Portfolio Reviewers – EXPOSURE WEEKEND 2023
List of reviewers bios for EXPOSURE WEEKEND 2023
Sessions will run 8:30AM-1PM (AM) and 1pm -6:00 pm (PM) PST, February 1-5, 2023
Emanuel Aguilar, Director, PATRON Gallery, Chicago
Emanuel Aguilar is a gallerist and independent curator living and working in Chicago, IL. In 2015 he founded PATRON, a contemporary art gallery with a focus on emerging artists and conceptual practice. Previously he was a director at Kavi Gupta Gallery in Chicago and Berlin and a founder of the arts and culture magazine Jettison Quarterly. Aguilar serves on the board of ACRE Residency.
Reviewing days, Thursday, Feb 2nd PM and Sunday, Feb 5th AM
Kay Allen, Associate Director, USC Museums, Fisher Museum of Art
A professional museum administrator for over 40 years, Kay Allen has served as Associate Director and currently as Deputy Director at the USC Fisher Museum of Art. Kay is also an AAM peer reviewer for recommendation of accreditation of other institutions. In 2011, Kay became the Assistant Director of the International Museum Institute; both programs under the umbrella of the Dornsife School, Art History Department.
Kay has worked with the Roski School of Art and Design to jury their annual undergraduate student exhibition between 1979 and 2012. She also worked with The Californica Art Club to jury their annual exhibition between 2013 and 2016. During her work as President of USC’s Black Staff and Faculty Caucus between 1984 and 2005, Kay led many staff and students to address important conversations of social issues through art at the museums. She was a member of the “Stronger Than Hate” initiative and worked with the director to map out future exhibitions that are inclusive in the museum’s mission to create robust, culturally rich and academically connected. Kay is also a USC Ambassador, has been a “Good Neighbor” fundraising leader and received scholarships to attend more than 14 conferences on the American Law Institute/Bar Association’s Legal Problems in Managing Museums. She is most excited about working with the Art Division in downtown Los Angeles on a three-year artist residency program. Each year, the young artists are exposed to professional mentors, mount and exhibition and publish an exhibition catalog once the works are juried.
Reviewing days, Weds. Feb 1st PM and Friday, Feb 3rd PM
Tim Anderson, Publisher/Editor, Shadow & Light Magazine and The Journal
Anderson is the former publisher/managing editor of CameraArts magazine, and for ten-years has produced a variety of bi-weekly photography-related newsletters that now go out to more than 7,000 world-wide subscribers. He is also a publisher (Cygnet Press), and Editor-at-Large for Adore Noir magazine. He also publishes Shadow & Light Magazine, a PDF bi-monthly, 100-page photography magazine, which is now available in print, and The Journal, a photography-based monthly newsletter.
Reviewing days, Thursday, Feb 2nd PM/ Friday, Feb 3rd PM/ Saturday, Feb 4th PM
Emerald Arguelles, Photographer and Photo Coordinator for NBCUniversal
Emerald Arguelles is a Photographer and Photo Coordinator for NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news and information. She is based in Los Angeles, CA and supports episodic coverage across USA, SyFy, and Bravo Networks. Prior to coming to LA, she was the Editor in Chief of Ain’t Bad magazine. As a young visual artist, Emerald has become an internationally recognized photographer through her explorations and capturing of Black America. Her work has been exhibited in the United States, Canada, and Italy, as well as featured in Vogue Italia, The Washington Post, Buzzfeed News, and elsewhere.
Reviewing days, Saturday, Feb 4th PM and Sunday, Feb 5th AM
Elizabeth Avedon, Photography Book and Exhibition Designer, New York, NY
Elizabeth Avedon has a rich history in photography, collaborating with museums, publishing houses, galleries and artists. She has received awards and recognition for her photography exhibition design and publishing projects, including the retrospective exhibition and book: “Avedon: 1949-1979? for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts; and “Richard Avedon: In the American West” for the Amon Carter Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and The Art Institute of Chicago, among many others. Former Director of Photo-Eye Gallery, Santa Fe and Creative Director for The Gere Foundation, Elizabeth is a regular contributor to’L’Oeil de la Photographie’ profiling notable leaders in the world of Photography. Elizabeth also teaches ‘Book Design + Branding’ in the Masters in Digital Photography program at The School of Visual Arts, New York.
As well as offering her personal critique, Elizabeth is always searching for new work to promote on her Photo-Journal, now in its 13th year. She is interested in reviewing exceptional photography, cohesive bodies of work with a unique perspective; fine art, portraiture, documentary, photojournalism – most everything except abstract.
Reviewing days, Weds. Feb 1st Am/ Thursday, Feb 2nd AM/ Friday, Feb 3rd AM/ Saturday, Feb 4th AM
Laura Ayala, Independent Curator and Educator from MUSA Museum, Guadalajara
Ayala has degree in Industrial Design from the University of Guadalajara and a Master Degree in Modern and Contemporary Art at the Casa Lamm Culture Center, Mexico City. From 2002 to 2019 she was the Coordinator of Exhibitions and Education of the MUSA Museum of the Arts of the University of Guadalajara , where she coordinated more than 50 national and international exhibitions. Recently, she curated the exhibition Reconstrucción de la Memoria for MUSA; Otto Dix, Hell and Glory? Critical Graphics 1920-1924, consisting of pieces from the Collection of the Museum of Art of the Americas (AMA) of the Organization of American States (OAS); Continental Abstraction. Highlights of the AMA Collection for the Frost Art Museum in Miami; Chronicle of an instant, a reinterpretation of the MUSA Collection and Metaphysical Orozco, video mapping project for LA Art Show and The Goya Disparates. In 2021, she was part of Building Bridges Art Exchange’s Curatorial Residency in Los Angeles and in 2022, she published a book titled 525 grams. Jill Magid: The transforation of Luis Barragán. She collaborates with the Museum of the Arts of the University of Guadalajara on special projects and works as an independent researcher/curator.
