- March 2017
Juror: Preston Thayer, PhD Art History, University of Pennsylvania, has served the arts community as Director of Exhibitions FCCA, 1998-2004; Director, Art Museum, Radford University, 2004-08; Director, University Art Galleries, New Mexico State University, 2008-12; Director, Art Museum, Augustana College, 2013-14; Chair, Public Art Committee of the Fredericksburg Arts Commission and Director of the Fredericksburg, VA, Public Sculpture Project, 2014-present. With over fifteen years’ experience in arts administration and exhibition curation and design and a love of the visual arts, Preston Thayer believes that “I best serve my community by nurturing its cultural production”.
As a museum/gallery director, he developed award-winning exhibitions and catalogues, artist talks, performances, and panel discussions that brought historical and contemporary art to the public. Passionate about the fine arts, history, education, and the craft of curation, Thayer believes that innovative exhibitions are the best forum for broadening the audience and deepening their appreciation for the art of our time.