CURATORS & JUDGES GUEST CURATORS / CURATE NYC JUDGES / NYC25 JUDGES

ABOUT OUR CURATORS & JUDGES

Guest Curators shall independently review every Curate NYC entry and select their favorites for online exhibition at CurateNYC.org.

Curate NYC Gallery Partners shall independently review every entry and select their favorites for actual exhibition at their spaces, located across the five boroughs.Two exceptions: Rush Arts Gallery + Resource Center, which shall exhibit postcard reproductions of the Top 150 Curate NYC entries ranked by the Curate NYC Panel of Judges; and Westwood Gallery NYC, which shall exhibit in actual form the Top 25 NYC25 entries ranked by the NYC25 Panel of Judges

Curate NYC Judges shall independently review and rank every Curate NYC entry. The Top 150 entries will be exhibited as postcard reproductions at Rush Arts Gallery + Resource Center.

NYC25 Judges shall independently review every NYC entry, then select and rank their 25 favorites for online exhibition at CurateNYC.og. The Top 25 NYC25 entries across all Judges’ lists will be exhibited in their actual form at Westwood Gallery NYC. The creator of the #1 entry shall receive a $2,500 cash prize.

CURATE NYC JUDGES

 

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Regine Basha
Independent Curator
www.bashaprojects.com
Regine Basha has been curating innovative exhibitions for public institutions, civic spaces, magazines and private galleries nationally and internationally. With an exploratory approach to exhibition design, production and reception, Basha works closely with artists to create specific contexts in which to encounter the work. Often collaborating with partners both in and outside the frame of the art world, Basha aims to mediate between diverse sites of knowledge and interests. Art for her is the third space through which we communicate, test out new ideas, and envision other possible realities across geographical and immaterial borders.Basha was born in Israel to Iraqi parents, she grew up in Montreal and Los Angeles and attended New York University, Concordia University (Studio Art and Art History) and graduated from Bard College, Center for Curatorial Studies’ inaugural class of 1996. Her exhibitions have received grant awards from The Andy Warhol Foundation, The Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation and The National Endowment for the Arts as well as critical press in The New York Times, Artforum, Modern Painters, Art Papers, Wire, Bidoun, Art Lies, Artforum and NPR Radio. She currently sits on the board of Art Matters and Aurora Picture Show.
 
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Naima J. Keith
Assistant Curator
The Studio Museum in Harlem
http://www.studiomuseum.org/
Naima J. Keith is an Assistant Curator at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Upcoming exhibitions include The Shadows Took Shape (2013), an interdisciplinary exhibition exploring contemporary art through the lens of Afrofuturist aesthetics and Charles Gaines: Infinite Variations, 1974 – 1989 (2014), the first museum survey dedicated exclusively to the Los Angeles-based artist’s early career. She recently curated Robert Pruitt: Women (2013), co-curated Fore (2012), acted as institutional curator of the multi-venue collaboration Caribbean: Crossroads of the World (2012) and organized Collected. Ritual (2011) and John Outterbridge: The Rag Factory II (2011). She comes to the Studio Museum from a position as Curatorial Fellow at the Hammer Museum, where she worked closely with curator Kellie Jones on Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980 (2011). Keith received a BA from Spelman College and an MA in art history at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her essays have been featured in publications for The Studio Museum in Harlem, LAXART, MoMA PS1, NKA: Journal of Contemporary African Art and the University Art Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara.
 
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Lisa Kim
Cultural Affairs DirectorTwo Trees Management
http://twotreesny.com/arts-culture
http://www.dumboartsfestival.com/
https://www.facebook.com/DumboCulture411
Lisa Kim is an art advisor and public art administrator based in Brooklyn. As director of cultural affairs for Two Trees Management Company, a real estate development company responsible for the development and success of the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn, she manages the company’s arts initiatives and cultural philanthropy. She is also responsible for the artistic direction of the annual Dumbo Arts Festival, which attracts more than 200,000 visitors in one weekend to the waterfront neighborhood each fall. Prior to her time at Two Trees, Lisa has held various positions at Gagosian Gallery, a leading international contemporary art gallery based in New York City and been the director of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art Program, a program that commissions artists to create site-specific, permanent public art works at City sites. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Barnard College and a Master of Industrial Design from Pratt Institute.
 
