2019 Jurors

Jeff Huntington

Jeff Huntington, aka Jahru (@jahru), is a studio painter and street artist living and working in Annapolis, Maryland. He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA) and the Corcoran School of Art (BFA). He taught painting as an adjunct professor at the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design at The George Washington University, after which he cofounded the nonprofit arts-outreach program, Future History Now. His murals can be seen in Panama, Brazil, Colombia, France, Philippines, India, Hawaii, and throughout the continental United States. He is represented by Porter Advisory in New York City and Reyes+Davis in Washington, DC.

Valentine Umansky
Recently appointed the Curator of Lens-Based Arts at the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Valentine Umansky has worked for various institutions dedicated to visual arts. After collaborating with the Rencontres d’Arles festival, she left France for the U.S. in 2015 and published, that same year, Duane Michals, Storyteller with Filigranes. Her writings about vision and justice have been published on Aperture and her translation of Pierres by Roger Caillois by DittoDitto, Detroit, and the Flint Magazine. She co-curated the 2018 edition of the LagosPhoto Festival and will be soon be curating a series of exhibitions with Iheanyi Onwuegbucha (Director at CCA Lagos), in Béthune, France.

Photo credit: Asa Featherstone IV
Aaron Rio
Aaron Rio is the Andrew W. Mellon Associate Curator of Japanese and Korean Art at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. He received his BA from Indiana University and MA, MPhil, and PhD from Columbia University. Before coming to Minneapolis in 2015 he served as a fellow in the Department of Asian Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and held visiting research positions at The University of Tokyo's Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia and Gakush?in University in Tokyo. His research focuses on medieval and early-modern Japanese painting. He has recently curated several exhibitions on modern and contemporary Japanese painting and clay art, and is currently working on a major exhibition that explores Buddhist art from a pan-Asian, transhistorical perspective.


Richard L. Dana

Richard L. Dana works in a range of media, including mixed-media painting, drawing, computer-generated art, and installations. He has had 25 solo exhibitions and participated in over 140 group exhibitions, both nationally and internationally. An arts activist and administrator, he has served on the board of directors of numerous arts organizations, including the Arlington Arts Center, where he served as President from 1994 to 1998. He is the cofounder and project director of The Take Me to the River Project, an ongoing international artists collective, and a cofounder and member of the Executive Committee of Art-O-Matic, an annual regional arts event, from 1999 to 2006.

Ali Wunder Procopio

Ali Wunder Procopio is the Gallery Director for The Art League in Alexandria, Virginia. For several years, she worked as Summer Camp and Outreach Coordinator for The Art League School. She taught Art FUNdamentals for the League for several years and also worked as an art teacher in Fairfax County, Virginia. She has a BA in Studio Art from Messiah College, and a Master’s in Art Teaching from George Mason University. She is a practicing visual artist and lives in Springfield, Virginia.