Awards and Grants - Jurors


Linda Fleming

Linda Fleming is a sculptor renown for her large-scale outdoor works. She studied at San Francisco Art Institute and Carnegie Mellon University. Her sculptures have been exhibited widely in galleries, museums, and public spaces in New York, Chicago, Miami, Santa Fe, and the Bay Area. Recent installations include the International Quilt Study Center (Lincoln, Nebraska); the Berkeley Art Museum; Oakland Museum of California; Stanford Museum of Art; and the Nevada Art Museum. Her work is held in numerous international public and private collections and reviews of her exhibitions have been published in Art in America, Sculpture, and The New York Times.

Fleming is one of the founders of Libre, a community of artists in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, where she continues to maintain a studio that she built with her own hands. She has received awards from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, Art Matters, the Athena Foundation, and named the International Sculpture Center Outstanding Educator of 2016. She was awarded the Distinguished Faculty Award from the California College of the Arts where is she is Professor Emerita of Sculpture and Fine Arts.

David Pagel

David Pagel is an art critic, curator, and educator. He was the recipient of an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Contemporary Arts Criticism and was a Macgeorge Fellow at the University of Melbourne in Australia. Since 1991, he has written regularly for The Los Angeles Times, and has published reviews, features, and essays in Artforum, Art in America, Flash Art, frieze, and Art Issues. Pagel is an adjunct curator at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, New York, where he recently organized Unfinished Business: Paintings from the 1970s and ’80s by Ross Bleckner, Eric Fischl, and David Salle.

Pagel's exhibitions typically emphasize pleasure's place in intellectual inquiry. Among others, they include Painting from Another Planet (Deitch Projects), The Dreams Stuff Is Made Of (Art Frankfurt), Radar Love (Galleria Marabini, Bologna), Tripod: Kyla Hansen and Dion Johnson (Claremont Graduate University), and The 10th Circle (Western Project). Recent publications include "Inside-Outsider" in Ralph Humphrey, Paintings 1972-83; "Full Circle" in Albert Contreras; "Nagle: in His Own Context," in Nagle, Ron; "Fast Times, Slow Looks" in Wendell Gladstone: D.O.A., S.O.S., ETC., and "The Handmade Imagination of John Frame," in Three Fragments of a Lost Tale. Pagel is chair of the Art Department and Professor of Art Theory and History at Claremont Graduate University. He is on the board of The Foundation for Advanced Critical Studies. He earned his M.A. from Harvard University in Art History in 1987 and B.A. from Stanford University in Modern Thought and Literature in 1985.

Scott A. Shields

Scott A. Shields is Associate Director and Chief Curator at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, CA, which features the world's foremost display of California art and is celebrated for its holdings of European master drawings and international ceramics. He has twenty years of museum experience in the Midwest and California and today specializes in the art of California from statehood to present.

Shields has curated more than fifty exhibitions and has authored several exhibition catalogues, such as Artists at Continent's End: The Monterey Peninsula Art Colony, 1875­­–1907 (University of California Press); Edgar Payne: The Scenic Journey (Pomegranate Communications); and David Ligare: California Classicist (Papadakis Publisher, London). He has written numerous scholarly articles on modern and contemporary art and contributed an essay to the Fine Art Museums of San Francisco's catalogue Jewel City: Art from San Francisco's Panama-Pacific International Exposition. He is the editor of San Francisco and the Second Wave: The Blair Collection of Bay Area Abstract Expressionism. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in art history from the University of Kansas.