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Jeffrey Leder
Owner Jeffrey Leder Gallery
www.jeffreyledergallery.com
Jeffrey Leder Gallery presents a wide range of contemporary art by emerging and mid-career artists. A marketing expert with a lifelong passion for art, Jeffrey Leder saw an opportunity to bring together all of his varied relationships under this inclusive philosophy.
Leder has established a supportive space for artists and as director, he is keen on exploring a full range of exemplary art.   The gallery focuses on painting, drawing, sculpture, and photography. “I’m creating a space where people will be comfortable and can relate to compelling artwork; a space that fosters an environment of casual discourse and discovery.”
Jeffrey Leder Gallery is located in Long Island City, home to MoMA-PS1, the Noguchi Museum, and the Sculpture Center, along with over 1,000 artists’ studios. Leder converted a beautiful, historic brownstone into a two floor gallery, conveniently located in the heart of LIC.
 
 
Melissa McCaig-Welles
Curator & CEO
Melissa McCaig-Welles
www.mccaigwelles.com
http://mccaigwelles.tumblr.com/
www.facebook.com/melissamccaigwelles
Melissa McCaig-Welles is an independent curator and founder of McCaig-Welles Gallery, one of the first galleries to establish themselves in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. From March 2000 to present, McCaig-Welles focused on mid-career, cutting edge artists, exhibiting their works in solo and group shows and art fairs around the world: including New York City, Miami, Chicago, Zurich and Cologne, placing the gallery on the global map and contributing to a burgeoning art community.
McCaig-Welles is recognized for her curatorial endeavors discovering contemporary art talent and placing it at the forefront of her programs, presenting artists recognized as pioneers of the new contemporary art movements including: James DALEK Marshall, Doze Green, FAILE, Shepard Fairey, Maya Hayuk, Tristan Eaton, David Hochbaum, TRUSTOCORP, Andrew Schoultz„ Morning Breath, Greg Lamarche, SP ONE, FUTURA, among many others.
Reviews and articles of Melissa McCaig-Welles have been featured in The New York Times, The Economist, The NY Observer, San Francisco Chronicle, NPR, New York Press, Juxtapoz, The New York Post, NY Arts, Art and Antiques, ArtNet, The Village Voice, The Wooster Collective, The Columbia Spectator, Paper Magazine, Nylon, and others.
Melissa was honored as head curator for several Pratt MFA exhibitions and is a founding member of Fountain Art Fair. She is currently working with her roster of artists in independent curatorial exhibits and as an art consultant in NYC.
 
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Misha McGlown
Program Director/Curator
The LeRoy Neiman Art Center
www.OmoMisha.com
A central figure in the Uptown arts community, curator and artist, Misha McGlown, has served as Program Director of the LeRoy Neiman Art Center in Harlem since 2011. Since 2008, she has independently curated exhibitions and art events on behalf of the Arsenal Gallery/Central Park, Harlem Community Development Corporation, Helene Fuld College of Nursing, Columbia University, Community Works, Knox Gallery and other creative and community-based establishments. Misha is curator-in-residence for Café One, near City College, and her own art has been exhibited throughout New York City, including solo exhibitions at Columbia University’s Russ Berrie Pavilion (2008) and Renaissance Fine Art (2011). She has current affiliations with the Curriculum Art Project at Symphony Space, ArtCrawl Harlem and Harlem Biennale; has executed public art installations on behalf of the Harlem River Park Task Force and the 125th Street Business Improvement District (2011), and; has been awarded artistic grants by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (2011), Puffin Foundation (2007, 2010) and Harlem Arts Alliance (2008, 2009 and 2013).
A native of Detroit, MI, Misha attended Wayne State University and Center for Creative Studies. She is the author of Manifesting Things, editor of the anthology 9/11: Voices from the Outsider Media, Arts & Culture writer for The Morningsider, and a contributing writer to Of Note Magazine, which features global artists using the arts as tools for social change.
 
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Charlotte Mouquin
Director Rush Galleries
http://www.rushartsgallery.org/
Charlotte Mouquin is an artist, curator, and Gallery Director for Rush Galleries, part of Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. Charlotte Mouquin has a Masters of Contemporary Art from Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York. She also has a Masters of Art and Teaching from Tufts University / The School of the Museum of Fine Art in Boston, MA. Charlotte achieved her BFA in fine art from Parsons School of Design in 2004. In the past she has worked at a variety of New York Galleries, The Isamu Noguchi Museum in the archives department, and the DIA: Beacon as a gallery educator. She is also one of the founding members on the Love Yourself project in conjunction with the Michael Mut Gallery.
 
