Our Jurors

Quotes from the letters of our competition participants:

"I'm thrilled about the prospect of having Peter Frank as the juror. The Riverside Art Museum is in my neck of the woods, so I know his name and reputation well. It would be an honor to have him consider my work for this show." R.R.

"I look forward to getting the Peter Frank frank assessment. I have always appreciated his eye and thoughts about art" C.D.

PETER FRANK is Senior Curator at the Riverside Art Museum, art critic for Angeleno Magazine and the L. A. Weekly, and past editor of Visions Art Quarterly. He was born in 1950 in New York, where he served as art critic for The Village Voice and The SoHo Weekly News, and moved to Los Angeles, CA in 1988. Frank contributes articles to numerous publications and has written many monographs and catalogues including one-person and group exhibitions. Frank has also organized many theme and survey shows for institutions such as the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain, the Museum of Contemporary Religious Art in St. Louis, MO, Otis Institute of Art and Design in Los Angeles, CA, the Atlanta College of Art (Atlanta, GA), the Raleigh (North Carolina) City Gallery of Contemporary Art, Artists Space, the Alternative Museum, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, all in New York, NY.

Peter Frank is also Associate Editor of FABRIK Magazine, a contributing editor to Art Ltd. and Art on Paper, former art critic for the LA Weekly and Angeleno Magazine, and former Editor of THEmagazine Los Angeles and Visions Art Quarterly. Peter has curated exhibitions for the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, PS1 and Franklin Furnace in New York, the Biennale di Venezia and Documenta, among other venues.
Mr. Frank has taught at colleges and universities on both coasts and has lectured extensively all over North America and Europe. McPherson & Company - Documentext published his Something Else Press: An Annotated Bibliography in 1983. A cycle of poems, The Travelogues, was issued by Sun & Moon Press in 1982. Abbeville Press released New, Used & Improved, an overview of the New York art scene co-written with Michael McKenzie, in 1987.


Edward Goldman has been the art critic at KCRW, the LA-based National Public Radio affiliate station, with a weekly program titled „Art Talk.” Both fearless and fun, Edward offers a unique "accent" on art. Formerly employed by the famed Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, and a favorite on-air presence, he offers impassioned views on what he sees in the galleries and museums and at events throughout the world, and he isn't afraid to "speak truth to power."



The Loft at Liz’sowner - Liz Gordon has established in her gallery a pace, rhythm and style for her shows that have made each new opening at The Loft at Liz's an event not to be missed. The Loft at Liz's is a unique gallery space that strives to provide support and exposure for emerging and established artists and artisans from California and beyond. The Loft at Liz’s goal is to provide a venue that fosters an open dialogue between eclectic and diverse points of view, ideologies and experiences.


Laurence Vittes is music critic with more than 40 years expirience in this field of arts and contributor for Gramophone, The Hollywood Reporter, Strings, HuffPost Arts, Music Web International and Audiophile Audition. He hosts classical music supper club concerts on Saturday nights at Live at the Lounge in Hermosa Beach and Classical Underground concerts in Gardena.


Tony Clark came to Fine Art through a background in ballet in Europe and America. He became a choreographer, director and producer of ballets, operas, plays, films and theater. Upon his return to the US he started Arts of the Theatre Gallery on Larchmont Blvd. As a tireless support of the arts, he produced sixty-four events in one year alone.

This led him to curate French exhibitions internationally. The French government awarded him a knighthood as Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, in recognition of his curation and organizing exhibitions, and in keeping the French arts alive. In 2006 to 2007 he curated a retrospective of the work of Jean Cocteau throughout Japan and organized an exhibition for the Pushkin Museum in Moscow Clark has served, and continues to serve, on the boards of the following organizations: International Conference of Museums, American Association of Museum Directors, The National Museum Review Committee, The French Heritage Society, The National Historical Preservation Society, American Museum Association, Japan American Society, The Shoah Foundation of Visual History, Art in Public Places, Change A Life Foundation and The Hollywood Arts Council. He was appointed to the board of directors for a new museum dedicated to Jean Cocteau et ses amis, that will be built by the Musee Menton in the south of France in 2011.

He, also, represents and manages a few choice contemporary artists that work in 1, 2 and 3D media in the US, UK, France and Japan. These artists include: Ray Klausen, Peter Shire, Anita Rosenberg, William Haugse, Dragan Mrdja, j.Reto, Melanie Manos, Aldo Rossi, William Emboden, David Gardner, Andre Miripolsky and Philip Johnston. He is most proud of discovering Alexandra Nechita at age 10. Four years later he curated an exhibition of her works that toured the entire mainland of Japan.

