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Portfolio Reviewers – EXPOSURE WEEKEND 2018

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Chad Attie, Gallery Director, Eastern Star Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Chad Attie is the Director of the Eastern Star Gallery at Archer, a gallery run by a student board that oversees the production of fully realized art shows from concept to exhibition. Through the Eastern Star Gallery, Attie has worked with and co-curated with some of Los Angeles most talented artists, including Ed Ruscha, Tim Hawkinson, Allison Schulnik, Soo Kim, Catherine Opie, and Connie Butler.

Attie’s own artwork has been shown in solo shows at The Lodge, Klowden Mann, Caro d’Offay in Chicago; Frank Pictures, Carl Berg Projects, Newspace in Los Angeles; and Wooster Projects in New York. His work has been included in solo and group shows at galleries, universities and museum auctions including the University of LaVerne; Ace Gallery, Beverly Hills; MoCA, Los Angeles; Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica; and the Zimmer Museum, Los Angeles.

Available Sunday to review

Sherrie Berger, Photography Consultant Sherrie_Berger

Sherrie Berger is a creative collaborator with expertise in entertainment and high-end celebrity portraiture, fine art photography, production, marketing and public relations. She designs and implements strategies for producing photo shoots, creates marketing and publicity campaigns for exhibitions, photography events and special projects. Sherrie offers career coaching and teaches workshops worldwide encouraging photographers to express their authentic vision.

Available Friday and Sunday to review

Jonathan Blaustein, Writer and Contributor, NYTimes Lensblog and Photo Editor,

Jonathan Blaustein is an artist, writer, and educator based in Taos, New Mexico. He has exhibited his work widely in galleries and museums the US, and in festivals in Europe as well. His photographs reside in several important collections, including the Library of Congress, the State of New Mexico, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Jonathan is a regular contributor to the popular blog A Photo Editor, as well as the New York Times Lens blog, and taught at UNM-Taos for many years. He has also written about art and photography online for The New Yorker, VICE, and Hyperallergic.

He is most interested in viewing fresh, innovative perspectives in fine art and documentary photography. He’s also open to video projects, but would rather not see commercial photography. As he’s been teaching for many years, Jonathan is also willing to offer constructive feedback for project ideas and execution, when appropriate.

Available Friday and Saturday to review

Kyle Bradley, CEO/Founder, Nava Print Studio, Chicago, IL

Kyle Bradley studied business at Indiana University, worked in Hong Kong for several years before returning to Chicago and starting Nava, an online curated collection of contemporary photography. Bradley selects renowned figures in contemporary art to curate each collection, and together they determine the photographers to be included in each collection. Nava’s new collections are released several times a year.  Bradley sells theses collections and individual images directly to collectors, interior designers and museums.

Available Friday and Saturday to review

Susan Burnstine, Contributor, Black & White Magazine (UK) Susan_Burnstine

Susan Burnstine is an award winning fine art and commercial photographer originally from Chicago now based in Los Angeles. Susan is represented in galleries across the world, widely published throughout the globe and has also written for several photography magazines, including a monthly column entitled American Connection for Black & White Photography Magazine (UK). Burnstine regularly teaches workshops, is a frequent reviewer and has been invited to curate and act as juror many exhibitions for galleries and festivals across the country. Damiani Editore will publish her second book, Absence Of Being, this fall.

Available Sunday to review

Marisa Caichiolo, Founder/Curator of Building Bridges Art Exchange, Los Angeles, CA

Marisa Caichiolo was born in Argentina. Expertly exploring diverse media that ranges from video art installation to painting and sculpture,  She studied in the University of Buenos Aires and has a Master Degree in Art History, Restoration and Psychology. Her works as an artist and her work has been showcased around the world.

Caichiolo is one of the Founders and curator of Building Bridges International Art Foundation <>  in Los Angeles, USA. She has been an international art curator and has juried various biennials and important prizes with the Ministry of Culture of Mexico, Morocco, Chile, Argentina, Qatar, and Sharjah. Through traveling exhibitions, international art exchanges, artists in residence programs and cultural education, BBAX enriches the lives of emerging and established artists, local and international, connecting them to curators, critics and the community.

Available Saturday to review

Catherine Couturier, Owner/Director, Catherine Couturier Gallery, Houston, TX

Catherine Couturier is the owner and director of Catherine Couturier Gallery. Upon its inception, the gallery quickly evolved into the premier photography gallery in Houston and sits at the center of Gallery Row. The gallery is a member of AIPAD, and Catherine serves on the advisory council of Houston Center for Photography. Couturier also reviews portfolios for organizations and festivals such as Photo Nola, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, and Fotofest, is a juror for Critical Mass, and give lectures to artists and collectors alike on a myriad of subjects related to the field of fine art photography. The Catherine Couturier Gallery is committed to excellence with a dedication to the medium in all its forms, with the goal to showcase the best fine art photography available.

