ArtSlant Prize 2016 Jurors

The ArtSlant Prize, now in its 8th year, is given to emerging and mid-career artists that exhibit great potential and commitment to their artistic practice and whose work helps advance contemporary aesthetic, conceptual, and political discourses. Previous winners include Edra Soto, Theresa GanzMichael ZelehoskiHolly Murkerson, Robin Kang and others. As part of this program, three to four winners are selected annually for the ArtSlant Prize Exhibition, held during a major art fair in the United States; for the last five years, winners have had their work exhibited at the fair Aqua Art Miamiheld during Art Basel | Miami Beach.

Over the course of the year, our users submit their work to be reviewed by a panel of jurors comprised of renowned gallerists, curators, arts professionals and artists. From each round (eight rounds total), one Juried Winner is selected from each category. At the end of the year One winner will receive a purchase award and one of their works will enter the ArtSlant Collection.  


2016 Jurors


Round 9 

Chelsea Guerdat is an exhibitions and operations director a non-profit arts organization in New York. Previously, she was the director of exhibitions at the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach. Between 2011 and 2014, she managed the Public Sector for Art Basel in Miami Beach.

She received an MFA from Goldsmiths College, University of London in photography and a BA from Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson in literature and art history. Her current research focuses on Futurist artists’ books and their relationship to Russian avant-garde photography and film.


Andrew Lee is the assistant director of Sperone Westwater, New York. He holds a BA from Yale University and an MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London.





Agustina Ferreyra (Buenos Aires, 1981) director and owner of Galería Agustina Ferreyra, based in San Juan, Puerto Rico.





Round 8 

Annka Kultys is the force behind the eponymous East London art gallery. The gallery’s program features young international artists interspersed between historically researched exhibitions, such as Desire of the Other, a critique of contemporary collecting and a recent Dash Snow exhibition, for example. Annka Kultys also collaborates on a regular basis with London art schools such as the Chelsea School of Art and Central Saint Martins, where gallery artists give talks, as well as Goldsmiths University, where staff from the gallery tutor MFA students. The gallery also puts on a Summer Show with selected recently graduated artists, enabling them to have a first gallery group show shortly following the completion of their studies.


Azu Nwagbogu is the founder and director of the African Artists’ Foundation (AAF), a non-profit organisation based in Lagos, Nigeria that is dedicated to the promotion and development of contemporary African arts and artists. Established in 2007, the AAF organizes art exhibitions, competitions, and workshops with the aim of unearthing and developing talent in Africa.

Nwagbogu founded the National Art Competition in 2008, an annual arts prize and exhibition in Nigeria that provides a platform of exposure to emerging Nigerian artists. Nwagbogu also serves as founder and director of the LagosPhoto Festival, an annual international arts festival of photography that brings leading local and international photographers/artists in dialogue with multifaceted stories of Africa. He is also the curator and publisher of Art Base Africa, an online journal which focuses on contemporary African Art and diaspora.

Nwagbogu is also a collector and advises collections. He has been collecting art for twenty years and owns a diverse collection of modern and contemporary art. Nwagbogu has curated several private collections and organised exhibitions for private collectors, prominent individuals, corporate organizations and museums for the past 20 years.

Nwagabogu has served as a juror for the Dutch Doc and the POPCAP Photography Awards, the World press Photo, Prisma photography award (2015) and Greenpeace Photo Award (2016). He also has been nominated as curator for the Prix Decouverte Rencontres d'Arles 2014, Photoquai 2015 and Photolux Festival 2015. In 2016 Nwagbogu curated the central non-commercial exhibition along with Ruth Simbao for the Cape Town Art Fair, Nwagbogu also curated the very successful exhibition “Dey Your Lane! Lagos Variations” for the Bozar Museum in Bruxelles (2016) and “ Tear my Bra”, an exhibition exploring the influences of Nollywood on contemporary photography in Africa for Les Rencontres d’Arles 2016 edition. Nwagbogu has contributed seminal texts to several books and exhibition catalogues such as Martin Roemers, Metropolis, Vitra Museum’s Making Africa and Africa Under the prism. Azu Nwagbogu lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria.


