Selection Panel

The 2015 competition will be juried by Stefanie FedorJohn Ruppert and Richard Waller.


Stefanie Fedor joined the Arlington Arts Center (AAC) as Executive Director in September 2011, following more than 15 years of experience producing visual arts programming in Chicago, New York, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Before joining AAC, she served as the Assistant Director of the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center where she presented over 80 exhibitions of contemporary art featuring the work of both emerging and internationally renowned artists. Fedor has managed and directed exhibitions programs at the Maryland Institute College of Art and New York University, and curated and juried exhibitions in Chicago, Baltimore and New York. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Master of Arts in visual arts administration from New York University.

John Ruppert, a sculptor, is a professor and the former chair of the University of Maryland’s Department of Art. Ruppert’s work has been featured in large scale sculpture exhibitions, many group exhibitions both in the United States and abroad and numerous one-person exhibitions. Ruppert is currently represented by C. Grimaldas Gallery, Baltimore, MD, John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY and Eight Modern, Santa Fe, NM. Reviews of his work have been published in Art in America, Sculpture, New Art Examiner, New York Times and Art China. Ruppert received his Bachelor of Arts in art and art education from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio and his Master of Fine Arts from the School for American Craftsman, Rochester Institute of Technology, New York.

Richard Waller is Executive Director of University Museums, including the Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art and Print Study Center and the Lora Robins Gallery of Design from Nature, at the University of Richmond. Before joining the University in 1990, Waller worked at the Brooklyn Museum of Art for 19 years and taught at New York's Parsons School of Design. He has been a curator, judge and organizer of many historical and contemporary art exhibitions and has written extensively on visual art. He received his Master of Fine Arts from Yale University after graduating from Mankato State University in Minnesota. He also holds a Master's degree from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.