Available Friday, Saturday and Sunday to review

Chris Davies, Founder/Director, Fabrik Media, Fabrik Projects Gallery and Photo Independent, Los Angeles, CA

Chris Davies is the Founder and Director of Fabrik Media, which publishes Fabrik Magazine, an art and design magazine which has profiled major contemporary artists/photographers including Ed Ruscha, Catherine Opie, Alex Prager, Joel Peter-Witkin, David LaChapelle, Julius Shulman and others. Fabrik Media also currently produces 3 international art fairs in Los Angeles – Photo Independent, Fabrik Expo and the Los Angeles Festival of Photography. Davies also runs Fabrik Projects Gallery in Culver City.

Available Saturday and Sunday to review

Michael Dawson, Owner, Michael Dawson Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Michael Dawson is a private dealer and appraiser specializing in rare books and fine art photography including historical photographs of California and the Southwest. Michael has written widely on photography and has owned and operated his own gallery as well as the celebrated Dawson’s Book Shop in Los Angeles – a business established by his grandfather in 1905. He is a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA), the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, (ILAB) and the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD). Michael is known as an expert in the history of Southern California photography. His writing on the subject is included in LA’s Early Moderns: Art/Architecture/Photography published by Balcony Press in 2003 and Land of Sunshine: An Environmental History of Los Angeles published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2005. Michael contributed an essay for the publication from the Book Club of California titled William Reagh. A Long Walk Downtown: Photographs of Los Angeles & Southern California, 1936-1991.

Available Saturday to review

Crista Dix, Founder and Director of wall space gallery

Crista Dix is the Founder and Director of wall space gallery originally opened in Seattle, Washington and now transplanted to Santa Barbara, California. Starting in this creative field as a photographer, collector and lover of the visual image, Crista decided to put down her camera and utilize her years of business management to help promote photographers and photography. With a background in science, business and creative arts, she has created a gallery space that celebrates artists’ vision. Ms. Dix has been a member of numerous panels and discussions, juried creative competitions, including Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins and Photographic Center Northwest, and has participated in major portfolio reviews across the country in Houston, Portland, Los Angeles, Santa Fe and New Orleans.

Available Friday and Saturday to review

Ligeia Gorre, Arts Manager, LAX and Public Arts Exhibition Division, City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs

Ligeia Gorre is an Arts Manager with the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), Public Art Division. Ligeia manages the Arts Exhibition Program at LAX International Airport, a partnership between DCA and Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), in addition to managing permanent public art projects with various other City agencies within DCA’s Public Percent for Art and Murals Programs.

During her 13 years with DCA, Ligeia has successfully developed and overseen the execution of several innovative projects and programming initiatives. In 2008, through grant dollars secured from the LA’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), DCA partnered with local arts non-profits and City Youth Art Centers to present “Kaprow Happenings Reinvented”, the City of LA’s first temporary public art project. For three years beginning in 2011, she managed the Performance Program with LAWA, presented at the Van Nuys Flyaway, featuring original works by choreographers Anna B. Scott, Sarah Elgart, Heidi Duckler and String Theory. This year, she is embarking with her colleagues at LAWA on a new, Arts Exhibition Program as part of the massive extension of the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX which will activate an additional eight exhibition sites.

In her spare time, Ligeia has maintained an ongoing, volunteer-based relationship with The Morningstar Foundation, a local non-profit with the mission to preserve and protect sacred Indigenous knowledge and sacred sites. Her passion for art and culture has led her to pursue creative endeavors through jewelry and costume design, and urban gardening. The last year has brought renewed interest and activity on how socio-political movements via online networks, feminist ideologies, and issues affecting communities of color, intersect through the lens of art and practice.

Ligeia received a Master of Public Art Studies (MPAS) degree at USC and Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at UC Davis.

Available Friday to review

Mazie Harris, Assistant Curator, Department of Photographs, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Mazie M. Harris is an Assistant Curator in the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, where she specializes in American photography. She holds a Ph.D. in the history of art from Brown University, and has worked with collections at the Davis Museum at Wellesley College; the Museum of Art at the Rhode Island School of Design; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University. Her research interests include portraiture, partnered practice, histories of technology, legal issues, and socio-political art. Although the Getty doesn’t acquire work from portfolio reviews, Mazie would be happy to help you think about what types of institutions might be appropriate contacts for your work.

