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Following the addition of juried awards in 2010, ArtPrize introduced its parallel awards structure in 2014 -- splitting the $500,000 in cash prizes equally among the public vote and jury of art experts. Two $200,000 awards are decided by public vote and expert jury, and an additional $100,000 in prizes is awarded to the top entries in each category.

This parallel awards structure allows us to examine side-by-side what captures the imagination of the voting public and what sparks the interest of the jury -- drawing attention to the varied ways that individuals approach, assess and engage with contemporary art. The ArtPrize Eight jurors -- each selected based on their expertise in their given category as well as their wide-ranging contribution to critical art discourse and curatorial practice -- will bring a distinct point of view to the event, undoubtedly challenging audiences to step outside of the familiar and further energizing the conversation around what art can be and why it matters.

Category Jurors

Five $12,500 Category Awards will be awarded to four artists for outstanding work within their respective categories (2-D, 3-D, Time-Based and Installation) as well as one venue for outstanding curatorial presentation. 

During the first weekend of the 2016 competition, September 24-25, the Category Jurors will assess the entries within their respective categories, each selecting a shortlist of five entries. The 20 finalists will then move on to the Grand Prize jurors’ selection. On Monday, September 26, the Category Jurors will reveal their finalists during the “Jurors’ Shortlist” event, broadcast live on NBC affiliate, WOOD TV8.

Tina Rivers Ryan | 2-D 

New York-based art historian and critic

Dr. Ryan is a New York-based art historian, critic, and educator specializing in modern and contemporary art. Her writing has appeared in periodicals such as Artforum, Art in America, and Art Journal, and has been commissioned by institutions including the Walker Art Center and the Tate. Since 2010, she has taught courses at Columbia University, the Pratt Institute, and the Museum of Modern Art, where she pioneered a class on contemporary art since the 1990s. She currently holds the position of Curatorial Research Assistant in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and regularly lectures on art across the country for One Day University. Along with Dr. Sarah C. Schaefer, she also co-hosts the art history podcast "State of the Arts," which has been downloaded over 60,000 times since launching in July 2014. She holds five degrees in art history and visual studies, including a B.A. from Harvard and Ph.D. from Columbia.

Omar Lopez-Chahoud | 3-D

Artistic Director and Curator of UNTITLED Art Fair, Miami Beach and San Francisco

Omar López-Chahoud has been the Artistic Director and Curator of UNTITLED. since its founding in 2012 and will lead the curatorial team of the 2015 edition of UNTITLED. As an independent curator, López-Chahoud has curated and co-curated numerous exhibitions in the United States and internationally. Most recently, he curated the Nicaraguan Biennial in March 2014. López-Chahoud has participated in curatorial panel discussions at Artists' Space, Art in General, MoMA PS1, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. He is currently a member of the Bronx Museum Acquisitions Committee. López-Chahoud earned MFAs from Yale University School of Art, and the Royal Academy of Art in London.

Yesomi Umolu | Time-Based

Exhibitions Curator at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago

Yesomi Umolu is Exhibitions Curator at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago, where she also holds the position of Lecturer in the Humanities. Specializing in global contemporary art and spatial practices, Umolu has presented exhibitions, commissions and public programs with Ibrahim Mahama, Otobong Nkanga, John Akomfrah, Ursula Biemann and Paulo Tavares, Mithu Sen, Karen Mirza and Brad Butler, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Minouk Lim, Sharon Hayes and Eyal Weizman, among others. Prior to joining the University of Chicago, Umolu was Assistant Curator at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University. Umolu was previously Curatorial Fellow for Visual Arts at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis and held curatorial positions at the European biennial of contemporary art Manifesta 8, region of Murcia, Spain and the Serpentine Gallery, London. Her writing has appeared in numerous catalogues and journals, including Art in America, Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism and the Studio Museum in Harlem’s Studio magazine.

Deana Haggag | Installation

Director of The Contemporary in Baltimore, Maryland

Deana Haggag has been the Director of The Contemporary since the spring of 2013. Prior to her work with the museum, she was the Curator-in-Residence at Gallery CA, which is also located in Baltimore, MD in the City Arts building — home to over 90 artists. Deana received her MFA in Curatorial Practice from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a BA from Rutgers University in Art History and Philosophy. In addition to her work at The Contemporary, Deana lectures extensively, consults on various public art initiatives, contributes to cultural publications, and teaches at institutions such as Towson University and Johns Hopkins University. She is on the board of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, serves as a member of the Affiliates Board for the Museums and Society Program at Johns Hopkins University, and is an active participant of the StageOne/FANS council at the Baltimore School for the Arts. Deana was named “10 People to Watch Under 30” by the Baltimore Sun in 2013 and a “Young Cultural Innovator” by the Salzburg Global Forum in 2015.