She is pleased to review any kind of work, as long it has an artistic intention. She feels she will be of less help to photographers whose focus is documentary work or photojournalism.
Reviewing days, Weds. Feb 1st Am and Thursday, Feb 2nd AM
Douglas Beasley, Owner/Publisher, SHOTS Magazine
After often recommending it as his favorite photo magazine, Douglas Beasley is now owner and publisher of SHOTS Magazine, an independent reader-supported quarterly journal of eclectic black & white photography, now in its 36th year of publication. As a fine-art photographer and workshop instructor for many years, Doug has participated in portfolio reviews not only as a reviewer but as a photographer, giving him a unique perspective from both sides. We are looking for strong, unique work on a variety of themes that reproduce well in black & white. Alternative processes, pinhole, plastic toy camera, darkroom prints, etc. especially welcome, but he is open to anything done well that transcends process to express vision and creativity. All experience levels welcome.
Reviewing days Weds. Feb 1st AM, Thursday, Feb 2nd PM, Friday, and Feb 3rd PM
Sherrie Berger, Photography Consultant
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.
Reviewing days, Weds. Feb 1st, PM and Friday, Feb 3rd PM
Kaya Lee Berne, Photo Editor, TIME magazine
Previously Kaya Lee Berne was a photo editor at National Geographic, where she specialized in natural history and wildlife photography. She also spent time working as a visual researcher and data reporter for the maps and graphics department where she collaborated with data providers, expert story sources, and the creative team to produce engaging cartographic and graphic content for the print magazine and digital platform. Kaya spent four years working with Magnum photographer David Alan Harvey, managing production of books, exhibits, presentations and international workshops. This led her to freelance as a photo editor for both Burn Magazine and the New York Times magazine. In 2016, she became a leading producer for the final year of LOOK3, Festival of the Photograph. Kaya lives in Pennsylvania with her partner and 3 dogs.
Reviewing days, Thursday Feb 2nd PM , Friday, Feb 3rd AM and PM
Amanda Boe, Photo Editor, NY Times
Amanda Boe is a photo editor at The New York Times and also a photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. She is a 2017 recipient of the Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Photographer’s Fellowship. Boe has exhibited her work in group exhibitions across the United States, including shows at SF Camerawork, SFO Museum, and SFMOMA Artists Gallery. Her photographs have been published in Begin Anywhere: Paths of Mentorship and Collaboration (2017) and Der Greif – A Process (2014), along with various print and online features.
Amanda would love to see editorial work (portraits, documentary and photo essays) as well as personal projects.
Reviewing days, Saturday, Feb 4th AM and Sunday, Feb 5th AM
Whitney Broadaway, Director, Southeast Museum of Photography
Whitney Broadaway has over 12 years of experience curating art collections and exhibitions. In the Special Collections and University Archives department of the UCF Library she curated and exhibited photographs from African American Legacy: The Carol Mundy Collection, oversaw and curated the annual exhibition of the West Indies Art Collection, and frequently met with vendors to select and purchase new artworks for the Book Arts & Typography Collection. Later, Broadaway was the Collections Manager of the Orange County Regional History Center in Downtown Orlando for almost 8 years. She managed the museum’s collection, including over 300,000 photographs, over 60 Florida Highwaymen paintings, and several other art pieces. She was the associate editor for the museum’s quarterly magazine, Reflections, and wrote many pieces of original research, including Through the Camera Lens, a photography focused segment that later expanded into a monthly exhibition. Broadaway has recently become the Director of the Southeast Museum of Photography at Daytona State College and is looking forward to creating exceptional exhibitions with unique and thought provoking photographers.
Reviewing days, Thursday, Feb 2nd AM, Saturday, Feb 4th AM and Sunday, Feb 5th AM
Angela Bryant, Managing Director, Rose Gallery and Founder, Abryant Gallery
In 2009, Angela Bryant founded Abryant Gallery, an art consultation service and rotating contemporary art gallery for young/new and emerging artists. She has since curated several exhibitions, participated as both a juror and panelist, exhibited over 100 artists and installed 40 exhibits.
Although she was featured in Chicago magazine as one of “Six Young Art Curators You Should Know” Angela is a practicing artist. She is the recipient of several awards and honors and holds an MFA from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. Angela has completed several murals over the years ranging from children’s room motifs to large scale outdoor murals. Her latest on-going project is for a public art commission with Western Illinois University. Bryant won the RFQ to design the terrazzo floor of the new Performing Arts Center.
Angela Bryant has served as an adjunct professor, an independent curator, guest lecturer at multiple institutions, and is the co-founder of MOUNT Curatorial Residency. She has also written contemporary art essays and has been published twice. For three years, Angela was the Director of Exhibitions for O’Connor Art Gallery at Dominican University where her programming highlighted the work of both emerging and established artists in two-person and group exhibitions. She is currently the managing director of ROSEGALLERY in Santa Monica, California.
Reviewing days, Weds. Feb 1st Am and Thursday, Feb 2nd AM
Shawn Bush, Founder, Dais Books
Bush is the founder of Dais Books and Associate Professor of Photography at Casper College. He grew up in Detroit MI, a city whose civic history and geographic location has profoundly influenced the way he thinks about space within the American sociopolitical landscape. He is interested in over-built systems, failing icons and crumbled mythologies. Bush earned an MFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design and BA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago. He is the recipient of the 2016 T.C Colley grant for excellence in lens-based media and the 2017 Lenscratch Student Prize winner. His debut artist book A Golden State was published by Skylark Editions in 2018 and won first prize in the handmade category at the 2016 Lucie Photobook Prize in New York City and is included in several noted collections, including the Griffin Museum of Photography in Boston, MA and Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece. In 2020, Between Gods and Animals was published by Void (Athens, Greece).
