2016 Selection Panel

rmwseasideRosten Woo works in long-term collaboration with grassroots and non-profit organizations to illuminate the politics of places and the mechanics of large systems. He produces public artwork for organizations like clockshop, California State Parks, the city of Los Angeles, and Los Angeles County. His work has been exhibited at the Cooper-Hewitt Design Triennial, the Venice Architecture Biennale, Netherlands Architectural Institute, Storefront for Art and Architecture, and various piers, public housing developments, tugboats, shopping malls, and parks. http://wehavenoart.net


Shaw_Rocket Grants_PicCameron Shaw is a writer, editor, and Executive Director of Pelican Bomb, a nonprofit contemporary arts organization in New Orleans. Her work centers around creating platforms for diverse voices, supporting artistic experimentation, and thinking about how artworks and art spaces perform and reflect cultural values. http://pelicanbomb.com/


Lisa squareLisa Cordes is a writer and performer who has collaborated over the years with a number of visual artists and composers, creating a body of work that pokes at the American psyche and its discordant history with equal parts salt and salve. In 2010, she was a recipient of a Charlotte Street Rocket Grant for the development and performances of her play, Prop 8 On Trial. For the past three decades, her interest in community-based art-making led her to serve as artist-in-residence in several area high schools and a public housing project. At the height of the AIDS epidemic, she was commissioned by The Coterie Theater to serve as playwright for their award-winning Dramatic AIDS Education Project that has now served over 100,000 young people. Cordes is also the founder of two performance companies and her passion for a “theater of immediacy” led her to create “The Bus Event”, a series of performances staged at city bus stops involving over 60 artists and musicians. http://lisacordes.com


Benjamin_Rosenthal-portrait-squareBenjamin Rosenthal is an multidisciplinary artist whose recent projects question the authenticity of our physical experience in an age where the boundaries between reality and the virtual become indistinguishable. His work has been exhibited internationally in such venues as the Stuttgarter Filmwinter (Stuttgart, Germany), High Concept Labs at Mana Contemporary (Chicago, IL) FILE Electronic Language International Festival (São Paulo, Brazil), and online via the Istanbul Contemporary Art Museum (Is.CaM), among others. Rosenthal is Assistant Professor of Expanded Media in the Department of Visual Art at the University of Kansas where he teaches performance, video/new media, interdisciplinary practices and other experimental approaches to production and exhibition of work. http://www.benjaminrosenthal.com

Jurors 2010-2016