The 2016 competition will be juried by Stéphane Aquin, Hasan Elahi and Rebecca Schoenthal.
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Stéphane Aquin, chief curator of the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, leads a team that is responsible for planning exhibitions and installations and overseeing a collection of nearly 12,000 objects. Prior to joining the Smithsonian Institution in 2015, Aquin was a curator of contemporary art at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art (MMFA), a position he held since 1998. During his tenure at the MMFA, Aquin curated major exhibitions, established and headed the MMFA’s project series, expanded the museum’s collection by more than 1,000 works and oversaw the development of the MMFA’s sculpture garden. Before his tenure at the MMFA, Aquin worked as an independent art critic from 1992 to 1998. A scholar of contemporary art, he has written catalog essays about Peter Doig, Jean Paul Riopelle, Dorothea Rockburne, Carolee Schneemann and others. Aquin earned a master’s degree in art history from the Université de Montréal.
Associate Professor, Department of Art
University of Maryland
Hasan Elahi is an interdisciplinary artist whose work examines issues of surveillance, citizenship, migration, transport, borders and frontiers. His work has been presented in numerous exhibitions at venues such as SITE Santa Fe, Centre Georges Pompidou, Sundance Film Festival, Kassel Kulturbahnhof, The Hermitage and at the Venice Biennale. Elahi was recently invited to speak about his work at the Tate Modern, Einstein Forum, the American Association of Artificial Intelligence, the International Association of Privacy Professionals, World Economic Forum and TED Global. His awards include grants from the Creative Capital Foundation, Art Matters Foundation, and a Ford Foundation/Phillip Morris National Fellowship. His work is frequently in the media and has been covered by The New York Times, Forbes, Wired, CNN, ABC, CBS, NPR, and has appeared on Al Jazeera, Fox News, and on The Colbert Report. He is currently Associate Professor of Art at University of Maryland and from 2011 to 2014 was Director of Design Cultures & Creativity in the Honors College.
Curator of Exhibitions
The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia
Rebecca Schoenthal is an art historian, professor and curator. As Curator of Exhibitions for The Fralin Museum of Art, Schoenthal manages exhibits that showcase the museum’s vast collection of more than 13,000 objects. Her background combines academic instruction with curatorial experience in for-profit and non-profit museums. Prior to joining The Fralin, Schoenthal spent five years as the curator of Charlottesville’s Second Street Gallery, known for its focus on contemporary art. For 17 years she has taught classes in contemporary art, largely focusing on the 20th century, for the University of Virginia’s McIntire Department of Art. Additionally, Schoenthal has worked as an independent art consultant and is known as an expert on American art from the post-World War II period to the present. She earned her Ph.D. in art history from the University of Virginia in 2004 and received her Bachelor of Arts in art history from Connecticut College.