Our team

Abigail Ross Goodman

Abigail Ross Goodman
Principal

Abigail has over 15 years of experience as a contemporary gallerist, independent curator and advisor. Prior to co-founding Goodman Taft, Abigail was the director and owner of the Judi Rotenberg Gallery in Boston, where she built a dynamic program of emerging and established artists. Since 2010, Abigail has curated several public exhibitions, including the 2012 deCordova Biennial at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, MA, and “Fractured Narratives: A Strategy to Engage” at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. Abigail serves as the curator of the Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art at Rollins College, and as editor for Art for Rollins: The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art for Rollins College, Volumes I and II. Abigail is a Trustee of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and serves as an overseer at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, where she also sits on the Collections Committee, and at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, where she is a member of the Curatorial Programs Committee. Abigail is a Partner of the VIA Art Fund and is involved with her alma maters Phillips Academy and Brown University, where she earned a BA in the history of art & architecture.

Maria Taft

Maria Taft
Principal

Maria has spent over a decade in the contemporary art world. Prior to co-founding Goodman Taft, Maria lived and worked in numerous locations in the United States and abroad including London, the Middle East, Singapore, Hawaii, Greece and California, allowing her broad access to the global art market. Maria began her career in the arts with stints at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Sotheby’s, New York, and the David Winton Bell Gallery in Providence, Rhode Island, and spent time working on strategy and development with several global firms. Maria previously served as Co-Chair of the Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art (SECA) at San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art, and as a member of SFMoMA’s Development Council. She is also a partner of the VIA Art Fund. Maria holds a BA in the history of art & architecture from Brown University and an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

Molly Epstein

Molly Epstein
Principal

Molly Epstein has over 12 years of experience in the contemporary art world as a dealer and advisor in New York and London, and as a creative consultant for global foundations and arts organizations. Most recently a Director at Gladstone Gallery in New York, Molly previously held positions at White Cube, London and Sperone Westwater, New York. During her tenure in the gallery world, Molly worked closely with many prominent artists, including Miroslaw Balka, Georg Baselitz, Damien Hirst, Jim Hodges, Anish Kapoor, Anselm Kiefer, Andrew Lord, Marisa Merz, Malcolm Morley, Shirin Neshat, Susan Rothenberg, Laurie Simmons, Rosemarie Trockel, and the Archivio Alighiero Boetti. Formally trained as an art historian, Molly holds an MA in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London and has lectured at New York University’s ITP program, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and Triple Canopy, New York. Molly currently serves on the Grant Advisory Committee of the VIA Art Fund and is the Co-Chair of the Producers Council for Creative Time. She is an active supporter of the arts at Yale University, from which she graduated with a BA in art history.

Laura Beshears

Laura Beshears
Associate Director of Client Relations

Laura serves as a primary liaison to clients, addressing their art-related needs and ensuring the proper upkeep of their collections. She assists on all phases of collection building, from artist research to installation and management. Laura also supports Goodman Taft’s curatorial initiatives. In her work prior to Goodman Taft, Laura held internships at both galleries and museums, including deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts and the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery in Saratoga Springs, New York. Her written work has been published in the Journal of American Culture, Twice Drawn: Modern and Contemporary Drawings in Context, and most recently Art for Rollins: The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art, volume 2. She received her BA in art history from Skidmore College and an MA in art history and museum studies from Tufts University. At both institutions, Laura’s focus was contemporary and modern art. She holds particular interests in West Coast Abstract Expressionism, Vivian Maier and the history of photography, post-World War II Japanese art, and sartorial history, among other subjects.

Bethany Morris

Bethany Morris
Registrar

Bethany has over 15 years of experience in the art world, organizing exhibitions and managing logistics for both private and public collections. At Goodman Taft, Bethany oversees object acquisition, shipping, installation, storage, loans, and safe handling of all collection objects. Prior to her arrival at Goodman Taft, Bethany spent over a decade supporting private collectors as they built and cared for their expanding and diverse holdings. Before her transition into the private market, Bethany spent several years in public institutions, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where she managed various special exhibitions, including focused examinations of artists ranging from Pontormo to Elsa Schiaparelli to Barnett Newman to Christian Marclay. She also held positions at the Museum of Arts and Design and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She graduated with a B.A. in Art History from Boston College and an M.A. in Museum Studies from the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Laine Kirkhoff

Laine Kirkhoff
Administrative Coordinator

Laine has spent ten years working with fine art objects and collections. At Goodman Taft, she streamlines communications, coordinates projects, and supports the day-to-day activities of the firm. Previously, she served as the Assistant Director at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York, and held various positions at Christie’s, Debra Force Fine Art, and Irena Hochman Fine Art Ltd, as well as at the Winterthur Museum, Delaware; The Shelburne Museum, Vermont; and The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC.  Laine holds a double-major BA in Art History and Pre-Graduate Studies in Art Conservation from the University of Delaware. She also earned an MA in Visual Arts Administration from NYU and concentrated her thesis work on art valuation and the art market.