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 also oversees our marketing team. She 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.

Paige Shouvlin

Paige Shouvlin joins Contemporary Art Matters as a Gallery Director. She will be welcoming visitors Tuesdays – Thursdays in the gallery during our new regular hours 11-6 and overseeing exhibition planning beginning with End of Summer, which opens September 3, 2020.

Paige brings experience from near and far with her time at the Pizzuti Collection and projects with galleries, auction houses and private collectors in Miami, London and Hong Kong. Her studies began at The Ohio State University where she received a BA in Public Relations. She got her MFA at Miami International University before completing her MA in Art Business at Sotheby’s in London. Originally from Springfield, Ohio, Paige now calls downtown Columbus home.

Paige Shouvlin

Jenny Posten

Jenny Wilkinson Posten is Contemporary Art Matters senior 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 & Design and has been a leader in the Columbus arts community for the past decade.

Alan Geho

Alan Geho is a third-generation professional photographer who has spent the better part of his life focusing a camera lens. Growing up as a photographer in his father’s studio, Geho eventually became its owner. He attended business classes at OSU as he continued to work for the family studio. He credits his father for both his management skills and photography knowledge. In the summer of 2006 he and his wife, Cathy, bought the historic, three-story building where the studio is now located. Geho photographs for many museums and galleries all over Ohio and surrounding states and has worked with Rebecca Ibel since 1994.

Edmund Gaisie

Edmund joined Contemporary Art Matters in 2021 to organize an exhibition of artists from Accra, Ghana and help launch an artist exchange program between sister cities Columbus and Accra. He graduated from CCAD with a BA in Fine Arts. Edmund was active in the Columbus art community as a gallerist and board chair of ROY G BIV before moving to Chicago in 2011.