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SOL’SAX
Sculptor, Independent Curator
Kings County, N.Y.
SOL’SAX was born in Kings County Hospital in 1969. He still lives and works in Brooklyn N.Y. He received a BFA with honors from The Cooper Union and a MFA with honors from Yale School of Art, he also studied abroad in Berlin the year the Berlin wall fell. Since 1990 SOL’SAX has produced objects, images and performances that fuse African-American cultural heritages like Hip Hop, House, Reggae, Soul, Jazz, Blues and spirituals with traditional African religions like Yoruba, Congo, Mende, Akan and Fon. In 2010 SOL’SAX started an annual exhibition inviting artists to celebrate Juneteenth, a holiday that commemorates the emancipation of African Americans. SOL’SAX organizes each Juneteenth exhibit to focus on how art and culture effects social change. The Fourth Juneteenth Jubilee Exhibit titled “Masqueraders are the Ancestors of Protestors” was held this year at IMC Lab + Gallery.
SOL’SAX has received some notable honors in sculpture. In 2005 he received a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Sculpture. In 2004 he received Guggenheim Fellowship in Sculpture. In 2001 he was awarded a public commission by MTA arts for transit and in 1996 he was a resident at Socrates Sculpture Park. He was the first artist to be given a solo show at Rush Arts and has exhibited at The Brooklyn Museum, The Queens Museum, The Museum of the City of New York, The Studio Museum in Harlem, P.S. 1 MoMA, Sculpture Center and the Fowler Museum in Los Angeles among other venues
 
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Paz Tanjuaquio
Co-Founding DirectorTOPAZ ARTS, Inc.
http://www.topazarts.org/https://www.facebook.com/topazartshttps://twitter.com/topazartsinc
PAZ TANJUAQUIO has been active in the NYC arts scene since 1990 as a choreographer, performer, visual artist, curator, and arts organizer. She received her MFA in Dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and her BA in Visual Arts from University of California, San Diego. Her work has been presented at many venues in NYC, nationally and internationally. Awards for her work include National Endowment for the Arts, NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs, New York Foundation for the Arts, Queens Council on the Arts, and has been artist-in-residence at Kaatsbaan in Tivoli, NY, Akiyoshidai International Art Village in Japan, Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida, Movement Research in NYC, participated in the Suitcase Fund Mekong Project’s Cambodia Creative Residency, and artistic research travel in Vietnam, Japan, and the Philippines.Paz is Co-Director of TOPAZ ARTS, Inc. – a nonprofit arts organization founded in 2000 by artists Todd Richmond and Paz Tanjuaquio. A creative development center, TOPAZ ARTS supports new works in contemporary performing and visual arts. The 2,500 sf facility houses a gallery space, rehearsal studio and an organic roof garden. The TOPAZ ARTS Visual Arts Program presents 4 exhibitions annually, focusing on professional artists, from the established to the under-recognized, our exhibitions allow for experimentation, visibility and access to diverse audiences.
 
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Dexter Wimberly
Independent Curator
http://www.contemporaryand.com/blog/magazines/there-is-an-opportunity-for-art-exhibitions-to-be-both-academically-rigorous-and-wildly-popular/http://www.station-station.com/newyork/he-lives-in-brooklyn-baby/
Contemporary art curator and entrepreneur, Dexter Wimberly, was born and raised in Brooklyn. Curatorially, Wimberly focuses on contemporary urban history. “I love art that reflects our times, and I am excited to be in the position to work with artists who are shaping contemporary culture and bringing the beauty of under-exposed aspects of modern life to a greater public. I feel that this is my calling within the arts.” A passionate collector and supporter of the arts, Wimberly has personally exhibited the work of more than 100 individual artists. Recent exhibitions include: Crossing the Line: Contemporary Drawing and Artistic Process at Mixed Greens gallery and Pattern Recognition at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA).
Dexter Wimberly also maintains a critical dialogue with artists throughout the world by way of exhibitions, public programs and lectures at institutions such as The Brooklyn Historical Society, the Brooklyn Museum, Rush Arts Gallery, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Art Directors Club, The Savannah College of Art and Design, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and The Brooklyn Arts Council.
 

