Jurist for Art on the Roof: Boston 2012
George Wong, previously the Managing Director of the storied Max Protetch Gallery, New York, NY, is the new Director at LaMontagne Gallery. LaMontagne Gallery was founded to create an environment in Boston for the display and sale of emerging contemporary artists. The gallery features visual, sound and performance artists based in Boston and beyond.
Jurists for Art on the Roof: Austin 2012
Salvador Castillo, Independent Curator
Salvador Castillo is an independent curator using his blog, ‘Bout What I Sees, for instigating discussions around art. Since 2006, ‘BWIS has grown into an Austin art hub by adding a listing calendar and other features beyond Castillo’s critical writings while engaging in conversations across the blogosphere and at local gallery openings. The dormant blog is kept alive by disseminating information via Twitter and Facebook. ‘Bout What I Sees continues to engage the art community by curating exhibitions and organizing events.
-Co-curated with Los Outsiders, “Hasta La Basura Se Separa [artcrush]” 2008
-”This … Is Your …, This … Is My …” 2009
-”Eyes Got It! an art competition” 2010-11
-Co-organized “Hybrid Arts Summit” 2011
Megan Crigger, Cultural Arts Program Manager at City of Austin
Megan Crigger serves as Cultural Arts Program Manager of the Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services Office, and is responsible for the development of arts, culture, and creative industries as an economic development strategy for the city. With a fifteen year career in the arts and municipal government, she has experience with cultural planning, public art, and program development. She is currently leading efforts in areas of cultural tourism, resource development, and creative learning initiatives to strengthen Austin’s creative economy.
Megan earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art History and holds a Master of Arts degree in Art Education with a focus on community arts from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Texans for the Arts and the Americans for the Arts U.S. Urban Arts Federation.
Julie Ziegelman, Creative Director, Austin Art Connections
I grew up with parents who were art collectors and often went to museums as a child, but I don’t think I really saw art as an expression of self until I started working for an artist as her assistant. My background is technology and project management, so, for me, organizing shows is like any other project. Since I think geometrically, spacial considerations for hanging a show make sense. With more and more practice as a curator, my eye has developed to the point where I quickly see how the work wants to be grouped together.
Austin Art Connections has allowed me to use the skills I have learned through my life to create exhibits that flow in terms of color, theme, expression. My goal is to get the work in front of as many people as possible, grouped in a way that allows viewers to see the individual pieces. My hope is that by doing this, there will be pieces in each show that stop the individual and make him say “Wow!”.