The competition was juried by a panel of jurors, each with a different area of expertise in the art world, each distinguished in their field.
Yuko Hasegawa is Chief Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, and Professor of the Department of Art Science, Tama Art University in Tokyo. She is a member of the Asian Art Council at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York), and her recent projects include BUNNY SMASH – design to touch the world (2013) at Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Trans-Cool Tokyo (2010-11) at Singapore Art Museum, and Matthew Barney: Drawing Restraint (2005) at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. She is a curator for the upcoming exhibition New Sensorium in Infosphere: Exit from Failure of Modernism to be held in Karlsruhe, Germany, in 2016. Hasegawa has also been involved in curating several international biennials, including the São Paulo Biennial (2010) and the Venice Biennale (2003).
Ginevra Bria is an art historian and an independent curator. Her experience and influence are international, and in the past ten years she has worked and collaborated with the likes of New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Brazil’s Centro Cultural Banco, the Museo del Novecento in Milan and many more. She currently holds a curatorial position at Isisuf – the International Institute on Futurism Studies. She also works with emerging and mid-career artists to develop public space projects in Germany, Switzerland and Italy.
Ave Pildas is a successful photographer and educator who has been working in the art world for 40 years. His own work has been featured in many prestigious publications, both American and international, including the New York Times and ‘ZOOM’ and has been displayed in solo shows all over the world, from Janus Gallery, Los Angeles, to Photographers Gallery, London, to Gallerie 38, Zurich, as well as many others. He loves to inspire new talent, and works to guide and polish the creations of aspiring young artists. He is a Professor Emeritus at Otis College of Design.
Susan Whitney is the Vice-Chair of Creative Saskatchewan, founding president of Saskatchewan Professional Art Galleries Association, past president and honorary life member of the Art Dealers Association of Canada and has been a member of many other local and national arts and cultural organizations including the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board. She founded the Susan Whitney Gallery in 1979, a vibrant and nationally acclaimed commercial gallery in Regina which has represented many important and notable artists throughout its 26 year history. Since 2005 Susan’s professional focus has been devoted to fine art appraisals.
Sebastien Pronovost was born in Canada but discovered his passion for art and the art world in Paris, where he started to work at a prominent gallery on the Rue de Seine. Moving to New York City some years later, he began working at the Bertrand Delacroix Gallery/Axelle Fine Arts and is now the Director of Axelle Fine Arts Galerie, in SoHo.
Takao Tsutsumi is president of Sezon Museum of Modern Art in Japan. Previously the president of the Japon-Europe pour les Echanges Culturels (AJEEC) non-profit organization and the Association Japon-Europe pour les Echanges Culturels (AJEEC), in 2005, he sponsored a private exhibition of Hanako Miwa, Love Lotus, in Paris, Tokyo and Hagi, Japan. In 2008 he organized Vivre: Akane Teshigahara + Pierre Gilles in Tokyo. In 2009, he arranged the show Mai Takaaki Umezu in Paris. He has been a juror for many competitions including the Tokyo Photo Contest.
With over 38 years experience in the art world, David Benrimon has the distinct advantage of understanding the art world from many different angles. David Benrimon started with framing and curating when he founded Skyframe in 1977 and Central Art Framing in the 1980’s to serve Manhattan’s growing artistic community. Both companies served as a haven for helping dealers such as Leo Castelli and artists such as Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol realize their vision through framing. As the art community in SoHo grew, David acquired important works from artists and galleries that would later become part of art history. In 1994 he founded David Benrimon Fine Art LLC to advise collectors and investors on the dynamic world of Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary fine art. David maintains long-established relationships with a select group of dedicated collectors, investors and corporations worldwide, including individuals from Forbes World’s Billionaires. David Benrimon Fine Art buys, sells and invests in important artworks and also curates at least 6 exhibitions per calendar year from its location in the Crown Building at 730 Fifth Avenue in New York City.