As a leading advisor in customized travel programs, Anne has designed and directed overseas trips for some of the world’s top art institutions, including the Art Institute of Chicago, Getty Research Institute, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Smithsonian Freer Sackler Gallery, and Tate Museum. An accomplished art history and travel expert with a focus on Japan and Europe, she specializes in philanthropical VIP travel programs for museum trustees, art collectors and aficionados, benefactors, curators and museum development professionals that often result in expanded collections and funding. Anne has earned a well-deserved reputation for crafting outstanding itineraries and providing exclusive access and entry into the international art world.
Her journey to becoming an art historian and Japanophile first started with a full-tuition scholarship at Nanzan University, Nagoya, followed by a position working as a civil servant in Japan under the prestigious Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) program. She then served as Cultural Affairs Officer to the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco just prior to leading her first travel programs to Japan in 1997. Fluent in Japanese, Anne achieved the highest level of testing in the language and is qualified to teach the Omotesenke tea ceremony. Anne holds a Master of Arts candidate in Art History, Conservation and Criticism from California State University, Long Beach, advised by Dr. Kendall Brown and awarded the highest honors of academic achievement as a Phi Beta Kappa.
When not traveling with VIP parties, Anne lives with her husband in Santa Monica, California, and conducts monthly art talk programs at museums and galleries throughout the Los Angeles area. With an evolving art specialization in comparative art histories, and fascinated by the common threads between Western and Asian art that have evolved throughout the ages, Anne also leads in-depth art historical and contemporary art trips to Europe, most recently to Italy and the 56th Edition of the Venice Biennale.