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Michael Auping

Michael Auping arrived at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth in 1993 to assume a curatorship which he has held with distinction since that time. He is well known for his contributions and expertise in post-World War II American art. Auping grew up in Los Angeles, California and received his MA from California State University in Long Beach. He came to Fort Worth after nearly a decade as the contemporary curator of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York. While in Buffalo, he parlayed the museum’s own collection of abstract expressionist masterpieces and its generous history of lending to other institutions to produce the first truly serious reappraisal of that hallowed movement. With essays by a host of revisionist scholars and curators, the catalog Abstract Expressionism: The Critical Developments is still read today and produced a counter discourse to the triumphalism of the New York School. Auping has curated major exhibitions devoted to Frank Stella, Clyfford Still, Arshile Gorky, organized Jenny Holzer’s U.S. Pavilion for the 1990 Venice Biennale, co-curated the 2000 Whitney Biennial, and this year — with Frank Stella’s full support as well as access to his archives — co-curated Frank Stella: A Retrospective. The exhibition presents Frank Stella’s career to date showcasing his prolific output from the mid-1950s to the present through approximately 100 works including paintings, reliefs, maquettes, and sculptures. Curated in association with Adam D. Weinberg, Alice Pratt Brown Director of the Whitney Museum of American Art, and Carrie Springer, Assistant Curator of the Whitney, the retrospective traveled from the Whitney to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and will be on view at the de Young Museum, San Francisco, from November 5, 2016 through February 26, 2017.

Suzanne Caporael
Suzanne Caporael received her Bachelors and Masters degrees from the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, California. She had her first show at thirty-five, when then Director Paul Schimmel debuted her work at the Newport Harbor Art Museum (now the Orange County Museum of Art). She was awarded a National Endowment grant in Painting in 1986, and has been a visiting professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara and the San Francisco Art Institute. In 2009, she was a guest artist-in-residence at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation. Her work is represented in many major museum collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; the Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI; the Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA and the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT, among others. She is represented by Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe.
Jane Hammond

Jane Hammond was born in 1950 in Connecticut and received her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College in 1972. She earned her MFA from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 1977. Hammond moved to New York City in 1980 and had her first solo exhibition in 1989 at Exit Art, NYC. She has had seventeen solo exhibitions in New York City as well as Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Detroit, Stockholm, Barcelona, Milan, Amsterdam and Paris, among others. She has had twenty-nine solo museum exhibitions at such venues as: the de Young Museum in San Francisco, Wexner Center for the Arts, Detroit Institute of the Arts, MCA Denver and Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University. Hammond’s work is included in over sixty-five public collections including Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, MFA, Boston, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, Art Institute of Chicago, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, J.Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles and Yale University Art Gallery. Hammond currently lives and works in New York City where she is represented by Galerie Lelong.

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Julie Joyce

Julie Joyce is Curator of Contemporary Art at Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Previously, she was gallery director and curator at the Harriet and Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex at California State University, Los Angeles. Joyce has nearly 20 years experience working in prestigious museums including the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and the Santa Monica Museum of Art.

Joyce has shaped highly successful exhibitions for artists Charles Garabedian, Jack Goldstein, Yinka Shonibare, and Marnie Weber. She has curated multiple nationally traveling exhibitions, such as the acclaimed Kim Jones: A Retrospective and site-specific installations by Brian Bress, Minerva Cuevas, and Hew Locke, and Yunhee Min. Joyce has brought to Southern California significant projects by Charles Gaines, General Idea, David Reed, Michelle Stuart, and others. She was part of the exhibition committee for African American Artists in Los Angeles, A Survey Exhibition in the mid-2000s.

Joyce was a frequent contributor to Art Issues magazine and her essays have appeared in catalogues published by The MIT Press, The Studio Museum in Harlem, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions and other institutions. She has lectured and been a panelist at a variety of venues including the California Institute of the Arts; Arcadia University and Haverford College in Pennsylvania, and University of California, Santa Barbara. She has taught at California State University, Los Angeles; Whittier College in Whittier, CA; Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles; and University of Southern California, Department of Fine Arts.

Joyce received a BA in Fine and Communication Arts from Loyola Marymount University and MA in Art History and Museum Studies at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. In 2015 she was a visiting scholar at the American Academy of Art in Rome.

Lucinda Parker

Born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1942, Lucinda Parker came to the Northwest as an undergraduate at Reed College and the Museum Art School, now the Pacific Northwest College of Art, in Portland, Oregon. She received her MFA from the Pratt Institute in New York in 1968 and served as a professor at PNCA from 1974-2006. She continues to live and work in Portland.

