About Douglas Drake


Douglas Drake has been an art collector since 1968, and a dealer, curator, arts administrator and appraiser since 1974.  He owned and operated the Douglas Drake Gallery in Kansas City from 1974 until 1985, then the Douglas Drake Gallery in New York City until 1995.  He is now a full-time private dealer and appraiser.

His art business has focused on 20th Century and Post-War American Art, Contemporary Art, photography, and also featured the arts of Africa, Asia and Native America. He has curated over 160 exhibitions, many of which were reviewed in The Kansas City Star, The New York Times, Art in America, Artforum, ARTnews, and Arts.
List of NYC Exhibitions
List of KC Exhibitions

The Gallery’s contemporary art ranged from classic modern paintings, prints and photographs to more conceptual work and performance art.  Artists who were presented in solo exhibitions include:

John BaldessariDarby BannardLynda Benglis
Billy Al BengstonRichard BogartDouglas Bond
Dan ChristensenSteven CromwellLaddie John Dill
R.M. FischerHelen FrankenthalerPinchas Cohen Gan
Robert GoodnoughShea GordonJohn Gutowski
Charles HinmanDavid HockneyHans Hofmann
Sandra JackmanVirginia JaramilloCyndi Ketchum
Gary KuehnFrank LimoneAllan McCollum
Henri MatisseDuane MichalsHenry Moore
Robert MotherwellTony NaponicRobert Natkin
Will NettleshipJules OlitskiLarry Poons
Jim SajovicMiriam SchapiroCarlos Setien
Cindy ShermanRon SlowinskiKimber Smith
Michael SteinerKarl StrussVivian Torrence
Dan Younger

Museum clients include the Museum of Modern Art, Guggenheim Museum, Metropolitan Museum, Whitney Museum, and International Center of Photography, all in New York; in the Kansas City 4-state area the Nelson-Atkins, Kemper, Daum, Nerman, Spencer, Sheldon Memorial, Joslyn, Ulrich, Albrecht-Kemper, Kansas State University, University of Missouri at Columbia, and University of Nebraska-Omaha museums, and the Mulvane Art Center; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Delaware Art Museum, San Francisco Art Museum, Georgia Museum of Art, Albright-Knox Museum, Denver Art Museum, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield (MA) Museum of Art, Laguna Gloria Art Museum.

Corporate clients since 1994 include Bank Midwest, Central Bank, Continental Insurance Corporation, H&R Block, Hallmark, Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, Spencer Fane Britt & Browne, and Sprint.

Other career experience includes various assignments within Hallmark Cards, Inc., and marketing and development positions with the Kansas City Ballet and Kansas City Public Television.


Service Positions

Arts Council of Johnson County, Board of Directors
Owen Cox Dance Group, Board of Directors
Review Magazine, Board of Directors

Kansas City Art Institute, Board of Governors
Johnson County Community College, Arts Advisory Board
University of Missouri Kansas City, Art Gallery Board
Nelson-Atkins Museum, Purchase Committee Chair and 5 auxiliaries
Kansas City Council on Philanthropy and Association of Fundraising Professionals
Missouri Arts Council Advisor
K. C. Art Dealers Association, Co-founder and Vice-President
Kansas City Artists Coalition, Founding Member  
Pembroke Hill School, Alumni Association President
Phi Beta Kappa Association of Greater KC, President
Bacchus Cultural and Educational Foundation, Trustee

MBA Stanford University
BA Williams College—Magna cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa
New York University, multimedia
Center for Management Assistance (of MARC, Kansas City), certification as consultant
Coursework administered by the Appraisers Association of America (membership pending)

Writing and Projects By

2009:  “Remembrances of Dan,” essay in Dan Christensen:  Forty Years, catalog for retrospective exhibition at The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City and the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery in Lincoln, Nebraska

2002:  Entries from personal collection in “Three-Ring Circus,” cumulative exquisite-corpse exhibition of privately owned art at the Leedy-Voulkos Gallery in Kansas City (curated by Kate Hackman)

2002:  Curator, works by Rachel Malcolm-Woods at The Kansas City Art Institute

1997:  Judge, Society of Contemporary Photography annual members show, Kansas City, Missouri

1984:  Contributor to “Dealer’s Choice” exhibition at the Nelson-Atkins Sales and Rental Gallery, Kansas City, MO

1983:  “The Continental Collection”, essay in corporate brochure co-written with Elisabeth Kirsch

1980:  Judge of Faculty Show, University of Oklahoma

1978:  Co-curator (with Donald Doe), “Expressionism in the 70’s”, University of Nebraska, Omaha.

1978:  Co-curator, “The Pioneer Exhibition” (with museum curators Bestsy Broun and Ellen Goheen); show of Kansas City area artists, Crown Center Gallery and Douglas Drake Gallery.

1976:  “Kansas City Artists Coalition at Crown Center,” exhibition review in KCAC, March

1974-1994:  Press releases for each Douglas Drake Gallery exhibition

1972:  Co-curator (with Ted Coe), “Art for the 70’s” exhibition at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Sales and Rental Gallery

1971:  Co-curator (with K.D. Bunting), “Communication ‘71”, print show at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Sales and Rental Gallery (catalog)


Art comes alive in St. Ann’s classes. (1979, March 28).  Sun

Bassin, J. (1978, July). Secret gardens: A survey of a few galleries. City.

