Paul Bridgewater (New York) Founded the Hard Art Gallery in Washington, D.C. in 1973 and has curated over 450 exhibitions including: Spark of Genius for General Electric Research, Temples of the Yoruba, photographs by Phyllis Galembo, The Schoenburg Center, Rockefeller Foundation, NYC and Paint By Number at The Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Bridgewater opened Bridgewater/Lustberg Gallery, Soho, NY, in 1987 privately dealing art until the opening of Smart Clothes Gallery, Lower East Side, N.Y. last year. In October 2017, an oil painting by Bridgewater will be featured in a Museum of Modern Art exhibition in NY.
Khodr Cherri (Los Angeles) is the master printer and the Creative Director of A&I Fine Art & Photography. He works with artists to create unique, museum quality Chromogenic and Archival Pigment prints. A graduate of the American University in Beirut, Cherri began his photography career as a film technician and an Art Center student in Los Angeles. As production manager at Nardulli lab, he collaborated with Herb Ritts, Helmut Newton, Matthew Rolston and Norman Jean Roy. Cherri has worked with photo editors at Time, Vogue and National Geographic Magazines.
Francis Coiro (Los Angeles) directs the Iconix Art Group, an art publishing and creative services company which he also founded in 2014. Iconix operates a boutique art complex in downtown Los Angeles that includes the Fathom Gallery, which represents nearly three dozen contemporary photographers and painters. As part of Iconix, Coiro started two classical imprints, Sugar Press, an art printing partnership specializing in emerging artists, and Lumen Press, a new art venture, publishing limited edition photography monographs. Coiro will oversee the printing of the winners of the competition.
Bert Green (Chicago) is the owner of Bert Green Fine Art, a contemporary art gallery exhibiting prominent, emerging and mid-career artists. Based in California for 21 years before moving to Chicago in 2012, Bert Green Fine Art was instrumental in creating the emergence of the downtown Los Angeles gallery district. Green curated the first LGBTQ-themed, City of West Hollywood’s yearly, Out There, exhibition at The Los Angeles Art Association’s G825. His Chicago gallery continues to work closely with artists in Los Angeles to augment his roster of international painters and photographers.
Sarah Lee (Los Angeles) Longtime gallerist, art and photography curator, critic and art consultant, Sarah Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea. Most recently, she was owner and director of Sarah Lee Artworks and Projects a photography gallery at Bergamot Station. In addition to being an advisory member of the Queensland Centre for Photography in Australia, Sarah Lee has served as trustee, Executive Director and guest curator at the Korean American Museum in Los Angeles. She has been on the Japan-American National Museum’s advisory council since 1995.
Phil Tarley (Los Angeles) is a fellow of The American Film Institute, a member of the photographic Arts Council and an artist member of The Los Angeles Art Association. Tarley, a critic, a curator and a collector, writes about photography for Fabrik Magazine. His series of political and ethnographic videos is housed in the permanent collection of the New York Public Library and has screened in film festivals and museums like the American Film Institute and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Tarley’s writing and photography have also appeared in the LA Times, the LA Weekly, the Advocate, Adult Video News and American Photo Magazines.