Róna Kopeczky is an art historian and curator based in Budapest, Hungary. She studied art history in the Sorbonne University in Paris, where she completed her PhD studies in 2013. Her thesis examined the activity of a group of abstract artists in Hungary during the sixties, which considered abstraction as an ethical attitude and a form of artistic protest against the communist regime and socialist realism.

She worked as a curator for international art in Ludwig Museum Budapest between 2006 and 2015, where she presented recent works of the Polish video artist Katarzyna Kozyra, retrospective shows for conceptual artists Braco Dimitrijević and Agnes Denes, collective review of contemporary Taiwanese art, mid-career retrospective exhibition for the South-African photographer Pieter Hugo, as well as situation-specific projects of the Paris-based collective Société Réaliste and of the Slovenian artist Jasmina Cibic.

In February 2015, she joined the acb Gallery Budapest as artistic director and participated to the first edition of OFF-Biennále Budapest realized in April-May 2015 as member of its international team. She is one of the founders of Easttopics, a platform dedicated to the promotion of the Eastern European contemporary art life.

As a Serbian citizen of Hungarian origins educated in France, Róna Kopeczky has a deep and natural interest in the historical, political and cultural dichotomies between Eastern and Western, Northern and Southern Europe, and how they appear in contemporary art practices.


Round 7


Danny Orendorff is a curator, writer, activist, and teacher based out of Brooklyn, NY, and Chicago, IL. His work explores the intersections of DIY and/or craft-oriented cultural production, histories of grassroots social-justice activism, and theories of gender and sexuality. He is currently working on a new exhibition for the DePaul Art Museum exploring the history and contemporary state of HIV/AIDS in North America through the lens of youth.

Formerly working as Programs Director for Chicago non-profit gallery Threewalls, Orendorff's curatorial projects have been presented by SFCamerawork (San Francisco, CA), Charlotte Street Foundation (Kansas City, MO), The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (Asheville, NC), and Vox Populi (Philadelphia, PA), among others. In addition to publishing exhibition essays for institutions nationwide, Orendorff's writing and criticism has been featured in Art in America Online, Art21, Art Practical, Bad at Sports, and Camerawork: Journal of Photographic Arts. He has taught at the Kansas City Art Institute and University of Missouri - Kansas City, and is a faculty member of the Fiber & Material Studies Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


Joshua Pavlacky is a founder and director of the New York based gallery American Medium. Providing representation to artists whose practices explore network culture and its technologies, American Medium's curatorial programming has helped define and expand the intersection of the internet, artmaking and culture.

Pavlacky co-founded and directed Appendix Project Space, a Portland, OR based residency and web-exhibition platform from 2008-20012, and has provided exhibition, design, and event consultation services for leading cultural institutions and corporations.



Round 6


Katelijne De Backer is the Director of Art New York and Aqua Art Miami. Art New York is a Contemporary and Modern Art Fair that made its debut on May 12, 2015 at Pier 94 in New York, coinciding with Frieze Week. Art New York provides a unique opportunity to acquire important, never-before exhibited works from both the primary and secondary markets. Aqua Art Miami is a boutique hotel fair that takes place in Miami Beach during art week in December, and is the sister fair of Art Miami. Aqua presents vibrant and noteworthy international art programs with a particular interest in supporting young and established galleries with strong emerging and mid-career artists.

Prior to Aqua and Art New York, De Backer was the Managing Director for Lehmann Maupin, a top international contemporary art gallery, where she oversaw the staff in all three locations, two in New York and Hong Kong. From 2000 through 2011, De Backer served as the Executive Director for The Armory Show, the international fair of new art. Under her leadership, The Armory Show nearly tripled its size and was transformed from a bohemian-style fair of 75 galleries to one of the most important events on the international art market’s calendar.


