Stan Klein (no relation to Paul Klein) directs Firecat Projects, an independent, for-profit gallery that takes no commission from artists and is co-directed by Stan Klein and artist Tony Fitzpatrick. He discusses the innovative model for Firecat Projects as well as building relationships and business partnerships.
“This is your show, you’re in charge. This is your business––work it. I’ll give [artists] some tips, I’ll give them some guidance, but when I bring over a collector to meet them, it’s not about going through me. It’s about you developing a relationship with this person for the rest of your life.”
Stan Klein grew up in Cleveland and is a longtime Chicago resident. He is the co-director of Firecat Projects with artist Tony Fitzpatrick, his business partner. Previously, he had founded, owned, and operated MCM Fine Framing, a frame shop in Chicago, for over twenty years, and he had been a studio assistant for Andrew Wyeth and Ken Noland. Currently, Klein is focusing on developing innovative ways of funding Firecat Projects, including inviting collectors to sponsor solo exhibitions for emerging and mid-career artists. He believes in placing artists in control of their sales and careers rather than relying on representation. Klein studied art at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. He is an artist, actor, and playwright.