Her art expands on her personal interests in the natural world, literature and music. About her work, Lucinda has written: "Any landscape references start out as abstract structure; after exploration, these shapes morph into 'clouds' or 'waterfalls' or 'suns.' This is just gesture colliding with geometry purposely picking up reverberations from nature. I look at nature constantly and study the shapes of windblown trees, breaking water, scudding clouds."

Lucinda's work has been shown extensively in galleries, museums, colleges and universities throughout the western United States and nationally, including at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington DC. The Portland Art Museum honored her with a mid-career retrospective in 1995. She also exhibited solo shows at the Boise Art Museum and Seattle Art Museum, in 2002 and 1986, respectively. Her artwork features in these and other major museum and significant private collections. Major commissions of her work are installed in Portland at the Oregon Convention Center, Portland City Hall, and the Midland Library. She has also received commissions from Oregon State University, University of Oregon, Lower Columbia College at Longview, Washington, and the Federal Courthouse in Bakersfield, California. In 2014, Lucinda was the subject of Lucinda Parker: Water and Clouds, a documentary film tracing her studio work over the course of three years that premiered at the 41st Northwest Filmmakers' Festival in Portland. Lucinda is represented by The Laura Russo Gallery in Portland, and by Linda Hodges Gallery in Seattle.

Peter Shelton

Peter Shelton is a Los Angeles-based sculptor. He has exhibited extensively, including solo shows at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; University of California, Berkeley; the Irish Museum of Modern Art; and Portland Art Museum. He has participated in group exhibitions at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, University of California; Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami; the Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain; Tate Gallery Liverpool, England; and Centre Pompidou, Paris, France. Shelton is the recipient of a John S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship; a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant; a Henry Moore Sculpture Trust; a Flintridge Foundation Visual Artists Award; and a St. Gaudens Memorial Fellowship. He has been awarded multiple fellowship grants from the National Endowment of the Arts.

Shelton is included in collections such as Museum of Modern Art, New York; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Panza Foundation, Milan, Italy; and Museum of Modern Art, Lodz, Poland. He has been commissioned for public works in Los Angeles, Seattle and Indianapolis.

He earned a BA from Pomona College and an MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Jennifer Gross

Appointed in July 2013, Jennifer Gross is Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs and at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts. She was previously the curator of modern and contemporary art at Yale University Art Gallery. Noted for her track record of curatorial accomplishment on the international stage, a keen interest in sculpture, and a history of finding and supporting contemporary artists early in their careers, her goal is to make deCordova's program more national and intentional in scope.

Gross organized numerous exhibitions and artist projects at Yale, including: Richard Artschwager! (2013), which was organized jointly with and originated at the Whitney Museum of American Art, before moving to the Hammer Museum, the Haus der Kunst, Munich and the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco; Continuous Present (2009), a group show which included Francis Alys, Rodney Graham, Roni Horn, On Kawara, and Franz West, among others; and The Societe Anonyme: Modernism for America (2012–2013), at Yale University Art Gallery after traveling to the Hammer Museum, The Phillips Collection, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. Gross was a visiting critic in Yale's School of Art; and organized the Happy and Bob Doran Artist-in-Residence Program. Gross has published essays on numerous contemporary artists, including: Kristin Baker, David Ireland, Josiah McElheny, Jim Nutt, Marniko Otsubo, Laura Owens, Richard Tuttle, and Rachel Whiteread.

She has been a guest lecturer, advisor, and juror at cultural institutions across the country, including for the Foster Prize at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; the Artadia Awards, Houston; The 2010 deCordova Biennial; and Harvard University. Gross received her PhD in Art History from the Graduate Center, City University of New York and her Master of Arts degree in Art History at Hunter College.

Franklin Sirmans

Franklin Sirmans lives and works in Los Angeles, he is the Terri and Michael Smooke Department Head and Curator of Contemporary Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Appointed in 2010, Sirmans is well known for his interest in reaching outside of traditional visual art parameters into music, performance, and popular culture. He continues to straddle boundaries in this regard and use his significant editorial and publication experience to strengthen the museum's publishing initiatives.

