Guest jurors are selected based on their qualifications to evaluate art and appropriateness to the show’s particular theme.
Sara De Luca
Director of ILLE Arts
Juror of the 7th Annual National Show: INK (2018), 6th Annual National Show: Playing with Perspective (2017), Connections (2013)
Sara De Luca was born in Rome and came to the United States in 1989. She worked as a stylist in the fashion industry for many years, and also found time to raise a family here. Her two daughters are both aspiring artists. Sara is a full-time resident of Springs.
In 2016, Sara moved her small gallery to a larger and more prominent location on Amagansett’s Main Street and has expanded the gallery’s overall vision as well. Ille Arts has bloomed into a haven for multi-media arts’ activities as well as one of the East End's most preeminent art exhibition venues. Poetry and theater performances have become a regular event and Thursday art classes have recently been added. Her intention is for local artists to be involved in the arts at her gallery beyond mere ‘inspiration’. De Luca's lifelong 'passion for the visual', coupled with her extensive connections to the New York art scene, has ensured a steady flow of boldface names on the gallery walls, as well as the work of emerging, frequently local, artists. Ille Arts is known for promoting an international flavor on Main Street, from both inside and outside the East End community. In Sara’s words, "I'm not channeling any specific area of art, we have no restrictions, whatever strikes me, and moves me, is the kind of work I exhibit."
Co-Juror for Rescue (2018), Line (2014)
Debbie Ma, American, born in the Philippines of Chinese descent, is a graduate of Parsons School of Design (New York). She is both graphic artist and fine artist whose designs have graced products of major cosmetic companies. She has worked in New York City for many years and her studio specialized in packaging design. She has painted all her life and has used her experience in graphic design in her paintings. She currently lives and works on the North Shore East End of Long Island.
Her large abstract paintings explore the complex multidimensionality of geometric forms, in a monochromatic palette and texture. She creates a tapestry of quiet patterns that exude expressiveness through the application of a palpable matrix of marble dust and pigments. Her paintings are visual two-dimensional sculptures.
She has shown at the Westside Gallery and the China Institute (New York City), The Parrish Art Museum and RVS Gallery (Southampton), Art Sites Gallery and East End Arts Gallery (Riverhead), Kapell Gallery and Icehouse Gallery (Greenport), Art Southampton. Her works can be found in private collections and the David Owsley Museum of Art in Indiana.
Charles A. Riley II, PhD
Professor, Curator, Author, and Arts Journalist
Juror for Here Comes The Sun (2018), Red Dot: The Collectors Show (2011)
Charles A. Riley II, PhD is the Director of the Nassau County Museum of Art. He is also the author of the recently-published Free as Gods: How the Jazz Age Reinvented Modernism (University Press of New England), his thirty-first book. It offers a scholarly celebration of the remarkable convergence of geniuses in France, including Joyce, Picasso, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Gershwin, Porter, Stein, Corbusier and Diaghilev. He is also the author of The Jazz Age in France, Sacred Sister, Aristocracy and the Modern Imagination, The Saints of Modern Art, Color Codes, The Tools of Historic Preservation and The Arts in the World Economy as well as monographs on artists including Ben Schonzeit, Arthur Carter, Roy Lichtenstein and others. His forthcoming book, Rodin and his Circle, will be published in the fall in simultaneous Chinese and English editions. His articles and reviews on art appear regularly on Hamptons Art Hub. His features and news articles have been published in several magazines, including Fortune, Art & Auction, Art & Antiques and FlashArt. He has been interviewed about art and the art market on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, MSNBC, CNN, CNNfn, FNN, CNBC, National Public Radio and the Canadian Broadcasting Company. He has curated exhibitions in Taiwan, Holland, Germany as well as New York. Dr. Riley earned his BA summa cum laude at Princeton University and his MPhil and PhD at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. A member of the advisory board of East End Arts, he resides in Manhattan and Cutchogue and plays on the Greenport hockey club tournament team.
Owner and Director, William Ris Gallery in Jamesport, NY
Juror for Cannabis (2018)
Mary Cantone, is the owner and director of recently opened William Ris Gallery in Jamesport, NY. Mary’s career in designing interiors and space planning has included collaborating with artists and encouraging clients to enhance, with passion, the fine arts. A bonus to Cantone’s innate and nurtured abilities is her keen sensibilities for mixing mediums, styles and colors.
In Mary’s words: “Art! It enhances my life. Art boosts my spirits, it inspires my thinking while mirroring and prompting my memories. I am committed to searching out styles ranging from uber realistic to abstract expressionism, all of which excite and challenge my comfort zone. Art offers endless possibilities. Join me!”
Distinguished Professor, Art History, City University of New York;
Renowned Collage Artist; Authority on Edward Hopper’s art & history
Juror for Collage, 2017
Gail Levin is Distinguished Professor of Art History, American Studies, and Women's Studies at The Graduate Center and Baruch College of the City University of New York. The acknowledged authority on the American realist painter Edward Hopper, she is author of many books and articles on this artist, including the catalogue raisonné and Edward Hopper: An Intimate Biography. She has also focused on the art of women artists in historical cultural context, which let to biographies of Judy Chicago (2007) and of Lee Krasner (2011), as well as a book in 2013, a comprehensive website, and a touring exhibition of the art of the supercentenarian Theresa Bernstein (1890-2002), which was the product of Levin’s collaboration with several scholars including her doctoral students at the Graduate Center.
