2017 General Exhibition Judges

*Updated 2/7/17... More to come!


James Wetzel


James Wetzel is a Chicago based artist and musician. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His artwork combines technology, craft, and sound and deals mainly with electro-acoustic sculpture and percussive analog modular synthesis. His musical output takes shape mostly in the form of solo drum/synth performance.


Spider Schergen


Mathias “Spider” Schergen is a retired Chicago Public School art educator and advocate. Schergen’s work is a seamless hybrid that integrates the intuitive aesthetic and self-taught techniques of his childhood with the disciplined studio practice and creative identity. He received a BFA in Arts Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Masters in Education from National-Louis University.


Tim Young


Timothy Young is a Chicago native who graduated from Lincoln Park High School. He holds a BA in Art & Design from Columbia College Chicago, where he currently provides administrative support for the Community Schools and Project AIM arts education programs. As a musician he has composed and performed under the project name, Passerines.


Cheryl Casden


Cheryl Casden is a local Chicago based artist, art educator and creativity advocate. She received her BFA in Integrated Studio Arts from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, having studied abroad at Bezalel Academy of Art in Jerusalem, Israel. She was the Art & Music Manager for the non-for profit, O+ Festival Chicago - urrently, she resides in Highwood, IL and is an art educator at Lillstreet Art Center.


Brian Keller

Time Arts

Brain Killer has directed and produced a variety of projects ranging from music videos to short films. He has produced and created large projection visuals for Lollapalooza, directed for Red Bull, Threadless, and Dark Matter Coffee. He has been named Best Filmmaker in the Chicago Reader and has been a guest speaker for Creative Mornings. Brain Killer has exhibited his work regularly in Chicago, IL. 


Ciera McKissick


Ciera McKissick is the founder of AMFM, an online music and arts magazine and gallery/artist space that focuses on emerging artists and events in Chicago which aims to spread positivity and community engagement in Pilsen. McKissick currently holds a residency at the Chicago Art Department and holds a degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Joan Mills


Joan Mills is an art educator, artist, and advocate for the arts. Joan is the current past president of the Illinois Art Education Association. She holds a BS in Art Education, an MS in Curriculum and Instruction and National Board Certification in EMC art. In 2009 Joan was recognized as the IAEA elementary art Teacher of the year. Joan has exhibited her work in Naperville area galleries and has served as a juror for regional and statewide student shows


Callie Vinson


Callie graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA and MA degrees in Advertising Design and Copywriting, and currently works on the Proctor & Gamble account at Leo Burnett. She not only loves writing for platforms like billboards, social sites and print ads, she also enjoys photography and capturing the city of Chicago, as well as whatever is currently on her plate.


Leo Perez


Leo Perez was born in raised in the Pilsen neighborhood in Chicago. Leo's art is very much influenced by graffiti art and comic books, his art is of different mediums such as acrylic, watercolor, ink and digital. Leo Perez is a graduate of Illinois Institute of Art and a product of Gallery 37. Perez currently teaches after school art for ACES at Evergreen Middle School in Brighton Park in Chicago.


Sandra Bacon

Mixed Media

Sandie Bacon is a classically trained, versatile artist who resides in the Chicago area. She has been working as a Golden Paint working artist since 2006, and generously shares her enthusiasm and knowledge in her lecture/demos and workshops. She has a BA in fine arts/literature from University of Redlands( Ca,) and an MFA from Maryland Institute Graduate School of painting. www.sandrabaconfinearts.com


Erik Lundquist

Mixed Media

Erik Lundquist is an Illustrator, mark-maker, & skateboarder currently producing and exhibiting artwork in Chicago,Il. He received his BFA in Illustration from Columbia College Chicago.


Anne Becker


Dr. Anne Becker has a BS in Art Education, a MA with a Sculpture Emphasis from Northern Illinois University and a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Aurora University. She has had teaching experiences in art education at the elementary, high school and college levels as well as the director of Art Education at Columbia College Chicago.


Sloan Armstrong


Sloan Armstrong is a large-scale 3D artist, and earned their degree from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design with a focus in sculpture. They grew up in Elmhurst, Illinois, and are pleased to be returning to the area to see this fantastic student work!


Michael Galbincea

Time Arts

Michael Galbincea is a visual design interactive media specialist and educator for the past 15 years. He is the Digital Art and Communications Chair at Tribeca Flashpoint College and Adjunct Professor at DePaul University in Digital Design. He specializes in as many aspects of design, always looking to merge experiences as an educator and art director to help create the education methods for the designers of the future. Michael has a BA in Communications from Cleveland State University and a MFA in Film, Video, and New Media from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


Lisa Deluca



Liz Flores Callahan