Sirmans is also the Artistic Director for Prospect.3 New Orleans that opens October 25, 2014. P.3: Notes for Now, New Orleans' third international art biennial, will include visual art, film, music, site-specific installations and performances that draw on Walker Percy's 1961 novel "The Moviegoer" and Paul Gaugin's "Under the Pandanus," 1891.

Before joining LACMA, Sirmans served as curator of modern art and contemporary art at The Menil Collection in Houston and curatorial advisor at PS1 Contemporary Art Center, an affiliate of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. He organized notable exhibitions such as NeoHooDoo: Art for a Forgotten Faith (2008) at The Menil, which traveled to PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York and Miami Art Museum; and Basquiat (2005-2006), which originated at the Brooklyn Museum and traveled to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles as well as the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.

Sirmans was the 2007 recipient of the David C. Driskell Prize awarded by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta; and in 2009, he received one of the first Gold Rush Awards given from Rush Philanthropic for contributions to social awareness through the arts. Sirmans was previously an editor at Flash Art and worked in the publications department of Dia Center for the Arts. He graduated with honors from Wesleyan University.

Jodi Throckmorton

Newly named, August 2014, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Curator of Contemporary Art, Jodi Throckmorton held the post of Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University, Kansas when she served as juror during the selection of the 2014 Artist Award recipient. Quoted in the PAFA announcement, Harry Philbrick, the Edna S. Tuttleman Director of PAFA, noted Throckmorton's "superb skills as a writer and her outstanding scholarship."

During her time at the Ulrich Museum, Throckmorton curated Postdate: Postdate: Photography and Inherited History in India (2015); Bruce Conner: Somebody Else's Prints (2014); as well as Free Texts: Stephanie Syjuco (2014). Before joining the Ulrich Museum, Throckmorton was associate curator at the San Jose Museum of Art and curated Questions from the Sky: New Work by Hung Liu (2013); Ranu Mukherjee: Telling Fortunes (2012); Renegade Humor (2012), a thematic exhibition assembled from the museum's permanent collection exploring the transgressive yet poignant humor of Bay Area figuration from the 1960s and 1970s; This Kind of Bird Flies Backward: Paintings by Joan Brown (2011); The Modern Photographer: Observation and Intention (2010); and Vital Signs: New Media from the Permanent Collection (2010).

Throckmorton holds a BA in art history and French from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She graduated with high distinction from San Francisco State University, where she earned her MA in Museum Studies, and wrote a thesis titled, Changes in Curatorial Practice: the Fundraising Roles of Art Museum Curators. While studying at State, Jodi worked as Administrative Assistant for the Achenbach Graphic Arts Council at the Legion of Honor. She also served as Curatorial Intern for the di Rosa Preserve in Napa, California.

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Ron Bechet

Born in New Orleans, Ron Bechet holds a BA degree in Fine Arts from the University of New Orleans, and an MFA in Painting and Drawing from Yale University. He is the Victor H. Labat Professor of Art at Xavier University of Louisiana and a painter that exhibits internationally. He is co-author of "The New Hybridity: HOME, New Orleans and Emerging Forms of Community/University/Arts Collaboration." He serves on the College Art Association, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, Community Arts Partnerships Institute, and the Community Arts Convening and Research Project based at Maryland Institute College of Art. His research interests include drawing, painting, community arts, and the "HOME, New Orleans" project.

Sarah McEneaney

Sarah McEneaney creates detailed and intimate autobiographical work. Her subjects, rendered in jewel-like colors, are drawn from her everyday life in Philadelphia and her extensive travels. Her 2012 exhibition at Tibor De Nagy Gallery included paintings from locales as diverse as New Mexico, Jordan, France, Germany, and the United Arab Emirates. Her work has been in many museum exhibitions throughout the United States and in Europe and was the subject of a major retrospective at the Institute of Contemporary Art ICA at University of Pennsylvania in 2004. In 2012, the City of Philadelphia unveiled a commission by the artist, a composite landscape of Philadelphia's parks. She is the recipient of the Yaddo Fellowship (2006, 2005, 1997, 1995), the Pew Fellowship in the Arts (2002, 2001, 1993), the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant (2000), the MacDowell Colony Fellowship (1998), and the Chianti Foundation Residency (2009), among others.

