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Meet Our 2017 Review Panel & Judges

We Welcome Art & Artists From Across The Southeast


Our review panel and juried panel bring together a diverse group of curators, art professionals, and art enthusiasts.


2018 Judges to be announced soon.

Review Panel | Winston Salem, NC

Cora Fisher

Curator of Contemporary Art, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art

Cora Fisher is Curator at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) where since 2013 she has organized fifteen exhibitions and a host of public programs. Her most recent exhibition is Dispatches, which brings together contemporary artists, photojournalists and media practitioners to respond to critical issues in the news today. She has also launched a juried North Carolina Artist Salon Series, 12 x 12, offering a platform to some of the best emerging and mid-career artists working across the state now. A New York City-native, she has been a freelance writer and editor since 2006. She holds a BFA from The Cooper Union School of Art and an MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.

Review Panel | Bentonville, AR

Lauren Haynes

Curator of Contemporary Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Lauren Haynes is Curator, Contemporary Art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. Prior to joining Crystal Bridges, Haynes spent nearly a decade at The Studio Museum in Harlem as Associate Curator for the permanent collection. As a specialist in African American modern and contemporary art, Haynes curated dozens of exhibitions at the Studio Museum and contemporary art institutions in New York, including Alma Thomas (co-curator); Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art; Trenton Doyle Hancock: Skin and Bones, 20 Years of drawing (institutional organizer) and Stanley Whitney: Dance the Orange. Haynes has authored several catalogues such as Alma Thomas, The Bearden Project, Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art and Stanley Whitney: Dance the Orange. She has also lectured at The Whitney Museum of American Art, Deutsche Bank and Texas State University, San Marcos. A member of the Association of Art Museum Curators, she serves on the Nomination and Governance Committee and is a recipient of the 2016 Gold Rush Award from Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation.

Review Panel | Kennesaw, GA

Sarah Higgins

Curator at the Zuckerman Museum of Art at Kennesaw State University

Sarah Higgins is Curator at the Zuckerman Museum of Art at Kennesaw State University. She has curated over 30 exhibitions featuring a diverse range of emerging, established, and international artists for institutions such as the Hessel Museum of Art, Atlantic Center for the Arts, and the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art. She holds a M.A. in Curatorial Studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies (CCS Bard), where she also served as Graduate Program Coordinator from 2013-2015.
She was Curatorial Coordinator for the 2013 MFA Thesis Exhibition, Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College and has been a Curatorial Fellow under Lauren Cornell at the New Museum in NYC. She was a member of the curatorial team for the exhibition 199A-199B, a retrospective of works from the 1990s by Liam Gillick at the Hessel Museum at Bard. Prior to attending CCS Bard, Sarah was Community Arts Director at Atlantic Center for the Arts from 2007 – 2011. There, she served as curator of Atlantic Center’s Harris House Gallery, developed multidisciplinary youth arts and residency programs, and managed community outreach and educational programming. Before 2007, she was Assistant Director of Parchman Stremmel Gallery and an Educator at ArtPace, both in San Antonio, Texas. She holds a B.F.A. from Atlanta College of Art in sculpture and printmaking.

Review Panel | Atlanta, GA

Katherine Jentleson

Merrie and Dan Boone Curator of Folk and Self-Taught Art, High Museum of Art

Katherine Jentleson joined the High Museum of Art as the Merrie and Dan Boone Curator of Folk and Self-Taught Art in 2015. In that same year, Jentleson earned her Ph.D. from Duke University. Her dissertation, “Gatecrashers: The First Generation of Outsider Artists in America,” examines the rise of institutional interest in self-taught artists during the interwar years. Jentleson is the recipient of awards and fellowships from Duke University, The Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Archives of American Art and the Dedalus Foundation. She also contributed research and writing to exhibitions at the American Folk Art Museum, the Ackland Art Museum, the Nasher Museum of Art, the Studio Museum in Harlem and Prospect.3 New Orleans. Jentleson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University where she studied Comparative Literature and wrote her thesis on the Catalan painter Antonio Tàpies.

Review Panel | Louisville, KY

Miranda Lash

Curator of Contemporary Art at the Speed Art Museum

As Curator of Contemporary Art at the Speed Art Museum, Miranda Lash oversees the contemporary department’s exhibitions, programming, collection, and acquisitions, as well as commissions for the Elizabeth P. and Frederick K. Cressman Art Park. Prior to the Speed, Lash was the founding curator of modern and contemporary art at the New Orleans Museum of Art from 2008 to 2014. At NOMA she organized over 20 exhibitions, including the traveling retrospective exhibition Mel Chin: Rematch; Swoon: Thalassa; Camille Henrot: Cities of Ys; and Parallel Universe: Quintron and Miss Pussycat Live at City Park. Her essays have been published in the Harvard journal Res: Anthropology and Aesthetics, the anthology Baroque Tendencies in Contemporary Art, New American Painting, and Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts. Lash has been a Clark Fellow at the Clark Art Institute, a consultant for Creative Capital, a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, and a member of the Curator’s Council for U.S. Biennial Prospect.4. Her upcoming exhibition at the Speed, Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art, an inquiry into Southern identity, is co-organized with Trevor Schoonmaker, chief curator at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, and is accompanied by an extensive catalog published by Duke University Press. She is a graduate of Harvard University and Williams College.

