ArtSlant Prize 2015 Juried Winners

Round 1


Artist: Georgina Vinsun

Title: Elizabeth, 2014

Medium: Oil on triangular canvas, 50 x 50 cm



Artist: Jenny Core

Title: Variable #20, 2014

Medium: Bubbles, ink, watercolour, coloured pencil and pencil on 220 gsm paper, 21cm x 29.7cm



Artist: Emily MK

Title: Blood Gold Fold, 2014 

Medium: Archival inkjet print on acid-free paper, 72" x 24" 




Artist: Rex Maurice Oppenheimer

Title: Prelude to a Suicide, 01/10/15

Medium: Acrylic on canvas, 12" x 16" 




Artist: Tina Tahir

Title: Growing Vines in Unknown Gallery, 2015

Medium: Mixed Media, site specific



Artist: Alexandra Kostakis

Title: Man Made, 2014

Medium: Plaster, Resin, Metal, Dimensions Variable



Artist: Carole P. Kunstadt

Title: Sacred Poem LXVII, 2011 

Medium: Gold leaf, thread, paper, 9 x 9 x 0.5 in. 



Artist: Benjamin De Kosnik

Title: LED Stele / Visual ChangeLog, 2014 




Artist: Bryan Volta

Title: Perfect Heavy, 2014 

Medium: resins, hair, paint, archival inkjet print


Round 2


Artist: Helena Parriott

Title: Dissociation 15, 2014

Medium: Acrylic on canvas, 10.5 x 8.5 inches


Artist: Rachel Garrard

Title: Follow, 2015

Medium: Ash on Canvas, 72 x 66 inches



Artist: Rodney Ewing

Title: 20-44 Seconds, 2015

Medium: Graphite on Paper, 7'x5'



Artist: Theresa Ganz

Title: Heart of the Cave, 2014 




Artist: Carrie Alter

Title: Deer Diary 2, 2015

Medium: Oil on canvas, 48"x24" 




Artist: Adam de Neige

Title: Stutter, 2015

Medium: oil on canvas, diptyque, 2x 100x80cm 




Artist: Noelle Maline

Title: Sound maps,, 2012

Medium:  ink on photographs, sound installation, old speaker, installation



Artist: Danielle Brensinger

Title: Torque, 2014

Medium: Glass



Artist: Rodolfo Edwards

Title: View to somewhere, 2015 

Medium: Acrylic and photography on canvas., 70x60 inches 



Artist: Inhye Lee

Title: Accordion Face 2014, 2014 

Medium: Interactive Installation, Video, Sound, Electronic Circuit, 12"x17"x 7" (Without the bottom stand)