NYC25 JUDGES

 
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Vin Cipolla
President
The Municipal Art Society of New York
http://mas.org/ 
Vin Cipolla is recognized for his business and civic entrepreneurship, having achieved parallel successes in the private and public sectors. He has served on more than twenty-five nonprofit boards and nine corporate boards. A six­time corporate CEO, he has founded three successful companies in the media, marketing, communications and technology fields, developing and overseeing global operations: Cipolla Group (sold 1991), Pamet, Inc. (sold 1999), and HNW (1999–the present).
 
In early 2009, he became President of The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS), having been elected to its Board in 2008. He founded the MAS Summit for New York City in 2010.
 
Devoted to urban sustainability, conservation and the arts, Mr. Cipolla has consistently provided civic leadership in these areas throughout his adult life. From 2005 through 2009, he was President and CEO of the National Park Foundation (which is a Presidential appointment), and then served as the foundation’s Citizen Chairman through 2011. Twelve years earlier, Mr. Cipolla was Executive Vice President and Publisher of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, where he headed strategic planning, communications and general operations.
 
Prior to his appointment with the National Park Foundation in 2005, Mr. Cipolla was in business serving as President and CEO of Fidelity Investments’ global workforce management company, and served on two Fidelity boards, Fidelity Charitable Services, Inc. and Veritude LLC, as well as serving as Board Chairman of HNW. He began his career with Avon and Warner Communications (now Time Warner) in New York City.
 
Also among his many charitable endeavors, he was Board Chairman of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston for nine years, spearheading the development of the museum’s stunning new building on Boston Harbor. He served on the ICA board for a total of fifteen years before becoming Chairman Emeritus.
 
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Beth Rudin DeWoody
NYC25 Judge
Philanthropist, Curator
Arts Patron
Beth Rudin DeWoody serves as an Executive Vice President of Rudin Management Company, Inc. Ms. Dewoody serves as a Trustee of New School University, Whitney Museum Of American Art LLC and Brooklyn Academy Of Music Inc. Ms. Dewoody serves as a Director of Phoenix House Foundation, Inc.
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Ruby Lerner
NYC25 Judge
President and CEO
President & Executive Director
Creative Capital
 
http://www.creative-capital.org/home
Ruby Lerner is the founding President and Executive Director of Creative Capital. Prior to Creative Capital, Lerner served as the Executive Director of the Association of Independent Film and Videomakers (AIVF) and as Publisher of the highly regarded Independent Film and Video Monthly. Having worked regionally in both the performing arts and independent media fields, she served as the Executive Director of Alternate ROOTS, a coalition of Southeastern performing artists, and IMAGE Film/Video Center, both based in Atlanta. In the late 1970s, she was the Audience Development Director at the Manhattan Theatre Club, one of New York’s foremost nonprofit theaters. A native of North Carolina, Lerner worked in the state’s visiting artist program following graduate work in theater at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her undergraduate degree is in comparative religion from Goucher College.
 
Lerner has written and lectured extensively on arts issues, served on many boards, steering committees and grantmaking panels, and consulted with hundreds of arts organizations on audience development and related areas of arts management. In 2011, Lerner was named a 30th Anniversary Honoree by ArtTable. She has also received the John L. Haber Award from the University of North Carolina (2009), the Catalyst Award from the National Association of Artists Organizations (2007), the BAXten Award from the Brooklyn Arts Exchange (2007), a Creative Leadership Award from the Alliance of Artists Communities (2005), the Artist Advocate Award from the Alliance of New York State Arts Organizations (2003) and a Special Citation from Artists Space for her support of individual artists (2003). Lerner was a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, CT, and currently serves on the Goucher College Committee of Visitors; the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Innovation Circle; the National Advisory Board of the McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte, NC; and the National Advisory Board of the Ackland Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
 
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Louise Mirrer
NYC25 Judge
President and CEO
New-York Historical Society
www.nyhistory.org

Louise Mirrer joined the New-York Historical Society as President and CEO in June 2004. Under her guidance, New-York Historical is reinvigorating its commitment to foster greater public understanding of history and its impact on the world of today, to support and encourage historical scholarship, and to develop education initiatives for young people, students, and adults. Mirrer recently led New-York Historical’s campaign for a major renovation of its landmark building on Central Park West, which raised more than $100 million.