Juried Panel | Nashville, TN

Sara Estes

Fine Arts Journalist

Sara Estes is a writer and critic based in Nashville. She is a columnist at Burnaway and an editor at Number, an independent arts journal of the South. From 2014-2016, she was the lead art writer at The Tennessean. She is the former gallery coordinator for Fisk University’s Carl Van Vechten Gallery, and has also worked at David Lusk Gallery and Cumberland Art Conservation Center. She is the cofounder of Threesquared Gallery. Her writing has been featured in Hyperallergic, The Bitter Southerner, Oxford American, BookPage, Chapter 16, Empty Mirror, Nashville Scene, Nashville Arts Magazine, and others.

Juried Panel | Charlottesville, VA

Tosha Grantham

Curator of Second Street Gallery in Charlottesville

As curator of Second Street Gallery, in Charlottesville, VA, Tosha Grantham has curated exhibitions including Taliaferro Logan: Latitudes and Longitudes, Arturo Lindsay: Portraits of Yemaya; Yeni Mao: The Conqueror; Edward Thomas: Praxinoscopes; Amy Sherald: Off the Chain—American Art Unfettered; Siemon Allen: Labels; Sonya Clark: Bitter, Sweet, and Tender; Rashaun Rucker: Fly Away; Matthew P. Shelton/Nikolai M. Noel: contested bodies; and José Bedia: Lembrança de Nosso Paso Por Aquela Terra Brava among others.
Grantham holds a B.A. in art history from Georgetown University, an M.A. from Howard University and is a PhD Candidate in art history at the University of Maryland. Her studies focus on contemporary art with a specialization in American and African Diaspora arts and West and Central African art history. Her dissertation, Juju for the Guggenheim: Contemporary Arthropology examines intersections of artistic practice and ritual in contemporary art and performance. Grantham was the David C. Driskell Fellow in Museum Studies at the Walters’ Art Museum (2006), and the Department of Art History and Archaeology Museum Fellow at the Walters’ Art Museum (2007). She received the Jenny Rhee Fellowship (2006–2011), the Graduate School Summer Research Fellowship (2011), and funding from the Latin American Studies Center to attend the 15th Fábrica de Idéais at the Universidade Federal da Bahia in Salvador, Brazil (2012), and for research in Panama (2013).

Juried Panel | Charleston, SC

Angela Mack

Executive Director and Chief Curator for the Gibbes Museum of Art

As Executive Director and Chief Curator for the Gibbes Museum of Art, Angela Mack’s publications include Landscape of Slavery: The Plantation in American Art (2008); Edward Hopper in Charleston (2008); Henry Benbridge (1743-1812): Charleston Portrait Painter (2001); and In Pursuit of Refinement: Charlestonians Abroad, 1740-1860 (1999). A contributor to several periodicals, she has written articles for The Magazine Antiques, Sculpture Magazine, American Art Review, and South Carolina Historical Society Magazine.
Mrs. Mack is chair of the Charleston Heritage Federation, a member of the Board of the Charleston Area Visitors and Convention Bureau, and serves on the Art and History Commission of the City of Charleston. She has served on the Citadel Humanities and Social Sciences Advisor Committee, the scholars committee for the NYC Winter Antique Show exhibition, and has lectured at Sotheby’s, Colonial Williamsburg, and for the National Decorative Arts Trust.

Juried Panel | Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Karen Patterson

Curator at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center

As Curator at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center (JMKAC), Patterson takes an interdisciplinary curatorial approach and has a strong interest in generating thoughtful exchanges with a variety of audiences. She works to integrate under-represented art forms into international art discussions. Her primary research focus is the premier collection of folk art, self-taught art, and artist environments interested and she incorporates these works into curatorial projects that explore a variety of contemporary themes. Her recent curatorial projects include Ebony G. Patterson: Dead Treez, Ray Yoshida’s Museum of Extraordinary Values, and This Must Be The Place, an exhibition series exploring the relationship between artists and their formative places. Patterson completed her B.A. in Folklore Studies at Memorial University in Newfoundland, Canada, and her M.A. in Arts Administration at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is an alum of the Independent Curators International Curatorial Intensive Program and is currently working as a curator with the inaugural Associate Artist Program in conjunction with the 2016 Liverpool Biennial. Prior to joining JMKAC, she developed interpretive programs for house museums and heritage sites in Canada and the US and co-founded a 12-hour public art festival, Nocturne: Art at Night, in Nova Scotia.

Juried Panel | Durham, NC

Marshall N. Price

Nancy Hanks Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University

Marshall N. Price is the Nancy Hanks Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. He received a Ph.D. in Art History from the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Between 1998 and 2002 Dr. Price was Curatorial Assistant at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. He held the position of Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the National Academy Museum, New York from 2003 until 2014. He has organized dozens of exhibitions including most recently A Material Legacy: The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Collection of Contemporary Art, Jeffrey Gibson: Said the Pigeon to the Squirrel, Pat Steir: Blue River, John Cage: The Sight of Silence, and George Tooker: A Retrospective. Over the course of his career Dr. Price has lectured and written extensively on modern and contemporary art including recent publications Robert Kipniss: Paintings and Poetry, 1950-1964, Martin Kline: Romantic Nature, Aleatoric Affinities: John Cage and Maria Elena González’s “Skowhegan Birch #1”, Emma Tapley: Transcendence and Time, and others.
(credit J. Caldwell for the photo)