Artist: Tom Alon

Title: Untitled, 2014 


Round 3


Artist: Jan Christopher-Berkson

Title: Two Black Squares With Shapes, 2015


Artist: Kara Braciale

Title: Jouissance, 2014



Artist: Devon Reiffer

Title: Boy in Heels, 2014



Artist: Emily MK

Title: Blood Leather Bay, 2014 




Artist: Francine LeClercq

Title: i am your labyrinth, 2015



Artist: Ethan Caflisch

Title: Miller, 2015



Artist: Kathryn Hart

Title: Eighteen Inches, 2013 



Artist: Allison Kotzig

Title: Irreversible Forest, 2014 


Round 4


Artist: Ben Rosecrans

Title: prouned.11, 2015



Artist: Toni Silber-Delerive

Title: Identical Pools , 2014



Artist: Tina Tahir

Title: 41.927455, -87.697607, 2015



Artist: Gerry Dotto

Title: Speak of the Kettle, 2012 



Artist: Emily Perry

Title: Hooker, 2015



Artist: Jan Blythe

Title: First dance, 2006



Artist: Kimberly Corday

Title: Flamenco, 2015 



Artist: Margarita Fishbeyn

Title: Woman on the chair, 2010 



Artist: Nathan Cluss

Title: Reconciliation, 2015 


Round 5


Artist: Carrie Alter

Title: That Night on Bald Mountain , 2015



Artist: Wesley Yeung

Title: Untitled_Blue, 2015



Artist: Parinya Champ

Title: Prismscape, 2015 



Artist: Tina Tahir

Title: 41.840004, -87.661761, 2015



Artist: Liz Robb

Title: Indigo Square, 2014



Artist: George Goodridge

Title: Yum - Study #6 for Wondergarden, 2014 



Artist: Carolyn Frischling

Title: Quidditas VIII, 2014 



Artist: Jung ji Lee

Title: m.s.m., 2014



Artist: Jo Mar

Title: The Alexa's, 2015 


2015 Jurors


Eric Shiner is the Director of The Andy Warhol Museum, the most comprehensive single-artist museum in the world, located in Pittsburgh, PA. At The Warhol Museum, Shiner organized Factory Direct: Pittsburgh, an exhibition that showcased the artwork of 14 established contemporary artists invited to conduct artist residencies in Pittsburgh-based factories. In addition, Shiner led The Warhol team in creating Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal, the largest traveling exhibition of Warhol artwork in Asia, as well as the first retrospective of appropriation artist Deborah Kass, titled Before and Happily Ever After.

In 2013, Shiner curated Armory Focus: USA at The Armory Show, which presented a broad snapshot of the country’s contemporary cultural practice. Further, Shiner is a scholar of contemporary Japanese art and a leading authority on Andy Warhol. His hometown is New Castle, PA. He received a Bachelor of Philosophy in The History of Art & Architecture and Japanese Language & Literature from The University of Pittsburgh Honors College in 1994, an M.A. in The History of Art from Osaka University in 2001, and an M.A. in The History of Art from Yale in 2003.

Zachary Cahill is an interdisciplinary artist whose art work and performances have been exhibited at  the Center for Art and Media Technology in Karlsruhe, Germany (ZKM);  TONYS, New York; MCA Chicago, the Smart Museum of Art, and threewalls, Chicago, amongst other. His work was recently  included in the 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art. Since 2007 he has been  associated with Our Literal Speed. His writings have appeared in Afterall, Mousse Magazine, Frieze Magazine, the Journal of Visual Culture, the journal RETHINKING MARXISM, and Shifter Magazine. Cahill is  a regular contributor to and a co-editor of Afterall.

Megan Fizell is a Sydney-based writer and curator who specializes in the representation of food in the visual arts. She holds a Master of Arts (Art Business) from Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London, a Bachelor of Arts (History of Art) from the University of Michigan, and is currently working on a Master of Arts (Art Theory) from the University of New South Wales researching the use of edible materials in arts practice from the 1990s to the present. 

Selected curatorial projects include Mouthfeel (June 2015) and Sugar, Sugar (October 2013) at Brenda May Gallery, Sydney. Mouthfeel is a forthcoming exhibition of video work exploring synaesthetic responses in the viewer and Sugar, Sugar featured contemporary art made exclusively with sugar by ten female artists.  

Cara Zimmerman is an Associate Vice President and Specialist in Folk and Outsider Art at Christie's. She has edited and written for catalogues published by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Ackland Art Museum at UNC Chapel Hill, San Jose State University, and the University of Delaware University Museums, and is a regular contributor to Raw Vision magazine. She previously worked at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where she coordinated the critically acclaimed exhibition “Great and Mighty Things”: Outsider Art from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection, and served as Executive Director of the Foundation for Self-Taught Artists, in Philadelphia.

Kristin Hjellegjerde opened her gallery in south west London in June 2012 following her move from New York. The gallery showcases cutting-edge contemporary art from emerging and established international artists, with the central concern to create an intimate space in which artists can present a coherent body of work within a focused environment.

Drawing on her own international background, Kristin Hjellegjerde seeks to discover and develop new talents by creating a platform through which they can be introduced to local and international audiences and by encouraging artistic exchange. Kristin Hjellegjerde also acts as an art advisor for both emerging private and corporate collectors.

Kristin Hjellegjerde has been named Independent Gallery of the Year 2014 by the Londonist.

Irene de Craen is currently artistic director at Hotel Maria Kapel in Hoorn, lecturer of contemporary art theory at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, and freelance editor and writer. She received a BA from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague and a BA and MA (cum laude) Art History, Recent Era, from the University of Amsterdam. She has contributed to national and international magazines and websites among others Metropolis M, and Frieze, and has been a contributing author and editor for Mister Motley and Tubelight. In 2011 and 2012 she was a curator at FATFORM in Amsterdam Southeast. Personal interests and objects of study include artist's initiatives, visual culture, anthropology, epistemology, the archive, art from pre-history, fetishism and magic. In addition, she watches too much television and really likes cats.