Lawrence Rinder

Director of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Lawrence Rinder came to the University of California from the California College of the Arts where he was Dean of the College and Dean of Graduate Studies. Previously, he was the Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Curator of Contemporary Art at the Whitney Museum of American Art where he organized exhibitions including The American Effect, 2002 Biennial, and Tim Hawkinson, which was given the 2005 award for best monographic exhibition in a New York museum by the United States chapter of the International Association of Art Critics. Prior to the Whitney, he was founding director of the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, in San Francisco, and served as Assistant Director and Curator for Twentieth-Century Art at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Among the many exhibitions he organized at these institutions are Barry McGee, (2012, curated with Dena Beard), Knowledge of Higher Worlds: Rudolf Steiner's Blackboard Drawings (1997), Louise Bourgeois: Drawings (1996), and In a Different Light (1995, curated with Nayland Blake). Rinder received a BA in art from Reed College and an MA in art history from Hunter College. He has held teaching positions at UC Berkeley, Columbia University, and Deep Springs College. He has published poetry and art criticism in Zyzzyva, Artforum, nest, The Village Voice, Fillip, and Parkett. Art Life: Selected Writings, 1991-2005, published by Gregory R. Miller and Company in Spring 2006, is his first book of essays. His play, "The Wishing Well," co-authored with Kevin Killian, premiered in 2006 and he is the author (with Colter Jacobsen) of the photo-text novella, Tuleyome (Publication Studio, 2011).

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Bill Berkson

Bill Berkson was born in New York in 1939. His first book Saturday Night: Poems 1960-61 appeared in 1961. During the 1960s, he worked at Artnews, the Museum of Modern Art, and as associate producer of a show on art for public television. He moved to Northern California in 1970 and during the next decade edited a series of little magazines and books under the Big Sky imprint. He has taught at the New School for Social Research, Yale, in many Poets in the Schools programs, and for 24 years at the San Francisco Art Institute, where he is now Professor Emeritus. He is a corresponding editor for Art in America and has contributed essays to such other journals as Aperture, Artforum, and Modern Painters. His recent books include Portrait and Dream: New & Selected Poems; three collections of criticism, The Sweet Singer of Modernism & Other Art Writings, For the Ordinary Artist; and Sudden Address: Selected Lectures; an epistolary collaboration with Bernadette Mayer entitled What's Your Idea of a Good Time?; and four words-and-images sequences: BILL with Colter Jacobsen; Ted Berrigan with George Schneeman; Not an Exit with Léonie Guyer; and Repeat After Me with John Zurier.

Lesley Dill

Lesley Dill is an artist who works in sculpture, photography and performance, using a variety of media and techniques to explore themes of language, the body, and transformational experience. In the last decade she has completed a yearlong community project in Winston-Salem called Tongues on Fire: Visions and Ecstasy, 2000-2001. That project was followed by Interviews with the Contemplative Mind in Boulder, CO, and the presentation of her opera Divide Light in San Jose, CA, 2008. She produced an installation titled Hell Hell Hell/ Heaven Heaven Heaven: Encountering Sister Gertrude Morgan at Arthur Roger Gallery in New Orleans in 2010, and her most recent 2012 show in NYC at George Adams Gallery was called Faith and the Devil. Her work has been widely exhibited and can be found in the collections of the Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Cleveland Museum of Art, Kemper Museum, Kansas City; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of Modern Art; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among many others. Dill lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She has received grants, awards and fellowships from numerous institutions including Joan Mitchell Foundation, the NEA, the Rockefeller Foundation, NYFA, and Anonymous was a Woman. She is represented by the George Adams Gallery in NYC, and the Arthur Roger Gallery in New Orleans.