She is currently at work on a new exhibition entitled, Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion which will open at New-York Historical in October 2014. The exhibition will tell the story of Chinese in America, from the 18th century China trade to the present. Art, artifacts, and documents from New-York Historical’s rich collections will be among the treasures displayed in the new show, including a platter commissioned for George Washington’s home in New York, when the city was the nation’s first capital; gold nuggets and spectacular Arnold Genthe photographs from the Gold Rush period in San Francisco; and more recent acquisitions.

Under Dr. Mirrer’s direction, the New-York Historical Society has launched groundbreaking exhibitions, including Slavery in New York; New York Divided: Slavery and the Civil War; A New Light on Tiffany: Clara Driscoll and the Tiffany Girls; French Founding Father: Lafayette’s Return to Washington’s America; Grant and Lee in War and Peace; WWII & NYC; and a rich array of intellectually engaging lectures, debates and family programs.

Dr. Mirrer also inaugurated the “Saturday Academy,” an American history enhancement program for high-school students, and a new Graduate Institute on Constitutional History.

Prior to joining the New-York Historical Society, Dr. Mirrer was CUNY Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. At CUNY, she spearheaded the U.S. History Initiative, which strengthened the University’s American history curriculum through faculty development, online course materials, and increased enrollment in American history courses. Dr. Mirrer’s research focuses on how the creation of historical narratives helps to shape and define social institutions.

In recent years, Dr. Mirrer has been honored with the Woman of Distinction Medal, League of Women Voters, 2007; Dean’s Medal, CUNY Honors College, 2005; Education and Student Advocacy Award, Hostos Community College, 2005; President’s Medal, CUNY Graduate Center, 2004; Leadership Award, Asian-American Research Institution, 2003; New York Post’s “50 Most Influential Women in New York,” 2003; Citation of Honor, Queens Borough President’s Office, 2001; Women Making History Award, Queensborough Community College, 2001; and the YWCA “Women Achievers” Award, 2000. In 2007 she was made an Honorary Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge.

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Anne Pasternak
NYC25 Judge 
President And Artistic Director
Creative Time
www.creativetime.org

President and Artistic Director Anne Pasternak joined Creative Time in the fall of 1994. Since that time, the organization, which began commissioning innovative public work in New York City in 1974, has collaborated with hundreds of artists to ignite the public’s imagination, explore ideas that shape society, and bring groundbreaking public art to millions of people around the world. Thanks to Pasternak’s vision, Creative Time now also presents national and global projects and initiatives, making it the only public arts organization with programs that have reached from New York to New Orleans, Haiti to Hanoi, Dubai to Denver, and now in outer space.

Pasternak believes strongly that art matters in our world, and that artists should be weighing in on the key issues of our time. Under her leadership, Creative Time has produced such renowned projects as Playing the Building (David Byrne), during which the Battery Maritime Building was transformed into an interactive musical instrument; Tribute in Light (Julian Laverdiere and Paul Myoda), the twin beacons of light that illuminated the former World Trade Center site six months after 9/11; Waiting for Godot in New Orleans (Paul Chan), a restaging of Samuel Beckett’s play in the streets of post-Katrina New Orleans; Living as Form, a survey exhibition of two decades of socially-engaged art; and The Last Pictures (Trevor Paglen), a collection of photographs micro-etched onto a silicon disk and affixed to a satellite in perpetual orbit. She also initiated Creative Time Reports, a website devoted to artists’ perspectives on the important issues of our day, and a Global Residency program that supports artists as they explore questions central to their practice. Artists with whom Pasternak has worked closely include Marina Abramovic, Doug Aitken, Laurie Anderson, Nick Cave, Theaster Gates, Cai Guo-Qiang, Jenny Holzer, Gary Hume, Vik Muniz, Takashi Murakami, Shirin Neshat, Steve Powers, Tom Sachs, and many more.

In addition to her work at Creative Time, Pasternak curates independent exhibitions, consults on urban planning initiatives, and contributes essays to cultural publications. A frequent speaker, she is the 2011 recipient of the Public Art Dialogue Award for Achievement in the Field of Public Art, and was honored with the Governors’ Award for Outstanding Service to Artists by Skowhegan in May 2011. Pasternak has been featured on the ArtReview Power 100 list and in numerous media outlets, including The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, WSJ Magazine, New York Magazine, Artforum, ARTnews, ELLE, NPR, and Paper Magazine. She lectures extensively throughout the United States and Europe, and has served as a guest critic at Yale University.

