Juror Statement Throughout the selection process we reviewed jewelry, sculpture, paintings, installation and drawing, all of which displayed a curiosity of ideas and materials. As jurors we didn’t feel confined to medium specific traditions associated with a school of Art and Craft. We were instead excited by the interdisciplinary nature of works submitted. As gallerists we gravitated to art works which felt human, connected and visceral. We began to notice a thread throughout the submissions – one that weaves the playful and sociopolitical with craft and humor. Each work presented is the beginning of an individual conversation that ring in unison to reflect the moment in which we find ourselves.
2018 Awards Best in Show: Danielle Gannett | Control Me, 2018 | Bronze, Fur, Silver | 12'' by 12'' by 24''
Jurors' Choice: Lindsay Martin | Master Suite, She, 2018 | Oil on Panel | 40" x 48"
Jurors' Choice: Myra Lilith Day | What I Learned About Gender In 8th Grade Biology, 2018 | Sculpture, Wood/Hinges/Latches/Door Knob Plates | 3.5' x 1' x 1'
Jurors' Choice: Katija Bogdanic | Proud Pussy, 2017 | Acrylic Paint | 48x36
Juror Bios Melanie Flood (born 1979 Manhasset, New York) is an artist and curator based in Portland, OR. She holds a BFA (2001) in Photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York and an MFA (2017) in Contemporary Art Practice from Portland State University. Since 2008, she directs Melanie Flood Projects, which began as an artists’ salon located in her Brooklyn residence. In 2014, the gallery relaunched in downtown Portland, OR. Her work and projects have been featured in Art in America, The New York Times, ARTnews, New York Magazine, zingmagazine, Photo District News, among others. Recent solo exhibitions include Mirror Mirror Fourteen30 Contemporary, Portland, OR (2018), Passionfruit Autzen Gallery, Portland, OR (2017), Latent Desire Carl & Sloan Contemporary, Portland, OR (2016). Recent two person exhibitions include Wet Pictures Titty Bears Ditch Projects, Springfield OR (2018) and The Nature of Things Newspace Center for Photography, Portland, OR (2014). Flood is the recipient of a Regional Arts & Culture Council Project Grant (2014) and a Precipice Fund Award (2016). She is represented by Fourteen30 Contemporary.
Jeanine Jablonski is the Owner & Director of Fourteen30 Contemporary, a commercial gallery in Portland, Oregon, focused on emerging and new generation artists nationally and abroad. She is also the Managing Director of the Lumber Room. Jablonski received her MFA from Memphis College of Art and her BFA from Oregon College of Art and Craft where she currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees.
Maya Vivas is a ceramic sculptor, performance artist and activist based in Portland Or. Their ceramic sculptures have been featured in an array of galleries throughout Portland, Los Angeles and New Zealand, including venues in association with The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. In addition to serving on the board of the Contemporary Art Council at the Portland Art Museum, Vivas is the Co-Owner of Ori Gallery. Whose mission is to redefine "the white cube" through amplifying the voices of Queer and Trans Artists of color, community organizing and mobilization through the arts.
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