He is interested in work that is concept, process and/or material driven, but he is open to providing feedback on any work.
Reviewing days, Thursday, Feb 2nd PM and Friday, Feb 3rd PM
Carolyn Campbell, Owner, Cambell Communications (PR)
Carolyn Campbell is an exhibited photographic artist, published writer and lecturer based in Los Angeles. She was awarded an Artist Grant from the City of West Hollywood in support of her best-selling book, City of Immortals: Père-Lachaise Cemetery, Paris featuring 80 of her color images. A summa cum laude graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art, she has written about the arts in her role as a communications executive at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the American Film Institute and UCLA’s School of the Arts and Architecture where she was also editor of UCLA Arts Magazine. She founded her own company, Campbell Communications, and has represented a wide range of clients in the visual and performing arts, design, architecture, literary, entertainment, social justice and philanthropy fields.
Reviewing days, Weds. Feb 1st PM and Thursday, Feb 2nd PM
Kai Cammerer, Curator of Photography, SFO Museum
Kai Caemmerer is the Curator of Photography at SFO Museum at the San Francisco International Airport. SFO museum is the only AAM accredited museum located within an airport and dedicates galleries throughout the terminals to the exhibition of photographic works. The Museum has regularly exhibited photography for the past thirty years and has featured artists ranging from Imogen Cunningham, Wynn Bullock, and Pirkle Jones, to Linda Connor, Chris McCaw, Binh Danh, and Sean McFarland.
Reviewing days, Weds. Feb 1st PM and Friday, Feb 3rd PM
Andi Campognone, Curator, Lancaster Museum of Art
Andi Campognone has over 25 years of arts experience in the southern California region. She is the Owner/Director of AC Projects, a private consulting organization focused on promoting arts and culture. Projects include developing museum exhibitions, public engagement, mentoring programs and book and film publications of historically relevant southern California artists. Campognone is also the Museum Manager/Curator for the City of Lancaster. She is responsible for the development and maintenance of partnerships and community engagement initiatives with local artists, local businesses, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Los Angeles County Supervisors office and higher level institutions. She develops curatorial direction for exhibition programming and educational programming and additionally she is directing the Museum accreditation process for MOAH. She has previously served the City of Pomona as Cultural Arts Commissioner where she co-wrote and implemented the City?s Master Cultural Arts Plan and the adopted Arts in Public Places Policy. She volunteers as a regular speaker and mentor to art students at both the undergraduate and graduate level and is on the advisory boards of ARTltd Magazine and Los Angeles Arts Association. She is a current member of ArTTable.
Reviewing days, Weds. Feb 1st Am/ Thursday, Feb 2nd AM
Victoria Chapman, Curator, VC Projects & El Nido art space, Los Angeles, CA
VC Projects was founded in 2014 by British-born Victoria Chapman, who is a Los Angeles-based curator. The company assist artists with their studio and exhibition development as well as representation at art fairs. Chapman has spent over twenty-five years working domestically and internationally in a variety of means with artists, galleries, museums, art consultants, and art institutions, assisting with administrative, curatorial, and exhibition planning. Chapman’s work experience has taken her to museums such as The Isabella Gardener Museum, The Victoria and Albert Museum, Orange County Museum of Art, to name a few. For 16 years, Chapman worked for Daniel Fine Art Services as an Art Director working alongside senior curators to create art collections for boutique hotels. She is also a published writer and speaker about art history and the creative process. A featured curator for “Small Talks” (England), Call with CURA, Hieronyvision, Art Confidential Magazine and LACP’s Conversations with a Curator (Los Angeles). Further, produced VC Projects Podcast Conversations About Art on Spotify. In addition, Chapman is a Curatorial Advisor and Liaison to Casa Regis: Center for Culture and Contemporary Art, Italy and a club member of Cromwell Place, London, England.
In 2021 Chapman opened El NIDO art space featuring art exhibitions, sound installations, and classical and avant-garde music programs. The curatorial program is a balance of national and international artists. Regardless of the creative medium, El NIDO works to support a sacred space for individuation.
Victoria is not interested in seeing fashion, commercial or street photography.
Reviewing days, Weds. Feb 1st PM/ Thursday, Feb 2nd PM
Kelli Connell, Co-Founder/Editor, Skylark Editions
SKYLARK EDITIONS is a non-profit publishing project based in Chicago that provides a platform for the creation and distribution of innovative photobooks by emerging and established artists. Kelli Connell’s work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Collections include The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Photography. Kelli Connell: Double Life was published by DECODE Books in 2011. Connell lives in Chicago where she teaches at Columbia College Chicago and is an editor at SKYLARK EDITIONS.
She is interested in seeing work from artists who are interested in publishing a book of their work. Skylark is particularly interested in seeing work that would translate in book form in non-traditional ways.
Reviewing days, Friday, Feb 3rd PM and Saturday, Feb 4th PM
Coco Conroy, Director, Jackson Fine Art
Coco Conroy is the director of Jackson Fine Art, a gallery in Atlanta, GA specializing in 20th-century and contemporary photography. She has been with the gallery since 2014, and advises Atlanta clients and focuses on local collaborations. Prior to joining JFA, she received her MA in literary studies, worked as a freelance journalist and digital editor and as an independent events coordinator for A Cappella Books. She has served as a judge or juror for PDN’s Curator Awards, Photolucida’s Critical Mass, and the Dairy Barn Art Center’s Wideopen Biennial, among other national and international juried competitions.
