This year, there are many, many new faces on the Critical Mass jurying team. The jury includes 200 top curators, gallerists, photo book and magazine publishers, photo editors, and new media producers from across the globe. It’s an incredible team of passionate people. Our primary goal with Critical Mass is to maximize exposure for participating photographers. The more jurors see the work, the more likely it is that career-building connections will happen. 200 jurors? That’s a lot of eyes.
Still need to register for this year’s Critical Mass? Registration is open until July 16th.
Here are a few more of this year’s new faces:
Director, Edwynn Houk Gallery
Julie Castellano has been the Director of Edwynn Houk Gallery in New York for over 10 years and since 2010, has been overseeing the gallery’s second location in Zurich. The gallery’s focus is on modern and contemporary photography, working with such 20th Century artists as: Diane Arbus, Ilse Bing, Bill Brandt, Brassai, Andre Kertesz, Man Ray, Herb Ritts, August Sander, and contemporary artists such as Valerie Belin, Sebastiaan Bremer, Elinor Carucci, Michael Eastman, Lalla Essaydi, Sissi Farassat, Gail Albert Halaban, Mona Kuhn, Vera Lutter, Marchand & Meffre, Sally Mann, Abelardo Morell, Vik Muniz, Robert Polidori, and Victor Schrager. Previously, Ms. Castellano was the Director of Zabriskie Gallery in New York. The gallery closed in 2011 after over 50 years in business and was probably best known for curating the very best exhibitions of modern and contemporary work in all media, with an emphasis on American Modernism, Surrealism and Dada, and French and American photography. Ms. Castellano received an MA in Art History & Criticism from the University of Stony Brook and her BA from The State University of New York, College at Oswego. She is the mother of two very sweet young children, Mattie (7 years) & KK (5 years).
Cathy Kimball is the Executive Director and Chief Curator of the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, responsible for artistic programming and administration. During her tenure at the ICA she has implemented a number of new programs including an annual “NextNew” presentation, focusing on emerging Bay Area artists, as well as the ICA’s “Night Moves” program, which includes multi-media installations in the front window. She has curated several dozen exhibitions at the ICA, and has authored numerous exhibition catalogues. In 2006, Ms. Kimball spearheaded the effort to secure a new, permanent home for the ICA. In 2007, the ICA opened in a new space with expanded galleries, a contemporary art library and the only open-access Printmaking Center in the South Bay. Ms. Kimball came to the ICA from the San Jose Museum of Art (SJMA) where she served as Curator for four years. During her tenure at SJMA, she curated a number of high-profile exhibitions, including Alternating Currents: American Art in the Age of Technology, Selections from the Permanent Collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, and Surroundings: Responses to the American Landscape, also curated from the Whitney’s permanent collection. Before moving to the West Coast in 1995, Ms. Kimball was the curator at the New Jersey Center for Visual Arts in Summit.
Stephanie Gonot is an agent at Redeye Represents, a creative agency based in Los Angeles representing photographers, illustrators and a set designer. At Redeye, Stephanie has had the pleasure of working with editorial clients as varied as the NYTimes, Esquire, The New Yorker, Bloomberg Businessweek and Time. She enjoys collaborating with artists to edit their work and establishing a lively online presence for Redeye. Stephanie is also an independent curator and photographer in her own right. She began a Tumblr photo blog in 2009 called Please Excuse the Mess which she continues to add to and use as a platform from which to curate photo exhibitions. She’s had the pleasure of curating photo projects for the Month of Photography Los Angeles (MOPLA), The Standard in Hollywood and online photography publication CULT. Stephanie likes all things colorful, humorous and edible.
Founder & Creative Director, Ballarat International Foto Biennale
Jeff Moorfoot is a practicing photographic artist and former advertising photographer and educator. He has a BA in photography from RMIT, and is a Fellow, Honorary Life member and Master Photographer V of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography [AIPP]. He is the founder and the current Creative Director of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale, as well as the photographic group the ‘free radical,’ and is co-organizer of the Galeria Bezdomna/Homeless Gallery in Australia. He has spent many years on the committee of the AIPP Victorian Division, and five years on the AIPP National Education sub committee. For ten years he convened the Victorian Photography Student of the Year Awards. He is a seasoned portfolio reviewer, having participated as a reviewer at Foto Freo Fremantle, Head On Photo Festival Sydney, PhotoNOLA New Orleans, Paris Photo, FotoFest Houston, Pingyao International Photo Festival China, and the two previous editions of the Kaunas FolioPort, as well as reviews at his own festival.
Photo Editor, ABC News & Field Photo Editor, Getty Images
Sarah Kobos is a New York based Photo Editor and Photographer. She is currently a freelance Photo Editor at ABCNews.com and a freelance Field Photo Editor at Getty Images. At ABC she curates multiple photography features per month. Sarah earned a BFA in Photography from the University of South Carolina in 2012. She has represented Jasper Magazine at USC’s Photo Festival portfolio reviews and has been a guest lecturer at Cecil College.
Anna Dickson is the Photography Director for The Huffington Post. Her prior experience includes overseeing photography for 850 radio station websites at iHeartRadio and producing photography for various events including the iHeartRadio Music Festival. Her print background includes Guitar World Magazine, Popular Photography and Rolling Stone.