Bayless, P. (1978, December 24). What’s Doing in KANSAS CITY: From cowtown to now-town. The New York Times, p. XX7.

Buddhist Art from the Himalayas to Southeast Asia at Unit 5 Gallery. (2009, October). Spaces.

Canfield, A. S. (1979). Visiting artists share excitement of art with students. Kansas City Star.

Continental Insurance continues to build contemporary collection. (1991, October). Corporate Art News.

Corporate exile Doug Drake: The art of being your own boss. (1982, September). Kansas City.

Cotter, H. (1994, July 22). Art in review:. . .Dan Christensen: Douglas Drake Gallery 50 West 57th Street through July 29. The New York Times. (Exhibition review).

Cozad, R. B., Kennedy, S. L., Drake, D., & Wilkin, K. (2009). Dan Christensen: Forty years of painting. Kansas City: Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. (Exhibition catalog).

Desmond, K. (2004, November). More real than real. Review.

Doe, D.B. (1980) Dan Christensen: Paintings from the 70’s. Omaha: University of Nebraska. (Exhibition catalog).

Doe, D.B. (1979) Warren Rosser: American Works (1972-1979). Omaha: University of Nebraska. (Exhibition catalog).

Ferruzza, C. (1996, December 13) They don’t dance, but still bring ballet to life.  Sun.

Findley, T. (2003, March). The collective process of art. Kansas City Home Design.

Geske, N. (1984) Ronald Slowinski: 25 Years. Lincoln: Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery. (Exhibition catalog).

Goodman, J. (1975, April). Allan McCollum. Arts. (Exhibition review).

Goodman, J. (1974, December). Kansas City: Bob Duran / David Novros at Douglas Drake. Arts, pp. 25-26. (Exhibition review).

Goodman, J. (1974, November). Kansas City: Gary Kuehn at Douglas Drake. Arts, p. 26. (Exhibition review).

Goodman, J. (1975, May). Kansas City: Ron Slowinski at Douglas Drake. Arts, pp. 26-27. (Exhibition review).

Goodman, J. (1975, March). Laddie John Dill. Arts, pp. 23-24. (Exhibition review).

Goodman, J. (1975, September). Post-minimal artists. Arts, p. 30. (Exhibition review).

Gurley, G. (1999, April).  What we read. Kansas City Star.

Hackman, K. (2002, September/October). Artorama. Review.

Hagen, C. (1991, December 27). Art in review:. . .‘New York Stories’ Douglas Drake Gallery 50 West 57th Street through Jan. 10. The New York Times.  (Exhibition review).

Hoffman, D. (1975, January). Adventurous dealers. Art News.

Hoffman, D. (April, 1986). Gallery gloom. Kansas City Star.

Hoffman, D. (1989, November). Is KC viable for artists, dealers? Kansas City Star.

Hoffman, R. & Torrence, V. (1993). Chemistry imagined: Reflections on science. Washington, D. C.: Smithsonian Institution Press.

Jones, D. D. (1974, April 24). Drake gallery open.  Kansas City Star.

Jones, D. D. (1974, June). Kansas City: Douglas Drake Gallery. Arts, pp. 71-72.

Kutner, J. (1976, September). David Novros. Arts, p. 4. (Exhibition review).

Larson, P. (1975, September). David Novros. Arts, p. 29. (Exhibition review).

Lulaki, S. (2002, September/October). Pilgrims’ progress: Art provocateurs Drake and Kirsch. Review.

Macmillan, K. (2009, November). Dan Christensen—Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Artforum. (Exhibition review).

Melcher, V. K. (1979, February 4). As art market, the city has come a long way. Kansas City Star.

Melcher, V. (1976, January). David McCullough. Arts. (Exhibition review).

Melcher, V. (1977, February/March). New breed of art collectors. Outlook.

Moffett, K. (1987, June). Moffett’s artletter. Vol. II, No. 6.

Mrozek, D. (1980, Summer). Douglas Drake at Kansas State University. Forum.

Poised for a bright future. (1998, September). Kansas City Star.

Russell, J. (1989, March 31). Review/Art; Charting 2 centuries of design in France. The New York Times.

Schmitz, J. (1979, February). Douglas Drake. Forum. (Interview).

Serwer, A. E. (1995, December). A culture clash over corporate art. Fortune.

Smith, R. (1991, August 2). Review/Art; A color field painter from the 60’s to now. The New York Times.

Thorson, A. (1996, November 10). Alumni artwork is available at ‘Viewpoint’ auction. Kansas City Star.

Thorson, A. (1999, April 7). Sedalia breaks new cultural ground. Kansas City Star.

Ziegesar, P. V. (1986, May/June). Is art prohibited in Kansas City? Forum.

Ziegesar, P. V. (1987, May). Oh, yeah? Well, we got Bo Jackson. Kansas City.

Ziegesar, P. V. (1988, May). So long, succor. Kansas City.

Ziegesar, P. V. (1986, May). This is getting to be pretty serious. Kansas City.