Catherine Wagley writes about art and visual culture in Los Angeles. She currently works as an art critic for L.A. Weekly and contributes to a number of other publications, most recently CARLA, Photograph Magazine, East of Borneo and L.A. Review of Books.


Edra Soto is the 2014 ArtSlant Prize winner and a Chicago-based artist born and raised in Puerto Rico.She attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she obtained her Masters of Fine Arts in 2000. Immediately after, she attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She has exhibited nationally and internationally. Recent presentations include: Hyde Park Art Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago, Galeria Agustina Ferreyra in Puerto Rico and Field Projects in New York City. Through a partnership between Alliance of Artists Communities and 3Arts, Soto attended the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation’s Residency Program in Captiva, Florida in June of 2014. Her work has been included on the international IV Trienal Poli/Grafica de San Juan, Latinoamerica y el Caribe, curated by Gerardo Mosquera, Alexia Tala and Vanessa Hernandez Garcia, opening in the fall of 2015. On 2016, Soto will be presenting her first solo exhibition titled GRAFT in New York at Cuchifritos, a non-profit project space of the Artists Alliance Inc. located inside the Essex Street Market in the Lower East Side. GRAFT will travel to Chicago and will be presented at Sector 2337 in 2017.

Edra Soto and Dan Sullivan design, fabricated and currently run operations of THE FRANKLIN, an artist-run project space located in their home’s backyard in Chicago, Illinois. THE FRANKLIN was selected one of the Top 5 New Art Galleries on 2012 and 2013 for the Newcity’s Top 5 of Everything and Chicago Magazine. This project has been funded by Northeastern Illinois University, 3Arts 3AP program and The Propeller Fund. Soto and Sullivan had their second collaborative exhibition at Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York in May of 2015. They are currently working on the project Your New Blue , a commission to artistically renovate the CTA Western Blue Line Station. 

Jacqueline Ferrante is a painter and photographer, born and raised in Long Island, NY. She is the Associate Director of A.I.R. Gallery, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting women artists since 1972. Ferrante's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Gallery 360, Boston, MA; Mongolia Art Center, Morgantown, WV; Governors Island, New York, NY and The Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan, Ireland. She has co-curated shows at A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn NY and Gallery 360, Boston, MA.

Ferrante holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art and Theater Production from Northeastern University. She currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.

Phillip March Jones is a writer, artist, and curator currently serving as director of Christian Berst Art Brut, a gallery on New York's Lower East Side. He is also the founder of Institute 193, a non-profit contemporary art space and publisher based in Lexington, Kentucky.

Andy [not pictured] of ASHES/ASHES Gallery, located in The American Cement Building overlooking historic MacArthur Park, Los Angeles.

Kelani Nichole is an independent curator and user-centered design specialist working at the intersection of Art + Technology. She is co-founder and director of TRANSFER, an exhibition space exploring contemporary computer-based practice and its physical instantiation.


Valeria Maculan is a visual artist born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Currently she lives and works in Madrid. She is the founder and director of Alimentación30, an independient Art Project and space that presents specific projects according to its peculiar form, a white box no more than one cubic meter. She has curated exhibitions with Spanish and International artists.

Her interests as an artist are framed by the relationship between nature and architecture. She works from images taken from the big urban centers, attracted by anonymous contructions as the result of spontaneous solutions. She is also passionate about understanding the relationships between ornamental and essential arts. She has participated in Skowhegan (2003), ACA Atlantic Center of Arts (2009), and Fundación Botín workshop (2014).

Neri Torcello is an Italian curator and art consultant who focuses his attention on human rights and the balance between man and nature. He has dealt with antiques and fine art for fifteen years. After studying Art Law and Art and Business at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London, he started up a Fine Art Consultancy Company in the same city. Driven by a profound passion for art and its market he is travelling around the world to meet the people who make it. His company provides services such as private sales managing, consultancy for collectors, private galleries, art fairs and museums, as well as career coaching and consultancy for artists.