Reviewing days, Weds. Feb 1st PM/ Thursday, Feb 2nd PM/ Friday, Feb 3rd PM/ Saturday, Feb 4th PM
Mia Dalglish, Co-Curator, Pictura Gallery
Mia Dalglish works collaboratively as a Co-Curator for Pictura Gallery with Lisa Woodward. Pictura is a non-profit contemporary photography space housed in the FAR Center for Contemporary Arts in Bloomington, IN. For 13 years she has been producing a wide range of exhibitions and advising photographers through different phases of their careers.
Dalglish is looking for exceptional projects for the gallery’s 2024 exhibition programming and the Curious blog. Dalglish is open to projects with the capacity to push past the boundaries of the frame and into broader installations. Pictura looks for opportunities to pair its photography shows with other creative mediums for some unexpected collaborations with poets, chefs, dancers, musicians, etc. Projects do not need to be completed to be considered, but must show a high degree of thought and cohesion.
Dalglish can offer critiques and feedback to strengthen work aesthetically and conceptually. Of lesser interest are still life projects of personal artifacts from the past, nudes, and strictly commercial work.
Reviewing days, Saturday, Feb 4 and Sunday, Feb 5
Shana Nys Dambrot, Art Critic, Curator, and Author
Shana Nys Dambrot is currently LA Editor for Whitehot Magazine, Contributing Editor to Art Ltd., and a contributor to KCET’s Artbound, Flaunt, Huffington Post, The Creators Project, Fabrik, VS., Palm Springs Life, Art & Cake, and Porter & Sail. She studied Art History at Vassar College, writes loads of essays for art books and exhibition catalogs, curates and/or juries a few exhibitions each year, sometimes publishes short fiction, and speaks in public at galleries, schools, and cultural institutions nationally. She is thrilled to have recently joined the Board of Directors at Art Share L.A. a gem of the Artist District that supports and features emerging artists in all genres.
Shana prefers not to see cis erotica. Fine art nudes are fine, but no tied up nudes or self-described erotica. She is open to queer perspectives, abstract, landscape, experimental, digitally escalated, narrative, alternative processes, self-portraits, collage etc.
Reviewing days, Weds. Feb 1st PM/ Thursday, Feb 2nd PM
Aldeide Delgado, Founder & Director, Women Photographers International Archive
Aldeide Delgado is the founder and director of Women Photographers International Archive (WOPHA). She is an art historian, curator and writer and has a background in advising and presenting at art history forums based on photography including, lectures at the Tate Modern, Perez Art Museum Miami, The New School, and California Institute of the Arts. Delgado is a recent recipient of a 2019 Knight Arts Challenge, 2018 School of Art Criticism Fellowship, and a 2017 Research and Production of Critic Essay Fellowship. She is the author of the online archive Catalog of Cuban Women Photographers, as well as the namesake ongoing book. Publications, where she has contributed, include Cuban Art News, Artishock, Terremoto, C&America Latina, Arcadia, as well as diverse independent art blogs. She writes for Artishock, Terremoto, ArtNexus, and C&America Latina. She is an active member of PAMM’s International Women’s Committee, IKT International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art, US Latinx Art Forum and Art Table.
Reviewing days Weds. Feb 1st AM and Friday, Feb 3rd AM
Alexa Dilworth, Publishing and Awards Director; Senior Editor, Center for Documentary Studies Books, Duke University
Alexa Dilworth (she/her) is publishing director and senior editor at the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University, where she also directs the awards program, which includes the Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor Prize. In 1995 she was hired by CDS to work on the editorial staff for DoubleTake magazine. She was also hired as editor of the CDS books program at that time and has coordinated the publishing efforts for every CDS book, including the recent books Road Through Midnight: A Civil Rights Memorial by Jessica Ingram; Where We Find Ourselves: The Photographs of Hugh Mangum, 1897–1922, edited by Margaret Sartor and Alex Harris; Reality Radio: Telling True Stories in Sound, Second Edition, edited by John Biewen and Alexa Dilworth; and Aunties: The Seven Summers of Alevtina and Ludmila: Photographs by Nadia Sablin. Dilworth has a BA and an MA, both in English, from the University of Florida, and an MFA in creative writing (poetry) from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa.
Reviewing days Wednesday, Feb 1st PM, Thursday, Feb 2nd PM and Sunday, Feb 5th AM
Crista Dix, Executive Director at the Griffin Museum of Photography
Crista Dix is the Executive Director at the Griffin Museum of Photography, assuming that role in January of 2022 after two years as the Associate Director. Before coming to the Griffin Museum in 2020 she spent 15 years operating her own photography gallery, wall space creative, closing it in 2020 to make the move to New England and the Griffin. Having a career spanning many paths she has a background rooted in science, business and creative art. This well rounded experience provides a solid background for supporting the Griffin’s mission to encourage a broader understanding and appreciation of the visual, emotional and social impact of photographic art. The Griffin Museum curates over 50 exhibitions a year. As an institution, we are committed to ensuring that our mindset, our practice, our outreach, our programming and our exhibitions set a framework with priorities for building programs and exhibitions that consider diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion through our mission that is centered around the photograph.
Crista has written essays about photography, introducing creative artists work to a broader community. She has been a member of numerous panels and discussions on the craft of photography, juried creative competitions and has participated in major portfolio reviews across the country in cities like Houston, Portland, Los Angeles, Santa Fe and New Orleans.