2010, Clark has curated four exhibitions for Affinity Galleries, four for Shumei Arts Council Pasadena and made an industrial film for CANON on his art and curation of the Shumei exhibition A QUIET MIND. This will be for international distribution.


Frank Schenker has been a key participant in the promotion of „Cosmopolitan Music” music in Germany and throughout Europe for the past 20 years. He founded the company AQUARIUS Music Distribution that carried thousands of titles and provided metaphysical stores throughout Western Europe with quality products and services. Frank Schenker also acts as a consultant to many other labels and musicians on various aspects of the business, works as a producer of compilations and helps artists to find distribution partners in the US and Europe.

AQUARIUS International Music maintains an eclectic roster of artists including Didgeridoo player GARY THOMAS, vocalist/channeler NHANDA DEVI, Sufi music composer KLAUS WIESE, as well as titles with music composed specifically for Chakra balancing and Yoga practice.

Juror Sandra Stevenson has been working in the music industry for over 15 years. She started in the mailroom at A&M Records, moved to Polydor Records as a radio promotion coordinator and got promoted to an executive assistant within a year. She worked as an A&R and production manager at Restless Records, sales manager at ArtistDirect Records, sales director at Foodchain Records, and VP of marketing at Electric Monkey Records. 

In 2003 she co-started the independent rock label Rockview Records and became VP of Marketing and Operations. Since 2008 she holds the position of a general manager at Chalice Recording Studio. Some of the recording projects that Sandra has booked at Chalice were for Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, P. Diddy, Britney Spears, Foo Fighters, Them Crooked Vultures, Prince, U2, Beyoncé and Rihanna… just to name a few.

Phil Tarley is a Fellow of The American Film Institute and an artist member of the Los Angeles Art Association. As an art and pop culture critic he regularly posts stories on The WOW Report; he writes about art and photography for Fabrik Magazine; he contributes to Art Week LA and he is a juror on the Lark International Art Competition. Tarley is currently working on a book of narrative non-fiction travel stories and on a variety of photographic art projects. He has recently been appointed to a City of West Hollywood task force on Public Art Installation. With his partner Carlos Benitez, Phil Tarley opened Artist's Corner, a fine art photography gallery in Hollywood. He is its sole curator.

Dawne Camera is the former owner of ZC Gallery, based in Chicago and Portland. In 2006, she founded The Dreaming Zebra Foundation, a charitable organization with a mission of providing art and music supplies, and educational resources to children, schools and other non-profit organizations in need throughout the United States. She continues to serve as the Chairman of the Board for the Foundation today.

Dawne’s vision has always been to combine fine arts and philanthropy in a manner that benefits artists, collectors, educators, and their communities, while striving to contribute to the vibrancy, and accessibility, of arts education in the future.

Prior to starting the Foundation, Dawne served as a Director of Contracting & Materials Management at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL. She is an expert and consultant in the art supply procurement industry and is currently focused on national research in collaboration with other nonprofit leaders to reduce the expense of art materials for students, schools and nonprofits throughout the country.


Born in 1961 in Leningrad, International Juror Licka Brakhovsky received degrees from the Mukhina Art Academy and an Icon Craft Master-Class led by S.I. Golubev, Chief of the Restoration Department at the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg.
In 1996 Licka Brakhovsky moved to Israel and since 1998, she has been the Director of her private "NICKA" gallery which plays an active role in the Israeli art scene. She also  served as curator for solo and international group exhibitions and contributes art criticism and articles to art-related publications and media. In 2007, in cooperation with the Dutch Company "Christian de Books", Brakhovsky curated an international art exhibition  project, "Russian-Israel Interaction," to present the transformation of Russian art-school painting through interaction with Israeli realities. In conjunction with this project she is  preparing a series of art exhibitions, with accompanying catalogues, for Europe and the United States.

Ilaria Kostandi Sillangierri, director of the Art Germann Gallery on Malaia Grouzinskaia Street in Moscow, was one of organizers of underground, non-conformist art exhibitions before Perestroyka.

These exhibitions were often the scene of spectacular queues and generated a huge amount of interest among the public of the former Soviet Union as political dissidents and ideological non-conformists were attracted to the company of underground painters, poets and musicians and became a crossroads for cultural exchange and discussion.

In 1988 Ilaria Kostandi Sillangierri founded ART GERMANN GALLERY to search for young creative talents representing a variety of original styles in painting and graphics. The Art Germann Gallery today represents world-renowned artists including Sergey Bleze, Jury Mironov, Michael Gelman, Vyacheslav Provotorov, Nikolay Smirnov, Igor Chetvertkov, Vladimir Melnik and Vladimir Isurin, and has organized exhibitions in Dusseldorf, Milan, Rome, Valencia, Bangkok, Cypress and Ukraine.