Potter & Potter taps Aron Packer for Fine and Outsider Art department

Potter & Potter Auctions has selected Aron Packer as director and specialist of its recently created Fine and Outsider Art department. Image courtesy of Potter & Potter


Potter & Potter Auctions has selected Aron Packer as director and specialist of its recently created Fine and Outsider Art department. Image courtesy of Potter & Potter

CHICAGO – Potter & Potter Auctions announces that Aron Packer has joined the company as a director and specialist for its Fine and Outsider Art department. This department was established after Potter & Potter’s successful debut December 2022 Fine and Outsider Art Sale, which realized $155,000. With Packer’s appointment, the company plans to grow its art offering into several premier events per year, establish in-house expertise and thought leadership, and be top of mind for collectors and sellers looking to buy or deaccession quality fine and outsider art and related materials.

Packer’s art business experience began in 1992 when he operated gallery spaces throughout Chicago as well as participated in art fairs across the United States. In 2015, he launched his own consultancy, Aron Packer Projects, which managed pop-up shows and events in various spaces across Chicago. His company also assisted the local art community and institutions with exhibits, sales, programming, promotion and gallery management.

From 2017 to 2018, Packer worked at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers of Chicago as a business development executive in the company’s Fine Art department. There, he created Hindman’s Outsider art auction as well as forged relationships with local and regional art communities to expand revenue and grow the company’s fine art business.

From 2019 to 2022, Packer was a specialist in Contemporary and Outsider art at Toomey & Co. Auctioneers in Oak Park, Illinois. There, he curated two Outsider art auctions. Today, Packer is known throughout the art world for his management experience, fine eye and industry and collector relationships. In his new role at Potter & Potter Auctions, Packer will be responsible for building and managing the company’s Fine and Outsider Art department, consignment generation, and cataloging.

Gabe Fajuri, president at Potter & Potter Auctions, said, “Adding a professional like Aron to our team is the perfect way to start the new year here at Potter & Potter, but more importantly, it helps set the tone for our company’s expansion and growth into new markets. We’re thrilled to work with a professional with a proven track record of success in the art market, and can’t wait for him to curate the first sale as director of Outsider and fine art here.”

Packer said, “I am so excited to join the Potter & Potter Auctions’ team. It is a dream opportunity to be surrounded by the kind of objects and ephemera I have loved and studied for decades. I hope to contribute my distinctive taste and aesthetics in fine and Outsider art to this phenomenal auction house and make an imprint in our regional art community and beyond.”