Available Friday to review

Christy Havranek, Photo Director, Huffington Post

Christy Havranek is the Photo Director at HuffPost, where she oversees a team of photo editors and photographers. She has 18 years of experience in the photo business, having worked at NBCUniversal, Frommer’s Travel, Polo Ralph Lauren and Bloomsbury Publishing, among others. Recently, Christy was the juror for “Photography as Response” at the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado, and served as one of three jurors for the prestigious Review Santa Fe Project Launch in 2017. During Review Santa Fe, she co-presented a two-day workshop aimed to help established photographers reach the next level in the editorial space, which will run again later in 2018. She is the juror for the upcoming Lenscratch exhibit “Good Manners” and a juror for the 2018 LensCulture Street Photography Awards.

As HuffPost is an editorial platform, Christy’s focus is on photojournalism/reportage/documentary, as well as fine art that skews editorial. Please no advertising, commercial, nudes, concert photography, or high concept fine art. She is looking to meet photographers who shoot editorial assignments and/or photographers with existing work that HuffPost could license and feature. She’s always happy to provide helpful, constructive guidance.

Available Friday, Saturday and Sunday to review

Virginia Heckert, Curator, Department of Photographs, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Virginia Heckert is the Curator and Department Head of the Department of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA. Her area of expertise is German photography between the two World Wars, late 20th-century American photography, and contemporary photography.

Available Friday afternoon and Saturday afternoon to review

Skye Houghton, Senior Art Producer, Saatchi & Saatchi, Torrance, CA

Skye Houghton started her career in Sydney Australia where she learned the ropes representing and producing for advertising photographers directly. 4 years later she switched sides to work as an art buyer for Saatchi Australia, before moving her life to SaatchiLA in late 2015.

Available Friday to review.

Anne Kelly, Gallery Director, photo-eye Gallery, Santa Fe, NM Anne Kelly headshot

Anne Kelly is the Director of photo-eye Gallery in Santa Fe, NM and has been with the company since 2006. Her interest in photography developed at an early age, influenced by her mother’s love for the medium. Originally from Colorado, she moved to Santa Fe to further her studies in photography under the direction of David Scheinbaum at the College of Santa Fe, where she received her BFA. Kelly ls particular interested in photographic works that employ the use of alternative processes in contemporary work, magical realism, and images that invoke emotion and stimulate the imagination.

As a Gallery Director, she is a ?a juror for photo-eye’s online Photographer’s Showcase and Art Photo Index. Kelly has been attending portfolio review events, as a reviewer since 2006. photo-eye is a leading contemporary photography gallery and bookstore representing both established and emerging photographers.

Available Friday, Saturday and Sunday to review

Randi Kreeft, Gallery Director, the Loft at Liz’s Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

For the past 8 years Randi Kreeft has served as a curator and gallery director of The Loft at Liz’s gallery in LA’s historic mid-city arts district. The gallery fosters an open dialogue between eclectic and diverse points of view, ideologies and experiences. Works of all mediums are featured in thematic context with visual arts often accompanied by performance, comedy, music, dance or culinary art components. Previous to this Randi worked in acquisitions with Weidman Gallery (West Hollywood, CA) and was founder of SubSpace Art (Culver City, CA). His background is further rooted in fashion, commercial design and street art.

Randi is happy to review portfolios of conceptual / fine art photographs, experimental printmaking as well as street or commercial.

Available Sunday to review

Dhyandra Lawson, Curatorial Asst., Department of Photography, LA County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

Dhyandra Lawson joined LACMA’s Wallis Annenberg Photography Department in 2012. She was co-curator of “Richard Prince: Untitled (cowboy)” (December 2017—March 2018), and was curator of the “The Magic Medium” presented at LACMA in 2016. Other projects have included “Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium” co-presented by LACMA and the J. Paul Getty Museum in 2016, as well as, “Larry Sultan: Here and Home” organized by LACMA in 2015. Current work focuses on building upon LACMA’s collection of over 20,000 photographs.

Available Saturday to review.

Douglas Marshall, Independent Curator/Appraiser

Douglas Marshall is an independent curator and art consultant based in Los Angeles. Following completion of undergraduate studies in Studio Art at the University of Texas at Austin, Douglas worked as a photographer before moving to the West Coast to pursue a curatorial career in the contemporary art world. There Douglas joined Peter Fetterman Gallery, a leading American dealer of fine art photography, where he held the role of Director and curated dozens of exhibitions, international art-fairs and collector acquisitions. Now independent, Douglas works to bring emerging and international voices in contemporary art to the American market through collaborative projects with artists, galleries, art-fairs and creative start-up organizations.