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Mickalene Thomas
NYC25 Judge
Artist
www.mickalenethomas.com
New York-based artist Mickalene Thomas is best known for her elaborate paintings composed of rhinestones, acrylic and enamel. Thomas introduces a complex vision of what it means to be a woman and expands common definitions of beauty. Her work stems from her long study of art history and the classical genres of portraiture, landscape, and still life.
 
Inspired by various sources that range from the 19th century Hudson River School to Édouard Manet, Henri Matisse and Romare Bearden, she continues to explore notions of beauty from a contemporary perspective infused with the more recent influences of popular culture and Pop Art.
 
She is represented by Lehmann Maupin in New York, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects and Galerie nathalie obadia in paris.
 
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Susana Torruella Leval
Director Emerita,
El Museo del Barrio
Susana Torruella Leval is Director Emerita of El Museo del Barrio, a Puerto Rican, Latino and Latin American museum in New York. She served as the museum’s director from 1994 to 2002, after four years as its Chief Curator. Ms. Torruella Leval is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Aperture Foundation, and Dreamyard. In addition, she is on the Editorial Board of the International Center of the Art of the Americas. She previously served on the Overseers’ Committee to Visit the Arts Museums at Harvard College and the Visiting Committee of the Getty Center. Ms. Torruella Leval received a B.A. from Manhattanville College and an M.A. from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts. (Term expires December 6, 2015)
 
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Jan Seidler Ramirez
NYC25 Judge
Chief Curator & Director of Collections
National September 11 Memorial Museum
http://www.911memorial.org/museum
 
http://www.creative-capital.org/home
Read her curatorial statement.
Jan Seidler Ramirez is the founding Chief Curator and Director of Collections for the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City. Immediately prior to her 2006 appointment, she worked as consultant at the Alliance for the Arts and as a consulting curator to the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, which was spearheading renewal plans for the destroyed 16-acres of the World Trade Center. Previously, she served as Vice President and Museum Director of the New-York Historical Society, where she played a major role in developing that institution’s 20th century collecting program and its History Responds initiative, a series of exhibitions, public programs, and collection acquisition efforts focused on the 9/11 attacks in their broad historical context.
Ramirez has held curatorial, interpretation, collections development and senior administrative posts at museums in Boston and New York, including the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Hudson River Museum and the Museum of the City of New York. She also has taught and lectured on American and arts, and material culture at colleges, institutions and conferences across the country, served on the Boards of various museums and nonprofit cultural/educational organizations, and authored numerous publications relating to American arts and cultural history. A graduate of Dartmouth College, Jan earned her Ph.D. in American Studies at Boston University.
 
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Michael Rogers
NYC25 Judge
Author, Futurist, MSNBC Columnist
www.michaelrogers.com

Michael Rogers is a best-selling author, technology pioneer and futurist, who most recently served as futurist-in-residence for The New York Times. He speaks to audiences worldwide and is a regular guest on radio and television.

Rogers began his career as a writer for Rolling Stone magazine. He co-founded Outside magazine and then launched Newsweek’s technology column, winning numerous journalism awards. For ten years he was vice president of The Washington Post Company’s new media division, leading both the newspaper and Newsweek into the new century and earning patents for multimedia technology. He is also a best-selling novelist whose books have been published worldwide, chosen for the Book-of-the-Month club and optioned for film.

Rogers earned degrees in physics and creative writing at Stanford University, with additional studies in finance and management at the Stanford Business School Executive Program. He lives in New York City and is currently working on book and television projects.

 

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Santigold
Musician 
http://www.santigold.com/
Santigold is Santi White: an artist whose perseverance relies on invention, a champion who survives off her own skill and faith. She is a major muse watched by the inspired world, an in categorical performer who collapses time and genre with one hand guided by tradition, while the other hand carves out a shining future. Santigold is neither calm nor mayhem, but from her lungs burst every color in between. Her sophomore album, Master of My Make Believe was released in 2012 and became her first #1 album, topping the Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums chart. She’s won an ASCAP Pop Music award (Vanguard Award), and has been nominated for a Q Award, MTV Europe Music Award, and BRIT Award.
 
