She is also a member of the San Francisco Art Dealers Association, Art Table, and Oakland Art Murmur’s Advisory Council.

Shelley Barry

Principal Partner and Managing Member, Slate Art LLC

Art is Shelley’s business. With an early career in sales and marketing for multi-national companies, she has over twenty years of experience in the art world, thirteen of which she spent as the sole proprietor of a small corporate art consulting firm. Shelley currently oversees SLATE’s business development activities, in addition to curating bespoke art programs for key account clientele. Shelley has served on various boards, such as the San Ramon Arts Foundation, the San Ramon Arts Advisory Committee, Student Art For Education’s Advisory Council, and was appointed by the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors to serve as a Commissioner At-Large for the Arts and Culture Commission of Contra Costa County. Formerly a Vice Chair on the Board of the Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation, Shelley is also a member of Art Table and The San Francisco Art Dealers Association.

Jillian Piccirilli

Business + Project Manager

Jillian holds a BFA in Painting and a BA in Anthropology from Cornell University. A former exhibition manager for Cornell University Library’s Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, and Director of Operations for Oakland Art Murmur, Jillian previously managed SLATE Contemporary gallery and worked with many of SLATE Art Consulting’s top clients in the architecture and design industries. She currently works as a Project Manager for SLATE Art Consulting and manages all of SLATE’s business operations.

Lucy Spencer

Gallery Manager

Lucy Spencer returns to the Bay Area after attending Parsons The New School in New York, NY where she graduated with a BFA in Fine Arts and an emphasis in business administration. After graduation, Lucy spent another four years in New York City, where she deeply engaged in the arts community by honing her own art practice and working across all aspects of the industry. She focused on exhibition planning, and event production as Gallery Manager at ABXY Gallery on the Lower East Side, working with Goldman Sachs and The United Nations. Lucy also worked in art fair production at a variety of art fairs including SPRING//BREAK and ArtNY focusing on VIP Client Relations. Independently, Lucy curated shows through Brooklyn and New York City, and developed a consulting business for local emerging artists. She also taught public and private art classes for children and teenagers at the Children’s Museum of the Arts in Chelsea. Lucy is thrilled to be back home in the Bay Area and looks forward to meeting you at SLATE Contemporary Gallery. Outside of work, find her tending to her garden, enjoying local music shows, and hosting dinner parties at home with her husband in Oakland.

Carolyn Smith

Marketing Manager & Registrar

Carolyn has been an advocate and supporter of Bay Area arts organizations since 2014. She has worked with Bay Area creative legacies FLAX art & design and Oakland Art Murmur. As a Social Media Marketer, she cultivates a culture of innovative problem solving, offering a diverse skill set of creative storytelling, content creation, and project leadership. Carolyn is passionate about her work in helping arts organziations tell inspiring stories that inform business decisions and build meaningful connections with clients and audiences both locally and worldwide. Carolyn is thrilled to join the team at SLATE Contemporary. When she’s not connecting with visual artists, you can find her playing guitar. Carolyn holds a Master of Music in performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.


473 25th Street
Suite A
Oakland, CA 94612



473 25th Street
Suite A
Oakland, CA 94612
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