Available Saturday to review

Kristina Newhouse, Curator, University Art Museum, Long Beach, CA

Kristina Newhouse is curator of the University Art Museum at California State University Long Beach. From 2001 through 2008, Newhouse was curator of the Torrance Art Museum. In 2011, she presented “She Accepts the Proposition: Women Gallerists and the Redefinition of Art in Los Angeles, 1967-1977” at the Sam Francis Gallery at Crossroads School as part of the Getty’s first PST initiative. In 2009, she co-curated an exhibition entitled “Superficiality and Superexcrescence: Surface and Identity in Recent California Art,” funded by a Curatorial Grant from the Fellows of Contemporary Art and presented at the Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design. In 2007, she curated “Fran Siegel: Companion” at the IX Bienal Internacional de Cuenca in Ecuador.

Since 1996, Newhouse has curated at a range of exhibition sites including local universities and community colleges, Los Angeles World Airports (Ontario), the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, and numerous commercial galleries.  Newhouse is also a contributing editor for X-tra Contemporary Arts Quarterly. She has written for Artforum, Art + Text, New Art Examiner, and Sculpture.

Available Friday to review

Aimee Santos, Editorial Picture Editor, Shutterstock

Aimee Santos began her adventures in photography with a degree in Photojournalism from San Jose State University, during which she volunteered at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games in Australia, was selected for the Eddie Adams Workshop and worked for  NHL Images in New York.  After graduation she traveled across the United States to pursue a career as a Photojournalist where she worked at the San Jose Mercury News, San Antonio Express-News, the Kansas City Star and the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer in Georgia.  For the past 12 years she has worked as a photo editor in the image syndication industry for companies such as Wireimage, Berliner Studios, REX Features and USPresswire.  She has hosted professional development workshops for artists and taught photography to both at risk youth and college students during her graduate studies for an MFA in Photography and now works as an Editorial Picture Editor for Shutterstock and a freelance Consultant for LensCulture.

Available Saturday to review

Cheyanne Sauter, Executive Director, Art Share LA, Los Angeles, CA

A proud Los Angeles native, Cheyanne Sauter has been a nonprofit professional for over 20 years. Her previous positions include Associate Director of Development at Foundation Fighting Blindness and Assistant Director of Fundraising at LA Conservation Corps. Her true calling lies in working with and supporting artists, and in early 2000, she answered this call by co-founding Gallery Row alongside three founders. Gallery Row’s mission is to bring economic and cultural revitalization to a blighted Downtown Los Angeles by cultivating the presence of artists, galleries, and culture. During her time there, Gallery Row grew to birth the Downtown Art Walk, an immensely popular and beloved Angeleno organization that brings hundreds of thousands of art lovers and community members to Downtown Los Angeles’ cultural offerings. In July 2013, Cheyanne joined Art Share Los Angeles as an unpaid Interim Director to revitalize this nonprofit whose existence looked bleak after the recession. Within the next two years, she developed a viable programmatic model that supported 200 visual and performing artists annually, and rebuilt Art Share L.A.’s reputation as an invaluable cultural resource for emerging Angeleno artists. Today, Art Share L.A. has a staff of six and offers diverse programming that engages hundreds of emerging artists to create, exhibit, and share their work with thousands of art lovers annually.

Available Sunday to review.

Hannah Sloan, Founder/Director Sloan Projects

Hannah Sloan has been curating exhibitions of contemporary art and advising private collections since 2005. In 2015 she established Sloan Projects at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica. The gallery program features emerging and mid-career multi-disciplinary artists with an emphasis on women artists working within the Los Angeles area. Her exhibitions highlight conceptually challenging and technically masterful work in all mediums.

For ten years prior to establishing her own program, Hannah served as a Director at RoseGallery, a premier gallery of photography representing a diverse collection of internationally recognized photographers including Dorothea Lange, William Eggleston, Martin Parr, Todd Hido, John Chiara, Jo Ann Callis and Graciela Iturbide. In addition to running a gallery program, Hannah has been curating exhibitions in tandem with non-profit organizations like the Motion Picture and Television Fund since 2010.

As a reviewer, Hannah is looking for projects defined by a strong conceptual underpinning, brave and innovative uses of the medium and a mastery of craft. Narrative, documentary and process-based work is all of interest, while commercial, stock photography and traditional nudes are not. Additionally, Hannah is looking to broaden the roster of artists she exhibits and represents to include more artists of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

Available Saturday to review.