She is open to view all types of photography, including moving images, installation and public projects. She is open to providing feedback on projects not yet completed and answering questions concerning next steps for projects or series not yet realized.
Reviewing days, Weds. Feb 1st AM/ Thursday, Feb 2nd AM
Erin Dodson, Curator, Hallmark Art Collection
Erin Dodson is an artist and curator. Since 2008 she has worked at Hallmark Cards, where she is the Curator of the Hallmark Art Collection, the most enduring corporate collection in the U.S. The collection was started in the 1960s and contains hundreds of works of art from world-renown artists. Erin co-founded the artist-run exhibition space Kiosk Gallery, where she organized dozens of shows promoting emerging artists. She is an Executive Member of Art Advisors, which gives her an opportunity to write articles highlighting the must-see works at international art fairs. She earned a B.A. in photography at the City College of New York, and interned at the Richard Avedon Foundation.
Erin is interested in offering feedback on work that is driven by concept, material, research, or narrative, and cannot give much insight on work that is strictly commercial.
Reviewing days, Weds. Feb 1st AM and Thursday, Feb 2nd AM
Catherine Edelman, Owner, Catherine Edelman Gallery
Unfortunately, Catherine has had to cancel reviews this year.
Michael Foley, Director, Foley Gallery
Michael Foley opened his gallery in the fall of 2004 after fourteen years of working with notable photography galleries, including Fraenkel, Howard Greenberg, and Yancey Richardson. His personal art-making practice is equally inspired by collage, cut paper, and painting. In 2006, he brought artists within these disciplines to the list of exhibiting gallery artists.
Foley went on to co-found “The Exhibition Lab” in the fall of 2009. He is the founder of The Photo Community, which regularly offers workshops and critiques for photographers. He gives guidance to fine art photographers in his weekly newsletter, The Photographer’s Report on Substack. Foley continues his interest in educating by serving on the School of Visual Arts faculty and the International Center of Photography, where he teaches and lectures on issues in contemporary photography.
Reviewing days, Weds. Feb 1st PM/ Thursday, Feb 2nd PM and Friday, Feb 3rd PM
Yoav Friedlander & Dana Stirling, Founders/Editors, Float Magazine (reviewing together)
Yoav Friedlander was born in Jerusalem, Israel 1985. He received a B.A in Photographic Communications from Hadassah Academic College, Jerusalem in 2011 and left for New York thereafter where he still works and resides. In 2014 Yoav received his MFA from the department of Photography Video and Related Media at the School of Visual Arts in New York. In the spring of 2014 he co-founded Float Photo Magazine along with Dana Stirling. Yoav is a photographer and a scale model artist, an editor, curator designer and educator. He is an educator at NYC First STEM Center at Roosevelt Island, New York. Yoav has exhibited his work internationally.
Dana Stirling is a fine art photographer and the Co-Founder & Editor In-Chief of Float Photo Magazine since 2014. Originally from Jerusalem Israel, Dana is now based in Queens New York. She received her MFA from The School Of Visual Arts in Photography, Video, and Related Media in 2016 and her BA from Hadassah College Jerusalem in Photographic Communications in 2013.
Dana’s work has been exhibited in many exhibitions and her hand-made artist book is a part of these select library collections, Yale University, Mass Art College of Art and Design collection, Savannah College of Art and Design collection and Goldsmith University, London. She was awarded the Shutter Hub YEARBOOK Award, NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow Finalist in Photography from The New York Foundation for the Arts, Gross Foundation-Grant for Excellency in photography and Google Photography Prize, Final Ten at Saatchi Gallery.
Reviewing days, Friday, Feb 3rd AM and Feb 4th AM
Jennifer M. Friess, Associate Curator of Photography, University of Michigan Museum of Art
Jennifer M. Friess is assistant curator of photography at the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She joined UMMA in 2016 as the museum’s inaugural curator of photography and since then has curated and co-curated a number of exhibitions, including Ernestine Ruben at Willow Run: Mobilizing Memory, Gloss: Modeling Beauty, and the current exhibitions Aftermath: Landscapes of Devastation and Exercising the Eye: The Gertrude Kasle Collection. Prior to her time at UMMA, Jennifer worked at the George Eastman Museum, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation’s Art Program, and the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas. Jennifer earned her BFA in Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, her MA in Art History from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, and is a PhD candidate in Art History at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. Her current dissertation research focuses on how photographers experimented with electric light in Paris between the World Wars.
Reviewing days, Thursday, Feb 2nd Am and Friday, Feb 3rd AM
Shelby Graham, Independent Curator
Shelby Graham served as the Director/Curator of the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery at the University of California, Santa Cruz from 1999 to 2021. She has collaborated on exhibition projects with the Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz, CA; the San Jose Museum of Art; Gallery Ef in Tokyo, Japan; galleries in Tenerife, Canary Islands; The Center for Photographic Art, in Carmel, CA; and the Craft & Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles, CA. She has taught courses in photography, contemporary art and museum practices at the University of California, Santa Cruz and at San Jose State University; Cabrillo College; and Seinan Gakuin University in Kyushu, Japan.
