Selection Panel

The 2018 competition will be juried by 
Christopher BedfordValerie Fletcher and Sukjin Choi. 


Christopher Bedford
The Baltimore Museum of Art

Christopher Bedford is the Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director of The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) and the 10th director to lead the museum, which is renowned for its outstanding collections of 19th-century, modern and contemporary art. Recognized as an innovative and dynamic leader, Bedford served as director of the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University for four years prior to joining the BMA and was appointed as Commissioner for the U.S. Pavilion for the 2017 Venice Biennale. His previous experience includes curatorial positions at the Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and J. Paul Getty Museum. Born in Scotland and raised in the United States and the United Kingdom, Bedford has a Bachelor of Arts from Oberlin College, Master of Arts from Case Western Reserve University, and has studied in the doctoral programs at the University of Southern California and the Courtauld Institute of Art at the University of London.

Valerie Fletcher
Independent Art Historian & Senior Curator Emerita
Hirshhorn Museum

Dr. Valerie Fletcher earned her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University in 1978 and 1994. She joined the research staff at the Hirshhorn Museum in 1978, where she became Curator of Sculpture from 1984 to 2004 and Senior Curator from 2005 to 2016. Her main area of expertise is European and American sculpture from the 1880s to the 1960s, with supplementary interests in contemporary art and the arts of Asia and Latin America. In addition to major exhibitions for the Hirshhorn Museum, Fletcher has also organized smaller scholarly exhibitions on the works of Joseph Albers, Alexander Calder, Joseph Cornell, Paul Gauguin, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Shahzia Sikander and Tim Hawkinson. She is currently organizing an exhibition on the sculptures and drawings of Henry Moore for the American Federation of Art (AFA). In addition to the catalogues accompanying those exhibitions, she has also published widely on the works of Alberto Giacometti, most recently for the Guggenheim Museum, and is working on a monograph on Giacometti’s paintings. Her published work has also been featured by AFA, National Gallery of Art and Houston Museum of Fine Art.

Sukjin Choi
Head of Ceramics
James Madison University

Sukjin Choi received her Bachelor of Fine Arts and her Master of Fine Arts in ceramics from Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea and an Master of Fine Arts in ceramics from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Since 2007, she has been head of the Ceramics program in the School of Art, Design, and Art History at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA. Choi has been the recipient of the Visual Arts Fellowships from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, International Artists Exchange Program Grants from the Lighton Foundation and the CVPA Faculty Summer Research Grant at JMU. She has been awarded several residency fellowships including European Ceramic Workcentre (EKWC), Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands; c.r.e.t.a. rome, Rome, Italy; Madelta International Artists in Residence (MIAIR), Medicine Hat,Canada; Cowwarr Art Space, Cowwarr, Australia and A.I.R.Vallauris, Vallauris, France. Choi has had 25 solo exhibitions in the United States, Canada and Korea including at Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia, PA; Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, IL; The 621 Gallery, Tallahassee, FL; Medalta in the Historic Clay District, Medicine Hat, Canada and Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX. She also has been exhibited in and collected by more than 150 museums and galleries throughout Europe, Asia and the United States.