Sybylla Smith, International Curator, Educator and Consultant

Part artist, part academic, J. Sybylla Smith is equally compelled to create art as to examine its cultural significance. Roles as a fashion designer, stylist, and creative director have all been informed by the need to develop a visual language that conveys a concept, idea or theory.

Her diverse resume reflects over 25 years of curating fine art photography exhibitions with international photographers, bringing advertising campaigns and fashion editorials to fruition, and developing and teaching university curriculum, Concept Aware™, on creativity and concept development.

Her collaborations have led to lasting relationships with renowned galleries, museums, art fairs, advertising agencies, and international print publications. Smith’s current practice focuses on developing creative content for individual clients and organizations as a curator, portfolio reviewer/creator, editor, brand developer, educator and speaker.

Available Friday and Sunday to review

Aline Smithson, Founder/Editor Lenscratch Aline-Smithson

Aline Smithson has given exposure to thousands of photographers over the years, curated and jurored exhibitions, and has been a reviewer at photo festivals across the country. Her own work has been exhibited and published world wide and she has a understanding of the reviewing experience from both sides of the table. Aline is open to all types of fine art photography, but is looking for projects created with intention and deep consideration.

Available Friday and Saturday to review

Susan Spiritus, Director, Susan Spiritus Gallery, Newport Beach, CA

Susan Spiritus has been a leader in the field of fine art photography for 42 years, opening the doors to her Southern California gallery in 1976 so that she could share her passion for photography with others.Today, the gallery handles works by such photographic luminaries as Ansel Adams, Ruth Bernhard, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Eikoh Hosoe, André Kertész, Paul Caponigro and George Tice. Also represented in the gallery’s collection are many of today’s most popular and award-winning contemporary artists.

The gallery works with private collectors, corporations and design professionals providing personalized counsel in order to address each client’s individual needs. Whether a first time buyer or a prolific collector, the gallery has something for everyone. Art ranges in price, style and type including platinum, silver, hand-colored and digital.

Susan is not interested in seeing photos dealing with nudity (figurative in that sense) .

Available Friday to review

Mackenzie Stevens, Curatorial Assistant, Hammer Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

MacKenzie Stevens is a curatorial associate at the Hammer Museum where she has organized small and large-scale exhibitions. Prior to joining the Hammer, Stevens was an independent curator and editor in Los Angeles, contributing to exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and the Getty Research Institute and publications on modern and contemporary art.

Available Friday to review

Douglas Stockdale, Founder/Editor The PhotoBook Journal doug-stockdale

Douglas Stockdale is a photographer, book-artist and educator, the Founder/Editor of The PhotoBook Journal and a portfolio submission reviewer for LensCulture. He teaches two popular LACP workshops Introduction to Photo Book Design and Marketing Your Photo Book and is a returning LACP portfolio reviewer. He is published by Punctum Press and has self-published three books, most recently his artist book Bluewater Shore and is in the permanent collection of Museo dArte Contemporanea di Roma (MACRO), Reminders Photographic Stronghold (Tokyo) and Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscripts (Yale U., Boston, MA). Most recently Stockdale was a jurist for Photo Independent’s Photo Book Competition and subsequent exhibition.

Available Saturday and Sunday to review

Yessica Torres, Curator, Dab Art, Ventura, CA

In 2011 Yessíca Torres co-opened H Gallery + Studios in Ventura, California. As co-owner and chief curator of H Gallery, Yessíca’s contemporary and modern program was a clear break from the conventional art scene that surrounded her. Keeping focused on emerging and mid-career artists, H Gallery’s progressive gallery design and ambitious exhibition schedule were received with immediate regional success. As Yessíca’s artist roster and network grew to an international level, so did her aspirations.

With the revelation that art exposure should not be limited by physical location, Yessíca independently established Dab Art in 2014. This distinctive art company is dedicated to enhancing the contemporary art experience for artists, collectors and viewers in and outside the gallery setting. Dab Art embraces the relentless evolution of contemporary art by featuring experimental artists, highlighting innovative techniques and utilizing technological advances. Since it’s initial launch, Dab Art has expanded from standard gallery exhibitions to art publications, artist talks, panel discussions, video profiles, exhibition videos and now, documentary filmmaking; featuring our most remarkable and distinguished artists.

Yessíca still owns H Gallery, curated exclusively by Dab Art. Nestled between Malibu and Ojai, H Gallery is now one of the prevailing contemporary art spaces in the greater Los Angeles area. In addition to H Gallery, Dab Art curates at two satellite locations. Mainly focusing on mid-career to established artists, Dab Art’s current inventory of international artwork is available for purchase online. Our recent partnership with Arsty has greatly expanded our collector visibility, elevating the Dab Art sales experience.

Available Friday to review