A jury panel of 5 leading artists, curators and gallery owners will evaluate the submissions:
Bisa Butler Bisa Butler was born in Orange, NJ, and raised in South Orange, NJ. She currently resides in West Orange, New Jersey, and is a Newark Public School art teacher. A formally trained artist, Butler graduated Cum Laude from Howard University, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Recently, Butler had the honor of having her artwork displayed at the Smithsonian Museum of American History, and at Walt Disney World’s Epcot Center. In 2021, she was chosen as one of 60 United States Artists Fellows.
Nigel Freeman Nigel Freeman is the director of the African-American Fine Art department at Swann Auction Galleries. Since founding the department in 2006, he has set numerous auction records for important African-American artists. Outside of Swann, Nigel is a print appraiser on the PBS television show Antiques Roadshow. He has lectured on the subject of African-American art at the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the South Side Community Art Center in Chicago. Nigel has a background in fine art as a painter and printmaker with a Master of Fine Arts degree from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Art from Brown University. Previously, Nigel was the associate director of Swann’s Prints & Drawings department. Tricia Laughlin Bloom, Ph.D. Tricia Laughlin Bloom, Ph.D. is the Curator of American Art at Newark Museum, responsible for the exhibition, research, publication, and acquisitions for the Museum’s Collection. Dr. Bloom was previously a Research Associate, American Art, at the Newark Museum. Previously, Dr. Bloom served in several capacities at the Brooklyn Museum, most recently as Associate Curator of Exhibitions. Dr. Bloom holds a Doctorate in Twentieth-Century Art History from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, where she received a Graduate School Fellowship; she also holds a Masters of Arts degree in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Art History and Criticism from the State University of New York at Stony Brook; and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Art History from James Madison University.
Diedra Harris-Kelley Diedra Harris-Kelley is co-director of the Romare-Beardan Foundation, where she pays homage to her creative roots, keeping the art and legacy of her uncle significant not just to the art world, but to conversations in history, academia, and culture. She has an MFA focused in painting and drawing from University of Michigan and is a lecturer and workshop leader as well as a teacher of college-level courses in studio art and cultural studies.
Bernard Jackson Bernard Jackson is an artist and gallery owner who lives in South Orange, NJ. He has owned five art galleries, three of which have been located in South Orange Village. His current gallery, Gallery on the Ave, is located in the heart of the Village on Vose Ave. He previously worked at the Museum of African History in Detroit and was a scenic designer for many movies and television shows. He has Masters in Fine Arts from the University of South Carolina and has worked on multiple public art projects.