Shelby Graham has a 35-year career as an educator and conceptual photographer, including solo and group exhibitions in the United States from California to Philadelphia and international exhibitions in Japan and the Czech Republic. Graham earned her MFA in photography from San Jose State University and specializes in alternative and experimental photography with innovative curatorial praxis. She was on the Board of Trustees at the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel from 2015-2018 and has collaborated on several exhibitions with the Institute of the Arts and Sciences and many faculty members at UC Santa Cruz. She is currently working on a project with the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art for 2022
Reviewing days, Thursday, Feb 2nd. PM and Friday, 3rd. PM
Frances Jakubek, Independent Curator & Co-founder, A Yellow Rose Project
Reviewing days, Thursday, Feb 2nd AM and Friday, Feb 3rd AM
Ann Jastrab, Executive Director, Center for Photographic Art
Ann M. Jastrab is the Executive Director at the Center for Photographic Art (CPA) in Carmel, California. CPA strives to advance photography through education, exhibition and publication. These regional traditions—including mastery of craft, the concept of mentorship, and dedication to the photographic arts—evolved out of CPA’s predecessor, the renowned Friends of Photography established in 1967 by iconic artists Ansel Adams, Wynn Bullock and Cole Weston. While respecting these West Coast traditions, CPA is also at the vanguard of the future of photographic imagery.
Prior to coming to CPA, Ann Jastrab worked as the gallery director at the beloved RayKo Photo Center for 10 years until their closure. She curated many exhibitions for RayKo during her tenure while also jurying, curating, and organizing numerous exhibitions for other national and international venues outside of the San Francisco Bay Area. While being a champion of artists, she also created a thriving artist-in-residence program at RayKo where recent residents Kathya Marie Landeros, Meghann Riepenhoff, Carlos Javier Ortiz, and McNair Evans all received Guggenheim Fellowships. Prior to taking the position of executive director of CPA, Ann worked as the gallery manager at Scott Nichols Gallery in San Francisco. She has served on numerous boards and fundraising committees. Besides being a curator and an educator, Ann is a writer and editor and she is also a fine art photographer who still carries around a wooden view camera…and a metal one too.
Reviewing day, Friday, Feb 3rd AM and PM
Samantha Johnston, Executive Director & Curator, Colorado Photographic Arts Center
Samantha has been the Executive Director and Curator at the Colorado Photographic Arts Center since 2015. She holds a certificate in Arts Development and Program Management from the University of Denver, an MFA from Lesley University College of Art & Design, and a BFA from Alfred University. Prior to joining CPAC, she taught photography and visual arts for 12 years at high schools in Boston and Denver.
She has curated exhibitions with contemporary artists such as Jess T. Dugan, Daniel Coburn, Barbara Ciurej & Lindsay Lochman, and Zora Murff. Samantha has served as a reviewer at Houston FotoFest, Review Santa Fe, PhotoPlus New York, Medium, Month of Photography Denver (MOP), Filter, and PhotoLucida. She has juried several exhibitions including Critical Mass and The Fence.
Samantha is looking for photo-based artists for solo and group exhibition opportunities at CPAC’s gallery. She is interested in viewing a wide variety of work including non-traditional photo based projects; works in progress, and finished projects. She is open to discussions about editing, sequencing, and project development.
Reviewing days, Friday, Feb 3rd AM and Saturday, Feb 4th AM
Michael Kirchoff, Editor in Chief, Analog Forever Magazine and Founding Editor, Catalyst Interviews
Michael Kirchoff is a photographic artist, Founding Editor at Catalyst: Interviews, and Editor in Chief at Analog Forever Magazine. Based in Los Angeles, Michael conducts artist interviews, presents features, and curates fine art photography bodies of work from emerging and mid career photographic artists worldwide for both entities. Previously, Michael also served for over four years as Editor at BLUR Magazine from 2014-2018.
In addition, Michael is an independent curator and juror for a number of organizations and galleries around in the U.S., including Photolucida’s Critical Mass. During his ten years on the Board of Directors (2006-2016) at the American Photographic Artists L.A. Chapter (APA/LA), his guidance produced events and artist lectures for commercial and fine art photographers alike. His consulting, training, and overall support of his fellow photographic artist continues with assistance in constructing ones vision, reviewing portfolios, and finding exhibition opportunities.
Reviewing days Friday, Feb 3rd PM and Saturday, Feb 4th PM
Arpad Kovacs, Asst. Curator, Photo Dept., J. Paul Getty Museum
Arpad Kovacs is an assistant curator in the Department of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum. His exhibitions have focused on twentieth-century andcontemporary photography, with a specific interest in conceptual practices and time-based media. A graduate of Queen’s University and York University, Arpad arrived at the Getty Museum in 2011. He organized the monographic exhibitions Hiroshi Sugimoto: Past Tense (2014); Werner Herzog: Hearsay of the Soul (2014); Richard Learoyd: In the Studio (2016); as well as a number of thematic shows.
Arpad is open to seeing all sorts of work, but feels he will have less feedback to provide about commercial projects.
Reviewing days Friday, Feb 3rd PM and Sunday, Feb 5th AM
James Leighton, Specialist, Photographs, American & European Works of Art at Bonhams
James Leighton is a Specialist for Fine Photographs at Bonhams Skinner. He joined the American & European Works of Art department in 2021. Prior to arriving at Bonhams Skinner, he held a curatorial role in the Department of Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
During his time at the museum, James organized the exhibition Georgie Friedman: Fragments of Antarctica (2019) and co-organized Elsa Dorfman: Me and My Camera (2020) and Ansel Adams in Our Time (2019). Previous exhibitions include Karsh: Icons of the Twentieth Century (2016), Herb Ritts (2015), and Karsh Goes Hollywood (2014). Throughout his tenure at the MFA, he held many responsibilities across the curatorial practice. At the centre of every project was a deep commitment to the connoisseurship of the history of photography.
James holds a BFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts and for many years worked on editorial, advertising and exhibition projects. Moving to the other side of the camera, he earned a Master’s degree in Museum Studies from Harvard University Extension School, with a primary focus on Art History.
