Sara Kellner is the principal of Kellner Consulting, a woman-owned business based in Houston, TX. Kellner Consulting focuses on consulting in the arts, including organizational and creative planning, public art, and fund development.
Between 1999 and 2006 she was the Executive Director of DiverseWorks Artspace and led the Board, Artist Board and Staff of the organization through two successful strategic plans and securing the organization’s participation in the Warhol Initiative and the Doris Duke Charitable Trust’s Mid Sized Presenting Organizations Initiative. During her tenure at DiverseWorks she also initiated a number of exhibitions including the AICA award winning William Pope.L:eRacism, and Contemporary Erotic Drawing, both of which were covered in the New York Times
Previously, Kellner was the Visual Arts Director at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center in Buffalo, NY. Kellner has organized many exhibitions solo exhibitions by artists such as Willie Birch, Laylah Ali, and Hilla Lulu Lin among many others. She has served on the board and as the Board President of the National Association of Artists Organizations (NAAO). She participated in the first year of The Co-Generate, a series of meetings around the country sponsored by The Rockefeller Foundation designed to foster the leadership of artists and arts professionals under the age of 30.
Other accomplishments include being selected as a National Finalist for a White House Fellowship, selecting the 1999 Three Rivers Arts Festival public art program in Pittsburgh, PA. She has participated in the Getty Leadership Institute in and in the National Arts Marketing Project advanced training. She has served on funding panels such as the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative, and the Houston Arts Alliance. She is currently serving as an advisory board member for Aurora Picture Show, The Rhode Island School of Design Alumni Association, and the Film Department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She is the president of the Downtown Area Women’s Network in Houston.