CURATORS, ADVISERS, JURORS
Our art projects are curated and evaluated by a panel of distinguished professionals who represent different areas of expertise in the art industry.
Natalie Burlutskaya is a Certified Art Business Professional (NYU), with a profound marketing & business background in a leading Fortune 500 company, she is the founder of RE:ARTISTE International Art Organization. An art curator, exhibiting photographer and marketing advisor, Natalie is interested in discovering artists working with uncommon mediums, digital and video art. In the projects she curates Natalie works with visual artists, performance artists, theater and opera. Collaborative projects include Daughters of Troy, experiments with digital art and opera performances, pairing visual artists with musicians, theatrical and operatic artists. She produced an array of international shows attracted artists from more than 50 countries. Along with that, she works as an art marketing adviser and artist manager, conducts workshops and individual consultations || LinkedIn: Natalie Burlutskaya
Kika Espejo is the Director of The Espejo Organization for the Arts, a New York-based arts management organization that gives support to emerging and mid-career international artists. She studied at the School of Visual Arts where she received her Master Degree in Fine Arts in Photography, Video, and Related Media. Her arts management and curatorial practice focuses around the body, action, and performance in image-making. She has curated exhibitions in The Wall Gallery (New York, USA), Espacio en Blanco (Zaragoza, Spain), Galeria Casa 8 (Havana, Cuba), and Rabbithole (New York, USA). As an artist, her work has been exhibited in art spaces such as Centro de Historia (Zaragoza, Spain), DMY Festival (Berlin, Germany), Anthology Film Archives (New York, USA), Dimensions Variable (Miami, USA), and CAVE (New York, USA). She also collaborated with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum "stillspotting NYC" project in 2011. Kika is also Chief Editor of Contemporary Art Practice Magazine, a bilingual publication that promotes the work of international artists and creative professionals, and Program Director at Us for the Arts, an arts organization focused on community building through the collaboration of New York-based migrant artists. Kika's interest in performance art led her to organized EOarts Performance Art Series in 2016 (New York, NY) and sponsor other performance art events like ITINERANT 2018 (New York, NY) and KILOMETRO 0 (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic).
Hadieh Afshani is an exhibiting and award-winning artist based in New York. She was born in Iran and moved to Australia where she had lived for 9 years before coming to settle in the USA. Through her personal experience, Hadieh Afshani is exploring the theme of immigration as the "double displacement", as she calls it, the sense of time, memory, hopes for coming future through intimate places. Ms. Afshani is a Fine Arts and Animation Lecturer and Tutor for Life Drawing, Drawing and Visual Arts studio based courses. Finalist of the “Show Your World”-2015 International Art Competition. Hadieh is a Juror for the annual art competition, "Show Your World", and a co-curator of the Juried Exhibition, "Transformation", at RE:ARTISTE. Currently, she teaches art at Union Country College and conducts art programs at Symphony Space, a multi-disciplinary performing arts center where bold programming forges indelible relationships between artists and audiences, with the fundamental mission to connect art, ideas, and community through their programs and commitment to literacy and education through the arts. She was a speaker and the exhibitor at the Feminist Art Conference in Toronto, Canada, 2017. In the same year Hadieh Afshani was awarded a grant to attend the Kooshk & Arquetopia Art Residencies (Iran and Mexico, respectively), where for two months she was creating her new body of work that was exhibited in Mexico (2017), Iran (2017), and USA (Mexico City - February 2018; NYC - March 2018, Detroit - April 2018).
T. Lawrence Wheatman is a member and the Education Chair at the famous Soho Photo Gallery in New York, curator and creative educator, exhibiting artist and producer. Along with that, Lawrence Wheatman has been successfully teaching Photography at New York University for 30 years and was deemed amongst the “Best Professors in School” at NYU-SCPS for many years. Lawrence is a Juror for the annual art competition "Show Your World" and "TRANSFORMATION".
Sheryl Haler is an exhibiting artist and educator. Sheryl Haler earned a BFA in Design Communication from Texas Tech University and a MFA in Clay/Fiber/Sculpture from the University of Houston. With over 30 years of professional teaching experience, Sheryl joined Ringling College in 1992. Her work has been exhibited at Textile Arts Centre, Chicago; Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts; Arkansas Arts Center Decorative Museum; and Provincetown Museum, MA. Sheryl is the co-author of Design Concepts and Applications. In 2016 Sheryl Haler became a winner of the Second International Art Competition "Show Your World" in New York City. Her mixed media complex sculpture, huMANity, was exhibited at Gallery MC, New York, in November 2016. Sheryl is a juror for the project "TRANSFORMATION".
Maureen Burns-Bowie is a director of the United Nations Program at Women’s Caucus for Art and a representative to the United Nations, where she facilitates art events relating to social and environmental activism. Maureen is an active artist and a social activist. Her work in ceramics was featured at the various exhibitions and in books. Maureen is the juror for the art competition "TRANSFORMATION". The curatorial project and exhibit "Transformation" will feature artists in three categories: Social, Personal, Beauty.
