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Jury Panel | Ogden, UT
Executive Director of Ogden Contemporary Arts
Venessa Castagnoli BFA ‘12 is the executive director of Ogden Contemporary Arts, a non-profit art organization at the Monarch Building. Beginning March of 2020, she has worked to rebrand, raise funds, and assist in the overall design of the space with the goal of making art accessible to all within the community. In her role at OCA, she also redesigned the Platforms outdoor exhibition space into a sculpture park, which now houses permanent installations. She has experience both as an artist and a curator and created O-Town Arts, a contemporary art collective that was based in Ogden. Venessa’s artwork has been shown in the Utah Museum of Contemporary Arts, the Finch Lane Gallery, as well as several state-wide exhibitions and public art settings.
Jury Panel | Ocala, FL
Contemporary Artist and Author
Charles Eady a contemporary artist and author use art to examine long-held beliefs about the south. His paintings increase dialogues about little-known facts into southern history. His emphasis for the past decade has been on the lives of those living in the South before the Civil War. He has a unique artistic language for layering art into history.
Born in South Carolina he currently lives in Ocala, Florida. Eady graduated from Claflin University with a BA in Art Education. Eady won the 2021 ArtFields Grand Prize with a portrait of a girl who wanted to read. His art has been displayed in an international exhibit and a national exhibit. Eady’s pioneering approach to mixed-media incorporates documents on his paintings.
In 2023, Eady will receive his first solo exhibit at a national museum, the Appleton Museum in Ocala, Florida. A recent painting of his is a part of their permanent collection. The central theme within his work includes scenes from the everyday life of free Blacks. Eady endeavors for his work to teach history and improve social conflict. The incredibly powerful pieces disrupt mainstream imagery to give voice to a population silenced from history.
Jury Panel | Little Switzerland, NC
Arts Administrator, Educator, Artist
Recently retired after 45 years in nonprofit arts management, Jean McLaughlin now focuses on creative endeavors, special projects, and volunteer work. As director of Penland School of Craft for 20 years and visual arts director at the NC Arts Council for 16 years, she is proud to have helped many artists advance their careers. She studied art at the CA College of the Arts, UNC Chapel Hill, Penland School of Craft and has a Masters in Liberal Studies from NC State University. Currently, she serves on boards of the American Craft Council, Community Foundation of Western NC, UNC School of the Arts, Wildacres Retreat, and United States Artists. Some relevant accomplishments during her career include developing fellowships and artists grants as well as establishing new works grants and a public art program at the NC Arts Council. At Penland she was able to lead the organization through a period of growth and preservation. The Campaign for Penland’s Future was completed in 2017 and raised $31M following the Preserve Penland Campaign which raised over $11M—each to grow the endowment, build scholarships, address facility and infrastructure needs, and increase annual giving. New studio facilities were constructed for iron, wood, letterpress, printmaking, books, drawing and painting, photography and papermaking. The Penland Gallery and Visitors Center was renovated and a new exhibition space added. The school became a district on the National Register of Historic Places, ensuring long-term commitment to preserving Penland’s historic fabric, and several historic structures were restored.
Jury Panel | Huntsville, AL
Curator of Exhibitions and Collections, Huntsville Museum of Art
David J. Reyes, Curator of Exhibitions and Collections, has served at the Huntsville Museum of Art in Huntsville, AL, since 1994. Prior to 2004 he was Exhibition Coordinator and Registrar for the museum. He formerly worked at the Rockford Art Museum in Rockford, IL. Mr. Reyes has worked on over 300 major exhibitions at the Huntsville Museum of Art, including the prestigious Red Clay Survey, a recurring juried exhibition of contemporary art with more than 1,200 applicants from the Southeast region. In addition, Mr. Reyes has juried numerous regional independent art competitions, including the 2013 Dogwood Fine Art Exhibition at the Emporium Center for the Arts in Knoxville, TN, the 43rd Montgomery Art Guild Museum Exhibition at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Art.
Mr. Reyes received his B.F.A. from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in Milwaukee, WI.
Mr. Reyes is also a practicing artist working in wood and metal. He was awarded the Best in 3-D prize at the Appalachian Corridors exhibition at the Avampato Discovery Museum in Charleston, WV in 2003, and most recently had a one-man show, Conflict Resolution, at Lowe Mill Arts & Entertainment in Huntsville, AL.
Jury Panel | San Juan, Puerto Rico
Sculptor, Architect, Educator, Ceramicist
Jaime Suárez, was born in San Juan Puerto Rico, 1946. Holds a BA Architecture from Catholic University in Washington D.C., where he took ceramics and painting as elective courses, and a MA in Urban Design from Columbia University in N.Y. He is considered one of the, principal promoters of the ceramic medium in Puerto Rico, co-founding key institutions that fueled its development, and has produced a body of work that has gained for him and the Island international recognition. His work is included in mayor ceramic collections in museums in Europe, Japan, United States, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Together with his ceramics he developed a new medium, the clayprints, and more recently stamped concrete. His work includes various monumental public commissions in clay and concrete, amongst them Telluric Totem at the V Centennial Plaza in Old San Juan and Ode to the Sun at the Performing Arts Center in San Juan. He has worked extensively as a set and costume designer for dance theatre and opera, including Ballets de San Juan, which he presides. He formed part of the founding faculty of the New School of Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico where he teaches architectural design, ceramics, set design and drawing as electives.
