Selection Panel

The 2017 competition will be juried by 
Zoë CharltonNeil Feather and Elizabeth Mead.

Zoë Charlton
Art Department Chair and Associate Professor
American University

Zoë Charlton is an Associate Professor of Art and Department Chair at American University. Previous experiences include working as an animator for Flat Black Films in Austin, Texas and teaching at Missouri State University and Southwestern University. Charlton has participated in residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and at The Creative Alliance in Baltimore, MD. Her work has been included in national and international group exhibitions including the Contemporary Art Museum in Houston, TX, Studio Museum of Harlem, Zacheta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw, Poland, Haas and Fischer Gallery in Zurich, Switzerland, Clementine Gallery New York and Wendy Cooper Gallery in Chicago, IL. Her work has been reviewed in “ARTnews” and “Art in America.” She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Florida State University and her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at Austin. 

Neil Feather
Winner of the 2014 Sondheim Art Prize and the 2014 Trawick Prize

Baltimore-based, sound mechanic, Neil Feather has been creating radical and unusual musical instruments since 1970. His work has always been fully rooted in art and music together in concept, execution and performance. Feather was a founding member of the Red Room Collective and the High Zero Foundation, a group committed to the presentation of experimental and improvised music. He has a long history of collaborative projects and solo concerts and has exhibited and performed at venues including the Baltimore Museum of Art and the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, MD, the Knitting Factory in New York and the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, PA. Feather won the 2014 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize and the 2014 Trawick Prize and was included in the exhibit “Art or Sound” in the 2014 Venice Biennale. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pennsylvania State University and his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Montana.

Elizabeth Mead
Department Chair, Class of 1963 Term Distinguished Associate Professor of Art and Art History
William & Mary

Elizabeth Mead is an Associate Professor of Art and Art History and Department Chair at William & Mary. Her sculptures and drawings have been exhibited across the United States, Australia, England, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Portugal and Taiwan. She has been a visiting artist and artist in residence at numerous distinguished institutions including Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, France, Slade School of Fine Art at University College in London, England, Nes Artist Residency in Skagaströnd, Iceland, Youkobo Art Space in Tokyo, Japan, among others. A recipient of the 2002-2003 Japan/U.S. NEA Creative Artist Fellowship, Mead spent six months living and working in Japan. She has also attended the Ecole Internationale de Jacques Lecoq in Paris, France. Additionally, Mead has designed more than two-dozen theatrical productions, including work with the internationally acclaimed, Tony award-winning Theatre de la Jeune Lune. She received her Master of Fine Arts from Southern Methodist University.