Beverly McIver

Beverly McIver is a significant presence in contemporary American art and has charted a new direction as an African American woman artist, producing work that examines racial, gender, social and occupational identity. The artist is the subject of an HBO documentary film entitled Raising Renee. The film is about a promise McIver made to her dying mother, to care for her mentally disabled sister, Renee, who also is a frequent subject of the artist's paintings. McIver is the Suntrust Endowed Chair Professor of Art at North Carolina Central University. Her work is in the collections of the North Carolina Museum of Art, Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro, NC, Baltimore Museum of Art, NCCU Museum of Art, Asheville Museum of Art, Crocker Art Museum, Nasher Museum, and Nelson Fine Arts Museum on the campus of Arizona State University. McIver has received a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, an Anonymous Was A Woman grant, a Radcliffe Fellowship from Harvard University, a Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation award, a distinguished Alumni Award from Pennsylvania State University, a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, and Creative Capital grant. She has held residencies at many of the nation's leading artist communities, including YADDO, Headland Center for the Arts, Djerassi, and Penland School of Crafts. She has served on the board at Penland School of Arts and Crafts, Penland, NC and currently serves on the board of directors at YADDO in Saratoga Springs, NY.

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Nene Humphrey

Nene Humphrey has exhibited in numerous museums and galleries since coming to New York in 1979. Recent venues include Lesley Heller Gallery, NYC, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX, Mead Museum Amherst, MA, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA, and PS1 Contemporary Art Center, NYC. Humphrey has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Rockefeller Foundation, Brown Foundation, and Anonymous was a Woman among others. Her work has been written about in numerous publications including the New York Times, Art in America and ArtNews and Sculpture Magazine. Since 2005 she has been artist in residence at the Joseph LeDoux neuroscience lab at NYU where her work has focused on explorations of the brain mechanisms underlying human emotions. Nene Humphrey has exhibited in numerous museums and galleries since coming to New York in 1979. Recent venues include Lesley Heller Gallery, NYC, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX, Mead Museum Amherst, MA, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA, and PS1 Contemporary Art Center, NYC. Humphrey has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Rockefeller Foundation, Brown Foundation, and Anonymous was a Woman among others. Her work has been written about in numerous publications including the New York Times, Art in America and ArtNews and Sculpture Magazine. Since 2005 she has been artist in residence at the Joseph LeDoux neuroscience lab at NYU where her work has focused on explorations of the brain mechanisms underlying human emotions.

Katherine Sherwood

Katherine Sherwood's acclaimed mixed-media paintings gracefully investigate the point at which the essential aspects of art, medicine, and disability intersect. Her works juxtapose abstracted medical images, such as cerebral angiograms of the artist's brain, with fluid renderings of ancient patterns; the paintings thus explore and reveal, with a most unusual palette, the strange nature of our time and current visual culture. In addition to showing regularly throughout the United States, she co-curated the exhibition Blind at the Museum at the Berkeley Art Museum, and organized an accompanying conference at UC Berkeley. Sherwood was a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship 2005-2006 and a Joan Mitchell Foundation grant 2006-2007. Her work was included in the Smithsonian Museum's Revealing Culture and at a solo show at Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco in 2010. Katherine is a professor at UC Berkeley in the Art Department and the Disability Studies Program. She is the artist-in-residence at the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute and the co-founder of the art and disability collective- The Yelling Clinic.

Lilly Wei

Lilly Wei is an independent curator, essayist and critic who writes regularly for Art in America and is a contributing editor at ARTnews and former contributing editor at Art Asia Pacific. Wei contributes to several other publications here and abroad, frequently reporting on international exhibitions and biennials. In addition, she has written essays for numerous books, exhibition catalogues and brochures on contemporary art. Wei has curated exhibitions in the United States, Europe and Asia and is currently working on an international exhibition of video artists as well as an exhibition on Israeli photography and video art. She also lectures on critical and curatorial practices and serves on a number of advisory committees and review panels. She is on the board of several art institutions and organizations including AICA/USA (the International Association of Art Critics). Wei was born in Chengdu, China and has an MA in art history from Columbia University.