Reviewing days Thursday, Feb 2nd AM and Friday, Feb 3rd AM
Shana Lopes, Assistant Curator of Photography, SFMOMA
Shana Lopes, Ph.D., is an Assistant Curator of Photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Since her arrival at the museum in 2019, she has organized exhibitions on cyanotypes, the 1906 earthquake, and Wright Morris. She is currently working on a show pairing recent acquisitions with existing work from the collection. Over the past decade, she has gained curatorial experience at the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. She holds a doctorate in Art History from Rutgers University.
Reviewing days, Wednesday, February 1st AM and PM
Caleb Cain Marcus, Director, Luminosity Lab
Caleb Cain Marcus runs a print and design studio, Luminosity Lab in NYC where he has designed books and printed for ClampArt, Damiani Editore, Donna Ferrato, Double Elephant Editions, Joyce Tenneson, Kris Graves Projects, Lucien Clergue, Mikael Owunna, National Academy of Sciences, Nydia Blas and others. Marcus has published six books of his own photography and his photographic works are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Getty Museum, among others.
Reviewing days, Wednesday, February 1st AM and Thursday, Feb 2nd AM
Douglas McCulloh, Senior Curator, UCR ARTS: California Museum of Photography
McCulloh is best-known for system-driven projects that combine Surrealist-inspired chance operations with high-volume photography. The artist’s major bodies of work are multi-layered and system-driven. His projects share a number of common elements: a basis in chance operations and sampling, high-volume image-making, the embrace of new technology, direct engagement with subjects, and the inclusion of layered information including photographs, text, maps, sound, and other data.
McCulloh has curated fifteen exhibitions, including three for the California Museum of Photography. The most noted of these is Sight Unseen: International Photography by Blind Artists, the first major survey of photography by blind artists. His curatorial projects have shown in diverse venues: Kennedy Center for the Arts, Washington D.C.; Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City; Canadian Museum for Human Rights; Flacon Art Center, Moscow; Center for Visual Art, Denver, Colorado; Manuel Álvarez Bravo Center for Photography in Oaxaca; Peterson Automotive Museum, Los Angeles; and Sejong Center, Seoul, South Korea.
Reviewing days, Wednesday, February 1st AM and PM
Carol McCusker, Curator of Photography, Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida
Carol McCusker, PhD (she/her) received her B. F. A. from Mass College of Art, Boston, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in art history with an emphasis on the history of photography and film from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. She is currently the Curator of Photography at the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida. Prior to that, she was Curator of Photography at the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, where she curated over 35 exhibitions. She was also an Adjunct Professor at UCSD and the University of San Diego, teaching the history of photography.
In 2011, McCusker was awarded the Ansel Adams Fellowship from the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson. McCusker was also awarded a National Endowment for the Arts and Andy Warhol Foundation grants for her traveling exhibition and catalogue, Aftermath: The Fallout of War—America and the Middle East. While at MoPA, she curated the exhibition and edited the catalogue for First Photographs: William Henry Fox Talbot and The Birth of Photography and her award-winning exhibition, Breaking the Frame: Pioneering Women in Photojournalism. McCusker has written essays for Paul Outerbridge and James Fee: Peleliu Project, Phil Stern: A Life’s Work, Terry Falke: Observations in an Occupied Wilderness, Mario Algaze: Portfolio, Untitled: A Retrospective – Jerry Uelsmann and Yosemite People: Photographs of Jonas Kulikauskas. From 2007 to 2011, she was staff writer for Black & White and Color magazines and wrote for Public Culture (Duke University Press), Communication Arts and The Photo Review.
Reviewing days, Weds. Feb 1st AM/ Thursday, Feb 2nd AM
Blue Mitchell, Editor, Publisher & Designer, One Twelve
Reviewing days, Weds. Feb 1st PM/ Thursday, Feb 2nd PM
Rebecca Morse, Curator of Photography, LA County Museum of Art
Rebecca Morse is Curator in the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the largest art museum in the western United States. Before she took up her position at LACMA, Morse was a curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, where she organized an exhibition around the work of Florian Maier-Aichen. Recent projects at LACMA include Thomas Joshua Cooper: The World’s Edge, Sarah Charlesworth: Doubleworld, Larry Sultan: Here and Home, and Objects of Desire: Photography and the Language of Advertising that examines the ways in which artists have mined the language of commercial photography for their own work.
Reviewing days, Weds. Feb 1st PM/ Thursday, Feb 2nd PM
Ariel Pate, Assistant Curator of Photography, Milwaukee Art Museum
Ariel Pate is the Assistant Curator of Photography at the Milwaukee Art Museum. In Milwaukee, she has curated Photographing Nature’s Cathedrals: Carleton E. Watkins, Eadweard Muybridge, and H. H. Bennett (2018) and Portrait of Milwaukee (2019), as well as rotations of collection works. She previously served as a curatorial assistant in the Department of Photography at the Art Institute of Chicago. There she spearheaded “The Alfred Stieglitz Collection: Photographs,” a website which presents conservation science data alongside art historical research on photographs Stieglitz collected and created. Pate received an MA in Curatorial Studies from the Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste Städelschule and J. W. Goethe University, in Frankfurt, Germany, and has a BFA in art history from the Kansas City Art Institute.
Reviewing days, Wednesday, Feb. 1st AM and Thursday, Feb 2nd AM
Melanie Prapopoulos, Founder, The Contemporary Art Modern Project Gallery
The Contemporary Art Modern Project (CAMP) exists at the intersection of higher thought and aesthetics, turning the classic gallery model on its head in principle and practice. Founded by Melanie Prapopoulos, The CAMP’s approach to curation and criticism is equal parts academic and experimental, resulting in a robust exhibition program that spotlights a range of experiences and media in roster and staff. Coupled with a deep seated aversion to artist exploitation and an insistence on nurturing the relationship between artist, collector and gallery patron, The Contemporary Art Modern Project’s reactionary approach is intentional, designed to disrupt the exploitative norms of the art industry and safeguard the relationship between artistic expression and appreciation.
