JUDGES

Misa Jeffereis, Assistant Curator at CAM

Misa Jeffereis is Assistant Curator at Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. From 2014 to 2017 Jeffereis was Curatorial Assistant in Visual Arts, and Public Programs Associate at the Walker Art Center, where she curated Lee Kit: Hold your breath dance slowly, the artist’s first solo museum show in the US, and co-curated Art at the Center: Guerrilla Girls, as well as organized two conferences, New Circuits: Curating Contemporary Performance and Avant Museology. From 2012 to 2014, she was Public Programs & Research Coordinator at Independent Curators International in New York, and from 2007 to 2010, Jeffereis was Curatorial Associate at the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, where she curated exhibitions on Jeppe Hein, Milton Rogovin, and Chiho Aoshima. In 2011, she worked for Frieze Art Fair New York and E|AB Fair, and interned at SculptureCenter and International Center of Photography. She co-curated the exhibition Do Something Else: Robert Filliou, Francis Alÿs, Joseph Grigely, and Michael E. Smith at The Artist’s Institute. Jeffereis holds a Master of Arts in Art History from Hunter College.

John Troy, Art Department Chair at Lindenwood University

John Troy is Associate Professor of Art and Chair, Department of Art at Lindenwood University. Troy received his MFA in Painting from the Tyler School of Art of Temple University, Philadelphia and his BFA in Painting/Graphic Communication from Washington University School of Fine Art, St. Louis. Troy has exhibited widely both locally and nationally, his exhibitions include: St. Tammany Art Association, Covington, Louisiana; Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio; Gallery 110, Seattle, Washington; Ice Cube Gallery, Denver, Colorado; Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia; St. Charles Community College, St. Charles; Boyle Family Gallery, Lindenwood University; Hunt Gallery, Webster University, St. Louis; Rosemont College, Rosemont, Pennsylvania; Charles More Gallery Inc., Philadelphia; the Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia; Thorpe Intermedia Gallery, Sparkhill, New York; Tyler School of Art of Temple University; Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Loretta, Pennsylvania. Since 2001, Troy has worked as a scenic painter for the Municipal Theatre of St. Louis.

Mark Witzling, Executive Director at Craft Alliance

Mark Witzling is the Executive Director at Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design in St. Louis. Witzling holds an M.B.A. from Boston University and a BA from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. Witzling has over 20 years of experience developing and implementing marketing, communications and public relations strategies for private and non-profit organizations. Witzling was Sr. Vice President of Marketing at Citibank and founder of Purina’s Interactive Group. Witzling has also led numerous non-profits throughout the St. Louis area, including Executive Connections St. Louis; Kids In The Middle; and Hope Creates. Witzling is also a painter with an active exhibiting career throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area.

Patricia Fribis, Mayor of the City of Sunset Hills

JURY

Tate Foley

Tate Foley was born in 1985 in Millerton, Pennsylvania. He received his MFA in Printmaking from Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia in Athens in 2010 and his BA from Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania in 2007. He is the founder of and creative director at Work Press & Publication, publishing 2013’s Print Shop Primer: a handbook for understanding and successfully functioning in a working print shop. His work has been recently exhibited in New York City, Washington D.C., Portland, Cleveland, Saint Louis at the Contemporary Art Museum-St. Louis. His work is in the collection of Toledo Museum of Art, and the UCLA Fine Arts, Yale University, and Reed College libraries. Foley is Assistant Professor of Art at Webster University in St. Louis.

Yvonne Osei

Yvonne Osei was born in Germany to Ghanaian parents. She received her MFA in 2016 from Washington University in St. Louis where she was a Chancellors Graduate Fellow, Mr. and Mrs. Spencer T. Olin Fellow, and Danforth Scholar. She received her BFA from Webster University, St. Louis in 2013. Her selected exhibitions and performances include: University of Houston, Texas; Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, Kansas; Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Massachusetts; Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden; Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University, St. Louis; Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis; Bijlmermeer, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Ariana Park, Geneva, Switzerland; Giardini della Biennale, Venice, Italy; PLUG Projects, Kansas City and Lone Star Art District, San Antonio. Osei was the Romare Bearden Graduate Minority Fellow at the Saint Louis Art Museum and was Laumeier’s 2017 Kranzberg exhibition artist.

Emily Zilber

Emily Zilber is the Editor of Metalsmith magazine, an award-winning journal focused on art and design in contemporary jewelry and metalsmithing published for over thirty years by the Society for North American Goldsmiths (SNAG), and the founding editor of Metalsmith Tech, a companion publication focused on technique and new technologies in jewelry and metalsmithing, educational philosophy, and professional development for artists. Zilber is also responsible for the Jewelry and Metals Survey (JaMS), an annual state-of-the-field publication. Between 2010 and 2018, Zilber was the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston's first Ronald C. and Anita L. Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts. She was responsible for the MFA's vibrant program of contemporary decorative arts, including guiding acquisitions and developing a presence for craft and design throughout the museum. Prior to joining the MFA, Zilber was Assistant Curator and Graham Collections Fellow at Cranbrook Art Museum at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She has authored many publications, speaks internationally on topics related to twentieth- and twenty-first-century decorative arts, craft, and design, and serves as a consultant for museums and arts organizations.  She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston and Craft Now Philadelphia. Zilber holds a BA in art history from The University of Chicago and an MA from the Bard Graduate Center for Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture.