Octavia Gallery presents the works of emerging and mid-career artists whose practices are informed by both a distinct cultural heritage and an ever-widening global perspective. Additionally, the gallery is engaged in secondary market sales of Modern American masters and operates an active art consultancy, which provides art advising, collection management, and fine art appraisals.
Octavia Gallery was founded in 2008 by Pamela Bryan in New Orleans.
In 2014, it opened a second location in Houston and, Fall 2019, it will begin seasonal exhibitions in New York.
Pamela Bryan founded Octavia Art Gallery in 2008 in New Orleans, LA, and then opened a second location in Houston, TX in 2014. Pam is directly involved with organizations seeking to preserve art, architecture, and culture. She completed her undergraduate degree in English Literature and Accounting and her graduate degree in Art History, both from Tulane University. Previously, Pam has held the title of the Executive Director at Longue Vue House and Gardens until 2002, followed by the Director of Operation Comeback for the Preservation Resource Center until 2011.
Emily Siekkinen is a graduate of the University of Florida and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a minor in Art History. Emily has been working in the arts for over fifteen years and has been with Octavia Art Gallery since it’s founding in 2008. As the sole director for many years, she has organized numerous exhibitions, written accompanying texts, and developed relationships with artists both nationally and internationally.
Kristina Larson is a graduate of Tufts University and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and earned a Master’s in Arts Administration from The Savanna College of Art and Design. She is an Associate Member of the Appraisers Association of America, focusing on modern and contemporary art. Kristina has held positions including working as a Consultant for the Ministry of Art and Culture in Morocco, as the Development Specialist for the Contemporary Arts Center's Whitney White Linen Night fundraiser, and as a Senior Fine Art Consultant and Interim Director with Martin Lawrence Galleries. Kristina joined Octavia Art Gallery in February 2016.
Leigh Manley is a well-known Houston gallerist, most notably having worked with McClain Gallery for the better part of a decade. There, she was directly involved with local, national and international artists in the primary market as well as dealing in the secondary art market. Following that, she worked with PEVETO – A Fine Art Resource Management Company. Leigh’s deep appreciation for the creative process compliments her passion for working with consultants, designers and collectors of all levels, whether assisting in finding that one perfect piece or building a collection. Bringing experience spanning two decades, Leigh joined Octavia Art Gallery Houston in January 2017.