Jonette Slabey is a true collaborator who skillfully marries the museum world with design and commerce, bringing over 25 years experience in related fields to her service-oriented company.
Prior to conceiving and coordinating ‘Biedermeier Inspired’, she spent fifteen years with textile firm AST. Responsible for sales and marketing in the Los Angeles and Las Vegas contract markets, she established invaluable contacts with world renowned design firms and other manufacturing companies.
In 1984, Jonette Slabey founded and was executive director of the original ArtQuest, Inc. after serving as director of an international art competition concurrent with the Los Angeles Summer Olympics. Slabey’s innovative company became known for assembling jury panels of the most prominent curators and directors from the finest art institutions in the country.
Dedicated to introducing and vigorously promoting emerging and established artists to museums, galleries, art dealers and consultants, Slabey produced ArtQuest ’85, ArtQuest ’86, ArtQuest ’87 and ArtQuest ’88. The addition of Artists’ Liaison and Galleries Elect under the ArtQuest, Inc. umbrella provided a forum for her company to place artists in more than two hundred private and university galleries throughout the country. Continual marketing resulted in countless additional exhibitions, publicity and new contacts; over a thousand artists’ careers were assisted in a mere four years.
Slabey honed her collaborative skills as an art educator for six years,
of those years in Melbourne, Australia. Serving on a panel that designed and implemented a city-wide art curriculum throughout the Melbourne public school system, she also initiated and launched a school-wide health awareness program as well as a successful breakfast program for students
It was in Melbourne and later Perth that Slabey’s career as a working,
exhibiting artist began and, after living in Java and Bali, subsequent
throughout Southeast Asia lead her to Los Angeles where she
opened a fiber
arts studio. The art of Jonette Slabey is represented in
public and private collections and selected
publications featuring her work
include the Los Angeles Times and
Interior Design magazine.
Slabey is a founding Advisory Board member for
at the Art Institute in Santa
Monica, California, professional
ASID and NEWH, and she
has served on
the American Heart
Association and Juvenile
Diabetes Research Foundation.
Through Jonette Slabey & Associates,
she continues to develop
and turn her
creative marketing ideas into
reality through collaborative partnerships
a vast, ever-growing
Jonette Slabey was instrumental in the execution of two licensing agreements for
the Milwaukee Art Museum, related to our exhibition Biedermeier: The
Invention of Simplicity. These agreements would not have been possible
without Jonette's knowledge and connections in the interior design
industry. It was her imagination, her conception, and her legwork that
led to the dialogue and interest with both Brintons and Architex.
From concept to launch of the Biedermeier product lines, Jonette was
actively engaged in every aspect of the process: contributing her
knowledge , creativity, and "can do" energy to what will be a profitable
licensing venture for the museum and both design firms.
Senior Director, Business Enterprises
Milwaukee Art Museum