Her work on twentieth century and contemporary art has won international acclaim, been widely published, and translated across Europe, Asia, and Australia. Her articles cover a wide range - from the theory of artists’ biographies to explorations of the intersection of American and Asian cultures. Among the most recent are “Syd Solomon: Concealed and Revealed” and “Threading Jewish Identity: The Sara Stern in Sonia Delaunay.”
From October through January, she held a Distinguished Fulbright Chair in India, based in the South in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. Her Fulbright project, “American Art and India: Cultural Exchange Among Artists of India and the United States.” Levin’s work has been recognized by many grants from N.E.H., the Fulbright Association, the Smithsonian Institution, Rockefeller, Andrew Mellon, and Stonybrook Foundations, Brandeis, Harvard and Yale Universities, among many others. She has lectured internationally including for the U.S. State Department. Levin has also published and exhibited her photography, collages, and other art works. A show of her collage memoir, “On NOT Becoming An Artist,” was shown in May 2014 at the National Association of Women Artists in New York City, and again in Santa Barbara, Santa Fe, and in the Berkshires.
Fashion Illustrator and Educator
Juror for Illustration & Fashion, 2017
Bil Donovan is an artist, fashion illustrator and educator. Donovan subscribes to the idea that less is more and uses this premise to create work that is elegant with a timeless style. He has had an ongoing relationship with FIT, first, as a student, then advisor, mentor and currently as an Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Illustration Department where he teaches Illustration that reflects the contemporary market.
Donovan’s lifestyle, environmental and architectural illustrations have been commissioned by many cosmetics firms including Dior and Lancome and his elegant and sophisticated images have been included in many exhibits most recently the Night and Day at the Museum of The Fashion Institute of Technology and highlighted in The Line Of Fashion at the Museum of the Society of American Illustrators.
Bil currently resides in the East Village in New York City and works from his creative utopia studio in Tribeca.
Owner, George Billis Gallery, Southampton, NY, Chelsea, NY, & Los Angeles, CA
Juror for Texture, 2017
The George Billis Gallery was the twelfth gallerist to open in Chelsea in March 1997. The George Billis Gallery is located at 525 West 26th Street on the ground floor. The newly renovated gallery is 3,600 square feet, spacious and a perfect venue for viewing sophisticated art. Mr. Billis opened a second location in the burgeoning art district of Culver City, Los Angeles. The Gallery features work by both national and international, emerging and established artists.
Artist, Teacher and Co-Owner, The South Street Gallery, Greenport, NY
Juror for Color, 2016
Amy Worth is an artist, teacher and a gallerist. She is co-owner of The South Street Gallery, in Greenport, NY, since 2006, which specializes in superior paintings, drawings, and works by artists from the northeast and around the country. Worth began her career as a textile artist and spent years working with color for Folia Fine Fabrics, a licensee of Ralph Lauren. Her focus on color in her teaching and work relates directly to the color mixing and matching required in textile print design. She is recently retired from a thirteen-year teaching position at Huntington High School where she taught Drawing and Painting, and Fashion Design and Illustration. She continues to teach at the gallery where she hosts a weekly life drawing session as well as a variety of workshops, master classes and lectures.
Mark Humphrey Gallery, Southampton, NY
Juror for Art of the Non-Dominant Hand, 2016
Mark Humphrey was born in Iowa and grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He received his BFA from Syracuse University, attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, and graduated from Ohio University with a MFA in painting. He lives in Southampton, Miami, and New York, where his painting studio is located. He opened the eponymous gallery in Southampton in 1980 and has shown his own work as well as dozens of artists, both local and international, including works by Roy Lichtenstein, Alex Katz, Robert Motherwell, and Ellsworth Kelly. His own works are in many corporate collections in New York, as well as private collections in the Hamptons and New York. He is also an art consultant for many corporations in New York and private residences both in the Hamptons and New York, and works with many prestigious designers locally and in New York.
Deanne and Michael Lyons Wier
Owners, Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY
Juror for The Contemporary Portrait, 2016
Michael Lyons Wier holds an A.A. in Graphic Design, Fine Art and Painting studies from Florida School of the Arts; a B.A. in Art History from University of South Florida, Tampa; and an M.A. in Arts Administration and Museum Studies from the The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). Upon graduation, Michael Lyons Wier worked at various galleries in Chicago from 1989 through 1993. In 1993, Michael Lyons Wier opened Lyons Wier Gallery in the River North Art Community in Chicago and helped establish the second wave of young galleries in the district. The gallery initially focused on artwork by SAIC professors and recent graduates. Lyons Wier Gallery later became known as one of the top galleries in Chicago for representing New Figurative and Imagist artists. In 2000, Michael Lyons Wier relocated Lyons Wier Gallery to New York City. In 2011, Lyons Wier Gallery found its current ground floor location at 542 West 24th Street and has established itself as one of the premier representational galleries in Manhattan.