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Mildred Howard

Mildred Howard is a mixed-media and installation artist, as well as a teacher and educator. She is known for work that often incorporates memory, history, text, and found objects. Howard has received numerous awards, including the Rockefeller Fellowship to Bellagio, Italy (in 1996 and 2007); Joan Mitchell Award; California Arts Council Artists Fellowship; Flintridge Foundation Award for Visual Arts; Anonymous Was A Woman Fellowship; Lila Wallace—Reader's Digest Fellowship to Oaxaca, Mexico; the Fleischhacker Fellowship; and an NEA grant in sculpture. She has exhibited nationally and internationally at such venues as the Neuburger Museum Biennial of Public Art, Purchase, New York; Townhouse Gallery, Cairo; Walcot Chapel, Bath; Moeller Fine Art, Berlin; MoAD, San Francisco; and Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco. Her work is included in numerous collections, including those of the de Young Museum, San Francisco; Oakland Museum of California; San Jose Museum of Art; Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford; International Museum of Glass, Seattle; Contemporary Museum of Art, San Diego. Howard received her MFA from John F. Kennedy University, Orinda, California.

Barbara MacAdam

Barbara A. MacAdam is the deputy editor of ARTnews, where she has worked for some 23 years. She has written on subjects ranging from the persistence of abstract painting to the prevalence of deconstructed sculpture, and has profiled such contemporary artists as sculptors Petah Coyne, David Rabinowitch, and Mark di Suvero as well as painters David Reed and Nancy Haynes. MacAdam has also served as executive editor of Art + Auction for a year and was an editor at Review: Latin American Literature and Arts and at New York Magazine. She has written book reviews for the New York Times Book Review and the LA Times Book Review, among others, and articles on art and design for various publications. In addition, she has curated art exhibitions at nonprofit spaces, including the show Monumental Drawings at Blue Star Art Center in San Antonio. She is on the board of AICA, the International Association of Art Critics. MacAdam earned her BA from the University of Michigan.

Robert Taplin

Robert Taplin received a BA in Medieval Studies from Pomona College in 1973. He has exhibited throughout the US, including recently at the Aldrich Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut; MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art), North Adams; and Winston Wächter Fine Art, New York (which represents him). He has executed public commissions for the State of Connecticut and the New York Mass Transit Authority and received grants from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. His work has been featured in publications such as ARTnews, Art in America, Sculpture Magazine, and the New York Times. Taplin has also written extensively on sculpture, most prominently for Art in America, and published a number of articles and dozens of individual reviews. He has taught at a variety of institutions including the Yale University School of Art and Rhode Island School of Design.

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Christopher Brown

Christopher Brown attended the University of Illinois in Champaign–Urbana, where he majored in painting, as well as the University of California at Davis, where he studied art with Wayne Thiebaud, William T. Wiley, Robert Arneson, and Manuel Neri. In 1978 Brown moved to San Francisco, where he painted and wrote art criticism for Artweek magazine. He received a DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst) through the Fulbright Program and studied in Munich. He returned to San Francisco after being awarded the second of his two art critics' grants by the National Endowment for the Arts. From 1981 to 1994 he taught in the studio art department of the University of California at Berkeley, where he served as department chair from 1990 to 1994. He was awarded an NEA grant in painting in 1987, and an award in art from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1988. Since 2001 Brown has been teaching at the California College of the Arts as an eminent adjunct professor.

Michael Duncan

Critic and independent curator Michael Duncan is a corresponding editor for Art in America. His writings have focused on maverick artists of the twentieth century, West Coast modernism, twentieth-century figuration, and contemporary California art. His curatorial projects include surveys and recontextualizations of works by Pavel Tchelitchew, Sister Corita Kent, Kim MacConnel, Lorser Feitelson, Eugene Berman, Richard Pettibone, Alberto Burri, and Wallace Berman. He curated the 2009 Texas Biennial and is the curator of two forthcoming exhibitions, LA Raw: Abject Expressionism in Los Angeles 1945–1980: From Rico Lebrun to Paul McCarthy and An Opening of the Field: Jess, Robert Duncan and Their Circle (co-curator).