He has collaborated and collaborates with numerous cultural and educational institutions in Puerto Rico serving as board or committee member for mayor museums, dance, theatre and opera companies and currently serves on the Board of Cerf + - the Artist Safety Net.
Selection Panel | Columbia, SC
Curator and Art Historian
Catherine Walworth is a curator and historian of modern art and material culture. She received her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 2013 and her book Soviet Salvage: Imperial Debris, Revolutionary Reuse, and Russian Constructivism (Penn State University Press, 2017) was shortlisted for a First Book Prize. Walworth began her career at the Seattle Art Museum and has held curatorial positions at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas, Cleveland Museum of Art, and Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh. Walworth has worked as a contemporary arts writer for several print and online journals. From 2016 until November 2021, she served as curator at the Columbia Museum of Art where she organized numerous exhibitions, including solo shows featuring Renée Cox, Katie Pell, Jimmy Kuehnle, Mimi Kato, and the upcoming Anila Quayyum Agha exhibition in February 2022.
Selection Panel | Atlanta, GA
Artist, Co-Founder/Co-Curator of ARTiculate ATL
George Galbreath graduated from Hickman High School in 1997 and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Howard University in 2000. He completed his M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2002.
Throughout his eighteen years of classroom teaching, including fifteen years with the Fulton County School District in Atlanta, Georgia, he has maintained a career as a working artist. He currently serves as Art Department Chair at Westlake High School.
His work has most recently been featured at the 2018 African American Art Exhibition at the Actors Theatre (Louisville, KY) awarded the Roanne H. Victor Merit Award; Juried Plein Air Exhibit at Rice Gallery (Kansas City, MO); and several exhibits throughout the city of Atlanta. He was awarded Best in Show in 2015, and Honorable Mention in 2016, at Georgia Art Educators Association (GAEA) exhibit. George was also a 2016 and 2018 Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series semi-finalist. He is the co-founder of non-profit UAE Youth Artist Program and Urban Art Expression; and co-founder/co-curator of ARTiculate ATL in Atlanta, GA.
George is an active member of the Castleberry Hill Neighborhood Association and finds inspiration living in the historic arts district with his wife Esohe. George and Esohe are members of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church.
Selection Panel | Charlotte, NC
Senior Curator of American Art
Jonathan Stuhlman has been the Curator of American Art at The Mint Museum since 2006 and also served, from 2013-2019, as the museums Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. He previously held curatorial positions at the Norton Museum of Art, the University of Virginia Art Museum; the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; and the Art Institute of Chicago.
Dr. Stuhlman has organized numerous traveling exhibitions and contributed to their accompanying catalogues, including: Georgia OKeeffe: Circling around Abstraction; From New York to Corrymore: Robert Henri and Ireland; Double Solitaire: The Surreal Worlds of Kay Sage and Yves Tanguy; Seeing the World Within: Charles Seliger in the 1940s; Connecting the World: The Panama Canal at 100; and John Leslie Breck: American Impressionist. He also oversaw the reinstallation of the Mints collection of American Art for the opening of the Mint Museum Uptown in 2010. His upcoming projects include American Made: Treasures from the Jacobsen Foundation Collection and Southern/Modern: 1915-1955.
Dr. Stuhlman received a B.A. with honors in Art History from Bowdoin College; an M.A. in Modern and Contemporary Art History, Theory, and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and a PhD in the History of Art from the University of Virginia.
Selection Panel | Detroit, MI
Curator, Director of Exhibitions At The Library Street Collective
Juana Williams is a visual arts curator and writer based in Detroit, Michigan. Her curatorial practice predominantly focuses on deconstructing cultural and social issues, and attempts to provide a dialogue within which these issues can be discussed. Williams recently joined the Library Street Collective team as the Director of Exhibitions. She previously served as the Exhibitions Curator at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Prior to joining UICA, Williams held multiple positions at various art institutions including the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, the Wayne State University Art Department Gallery, the Elaine L. Jacob Gallery, and the Detroit Institute of Arts. She holds a BA in Art and an MA in Art History, both from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.
Selection Panel | Norfolk, VA
Artist, Public Art and Placemaking Coordinator for the City of Virginia Beach, VA
Nina Goodale has worked at the intersection of art, culture, technology, and community engagement. She has worked on the regional, state, and local level, most recently as the Public Art and Placemaking Coordinator for the City of Virginia Beach, acting as a liaison between artists, architects, foundations, funders, contractors, developers, city departments and community groups in developing, commissioning, and managing public art and placemaking projects.
She has worked with cities on establishing programs that connected neighborhoods around key initiatives ranging from violence reduction to economic development to collaborative and immersive experiences. With roles ranging from work within nonprofits, municipalities, private industry, self-initiated projects, and board involvement, she developed a keen lens on conditions necessary for residents to connect within a city and organically amplify the best of a place.