Peter J. Marcelle
Director, Gerald Peters Gallery in New York & Santa Fe
Owner, The Peter Marcelle Project in Southampton, NY
Co-Juror for the National Shows:
• Selecting The Gallerist exhibition for The Galleriest, The Artist, The Critic, & The Kid (2016)
• The Figure (2015)
• The Creative Process (2014)
• H2O (2013)
• Joy (2012)
Peter Marcelle is the Director of the Gerald Peters Gallery New York City (24 East 78th Street) and Sante Fe, NM, and owner of The Peter Marcelle Project in Southampton, NY. Marcelle brokered the multimillion dollar sale of Andrew Wyeth's 'Helga' portraits and has a vast Wyeth collection of his own. Besides Wyeth, Peter represents many important contemporary artists.
Internationally renowned artist and columnist
Co-Juror for the National Show: Selecting The Artist exhibition for The Galleriest, The Artist, The Critic, & The Kid (2016)
Eric Ernst was born in Norwalk, Connecticut in 1956 into a family of some notoriety in the art world. Originally intent on avoiding any direct involvement in the arts himself, he graduated from George Washington University with a B.A. in Japanese Studies followed by an all-but-completed M.A. in the same subject from the University of Michigan (to this day he insists the actual writing of the master’s thesis should just be considered a minor formality).
In between these academic respites, he lived in Japan working as an apprentice to a Japanese woodblock artist, studied Zen meditation, and was employed as a disc jockey at a Tokyo radio station under the pseudonym of “Reckless Eric, The Mad Artist of the Airwaves”. More importantly, his studies there were to later imbue his work with varied elements of Japanese and Oriental aesthetics in terms of coloration and concepts of rhythm and asymmetry in design.
Further incorporating aspects highlighting the geometric purity of the Russian avant-garde and the later Bauhaus artists, he was also influenced by his father, Jimmy Ernst’s, approach to crisp, linear compositional structure. In addition, the works are also inspired by aspects of harmony and movement drawn from disparate musical sources such as Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Igor Stravinsky, and Frank Zappa.
Structurally arranging the works to be viewed as small scale architectonic spaces, Ernst recently has begun incorporating elements of representational imagery into his constructions. These serve to create an interaction of forms, shapes, and colors that, mixed with musical and harmonic elements, conjure a more immediate narrative, and strive to transcend the limits of pure geometric abstraction.
Published art critique for the New York Times, contributing editor to dozens of art periodicals
Co-Juror for the National Show: Selecting The Critic exhibition for The Galleriest, The Artist, The Critic, & The Kid (2016)
Joyce Beckenstein is an art historian and arts writer living in Mattituck, NY and New York City. She writes for the New York Times, is a contributing editor to Sculpture Magazine, contributes regularly to Woman's Art Journal and The Brooklyn Rail, and has also written for numerous other publications including Raw Vision, Surface/Design, Museum Views, Orientations and Art Asia Pacific magazines.
Owner, Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York, NY and Bridgehampton, NY
Co-Juror for the National Show: The Figure, 2015
Kathryn Markel has owned Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, which specializes in painting and work on paper by contemporary American artists, since 1975. Her two galleries are located in Chelsea, NYC and Bridgehampton, NY. Ms. Markel is a respected member of the contemporary art community. She has lectured widely on the contemporary art market and is a member of ArtTable, an organization for women in the arts.
Regarding her reaction to new art, Ms. Markel states, “My reaction is immediate and visceral. I need to feel it more than understand it. I like to see a unique visual language, juicy paint handling, and a kind of clarity, control, and obvious intention, as opposed to the paintings that seem accidental.”
Artist and Curator, Lyceum Gallery, SCCC
Juror for Novel Materials / New Techniques, 2015
Margery Gosnell-Qua is a gestural painter who works between representation and abstraction, uncovering visual equivalents to memories of sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste. She begins her artistic process by creating small color studies from life, as information gathering stage in which she records compositions and colored light. In her successive studio works, the artist pares down her subject to match her sensory experiences.
Ms. Gosnell-Qua received an MFA in Painting and an MS in Art History from Pratt Institute in 1996, where she traveled to Italy to study Painting in Tuscany and Art History in Venice.
Ms. Gosnell-Qua's paintings are in private collections in the US and Europe. She is a recipient of the NYFA Special opportunity Stipend (2010) and is a NYFA Mark09 participant. She received the "Long Island Artist Award" at the Heckscher Art Museum in Huntington (2001), and her work was chosen for an "Award of Excellence" in 2009 by juror Andrew Arnot at the Art League of Long Island in Deer Park.
Regarding advice for artists entering the show, Ms. Gosnell-Qua advises: "Beyond the basics of good design, the single most important characteristic great artists have is self-reliance. Be sincere, be yourself, tell your visual truth, simply follow your bent. It’s also fine to let yourself be inspired by others. I roam through galleries and museums looking for new ways to carry out my own vision. Have fun, and remember to play."
