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 as associate and director of the Contemporary Art Circle.
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 Jones Williard joined Rebecca Ibel as a sales associate and director of the Contemporary Art Circle. 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.