Meet Some of Our New Jurors!


Every year we reach out to new organizations and curators to add to our ever evolving and growing jury list. We are so excited to welcome these jurors to the Critical Mass team this year!


Krista Brand + Mana Mehrabian – Side x Side Contemporary

Krista Brand and Mana Mehrabian are curators and founders of Side x Side Contemporary, an online curatorial platform that opened at the beginning of the pandemic in 2020. With Side x Side Contemporary, they are eager to discover and exhibit strong, quality work from global artists at every level while being committed to supporting marginalized and underrepresented artists. Side x Side Contemporary’s programming includes artist interviews, a vibrant Instagram community, open calls, and online exhibitions.
Currently based in eastern Washington, Brand and Mehrabian met in graduate school at Washington State University. Both have been working as multidisciplinary artists showing their work nationally and internationally while taking part in academic and curatorial projects.

Caitlin Clay – Art Museum of Southeast Texas

Caitlin Clay is currently the Curator of Exhibitions at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas. She joined the Art Museum of Southeast Texas in January 2019 as the Registrar, stepping into the role of Curator of Exhibitions in October 2020. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Art History degree with a Business concentration from the University of Dallas (2016), and her Master of Arts in Art History degree from Texas Christian University (2018). Clay brings a wealth of knowledge to AMSET, including curatorial, installation, and research experience. Caitlin has presented research papers at Ohio University, the University of Texas at Tyler, the University of Dallas, Southern Methodist University, and Texas Christian University. She has also interned at the Nasher Sculpture Center, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, and the National Heisey Glass Museum.

As Curator of Exhibitions at AMSET, Clay envisions, plans, researches and oversees museum exhibitions from their inception, works with the Curator of Collections to ensure the safe storage, movement, and exhibition of the permanent collection, and performs numerous other curatorial duties.

Jonathan Hobin – SPAO Centre
Jonathan Hobin is an award winning and internationally noted photo-based artist from Canada and the Creative Director for the SPAO Centre.
Hobin’s work draws from iconic literary, cinematic and historical references and popular culture to explore the darker aspects of childhood, storytelling and politics. Hobin’s work is exhibited internationally and has been the subject of lectures at a number of prestigious institutions including the National Photography Museum of Finland and Oxford University. Features on Hobin’s work have appeared in major media including CNN, BBC, CBC as well as art publications such as Beaux Arts (France), Art Das Kunstmagazin (Germany) and the Photographers Companion (China).
In his role as SPAO’s Creative Director, Hobin oversees one of Canada’s foremost photographic arts centres, housing the only 2 year photographic arts diploma in Canada, a unique 6 month artist residency, as well as the only critical and independent gallery in Canada’s National Capital Region dedicated to lens-based art.


David Oresick – Silver Eye Center

David Oresick is a curator, artist, and the Executive Director of Silver Eye Center for Photography, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Silver Eye is a non-profit gallery dedicated to promoting contemporary fine-art photography and related media to inform, engage, and inspire diverse audiences and communities. Central to its mission is the creation of innovative exhibitions and programs that bring forward issues, ideas, and perspectives relevant to our times. Silver Eye is also committed to directly supporting today’s artists through fellowships, professional development, and other opportunities for creative and professional growth.

David holds an MFA from Columbia College Chicago and a BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He was a co-founder of the video-art screening series Video Playlist at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago and was the Manager and an exhibitions committee member at Light Work in Syracuse, New York. He has curated and helped to organize several exhibitions including Close to Home and A World Imagined, as well as screenings including Heartaches & Holy Rites, and Mixtapes & Mashups.


Louie Palu – Archive 192 

Louie Palu is a photographer, filmmaker and artist whose work has examined social political issues, such as human rights, climate change and conflict for over 30-years. He is a 2016 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, was awarded the 2019 Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions In Portraiture and is one of the first winners of the Critical Mass book award. His last four publications are deconstructed photo books, which deal with how narratives can be reshaped by changing the sequence of images including in his book Front Towards Enemy (2017, Yoffy Press). His work has been reviewed in Aperture Photo Book Review and is known for pushing the boundary of traditional documentary photography by deconstructing convention and incorporating conceptual approaches. His images have appeared in National Geographic Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post Magazine, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, Le Figaro and El Pais. His work is held in numerous collections such as the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Portland Art Museum and National Gallery of Art. His work has been selected for numerous exhibitions including the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Museum of Fine Arts Houston and National Gallery of Canada.
Louie is currently working on building Archive 192, which is an independent archive of abstractionist work by women photographers, which includes audio interviews, several hundred prints and rare publications in an effort to promote an updated view of the history of photography and the key role women have and continue to contribute to it. More of his work can be seen on his website.


Victor Rivera – Light Work Gallery 

Victor Rivera is an artist and educator who was born in Puerto Rico, grew up in central Florida and is currently living and working in Upstate New York. He earned his BFA from the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design and an MFA from Syracuse University. Most recently,Victor was a  named a JGS fellow and received a New York Foundation For the Arts fellowship. He is the Exhibitions and Collection Manager at Light Work, Co-Director of PAL Project (a photography and literacy program for youth in Syracuse), and  an adjunct professor in the Transmedia department at Syracuse University.


Danielle Scruggs – Getty Images

Danielle A. Scruggs is a photo editor for Getty Images and freelance photographer and writer based in Chicago, Illinois. She graduated from Howard University with a degree in journalism and from the Maryland Institute College of Art with a master’s degree in digital art.
She has written about visual culture and film for Ebony, The Triibe, Rangefinder, ARTS.BLACK, Essence, Teen Vogue, Artsy Magazine, and Danielle is also the founder and editor of Black Women Directors, a digital library highlighting the work of Black women and non-binary people in film.
Most recently, she was a news photo editor at Vox. Previously she was a Senior Photo Editor at ESPN’s The Undefeated and Director of Photography at the Chicago Reader.
Danielle is a board member of Authority Collective, a general member of Diversify.Photo and was a Women Photograph 2018-2019 mentor, all groups committed to creating equity and parity within the visual storytelling field.