Artist, Key Animator of feature film ‘Waking Life’
Juror for The Cartoon, 2015
Growing up in the Chicago area, Matthew Langland's earliest exposure to and education in painting was influenced by Chicago Imagists Jim Nutt, Karl Wirsum and Ed Paschke. He studied with Peter Saul and Michael Ray Charles at the University of Texas at Austin, worked as an animator on Richard Linklater's 2001 film 'Waking Life', and has been active as both a painter and illustrator in Brooklyn since 2002. His work has been exhibited in Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York.
Reviewing a 2010 exhibition, Ian Bourland wrote in ArtForum, "Matthew Langland’s training and acerbic sense of humor shine through in his paintings, a twenty-first-century social realism, replete with tattoos, camera phones, and, naturally, vampires and cross-dressing. In this suite of 'self portraits,' the sinister and absurd undercurrents of life in a hard-boiled pseudobohemia are foregrounded, imbuing them with a both psychic and sociological tilt.’"
Artist and Director of Washburn Gallery, W 57th Street, New York, NY
Juror for Abstract & Almost Abstract, 2015
Juror Statement: "My jaded eye is drawn to anything that challenges it. I am a picture person and I have looked at, and look at a lot of pictures. My head is filled with a million images. So I look for work that makes me think, hmmm."
Though schooled in the fine arts, Brian Washburn was also trained as a commercial and decorative painter, and learned theatrical techniques which still help him to achieve his desired results: plastering, glazing and spattering are all methods he employs as an artist to reach the crystallization of mental states and phenomena that form his personal language. Washburn's artistic works celebrate impulsive, nonchalant drawing expanded to an epic proportion. He is always looking. Everything he experiences in the world, from feelings and phrases to an evening out with friends, gets ground up and stored in his memory until all the pieces that can be united form a new compound that can be presented in his pictures. Each piece isn’t just a weird shape, it’s a moment.
Artist Statement: "To all intents and purposes, I am selfish and rather than attempt to "mine” meaning from cultural, political or historical contexts, I scavenge archetypical forms from the observed moments of my daily life – excavating imagery from among the piles of pictures cluttered into journals, unearthing unexpected contexts and new understandings of myself."
Owner, Gerald Peters Gallery in New York, NY and Sante Fe, NM
Co-Juror for the National Show: The Creative Process, 2014
Gerald Peters is the owner of The Gerald Peters Gallery at 24 East 78th Street just off 5th Avenue in Manhattan, New York and a second gallery by the same name in Sante Fe, New Mexico. Mr. Peters has been involved in the art business for over forty years as a dealer, collector, appraiser and consultant. He is known as one of the foremost, knowledgeable authorities on American nineteenth and early twentieth century works, the art of the American West, the Taos Society, and Santa Fe Art Colony; the works of Frederic Remington, Charles Russell, Albert Bierstadt, and Georgia O’Keeffe; and American Modernism. His solid business dealings and sense of integrity have gained him a worldwide reputation among art galleries, museums and collectors. His galleries have sold well over a billion dollars in art.
With his wife Katie, he founded the Santa Fe Art Foundation in 1981, now known as the Peters Family Art Foundation, to contribute to the community, in which they live, and to the art community, in which they work. The foundation contributes money for art supplies for Santa Fe schools and loans art to schools and other non-profits. A second primary aim of the Foundation is helping the needy and hungry in Santa Fe, through contributions to such organizations as St. Elizabeth Shelter, the Salvation Army and St. Vincent Hospital.
Another philanthropic endeavor was the creation of the Heart Gallery of New Mexico. Mr. Peters created a foundation board, to help support the Children, Youth and Families Department’s efforts in the state of New Mexico. The Heart Gallery is now active in almost all of the 50 states. It is a brilliant concept, with photographers volunteering their time to capture the essence of beautiful children and stimulating people to choose these children for adoption. The goal is to make sure that every child waiting has the opportunity to be placed in a kind, loving family.
Artist and Co-Owner, Tibor de Nagy Gallery, NYC
Juror for Composition, 2014
Eric Brown is a painter and a gallerist. He is co-owner of Tibor de Nagy Gallery, a leading New York gallery that represents New York School artists from the 1950s and 1960s, as well as contemporary and major 20th Century artists. The gallery has presented in recent years exhibitions of Francis Picabia, Sam Francis, Elizabeth Bishop, Larry Rivers, and Jess. The gallery has been honored with two AICA Awards, including Best New York Gallery Show for its 2008 Jess exhibition.
Brown has organized dozens of gallery exhibitions over the last twenty years including the 2011 exhibition Tibor de Nagy Gallery Painters & Poets. The exhibition received a front page review in the New York Times, as well as extended coverage in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, PBS Newshour, International Herald Tribune, Art in America, and Art Forum. The book that was published on the occasion of the exhibition has become an important resource for academics studying the period and is now assigned in graduate and undergraduate programs. The gallery today finds itself at the center of a burgeoning scholarship and growing interest in the New York School and its poets and artist. Last spring, he organized the exhibition Jane Freilicher: Painter Among Poets. It will be presented at the Poetry Foundation in Chicago in early 2014.
