About our gallery

Contemporary Art Matters was founded in 2017 by Rebecca Ibel as a private gallery combined with collector services. Exhibitions of contemporary art are presented in the Factory Gallery and Viewing Room spaces with public openings, and subsequently open by appointment only. Consulting and collection management services are available for the novice and experienced collector. Ibel’s expertise comes from her extensive knowledge of local and international markets spanning more than 25 years working in the art world. She is joined by Cathy Williard, sales associate.

Our Team

Rebecca Ibel

Rebecca McCabe Ibel is the owner and director of Contemporary Art Matters. Originally from Columbus, she graduated from The Branson School in Marin County, California. She received her BA in Art History at The American University of Paris. Her career in the arts began at Sotheby’s auction house in New York and worked in Berlin prior to returning to Columbus, Ohio. For 18 years, she ran the Rebecca Ibel Gallery, working with prominent local and international artists. In 2011, Ibel became the founding Director and Curator of the Pizzuti Collection where she curated numerous exhibitions including: Cuban Forever, NOW-ISM, US IS THEM and Visions from India. Rebecca currently serves on the board of trustees for the Columbus College of Art & Design and The Matriots. She lives with her husband Sebastian and her daughter Sarah Elisabeth.

Cathy Williard

Cathy Jones Williard joined Rebecca Ibel as a sales associate. Cathy received a BS in French and Art History from Georgetown University and her Master’s Degree in French Studies from Middlebury College. While living in Paris, Cathy worked for the Parisian Auction House Drouot and the Musee D’Orsay. An alumnus of the Columbus School for Girls, Cathy currently works with students as occupational therapist.

Jenny Posten

Jenny Wilkinson Posten joined Contemporary Art Matters as a registrar. Jenny received a BS in Psychology and Art History from Centre College. She spent 7 years the Columbus Museum of Art as the Assistant Registrar. Since then, she has been a registrar for many major local art collectors.

Nikos Fyodor Rutkowski

Nikos Fyodor Rutkowski is an alumnus of the Columbus College of Art and Design and has been a leader in the Columbus arts community for the past decade.

Alan Geho

Alan Geho has spent the better part of his life focusing a camera lens while growing up as a photographer in his father’s studio and eventually becoming its owner. In the summer of 2006 Alan & his wife Cathy bought the historic, three-story building where the studio is now located. Alan is also a golfer, hobbyist woodturner and mandolin player. He and his wife Cathy have four children and reside in Westerville.