Erin Jenoa Gilbert is a curator, critic and cultural producer focused on global contemporary art. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and African & African American Studies from The University of Michigan and an M.A. in Contemporary Art from The University of Manchester (Sotheby's Institute of Art). Most recently the Director of Kruger Gallery Chicago & Marfa, Gilbert previously held positions at The Art Institute of Chicago and The Studio Museum in Harlem. Having lived in the US, Africa and the UK, she is deeply concerned with issues of national identity, migration and immigration. Exploring the relationship between art, power and politics, her curatorial projects examine the physical and psychological connection to land, the trauma of displacement and the body as a contested terrain.

Her forthcoming text “Where Injury and Ecstasy Intersect" interrogates the erasure of women in the civil rights movement in the US and post-colonial movements in Africa. This intersectionality of race, gender and class in works of art by women of African descent informs her work in both the museum and gallery space.


Round 5


Thorsten Albertz (b. 1977) is a partner at Albertz Benda in New York. He founded the Chelsea-based gallery in Fall 2015 with Swiss-born dealer Marc Benda. Prior to opening Albertz Benda, Albertz began his career at Arndt & Partner in Berlin. In subsequent years he launched the gallery’s Zurich and New York locations. In early 2008, he became Senior Director for Korean-owned Arario Gallery.

Two years later, Albertz left the commercial art world to serve as Director of Cultural Programs for the Goethe Institute Japan in Tokyo. During his tenure at the Goethe Institute Japan, Albertz developed multiple shows with distinguished museums and curators throughout Japan. Returning to New York in 2012, Albertz joined Friedman Benda as a Director. Albertz received his Masters degree in Art History and Media Management from the University of Berlin.


Sibylle Friche is Director at DOCUMENT, a commercial gallery located in Chicago that specializes in contemporary photography, film and media based art. She received B.A.s in French and Latin American Studies from the University de Lorraine in Nancy, France in 2004 and an M.A. in Arts Administration from Université Charles de Gaulle in Lille, France in 2007. She subsequently worked in a variety of international institutions, including the French Embassy in Buenos Aires, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, Le Plateau in Paris, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Prior to DOCUMENT, she worked as Director at Rhona Hoffman Gallery in Chicago and Galerie Laurent Godin in Paris. In addition to DOCUMENT, she currently serves as a Programming Associate for EXPO Chicago.


Round 4


Jess Wilcox is the Director of Exhibitions at Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens. From 2011 - 2015 she held the position of Program Coordinator at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, where she organized public programs and worked on the public artworks Between the Door and the Street,, a performance initiated by Suzanne Lacy; and A Butterfly for Brooklyn, a pyrotechnic performance by Judy Chicago. She also co-curated Agitprop!, an exhibition of historical and contemporary art that changed over the course of nine months, at the Brooklyn Museum on view until August 7, 2016. 

She has contributed to curatorial projects at Abrons Art Center; the International Studio and Curatorial Program; Performa; SculptureCenter; and Storm King Art Center, among others. Her most recent project, LANDMARK, a series of artists projects that explore how place is entwined with social and ecological system, is on view at Socrates Sculpture Park.


Preeya Seth holds degrees from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of Oxford, and Sotheby's Institute.

She has worked at Gagosian Gallery in London and Pace Gallery in New York, and is now director of the modern and contemporary art gallery Rosenberg & Co.




Ilaria Conti is Assistant Curator of the 2016 Marrakech Biennale and Exhibition and Program Associate at the Center for Italian Modern Art in New York. She previously served as Samuel H. Kress Foundation Interpretive Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Graduate Art History Advisor, MENA Region at the University of Rome La Sapienza.

Her art historical and curatorial research focuses on post-colonialism, transnationalism, and geopolitics and on institutional practices of public engagement and cultural inclusivity. She holds an M.A. in Contemporary Art History and Curatorial Studies from the University of Rome La Sapienza and an M.A. in Visual Arts Administration from New York University, where she researched the history and politics of culture of contemporary art across the MENA region and Italy.