Brown had an exhibition in August 2013 at Ille Arts in Amagansett. Although he has maintained a studio practice for years, the show was his first solo exhibition. He paints small-scaled abstract paintings. His palette is vibrant and he regularly works straight from the tube. The works are non-objective although references to architecture and the human form may be seen. He admires painters such as Richard Diebenkorn, Jane Freilicher, Nicholas Krushenick, Jonathan Lasker, Giorgio Morandi, Leon Polk Smith, Myron Stout, Wayne Thiebaud, among many others.
Brown serves on a number of boards, including The Flow Chart Foundation, and the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz. In addition, he is a former board member of Friends of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center. Brown is a graduate of Vassar College.
AIA, Architect, Artist, and Owner of ArtSites Gallery
Co-Juror for Line, 2014
Born in Tokyo, Japan, Hideaki Ariizumi practices architecture in NYS as the principal architect of studio a/b architects. Previously, he was an associate with Steven Holl Architects, New York, and the senior architect with Kazuo Shinohara Atelier, Japan. At Steven Holl Architects, he guided the "Fukuoka Housing Project". In Kazuo Shinohara Atelier, he managed a variety of projects, including museums, university building, clinics, and residences. Hideaki both studied and taught at the Tokyo Institute of Technology.
At studio a/b architects, established in '92 with Glynis M. Berry, Hideaki is the lead designer on projects. He has a deep understanding of all phases of the design process. Using quick perspective sketches by hand as well as BIM program as a design tool, Hideaki captures and visually communicates nuances that impact the user’s experience of space. His designs advocate both the physical and intangible aspects of sites, creating choices for the user by stimulating a mix of experiences and stressing a connection to nature.
Architectural and furniture designs by studio a/b architects have been published in US, Japan and Europe, including Architectural Digest, The New York Times, and The New American House. Architectural projects have been awarded design awards including, the AIA Peconic Design Awards, the NY Council SARA Design Award, and SD Review. The “House on North Folk” was featured in the TV program “Amazing Vacation Homes,” repeatedly aired after September, ’04. In Metropolis Magazine Michael Sorkin cited studio a/b’s “elegant” urban design proposal for Hell’s Kitchen South as “perhaps the most readily and immediately realizable of all the projects”.
His art works, mostly related with spatial concepts, furniture and light, have been exhibited in NYC and art sites in Riverhead, founded by Glynis Berry.
Hideaki is a member of the American Institute of Architects.
Juror for Shadow, 2014
Artspeak magazine noted the strong presence in Ivan Kustura’s images that makes their special character recognizable at once. His oils dazzle with their lush color and impossibly long, broad brushstrokes especially surprising considering the subjects in this show; horses, women, roses. His work feels very contemporary with a strong foundation in modernism, cubism and surrealism. To quote Kustura, “An art work does not exist in nature itself, it is to be approached with cunning, (not unlike planning a crime) while you cultivate it, grow it. My art is a dialogue opening toward the world that surrounds me, nourishes me, offends me. I am an artist of my time.” Born in Croatia, and a graduate of The Fine Arts Academy of Venice, Kustura has had been featured in group and solo shows at many prestigious gallery in the Hamptons including those of Pamela Williams and Peter Marcelle. He has also shown extensively in Manhattan, notably at Vorpal and OK Harris as well as internationally in galleries from Milan, Venice, and Switzerland to Shang Hai. Kustura lives and works in Southampton.
Artist and Science Teacher
Juror for Art & Science, 2013
Studying simultaneously both the sciences and the arts throughout her schooling, Kryn Olson earned her Masters Degree from Stony Brook University in the sciences. She created her thesis based on Teaching Science through the Arts. She studied painting and printmaking earning her a BFA in Michigan, with a double major in both Biology and Chemistry. She has developed the science curriculum, along with building a greenhouse and surrounding gardens for the Sag Harbor School District. She has been a mentor for the after school Science Club for the last 15 years. A passionate naturalist, Kryn has explored and studied ecosystems all over the world. She combines her field experiences, education and excitement for life to create paintings that reflect how and what she experiences. Kryn has shown both with the Parrish Art Museum in “Artists Choose Artists” and also at the Guild Hall Museum’s “East End Ten” exhibit. She now shows exclusively with the Peter Marcelle Gallery in Bridgehampton and with the Gerald Peters Gallery both in NYC and Santa Fe, NM.
Kryn describes her own process: “I witness and observe life, internalizing it through all of my senses. I use my head and my gut, so that when I go to put an experience onto the canvas it is rearranged, recombined. As in history, my paintings are created layer upon layer—paint, concept, paint, and so on until the cycle of the conceptual issue is worked through and the final image is defined. I record moments, the beauty of a time witnessed. They are always as I experienced them—in color, filled with line and form.”
Internationally Renowned Artist of the East End
Juror for Diversity, 2013
For over 40 years Frank Wimberley has been regarded as one of the preeminent artists on the East End. In the tradition of those wildly creative abstract expressionists who made this tip of Long Island famous as the birthplace of so much bold and courageous non-representative painting, Wimberley shows us again and again that color and composition and texture and style can not only be arrestingly beautiful, but in skillful hands can even convey nuanced emotion.
Frank Wimberley Statement: "It took me sometime to truly consider myself a painter in what you might consider the traditional sense. Over the years it has been a blessing to see De Kooning, Tapies, and Voulkos tear themselves away from the past using tools and materials in a different manner to achieve singular expressions. To move forward in my work I now look back at the experiments I used some time ago. I had to learn to use brushes, but also created tools from all kinds of contraptions to see the differences it made in my sculptures and paintings."
