The Jurors consist of four (4) experts from the field of art: curatorial, galleries, museums, or academia. The four (4) Jurors shall take part in each phase of the application process. To foster a climate where equity and mutual respect are intrinsic, efforts were made to include Jurors from a broad spectrum of demographic and philosophical differences, including age, ethnicity, gender, physical abilities, educational background, and work experiences.
Kerry Brougher is the former Chief Curator of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., where he also served as Deputy Director and Interim Director. He is the Founding Director of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles and the former Director of the Museum of Modern Art Oxford in England; he was a curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles during its formative years. Brougher has organized numerous exhibitions, including retrospectives and projects by artists such as Doug Aitken, Tacita Dean, Robert Irwin, Yves Klein, Wolfgang Laib, Maria Nordman, Ed Ruscha, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and Jeff Wall. He is known for his numerous thematic exhibitions, many focusing on film and media, and has received numerous awards for his shows and publications. Brougher was the Co-Artistic Director of the 5th Gwangju Biennale in South Korea and is Curator Emeritus at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
Jaynelle Hazard is the Executive Director and Curator of Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art (Tephra ICA). She has served as Director of Exhibitions at Workhouse Arts Center, supported various art programs such as the corporate contemporary art collection at UBS, and worked with Blank Projects, a contemporary art gallery in Cape Town, South Africa. Jaynelle Hazard holds a Bachelor of Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master of Arts from Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York. She currently serves as the Co-Chair for the Washington, D.C. Chapter of Sotheby’s Institute of Art Alumni and on the executive committee for the D.C. Chapter of ArtTable, Inc., a professional organization dedicated to advancing the leadership of women in the visual arts.
Ara Koh is an artist with adjunct professorships at American University, The George Washington University, and Maryland Institute College of Art. Born in Seoul, South Korea, she received her bachelor’s of fine arts in Ceramics and Glass from Hongik University, Seoul, South Korea, and was an exchange student at California State University, Long Beach. Koh graduated with a master’s of fine arts in Ceramic Art at New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. She received numerous awards including the Minister of Foreign Affairs Honor by the Korean government. Her works are collected by Alfred Ceramic Art Museum, Daekyo Culture Foundation, Winell Corporation in Korea, and many private collectors. She is a current fellow at Hamiltonian Artists in Washington D.C.
Christine Neptune founded Neptune Fine Art in 2001 in NYC after nearly twenty years of professional experience working in auction houses, museums and fine art galleries in Manhattan. In 2011, she opened Gallery Neptune & Brown in Washington D.C. She has collaborated with established artists including Jennifer Bartlett, Vija Celmins, Wolf Kahn, James Siena, Adam Pendleton, Mickalene Thomas, and Jenny Holzer as well as many artists in the Washington DC region. She has placed editions in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Cincinnati Art Museum, and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Neptune also works with private collectors to handle discreet and confidential acquisition and sales for clients worldwide.
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