2017 ArtsAccelerator Grant Judges

ArtsMemphis and the Artist Advisory Council are pleased to announce the judges for the 2017 ArtsAccelerator Grant.

Sally Frater

Sally Frater holds an honors BA in Studio Art from the University of Guelph and an MA in Contemporary Art from The University of Manchester and Sotheby's Institute of Art. She has curated exhibitions for the Ulrich Museum of Art, Sur Gallery, the Grimsby Public Art Gallery, Pollock Gallery, Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Georgia Scherman Projects, The Print Studio/Centre3, Art Gallery of Peterborough, A Space Gallery, and the McMaster Museum of Art. Her writing has appeared in catalogues for the Studio Museum in Harlem, The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and for journals such as Artforum Online, NKA, Prefix Photo, Border Crossings magazine, C Magazine, Fuse, Blackflash Magazine, Women and Environments International and Canadian Art. She has presented at conferences at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and the Universidad del Atlantico in Barranquilla, Colombia. She has received grants from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council, has served on juries for the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, the Houston Arts Alliance and is a member of the Association of Art Museum Curators, ICI (Independent Curators International) IKT (International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art) and is a co-founder of Third Space Art Projects. A former Core Critical Studies Fellow at the Glassell School at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, she was also a writer-in-residence at Art21, an artist-in-residence at Project Row Houses, Houston, and was a curator/writer-in-residence at CentralTrak from 2014-2015.‚Äč

Juan Logan

Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Juan Logan now lives and works in Belmont, North Carolina. Logan’s artworks address subjects relevant to the American experience. At once abstract and representational, his paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations, and videos address the interconnections of race, place, and power. They make visible how hierarchical relations and social stereotypes shape individuals, institutions, and the material and mental landscapes of contemporary life.

Logan has shown extensively nationally and internationally, has had numerous solo exhibitions, and executed many private and public commissions. Logan’s works can be found in private, corporate, and public collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Gibbes Museum of Art, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Memphis Brooks Museum, the Zimmerli Museum of Art, and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. Most recently, his piece Some Clouds are Darker became part of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Juan Logan is currently the Conservation Manager at the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Project. This project is actively restoring thirty-one large-scale sculptures created by artist Vollis Simpson for the city of Wilson, NC.

Roseann Weiss

Roseann is Director of Artist and Community Initiatives at The Regional Arts Commission (RAC) of St. Louis. She oversees the Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute – an innovative program centered on the principle that art can be an agent for positive social change. Roseann also leads RAC’s artists’ support programs, public art strategies, and creative community initiatives which include identifying resources for new projects. She promotes RAC’s position that community-based arts, public art, and creative capacity building are integral in developing dynamic, vibrant cities.

In 2010, she organized the first At the Crossroads: A Community Arts & Development Convening. In 2012, a second convening in conjunction with Rust Belt to Artist Belt attracted about 300 participants to St. Louis from as far away as Dublin and Singapore. Most recently, in November 2016, Roseann led the organization of a third convening called CULTURE/SHIFT 2016 with the people-powered U.S. Department of Arts and Culture. Click here for details.

Before joining RAC, Roseann served as Director of Programs and Education at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (CAM). With over 25 years of experience in arts leadership in both nonprofit arts institutions and gallery settings, she has curated contemporary art exhibitions, served on public art commissions, panels, juries, committees, and boards as well as lectured about contemporary art and community.

She also was a founding member of The AIDS Foundation of St. Louis (now part of Doorways) and Critical Mass for the Visual Arts. Roseann received a Grand Center Visionary Award in 2009 for “outstanding arts professional.” She lives in the West End of the city with her spouse Harper Barnes, a writer, in a condo overrun by too many books and not enough walls left for art.

Roseann always enjoys a good discussion. See/listen to: Bad at Sports: Contemporary Art Talk Pod Cast / July 2013