Editor-in-Chief, Arts Economist Magazine
Artist, Critic and White House Fellow for the National Endowment for the Arts
Co-Juror for the National Shows: H2O (2013), Joy (2012)
Bruce Helander is Editor-in-Chief of the Art Economist Magazine. He is an artist and critic, and a former art magazine publisher and editor, White House Fellow of the NEA, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the Rhode Island School of Design. Helander has spent much of his formal career as an artist, represented in New York by the Marisa de Re Gallery, where his collectors included luminaries such as Jane Holzer,Beth DeWoody, Blake Byrne and the late John Kluge. His work is in over fifty museum collections, including the Guggenheim, Whitney and Metropolitan. He has been a contributor to The New Yorker, as well as writing numerous published reviews on artists such as Bourgeois, Oehlen, Lichtenstein and Artschwager. His latest book, Learning to See, recently was named an Indie Award Finalist. In the 1980s, he operated galleries on West Broadway (New York) and Worth Avenue (Palm Beach), and has curated over 100 museum and gallery exhibitions including surveys on Noland, Chamberlain, Poons and Duane Hanson.
Co-Juror for Maritime Art Show at Brecknock Hall, October 2012
Alan Bull is an artist, teacher and illustrator based in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Originally from Old Town, Maine, Alan received his BFA from the Philadelphia College of Art and his work is in numerous public and private collections. His paintings have appeared in Architectural Digest, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, House Beautiful and many other publications.
Co-Juror for Maritime Art Show at Brecknock Hall, October 2012
Vivian Sheehan is a lifelong lover of art. She attended Parsons School for Design before graduating with a bachelor of arts from Marymount College in Manhattan. While living in the Philadelphia area in the 1970s and ‘80s, she served as the chairperson of the Art Goes to School program in conjunction with the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In this role she led a team of volunteers who took reproductions of great art pieces to interpret with school children in Philadelphia public and parochial schools. During that time, she also initiated and led community outreach programs in art education for the elderly, disabled and underprivileged.
While a resident of Sag Harbor, Vivian served as a docent at the Parrish Art Museum of Southampton for 15 years. Vivian’s classes in art appreciation and understanding of modern and contemporary art have been a popular mainstay of the residents educational program at Peconic Landing for the last 10 years. Vivian also serves as a co-chair for the Peconic Landing Art Committee, which curates the art hanging in the interior hallways, and holds exhibits displaying the work for artists from the Peconic Landing and Greenport communities.
Sculptor and Mixed Media Artist
Juror for Found Objects, 2012
Jonathan Pearlman has a long history in the arts. He has produced numerous documentary films, created animations of political cartoons for broadcast television, written screenplays and is the author of the novel “Two to Tango” (Simon & Schuster). His recent sculptures “Birds & Co.” are an extension of his eclectic and whimsical view of the world we inhabit.
He has always been interested in what lies beneath the surface and in his sculptures he transforms everyday objects into a new, imaginative form. Whether it’s wheels, brushes or shoes, his goal is that the viewer of the final piece will discover the intrinsic beauty that exists even in the most mundane objects. Mr. Pearlman has been twice invited to exhibit at the Water Mill Museum.
Although he has no formal training in art, he was influenced by his life-long friendship with Swiss illustrator and sculptor Paul Degen. Jonathan sculpts and writes in his studio in East Quogue, New York.
Owner, Richard Demato Gallery in Sag Harbor, NY
Co-Juror for Animals, 2012
“We are reaching out to a lot of new artists, as well as established artists, and with a new perspective” Demato responded when asked if perhaps opening a new gallery in the current economy might seem a bit risky to most. “We like oil, mixed media, and try not to limit ourselves, so we can better learn. We like having one artist upstairs to give them a unique setting and to really show what the artist does in depth, and downstairs we try to mix it up to give all of the artists we are representing some exposure, and to show people that we are not just about one thing” Demato explained.
Co-Juror for Animals, 2012
Harriet has been living and painting on the East End since 2002 and has been shown in multiple group exhibitions, including several at Guild Hall, and has completed two one-woman shows.
To quote Eric Ernst: "Throughout the evolution of Harriet Sawyer's recent paintings, the key component that dominates the works themselves is the artist's use of dynamic emotional elements. They arise out of a confidant use of imagery and a powerful sense of juxtaposition. There is no judgment present, the narrative ambiguity allows the viewer to interpret them as meditative reveries rather than as dogmatic assertions."
Juror for La Morte, 2012
April Gornik lives and works in New York City, where she has been a resident since 1978, and in North Haven on Long Island, NY. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1953, she received a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Nova Scotia, Canada, in 1976. She has work in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; the Museum of Modern Art, NY; the National Museum of American Art in Washington DC; the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC; the Cincinnati Museum; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta; the Modern Art Museum of Art of Fort Worth; the Orlando Museum of Art; and other major public and private collections. She has shown extensively, in one-person and group shows, in the United States and abroad.