Looking at curation as an opportunity to learn and experience art as a means for understanding society, Melanie Prapopoulos has been curating for over seven years. Key to her approach is how society is reflected in the works of the artist being exhibited, as she believes like the Romantics, that the artist is a prophet and speaks truths, and thus she wants to know what does the artist say about society, what can we learn from the artist? Also central to her approach is how the work crosses disciplines and how can it blossom into the tool for awakening. Utilizing her tools learned in academia, Prapopoulos brings that knowledge in her search for universals and suggestions, sometimes unknown to the artist, and opens a door to a myriad of interpretations and conversations, with the goal of making art accessible to all.
Melanie is open to reviewing all different types of work, but nothing with violence in it.
Reviewing days, Wednesday, Feb. 1st AM and Thursday, Feb 2nd AM
Amanda Smith and Kevin Tully, C0-Directors of the A Smith Gallery
Amanda Smith is the founder and co-director of A Smith Gallery in Johnson City, Texas. She has been a photographer for over thirty years as well as a practicing Certified Public Accountant. She used both her knowledge of photography and business skills to create the gallery twelve years ago. Amanda, through the gallery, has been a champion of the creative potential of the photographic process as a juror, curator and presenter and sponsor of numerous photography workshops. Amanda’s personal photographic work has been selected for numerous juried and group exhibitions and is included in several private collections. She served on the board of the Texas Photographic Society as treasurer for fifteen years.
Kevin Tully is co-director of A Smith Gallery in Johnson City, Texas. He is an artist, photographer, and woodworker. Kevin spent over thirty years as a designer, fine art painter and furniture maker prior to joining A Smith Gallery. A Smith Gallery is a Fine Art Photography Gallery with a national and international footprint, with an emphasis on creativity and education. Kevin has juried numerous exhibitions over the past nine years. Kevin also does portfolio reviews and mentors individual photographers as well as writing about photography and art.
Reviewing days, Thursday, Feb 2nd AM and Saturday, Feb 4th AM
Aline Smithson, Founder/Editor Lenscratch, Photographer, and Educator
Aline Smithson has given exposure to thousands of photographers over the years, curated and juried 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 an 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.
Reviewing days, Wednesday, Feb 1st PM and Thursday, Feb 2nd PM
Susan Spiritus, Owner, Susan Spiritus Gallery
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).
Reviewing days Friday, Feb 3 AM, Saturday, Feb 4 AM and Sunday, Feb 5 AM
Elizabeth Spungen, Executive Director, The Print Center
Liz Spungen has been the Executive Director of The Print Center in Philadelphia since 2006. She received both a BA and MA in the History of Art from the University of Pennsylvania and has spent her entire career working with the visual arts in Philadelphia.
Her tenure at The Print Center has been marked by programmatic and administrative accomplishments. She has developed numerous major individual and institutional gifts, among them the largest gift ever received by The Print Center naming the Jensen Bryan Curatorial Chair, as well as awards from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, William Penn Foundation and Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative. She established fiscal and personnel stability for the organization, implemented long-deferred facilities upgrades and reestablished The Print Center’s position as an artist’s advocate. Her curatorial efforts have included Black Pulse: Doug + Mike Starn (2007); Nakazora: space between sky and earth: Masao Yamamoto (2008); and she is currently preparing a retrospective exhibition of the work of photographer Robert Asman.
Reviewing days Wednesday, Feb. 1st AM and Saturday, Feb. 4th AM
Mary Statzer, Curator of Prints & Photographs, University of New Mexico Art Museum
Mary Statzer is Curator of Prints and Photographs at University of New Mexico Art Museum. She has written about photography for Aperture magazine and edited a multi-author book titled, The Photographic Object 1970. She brought Jess T. Dugan and Vanessa Fabbre’s exhibition To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults to UNMAM. Her other lens-based exhibitions include Patrick Nagatani: A Survey of Early Photographs and Please Enjoy and Return: Bruce Conner Films from the Sixties. She recently developed a virtual platform for artist/museum engagement that featured artist, Rose B. Simpson (Santa Clara Pueblo, NM), in its first adaptation.
Mary holds an MFA in printmaking from Arizona State University and PhD in art history with specialties in the history of photography and museum studies from University of Arizona.
Mary is interested in seeing all fine art photography and has a particular interest in conceptual and social justice practices that are visually compelling.
Reviewing days Wednesday, Feb. 1st AM and Sunday, Feb 5 AM
Asha Iman Veal, Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP)
Asha Iman Veal is Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago). She focuses on interdisciplinary projects that advocate cross-cultural solidarity across geographic or political distance. Her recent exhibitions include RAISIN (Chicago Architecture Biennial 2021), which explores the global proliferation of a narrative-based artwork that has encouraged dialogues on justice in cities across the world. Beautiful Diaspora / You Are Not the Lesser Part (Museum of Contemporary Photography 2022) instigates deep thinking about parallel experiences and relationships between global artists of color. In 2021 she additionally led Martine Gutierrez at MoCP (2021); Dream at Hyde Park Art Center (2021); and more. In her additional appointment, Asha Iman is on the Arts Administration & Policy graduate and undergraduate faculty at School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
She is most interested in seeing: narrative projects, portraiture, documentary photography, and performance.
Reviewing days Wednesday, Feb. 1st AM, Thursday, Feb 2nd AM, and Friday Feb 3rd AM