Round 3


Janice Bond founded opened Gallery ONI in 2014, a contemporary art gallery and cultural space located in Chicago, Illinois dedicated to promoting the work of women artists of color. As a visual/multimedia artist, her original paintings, installations,and collective soundscapes focus on multidimensional human perspectives and identity, sacred geometry, sound frequencies, and indigenous fractal patterns found in various cultures and urban landscapes.

In 2015, The Art Allies was launched, an initiative created to educate and develop more visual art collectors and arts entrepreneurs in major cities all over the world.


William Powhida makes fun of the art world to highlight the paradoxes and absurdities of economic and social value systems that keep the sphere of visual art afloat on a tide of inequality. His work relies on research and participation to diagram, list, perform and critique the forces that shape perceptions of value. He is responsible or partly responsible for exhibitions including "Overculture" at Postmasters Gallery, "Bill by Bill" at Charlie James Gallery, "POWHIDA" at Marlborough Gallery, "#class" at Winkleman Gallery, and MONTH2MONTH.

His complicit criticism has been rewarded with gallery representation, numerous exhibitions and critical debate. He was born in 1976 in upstate New York and still lives and works in New York City despite the crushing costs.


Taylor Renee received her M.L.A from Harvard University in Museum Studies. She received her B.A from Howard University in Art History and Business Administration. Taylor has worked at the The Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art (Harvard University), and has been awarded with the Goldman Sachs Junior Fellowship at The National Museum of American History (Smithsonian Institutions).

In 2015, she co-founded ARTS.BLACK, an online publication for art criticism from black perspectives predicated on the belief that art criticism should be an accessible dialogue - a tool through which we question, celebrate and talk back to the global world of contemporary art. Taylor Renee is based in Detroit, Michigan.


Round 2


Michelle Joan Papillion founded PAPILLION ART in 2010. It is an art business that produces ambitious and innovative projects in their contemporary art space in South Central Los Angeles. She works with emerging to well established artists to develop and present new ideas and exhibitions.




Jodi Waynberg is the Executive Director of Artists Alliance Inc, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the careers of emerging and underrepresented artists and curators through residencies, exhibitions, and commissioned projects. Waynberg has served as a visiting critic and juror at Residency Unlimited, Wassaic Project, Hunter College MFA Program, AHL Foundation, and the NARS Foundation.


Pau Cata is a researcher and curator based in Barcelona, Catalonia. He is director and curator of CeRCCa - Center for Research and Creativity Casamarles (2009, 2015) and the co-coordinator of the NACMM - North Africa Cultural Mobility Map.





Round 1


Lynnette Miranda is a latina curator and writer from Miami, FL. She has six years of experience working at leading art institutions such as MoMA, the Art Institute of Chicago, ART21, and Creative Time. In 2015, she coordinated three art conferences, including The Creative Time Summit: The Curriculum at the Venice Biennale, and ART21’s Creative Chemistries: Radical Practices for Art + Education at the Park Avenue Armory. She received an MA in Visual Arts Administration from New York University and a BFA in Studio Art with an emphasis in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since 2012, she has curated exhibitions at ACRE Projects, Mana Contemporary Chicago, and Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space. Miranda is also the founder and director of MAKE-SPACE.NET, an artist-run online platform and curatorial initiative that explores the practices of experimental contemporary artists through an intersectional lens. She regularly writes about contemporary studio methodologies on MAKE-SPACE.NET, and has previously written for Hyperallergic and this is tomorrow, Contemporary Art Magazine. Miranda has recently been selected as the 2016-2018 Curator in Residence at Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City, MO.


Nathaly Charria is a consultant, curator, and art world connector with a decade of experience in Miami, Los Angeles, and New York. She heads Natology Project. From developing and marketing artists, niche and luxury brands to producing and curating exhibitions, collections, and editorial content, her diverse background is custom-tailored for each client. Charria has been a part of building influential artists such as FriendsWithYou, Millie Brown, and David Jay. She has also worked, in various capacities, with American Express, Volkswagen, Sanrio. Charria's recent collaborators include Pulse Art Fair, Rocket In My Pocket, Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Miami Design District, and The Standard Hotel. 


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