Director, Parrish Art Museum
Juror for Music, 2012
Before acquiring the Directorship of the Parrish Art Museum, Ms. Sultan served in senior positions at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington DC, and most recently at the Blaffer Gallery, the Art Museum of the University of Houston.
As Director of the Blaffer Gallery since 2000, Ms. Sultan dramatically reorganized the artistic direction of the exhibition, publication, and education program, organizing exhibitions (many of them traveling to other institutions) such as Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration; co-founded a new university-wide interdisciplinary center for the arts with a $20-million endowment fund; undertook a citywide outreach program that dramatically increased attendance and corporate, foundation and individual support; and implemented a new five-year, $20-million strategic plan for expansion and renovation.
Educated at Syracuse University (BFA in Fine Arts, 1973), the Center for Museum Studies at John F. Kennedy University (MA in Museum Studies, 1985) and the Museum Leadership Institute of the Getty Center (2004), she was a founding board member of Etant donnés, the French-American Endowment for Contemporary Art, and in 2003 was made a Chevalier in France’s Ordre des Arts et Lettres.
Juror for The Print Show, 2011
Craig Zammiello is a master printer with 30 years experience in all areas of printmaking. He is author of a studio manual on photogravure and a forthcoming book published by the Yale University Art Gallery, of interviews with artists he has collaborated with over the past 15 years.
Zammiello worked 25 years at Universal Limited Art Editions, where he collaborated with numerous artists, notably Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Elizabeth Murray, Terry Winters and Kiki Smith. Currently he is master printer at Two Palms and working with Cecily Brown, Carroll Dunham, Ellen Gallagher, Elizabeth Peyton, Chris Ofili, Mel Bochner and Matthew Ritchie.
He received an M.F.A. from Suny at Stony Brook in 1995. He has taught numerous workshops and classes at New York University, Yale University and the Flemish Government Center for the Graphic Arts. He is presently an adjunct professor at Columbia University in NYC.
He has exhibited his own work in the US and abroad. His prints can be found in the collections of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium, Yale University Art Gallery and the Hoesch Museum in Duren, Germany.
Director, Suffolk County Historical Society
Juror for Folk Art, 2011
An interest in Long Island history led artist and art teacher Kathy Curran to pursue a degree in American Folk Art. Studying for a Master's in American Folk Art at New York University, under two Directors of the American Museum of Folk Art, Dr. Robert Bishop and Dr. Gerald Werkin, Mrs. Curran was exposed to the topics traditional and contemporary themes. Research and interest in Long Island's Folk Art led to her curating "Reflections of the Sea: Long Island's Maritime Folk Art" at the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum and "To Blush Unseen: 19th Century Long Island Women" at Hofstra University. Both these exhibitions were accompanied by symposiums under the auspices of Dr. Natalie Naylor Director of the Long Island Studies Institute. Kathy Curran assumed the position of Director at the Suffolk County Historical Society in 2011, after four years as the Exhibition and Public Program Coordinator, when she curated or installed all their exhibitions. Most recently, Mrs. Curran curated the exhibiton "Honest Abe" of the paintings by the world reknowned living folk artist Malcah Zeldis shown at the Suffolk County Historical Society to accompany the history exhibition "Patriots Come Forth: Suffolk County's Role in the Civil War." In her capacity as Exhibition and Public Program Coordinator Kathy Curran has collaborated with East End arts on two successful projects. Mrs. Curran and has just recently been appointed the Curatorial Administrator for the Islip Art Museum.
Glynis Margaret Berry
AIA, LEED AP; Owner, Art Sites Gallery
Juror for East End Light, 2011
Glynis Berry is the owner and director of Art Sites Gallery in Riverhead, NY. Art Sites was one of the three original galleries that kickstarted Greenport’s art scene. In 2004 art sites moved to Riverhead where the large space and site accommodates more diverse presentations. The gallery is known for its contemporary, ceramic and environmental art. The shows have received reviews from both local and national press, including the New York Times and Art in America. Glynis is also an architect and urban designer and personally is interested in its role as the bridge between community and environment. Her study proposing alternative approaches to street lighting received New York Foundation for the Arts sponsorship. In March, she was featured on a panel discussing the environmental artist for the NY Foundation of the Arts.
Owner, Pamela Williams Gallery in Amagansett, NY
Juror for Women, 2011
Pamela Williams is the owner and director of the Pamela Williams Gallery in Amagansett, which is embarking on its 7th year. For ten years previous, she was one of the directors of the Lizan Tops Gallery in East Hampton. Exhibiting contemporary painting, photography and sculpture, the Pamela Williams Gallery hosts a fine roster of established and emerging artists, many of whom live and work on the East End.