Leslie Tucker is an award winning exhibiting artist based in New York. Through her art, she always states her social and political views. As Ms.Tucker puts it, her artistic goal is to "lure my audience with intricate appeal and then upon closer inspection, to assault with disquieting content. I often explore and critique the conditions, circumstances, and relations in which the various issues of social and economic justice, environmental protection, race, gender, and human rights manifest. My artistic practice examines how we might learn to navigate our discomforts and disillusionment as a way to understanding and perhaps transcending our hypocrisies and our blindness." Leslie Tucker is a juror for our Call for Artists "Food Chain".
Cyndie Burkhardt is a New York City-based photographer and digital storyteller, working across photography, podcasting, and video. She’s passionate about travel and exploring issues related to culture, lifestyle, tradition, and place, and she’s dedicated to creating thought-provoking work that affects positive social change. Burkhardt graduated from International Center of Photography (ICP) in the first class of its pioneering New Media Narratives program. It changed her idea about what it means to be an artist. Shifting from independent photographer to collaborative digital storyteller, new avenues opened up for work and projects. Being initially of a well-established professional corporate background, Cyndie learned the merits of business, starting in branding and design then moving into marketing and communications. Recently she has re-focused on her creative interests with new intent having introduced a new start-up, "Appetite for Life". Burkhardt’s work has been in several group and solo exhibitions in China, Czech Republic, and the United States. She’s received numerous accolades including a photography grant that resulted in a best-in-show award early in her career. She helped co-curate Public, Private, Secret, the inaugural exhibition of ICP’s new museum opening on the Bowery in 2016, and helped produce ICP Hack the Photo, the first-ever hackathon at ICP’s school, in 2016 and 2017.
Jayanthi Moorthy is an exhibiting artist and art educator. In 2016 she co-curated a group show for A.I.R Gallery called Cooperative Consciousness, at the Kochi Biennial, India. Ms. Moorthy organizes unique creative workshops for people of all ages and ancestries. Along with that, Jayanthi curates her own art community project, Art Fast, which celebrates creative energy and promotes Indian cultural heritage in the USA. Jayanthi Moorthy is a Juror for the annual art competition "Show Your World" and "TRANSFORMATION".
Kay Kane is a Doctor of Visual Arts, Fine Art, Queensland College of Art, Australia. She is an active artist, lecturer, winner of prestigious awards such as bi-annual Agnes and Harold Richardson Drawing Award. Among Kay Kane's works there is a series of paintings entitled The Restoration of Venus. Research on the theory of painting and art, Exegesis, accompanying these paintings being entitled The Restoration of Venus, The Nude Beauty and Modernist Misogyny. Kay is a juror for the project "TRANSFORMATION". The exhibition "Transformation" features artists in three categories: Social, Personal, Beauty.
Gailani Ibrahim is an exhibiting artist and activist currently residing in the Middle East (Muscat, Oman). Gailani refers to himself as the “debating artist” who depicts struggles of individuals and society. Through his portraits he tells stories of real people and emphasizes an importance of human rights and equal opportunities for all. Galiani's inspiration is Sufism and Frida Kahlo. As a social activist, Gailani organized an art retreat for people of all backgrounds. The hugely successful retreat project has completed its fourth year of exploring the healing power of art. Far more than a painting workshop, these monthly therapeutic social events are transformative experiences that can help people understand themselves better. They are also fun, music-driven days of creative expression. Ibrahim Gailani was one of the winners at our 3rd International Call for Artists "Show Your World". He is a juror for this art competition now.
Rebecca MB Pearson is an exhibiting photographer and board member of Washington Square Outdoor Exhibition - a show featuring artists showcasing their Fine Art, Photography, crafts, sculpture in New York City. Pearson’s work covering WSOAE has been featured in TimeOut NY, NY1 news, East Villager, Ceramics Magazine, and Sunshine Artist. As an artist, Rebecca MB Pearson is that rare type of a modern photographer who is equally familiar with digital and film cameras. Rebecca is the juror for the annual art competition "Show Your World".
Shirley Siegal is an exhibiting Israeli artist, lecturer, instructor of drawing and painting workshops. Social activist. Shirley Siegal's work focuses on life of a woman - a woman’s place in the society and family: as a mother, daughter, career woman, and an artist. With her art, Shirley researches and shows women’s everyday life, social status, dress code and relationships with their surroundings. Shirley Siegal is a finalist of the “Show Your World”-2015 International Art Competition. Shirley is a Juror for the annual art competition "Food Chain".
Marc Fields is President of “Loveland Sculpture Group”, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to expanding opportunities and appreciation for sculpture. Mr. Fields is an active participant of various art organizations dedicated to art and sculpture, including “National Sculpture Society” (the oldest organization of professional sculptors in the United States). President at The Compleat Sculptor, a unique community place and supply source for artist.
Ebrahim Soltani is a Doctor of Philosophy, Political Science and Political Theory at the College of Art and Sciences, Eastern Michigan University. Along with being a political scientist, Ebrahim Soltani is a writer and artist (photographer). The exhibition of his project in collaboration with an artist Parisa Ghaderi, "Waiting for the Past", was sponsored by Ann Arbor Awesome Foundation. Mr. Soltani's research focuses on the intersection of religion and politics in Iran and Turkey. The author was a recipient of a 2017 ASMEA Research Grant to support work resulting in the article, "Conventional Secularism and the Humanization of Islam".
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