Wayne Art Center is pleased to welcome Stefano Catalani, Executive Director of the Gage Academy of Art in New York and former Director of Art, Craft & Design at the Bellevue Arts Museum in Bellevue, WA. as the juror for the Craft Forms 2016 exhibition.
Stefano Catalani joined Bellevue Arts Museum in 2005 as Curator and was appointed Director of Art, Craft, & Design in February 2010. He has conceived and organized more than twenty acclaimed exhibitions exploring the dynamic field of art, craft, and design. An Italian native, Catalani relocated to Seattle in 2001. His classic studies in Italy provided him with a strong theoretical background in art history and philosophy. At BAM, he focuses on the fluidity between art, craft, and design, emphasizing both tradition and innovation. During his tenure at BAM, Catalani has written and/or contributed to nine exhibition catalogues published by Bellevue Arts Museum, among them an award winner from the American Association of Museums (2007, Dim Sum at the On-On Tea Room: The Jewelry of Ron Ho).
Highly regarded in the field of contemporary art, Catalani has been chosen as a nominator and juror for many awards, including The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Awards, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowships, the Neddy Fellowship Award, (Behnke Foundation, Seattle, WA), the Irving and Yvonne Twining Humber Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement (Artist Trust, Seattle, WA), and the Contemporary Northwest Art Awards (Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR). He also serves as a guest lecturer at the University of Washington, Evergreen State College, and other educational institutions.
Catalani will judge the work based on its technique, design, concept, originality and craftsmanship. It is important to send professional high quality images.