Steve Dietz | Outstanding Venue

Founder, President, and Artistic Director of Northern Lights.mn in Minneapolis

Steve Dietz is a serial platform creator. He is the Founder, President, and Artistic Director of Northern Lights.mn. He was the Founding Director of the  01SJ Biennial in 2006 and served as Artistic Director again in 2008 and 2010. He is the former Curator of New Media at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he founded the New Media Initiatives department in 1996, the online art Gallery 9 and digital art study collection. He also co-founded, with the Minneapolis Institute of Arts the award-winning educational site ArtsConnectEd, and the artist community site mnartists.org with the McKnight Foundation. He was Artistic Director for the 2010 01SJ Biennial and co-curated, with Jaime Austin, the Biennial’s central exhibition Out of the Garage Into the World. In 2011, he is Artistic Director for the inaugural Twin Cities Northern Spark nuit blanche, and in the summer of 2012, he is  Artistic Director for ReGeneration presented by the New York Hall of Science. Dietz is editor of Public Address,  a forum for wide-ranging discussion of innovative artists, projects, and practices in the public realm.

Grand Prize Jurors

The Grand Prize jury is comprised of a panel of three art experts. Together they select the winner of $200,000 from among the 20 shortlisted entries, four within each artist entry category, as determined by the Category Jurors. The Category and Grand Prize award winners will be announced at the 2016 ArtPrize Awards on October 7.

Michelle Grabner

Artist and professor at School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Michelle Grabner is an artist and writer. She is the Crown Family Professor of Painting and Drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has also taught at The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Cranbrook Academy of Art; Yale Norfolk; Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts - Bard College; Yale University School of Art; the University of Pennsylvania; and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine. She co-curated the 2014 Whitney Biennial and the 2016 Portland Biennial. She is also is a corresponding editor for X-tra. Her reviews are regularly published in Artforum. She has also contributed essays and reviews to Modern Painters, Frieze, X-tra, Art Press, ArtUS and Art-Agenda among others. In 2010, she and Mary Jane Jacob co-edited THE STUDIO READER, published by the University of Chicago Press. Grabner and Brad Killam founded The Suburban in 1999 in Oak Park, IL hosting a range of international contemporary art. After 16 years in the Chicago vicinity, The Suburban began programming exhibitions in a storefront located in Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood and a storefront space in Milwaukee’s Walker’s Point. In 2009 Grabner and Killam opened The Poor Farm in rural Wisconsin. The Poor Farm is dedicated to annual historical and contemporary exhibitions, lectures, performances, publications, screenings and alternative free pedagogical programs. Together the Poor Farm and The Suburban has featured an increasingly influential roster of contemporary artists, authors and musicians.

Paul Ha

Director at MIT List Visual Arts Center

Paul Ha is currently the Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) List Visual Arts Center. Artists exhibited during Ha’s tenure include Rosa Barba, Thea Djordjadze, Joan Jonas, Hans Op de Beeck, Katrin Sigurdardottir, and Anicka Yi. Ha was the commissioner and co-curator of the United States Pavilion at the La Biennale di Venezia 56th International Art Exhibition. Previous to the List, Ha was the founding director of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (CAM), where he oversaw the construction and opening of the new facility designed by Brad Cloepfil of Allied Works Architecture. During his career, Ha has overseen three major capital campaigns (CAM, the Yale University Art Gallery, and White Columns), and has a proven track record of strengthening institutions, ensuring stability and a sound fiscal legacy.

Eric Shiner

Director at The Andy Warhol Museum

Eric Shiner became Director of The Andy Warhol Museum in 2011. Prior to that, he was the interim director, as well as Milton Fine Curator of Art. At The Warhol, 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 Andy Warhol artwork in Asia, as well as the first retrospective of appropriation artist Deborah Kass, Before and Happily Ever After. In 2013 Shiner curated for The Armory Show Armory Focus: USA, which presented a broad snapshot of the country’s contemporary cultural practice. Shiner is a scholar of contemporary Japanese art and a leading authority on Warhol. 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, a Master of Arts degree in The History of Art from Osaka University in 2001, and a Master of Arts degree in The History of Art from Yale in 2003.

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