He believes that the global art market is a tool for peace, promotes social responsibility and the protection of the artistic and cultural heritage of mankind, while still providing new visions for a sustainable future. 

Bob and Roberta Smith is the name of the British artist whose best known works include: ~ Make Art Not War, which belongs to the Tate collection; and Letter to Michael Gove.

Bob and Roberta Smith see art as an important element in democratic life. Much of their art takes the form of painted signs. Central to Bob and Roberta Smith’s thinking is the idea that campaigns are extended art works which include a variety of consciousness raising artefacts.

Bob and Roberta Smith studied for his MA at Goldsmiths from 1991 to 93. He was an Artist Trustee of Tate between 2009 and 2013, and he is currently a trustee for the National Campaign for the Arts, and a patron of the NSEAD. He has recently been elected to be a Royal Academician.

Bob and Roberta Smith is actually one man. Before studying Fine Art at Goldsmiths in the early 1990’s, Bob lived in Rome, New York and Wensleydale, and now lives between Leytonstone in East London and Ramsgate.


Mark Beasley is a British curator and writer based in New York. He is currently a curator at Performa, the only biennial dedicated to commissioning, presenting and exploring new visual art performance across disciplines. Selected curatorial projects with Performa includeFlorian Hecker’s ‘CD: A Script for Synthesis’ at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Ed Atkins ‘Man of Steel’ at Anthology Archives; Tori Wranes ‘Yes Nix;’ Frances Stark and Mark Leckey’s ‘Put a Song in Your Thing’ at Abrons Theater; Robert Ashley’s ‘That Morning Thing’ at the Kitchen; Mike Kelley’s ‘Day Is Done’ at Judson Church; Arto Lindsay’s ‘Somewhere I Read’; and the experimental music festival, co-curated with Mike Kelley, ‘A Fantastic World Superimposed on Reality.’

In 2013 he organized a series of performances inconjunction with the touring retrospective exhibition ‘Mike Kelley’ at MoMA PS1 that included Michael Smith, X-TG, Kim Gordon and Jutta Koether. As a curator with Creative Time he curated ‘This World & Nearer Ones;’ ‘Hey Hey Glossolalia: Exhibiting the Voice;’ and Javier Tellez’s critically acclaimed film ‘A Letter on the Blind.’ In 2011 he established the Malcolm McLaren Award for Performa, presented by Lou Reed to Ragnar Kjartansson.

He graduated from the Royal College of Art, London and recently completed a Ph.D. in Fine Art at Reading University, UK: he is a tutor on the MA Curatorial Practice course at the School of Visual Arts, New York. Beasley’s first LP with the group Big Legs is currently available on the London-and Amsterdam-based Junior Aspirin Records. 

Óscar Florit, is Director of L21 Gallery, Palma and Madrid, Spain. In 2000 he graduated in Industrial Design in Escuela Superior de Diseño in Palma. In 2001, he opened his own interior design studio. Some of his projects were publicated in decorating magazines such as AD, Elle Decor, Yo Dona and Arquitectura y Diseño. In 2009 he opened a Showroom called Louis 21 in Palma, where he began to develop interior design projects in his own space, inviting relevant people of the national culture, such as Nieves Barber, Teresa Matas, Daniel Riera and Joan Morey.

In 2012 the showroom evolved and became a gallery named L 21 Gallery. In 2013, he opened a second gallery in Madrid. His work in the gallery focuses on encouraging new audiences and finding new exhibition formats, supporting emerging art. As gallery owner he has coordinated more than 50 exhibition projects, which include individual exhibitions by Eugenio Merino, Kepa Garraza, Javier Calleja, Antonio Ballester Moreno, Álvaro Gil, Bel Fullana, Rafa Forteza, Cristina Garrido, Pep Canyelles, Teresa Matas, Jordi Ribes, Alejandro Leonhardt, Pep Vidal e Ian Waelder. He also participates in numerous artfairs such as JustMad, Summa, Swab, ArteSantader, ARCO, all in Spain, and JustMia (Miami) NADA NY, Art-O-Rama (Marsella).

He participates as a juror in different visual arts competitios and as committee in the artfair JustMad.

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