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James Cavello
President & Co-Owner
Westwood Gallery NYC
http://www.westwoodgallery.com/index.html

Westwood Gallery NYC is a contemporary art gallery, established in 1995 in the heart of SoHo, New York. Gallery founders James Cavello and Margarite Almeida are internationally acclaimed for their expertise in the fine arts.

 

James Cavello is an international award-winning curator, Vice President of Amazon Aid Foundation, and President of Worldwide Children’s Foundation of New York. His talent extends beyond the fine art business to film, publishing, multimedia international exhibitions, site-specific projects and art branding. Media coverage and reviews for his curatorial accomplishments include the New York Times, NBC, CBS, Washington Post, Sunday Times of London, Miami Herald, ARTnews, Nikkei Art, and others.

 

Cavello has created several short art films that document the work of international and New York based artists. These include a noted Swiss artist whose bird’s eye view abstract landscapes are reminiscent of Rothko and an emerging New York artist who experiments with found objects in performance and installation. Future art film projects include a tribute to Andy Warhol and documentaries on New York artists recently rediscovered from the 1950s and ‘60s.

 

As producer of Amazon Gold, a documentary film depicting the environmental devastation in the Peruvian Amazon caused by relentless illegal gold mining, Cavello brought creative and managerial expertise to the challenging subject. Cavello has also developed philanthropic shorts documenting children who received life-saving or life-altering surgery through his non-profit organization. For this and other philanthropic work Cavello has received numerous honors, including a humanitarian award, and recognition from children’s organizations for his work in art philanthropy.

 

OUR GUEST CURATORS

Now featuring selections from our guest curators:

 

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Amanda Hunt,
Curator, LA><ART
(Los Angeles)
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Brooke Davis Anderson
Executive Director
U.S. Biennial, Inc.
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Paz Tanjuaquio,
Co-Founding Director,
TOPAZ ARTS, Inc.
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Edwin Becker
Chief Curator of Exhibitions
Van Gogh Museum (Amsterdam)

 

Sherry Dobbin
Director of Public Art
Times Square Alliance
Paul Goodwin
Independent Curator,
London 
(Curator, Tate Britain,
2008-2012)
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Mahnaz Fancy
Executive Director
ArteEast (Brooklyn)
Kate Feirtag
Exhibition Director
Museum of American Illustration 
at the Society of Illustrators (Manhattan)
Yuko Hasegawa
Chief Curator, 
Museum ofContemporary
Art, Tokyo
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Deana Haggag
Director, The Contemporary
(Baltimore)
David Harper
Director, Special Projects & Client Development
Paddle8
 Wim van Sinderen

Senior Curator
The Hague Museum
of Photography
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Betti-Sue Hertz
Director of Visual Arts
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Hitomi Iwasaki
Director of Exhibitions/Curator
Queens Museum of Art
Dr. Thomas Köhler
Chief Executive,
Berlinische Galerie Landesmuseum für Moderne
 
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Kristopher Johnson &
Florence Poulain,
Co-Owners, Deep Tanks
Lesley Johnstone
Conservatrice,
Musée d’artcontemporain
de Montréal
 Valerie Cassel Oliver

Senior Curator
Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston
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Lizzetta LeFalle Collins, PhD Manager, Visual Arts Program
Museum of the AfricanDiaspora (San Francisco)
Deborah Marrow,
Director,
The Getty Foundation
Linda Michael
Deputy Director / Senior Curator, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne
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Florence Neal
Director & Co-Founder
Kentler International DrawingSpace
Sarah Newman
Curator of Contemporary Art Corcoran Gallery of Art
Lauren Ross
Nancy E. Meinig Curator
of Modern and Contemporary Art, Philbrook Museum of Art
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Larry Ossei-Mensah
Independent Curator/Founder
My Global Hustle
Jan Seidler Ramirez
Chief Curator & Director of Collections
National September 11 Memorial Museum
Rachael Thomas

Senior Curator/
Head of Exhibitions 
Irish Museum of Modern Art (Dublin)
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Nelson Santos,
Executive Director,
Visual AIDS
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Curator of Contemporary ArtMontclair Art Museum
Christina Vassallo
Executive Director
Flux Factory
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Jim Steranko
Writer / Artist
Comic Book Legend
 
Debra Simon
Vice President, Arts & Events Brookfield Office Properties
Alexandra E. Warder
Director, Bosse & Baum 
(London)
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Anna Zekria

Co-Founder/
Managing Director
Salt Images (Moscow)