Judy Pfaff

Judy Pfaff was born in London, England. She received her BFA from Washington University in St. Louis and her MFA from Yale University. Pfaff synthesizes sculpture, painting, and architecture into dynamic environments. Her site-specific installations pierce through walls and careen through the air. In 2009 Pfaff was elected into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She has received numerous grants and awards including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Award, the Nancy Graves Foundation Grant, a Bessie, and an NEA grant. Major exhibitions of her work have been held at the Denver Art Museum, St. Louis Art Museum, and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Pfaff represented the United States in the 1998 Bienal de São Paulo.

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Polly Apfelbaum

Since her first one-person show in New York in 1986, Polly Apfelbaum has seen her artwork featured in numerous museums, galleries, and private collections. A major mid-career survey of her work opened at the Institute for Contemporary Art in Philadelphia in 2003 and traveled through 2004. Apfelbaum's work can be found in the collections of New York's Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Brooklyn Museum, among others.

Richard Kalina

Richard Kalina is an artist and critic. He is represented by Lennon, Weinberg, Inc., in New York. A 40-year survey of his painting was held at the gallery in the summer of 2010. Kalina is a contributing editor at Art in America, where he writes frequently on Abstract Expressionism, Pop art, Minimalism, Postminimalism, and aspects of contemporary abstraction. He has written recently on Robert Morris, George Segal, James Ensor, Jack Tworkov, and Conrad Marca-Relli. He is the author of Imagining the Present: Context, Content, and the Role of the Critic, published by Routledge Press. Kalina teaches art and art history at Fordham University in New York.

Gay Outlaw

Gay Outlaw received a BA in French from the University of Virginia and studied photography in the General Studies Program at the International Center of Photography in New York. She has been making sculpture since the early 1990s, when she became known for her temporary works made of various types of pastry, including a public sculpture at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco made of fruitcake. She has continued to explore a wide range of materials, increasingly more permanent, while building a rich studio practice and an idiosyncratic sculptural vocabulary. Her sculptural work explores form through structure, pattern, and translation. She received the SECA award from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 1998 and has exhibited her work at the Berkeley Art Museum, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and Mills College Art Museum. She lives and works in San Francisco.

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Mike Henderson

Mike Henderson received his BFA and MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Henderson is primarily known as a painter but is also a filmmaker and musician as well. He is identified as an abstractionist, with his paintings corresponding to the "inner studio" of his artistic process, which gets real when he takes brushes in hand. All sorts of references wink from his canvases, and his paintings assert sheer accretion as the theme. Henderson has received numerous grants and awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, two NEA grants, and a Flintridge Foundation Award. He has been included in exhibitions at the Oakland Museum of California, the Crocker Art Museum, and the Portsmouth Museum of Fine Art. His art is included in those museums as well as San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Phoenix Art Museum./p>

Judith Shea

Since her groundbreaking clothing/figure pieces of the 1970s, Judith Shea's work has been collected by such American museums as the National Gallery of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, W Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and Walker Art Center. She has been awarded the Rome Prize; Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship to Bellagio, Italy; Fellowship of the Augustus Saint-Gaudens Memorial in Cornish, New Hampshire; Guggenheim Museum Sculptor in Residence at Chesterwood, Massachusetts; and two NEA grants in sculpture. Recent exhibitions include Reconfiguring the Body in American Art 1820–2009 at the National Academy Museum, New York; Dress Codes: Clothing as Metaphor, at the Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, New York; and Judith Shea: Legacy Collection, at Long Island University, Brooklyn.

John Yau

A leading art critic, poet, essayist, and prose writer, John Yau received a BA from Bard College and an MFA from Brooklyn College. His works include Edificio Sayonara, In the Realm of Appearances: The Art of Andy Warhol, and The United States of Jasper Johns. He has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Academy of American Poets.

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