Bethesda Painting Awards Jury

Selection Panel

The 2014 competition will be juried by Carrie Patterson, Paul Ryan and Judy Southerland.

Arnold Kemp is the chair and associate professor in the Department of Painting and Printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has a combined Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.  He also earned a Master of Fine Arts from Stanford University’s Department of Art & Art History. Kemp’s work resides in collections including Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem and The Berkeley Art Museum. He is the recipient of awards and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, Artadia Fund for Art & Dialogue, Art Matters Grant, and Printed Matter Award for Artists. He was awarded an artist residency from Cité Internationale Des Arts in Paris, France, as well as Portland Institute of Contemporary Arts.

Artist John Morrell received his Bachelor of Science from Georgetown University and his Master of Fine Arts from George Washington University. He has taught in the Art Departments of both universities. From 1984 to 2002, he was the gallery director and a visiting professor at Georgetown University. He is currently chair of the Department of Art and Art History and is an associate professor of Painting and Drawing. Morrell has been featured in 18 solo exhibitions, many group exhibitions, and numerous commissions for private and corporate collections. He has received many honors and awards, including a Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Fellowship to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in 1994.

Nora Sturges is a professor of Art and head of Painting and Drawing at Towson University. She received her Master of Fine Arts from Ohio University. Sturges’ art has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, most recently in The Neighbors at American University’s Katzen Museum in Washington, D.C. She has been published in New American Paintings, number 88 and 100, provided the cover painting for Little "g" God Grows Tired of Me, History Matters: Contemporary Pottery on the Margins of Contemporary Culture and The Glass House, New Poems. Sturges won Best in Show in the 2010 Bethesda Painting Awards and is a twice recipient of the Individual Artist Award, Maryland State Arts Council. In 2011, she received the Juror's Choice Award in the McLean Project for the Arts competition.