JURY

2016

yaelle_amir

Yaelle S. Amir is a curator and researcher based in Portland, OR. Her writing, research and curatorial projects focus primarily on artists whose practices supplement the initiatives of existing social movements—rendering themes within those struggles in ways that both interrogate and promote these issues to a wider audience. Yaelle is currently Curator of Exhibitions and Public Programs at Newspace Center for Photography.

sharon_arnold

Sharon Arnold is a Seattle-based artist, writer, and founder of Bridge Productions. She has independently curated in various renegade spaces as well as SOIL Gallery, Roq La Rue, and most recently was one of four curators for 2015’s landmark event Out of Sight Seattle at King Street Station which ran alongside the Seattle Art Fair. Bridge Productions is home to several projects featuring a broad range of contemporary art and literature to create a strong, accessible connection to the arts through publications, monthly art exhibitions, events, collaborations, and curated box sets. Located in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle, historically a vibrant hub for artists and performers, Bridge provides a venue which creates the opportunity for artists, makers, patrons, and supporters to convene in celebration and support of the arts.

 

mack_mcfarland

Mack McFarland is an artist and has worked as Curator for Pacific Northwest College of Art since 2006. Currently McFarland is the Director of the Center for Contemporary Art & Culture located within PNCA. His past exhibtions have included commissioned projects of new works from tactical media practitioners Critical Art Ensemble, Eva and Franco Mattes, and Disorientalism and survey exhibitions including Luc Tuymans’s Graphic Works, a group exhibit marking the centennial of John Cage’s birth, and a comprehensive look at the process of comic journalist Joe Sacco. Currently the team of Center for Contemporary Art & Culture are plotting out a two year series to explore the vital and robust scene of artist-run spaces and projects in the United States. McFarland’s current artistic focus swirls around issues of class, race, techno-culture, and phenomenological perception. These explorations manifest in the form of exhibitions, postcards, performances, and videos. With his works and exhibitions McFarland aims to develop a space for the viewer to experience an intersection of visceral aesthetic and cognition via contemplative sensory experiments.

 

ashley_stull_meyers

Ashley Stull Meyers is a writer, editor and curatorial collaborator. She has curated exhibitions and programming for the Wattis Institute (San Francisco), Eli Ridgway Gallery (San Francisco), The Luggage Store (San Francisco) and the Oakland Museum of California. She writes for DailyServing, The Exhibitionist and BOMB Magazine, and has been in academic residency at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art (Omaha, NE) and the Banff Centre (Banff, Alberta). Most recently, Stull Meyers has been an adjunct professor at Wichita State University (Wichita, KS). She is currently based in Portland, Oregon.

 

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