Festival team

The scientific programming of the Festival is provided by a dedicated team within the Department of Studies and Research of the National Institute of Art History.

Veerle Thielemans, scientific director

Veerle Thielemans is a doctor in art history specializing in 19th century French painting.
A graduate of the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium) and former student of the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris), she defended her doctoral thesis at Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, United States). After twenty years spent at the Terra Foundation for American Art, where she was Director of Academic Programs, she took over as head of the team dedicated to the Festival within the INHA in December 2018.

Fabien Lacouture, programming manager

Fabien Lacouture has a doctorate in the history of modern art from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, associate researcher at HICSA/Paris 1 and former student of the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. He is the author of a thesis on the representations of the child in early modern northern and central Italian painting. He was also a postdoctoral researcher in 2020-2021 at the Department of Italian Studies at the University of Toronto. He joined the team dedicated to the festival as a scientific programming manager in the fall of 2021.

Marion Sergent, Project Manager

Marion Sergent has a doctorate in art history from Sorbonne-University and a former member of the Center André Chastel. With a thesis entitled The artists musicalists: theories and practices of a union of the arts (1932-1960), her research focuses on the relationships between different mediums, women artists and theoretical writings on art. She joined the art history festival team in January 2021, currently in charge of the student component.

The technical organization is based on the Château de Fontainebleau, which also develops the cultural program offered to festival-goers.

Damien Heurtebise, General Delegate

A graduate of the National School of Charters and the National Heritage Institute, Damien Heurtebise is chief heritage curator. In an internationally oriented career, he served as deputy head of the Nantes Diplomatic Archives Center before taking over the management of the French Institute of El Jadida and the general coordination of the world music festival. “ Nights of Ramadan ”.
In 2019, he joined the team of the Art History Festival, at the Château de Fontainebleau, as operational project director.


Other people involved in the preparation of the Festival

Damien Truchot, advisor in charge of the film programming of the festival

Marie-Laure Moreau, head of the communication department at INHA

Anne-Gaëlle Plumejeau, communication and press relations officer at INHA

Sarah Chiesa, communication officer for the Art History Festival at INHA


All the departments of the Château de Fontainebleau are also involved in the preparation and implementation of the event.