Christina Mossaides Strassfield
Museum Director and Chief Curator, Guild Hall Museum
Juror for The Body In Motion, 2010
Christina Mossaides Strassfield is the Museum Director/Chief Curator of Guild Hall Museum in East Hampton, NY. During her tenure she has transformed what was once a small sleepy museum into a vital Mecca for the visual arts which has been recognized by reviews in The New York Times, Art in America, Art News, New York Magazine, The New York Sun, Newsday and many other publications. The mission statement of the museum is to showcase the artists who have an affiliation with Eastern Suffolk County. Close proximity to NYC has made the Hampton's the summer home for most of the New York Art world. This has allowed Strassfield to forge close relationships with the artist's, dealers and collectors who shape the New York Art World. Christina has curated exhibitions of numerous internationally recognized artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Chuck Close, Eric Fischl, David Salle, Ross Bleckner, April Gornik, John Chamberlain, Larry River, Hans Namuth etc. and most recently Cindy Sherman, Dan Flavin and Billy Sullivan. Each of the artists has formed a bond with the institution in part because of the wonderful experience of working with such a seasoned and generous professional. This holds equally true of her commitment to champion the works of lesser known artists. She has been instrumental in coordinating biannual group invitational's which have led to the discovery of exciting new artists and received acclaim from art critics as well as the general public.
Juror for Secrets
Tulla Booth is an award winning photographer known both national and internationally. Her work has been exhibited in museums and appears in many well known private collections. Ms. Booth's flower photographic studies both celebrate and acknowledge the existence of the beauty of nature. The larger than life presentation is very exciting and allows the viewer to see the most minute details often missed by the human eye. "The brilliant intensity of Ms. Booth's flower studies is said to be a byproduct of her jewelry work as a jewelry designer, and one can certainly see the jewel-like luminosity in the glowing petal of tulips, sunflowers, poppies, roses and other blossoms. In her landscapes views Ms Booth subdues the color and heightens the atmosphere". -Helen Harrison, New York Times, March 5, 1995. Through out her many years as a designer and photographer her reputation as a fine art colorist is renowned. Her newest body of work "Jewels of the Garden" combines both passions the garden and jewels. The Tulla Booth Gallery has been in business going on 7 years. We represent twenty-two fine art photographers both established and emerging. Offering our clients beautiful, timeless and authentic art images that will enhance their lifestyle and surroundings. We visit their homes/businesses to help guide their selections. In essence we help curate their personal Collections. The Gallery is constantly complimented on the great taste level of the work collected and curated by Ms Booth. The Tulla Booth Gallery is located at 66 Main Street, PO Box 547 Sag Harbor, NY 11963.
Partner, Benson-Keyes Arts
Juror for Water
Kimberly Goff is an art dealer/curator who went to work for the Elaine Benson Gallery and Sculpture Garden in 1993 and became a partner in the gallery in 1996. The Benson Gallery was started by Emaunuel and Elaine Benson in 1965 and was based in Bridgehampton on Long Island until 2006. Elaine Benson was Kimberly’s mother. Emanuel Benson died in 1971 at which point the gallery became the Elaine Benson Gallery. Ms. Goff succeeded her mother upon her death in 1998 and has now joined Julie Keyes as a partner in Benson-Keyes Arts and will be curating under that name. As a community-minded activist, Kimberly is involved with local charities and fundraising. She sits on the board of SoFo (South Fork Natural History Museum) and Robert Wilson’s, Watermill Center Community Board. She is a freelance photographer for Dan’s Papers. Ms. Goff is also a painter and is represented by Peter Marcelle. She started painting ‘wearable art” when she owned a boutique in Bridgehampton 1974-1986. She has shown locally in many galleries and contributed to charity auctions including the Plate Auction for the Retreat, the Bird House Auction for the Breast Cancer Coalition, the Cigar Box Auction for East End Hospice, and sneaker auction for Ellen’s Run. She has worked in many forms including ceramics, mixed media, collage, and has taught art workshops for children. Hobbies include fishing, kayaking, gardening, cooking, writing, and foreign travel. Ms. Goff is an ecologist. She is bilingual in Spanish and English. She shares her time between the Baja Peninsula in Mexico and the East End of Long Island. She and her husband also enjoy exploring new territory. She is married to the writer, Owain Hughes.
Co-Juror for The Body at Rest
Gail Altomare has shown paintings at Chrysalis Gallery in Southampton and recently exhibited 12 ceramic sculptures at Bravura Gallery in Southampton. In addition, she has shown at Arlene Burgese Gallery at the Benton Plaza and two of her paintings were chosen at the Parrish Juried Show. Ms. Altomare has taught Art at Southampton High School for the past 23 years. She paints under the name Gail Miro.
Co-Juror for The Body at Rest
Margery Gosnell-Qua is a painter and ceramicist who lives on the East End of Long Island. She received an MFA in Painting and an MS in Art History from Pratt Institute in 1996, where she traveled abroad to study Painting in Tuscany and Art History in Venice, Italy. Ms. Gosnell-Qua worked as an assistant to painter Mary Buckley (Professor Emeritus, Pratt’s 1992 Institute Distinguished Professor), where she documented Buckley’s colorist sensibility and artistic discovery.
Ms. Gosnell-Qua’s paintings and prints are in private collections in the US and in Europe. Her awards include the Art League of Long Island Award, 2001, given at the Annual L.I. Artist’s Exhibit at the Heckscher Museum, Huntington, NY. Ms. Gosnell-Qua is an Assistant Professor of Art and Art History at Suffolk County Community College (SCCC) and Director of The Lyceum Gallery located at the SCCC Eastern Campus in Riverhead.