South Arts assembles a layered series of adjudicated panels to select the Southern Prize and State Fellowships recipients. The process consists of three panels of jurors composed of arts leaders of both regional and national stature. In the first phase, two jurors work together to identify a pool of top applicants from each state, based on artistic excellence that reflects and represents the diversity of the region. In the next round, using the same criteria, the State Fellowships jury selects one recipient per eligible state, for a group of nine State Fellows. Lastly, a third national panel, the Southern Prize jury, convenes to evaluate the body of work represented by the nine State Fellowship recipients to select the Southern Prize winner and finalist.

2022 Southern Prize and State Fellowships Jurors

Jurors for the 2022 Southern Prize and State Fellowships have not yet been announced; please check back for updates.

2021 Southern Prize and State Fellowships Jurors

South Arts is proud to announce the following jurors reviewing applications for the 2021 Southern Prize and State Fellowships.

2021 Previewers

Rosie Gordon WallaceRosie Gordon Wallace | Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator - Miami, FL. Rosie Gordon-Wallace is a recognized curator, arts advocate, community leader, and pioneer in advancing contemporary diaspora art. She founded the Diaspora Vibe Culture Arts Incubator (DVCAI) to serve as a local and global laboratory dedicated to promoting, nurturing, and cultivating the vision and diverse talents of emerging artists from the Caribbean Diaspora, artists of color, and immigrant artists. Twenty-five years later, DVCAI is recognized as a global resource and one of the region’s leading platforms dedicated to providing diaspora artists with a venue to explore and experiment with new forms and themes that challenge traditional definitions of the Caribbean and Latin American art. DVCAI artists have traveled and engaged in conversations with artists in France, Barbados, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Antigua, Suriname, and Guadeloupe. In addition to her service on several prominent boards, she is an active member of the PAMM Fund for African American Art and serves on The Cultural Affairs Council for Miami Dade County and Florida’s Department of Cultural Affairs panels. Her awards include The African Heritage Cultural Arts Center Third Annual Calabash Amadlozi Visual Arts Award, International Businesswoman of the Year, One of South Florida’s 50 Most Powerful Black Professionals. Her most recent curation of Inter | Sectionality: Diaspora Art from The Creole which closed at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Art + Culture in March January 2021, opens in the Miami Design District on February 5th, 2021, and will run through May 31, 2021.

Jerushia GrahamJerushia Graham | Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking - Atlanta, GA. Jerushia Graham is the Museum Coordinator for the Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking and a working artist. The Atlanta-based artist exhibits both nationally and internationally. In addition to her curatorial efforts at the Paper Museum, she is the VP of Exhibitions/Curatorial for the North American Hand Papermakers. Graham has also been a guest curator for the Zora Neale Hurston Museum in Eatonville, FL and The Hudgens Center for Art and Learning in Duluth, GA. She was previously the Education Director for Atlanta Printmakers Studio as well as a book arts/papermaking/print professor for Kennesaw State University, as well as a foundations professor for the University of West Georgia and the Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur. Prior to her work in Georgia she served as the Museum Director and Education Coordinator for Spiral Q, an arts and social justice non-profit. In 2019, she was nominated in the category of Artistic Excellence for the inaugural Hammonds House Honors. Graham was one of five artists selected by the GA Committee for the National Museum of Women in the Arts exhibit at MOCA GA, Paper Routes: Women To Watch 2020. Several of her papercuts recently traveled the state of Georgia in an exhibition sponsored by the Georgia Museum of Art and Lyndon House Museum, Highlighting Contemporary Art in Georgia: Cut and Paste. She earned an MFA in Book Arts/Printmaking from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, and BFA degrees in Fabric Design and Printmaking from the University of Georgia in Athens. Graham is interested in creating spaces for socially-minded introspection and empathy through her artwork, workshops, and curatorial projects. 

2021 State Fellowships Juror Panel

Jackie ClayJackie Clay | Coleman Center for the Arts - York, AL. Jackie Clay is the executive director at the Coleman Center for the Arts, a contemporary arts organization that produces socially engaged public art projects in the Alabama Black Belt region. In addition to her work in Sumter County, she has organized exhibitions at the ICA LA, et al gallery (San Francisco), and the Alabama Contemporary Art Center (Mobile). She has contributed to catalogs including Prospect 4, black is a color, and the Greenwood Art Project. She hosts Monograph, a documentary series produced by Alabama Public Television that focuses on creative practice both inside and outside the traditional arts framework.


Patsy CoxPatsy Cox | California State University Northridge - Northridge, CA. Patsy Cox is Professor of Visual Art and Chair of Ceramics at California State University Northridge. She is an artist, educator and arts advocate. She is a former president of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) and a Fellow of the Council. She is currently serving on the board of the American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA) in Pomona, California. She has participated in the Annenberg Alchemy and Alchemy+ programs for nonprofit excellence, was a Getty Scholar for the Linking Service Learning and the Visual Arts Program and has coordinated courses for the CSU Summer Arts Program. She was the curator for the 74th Scripps Annual, Stories Without Borders: Personal Narratives in Clay. Cox is an installation-based artist who has exhibited and lectured nationally and internationally, most recently as a resident artist with Dunhuang Creative Center in Lanzhou, China culminating with the permanent collection installation piece, Huang He. She holds an MFA from the University of Delaware and BFA from Missouri University and lives and maintains a productive studio near downtown Los Angeles.

Sarah HigginsSarah Higgins | Art Papers - Atlanta, GA. Sarah Higgins is Editor + Artistic Director of Art Papers. Previously, she was curator at the Zuckerman Museum of Art at Kennesaw State University (2015-2018) where she produced exhibitions and publications including Tomashi Jackson: Interstate Love Song, Gut Feelings, and A View Beyond the Trees. She has curated over 40 exhibitions for institutions such as the Hessel Museum of Art, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, and Atlantic Center for the Arts.

Carlton TurnerCarlton Turner | Mississippi Center for Cultural Production (Sipp Culture) - Utica, MS. Carlton Turner is an artist, agriculturalist, arts advocate, policy shaper, lecturer, consultant, and facilitator. Carlton is the founder of the Mississippi Center for Cultural Production (Sipp Culture). Sipp Culture uses arts and agriculture to support rural community, cultural, and economic development in his hometown of Utica, Mississippi where he lives with his wife Brandi and three children.

2021 Southern Prize Juror Panel

Marcela GuerreroMarcela Guerrero | Whitney Museum of American Art - New York, NY. Marcela Guerrero is Assistant Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Recently, she was part of the curatorial team that organized Vida Americana: Mexican Muralists Remake American Art, 1925-1945. In summer 2018, Guerrero curated the exhibition Pacha, Llaqta, Wasichay: Indigenous Space, Modern Architecture, New Art.

From 2014 to 2017 she worked as curatorial fellow at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. Prior to joining the Hammer, she worked in the Latin American and Latino art department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, where she served as research coordinator for the International Center for the Arts of the Americas. Guerrero’s writing has appeared in exhibition catalogues and in art journals such as ArtNexus, Caribbean Intransit, Gulf Coast, Interventions, and Diálogo.

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Guerrero holds a PhD in art history from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Karen PattersonKaren Patterson | The Fabric Workshop and Museum - Philadelphia, PA. Karen Patterson joined the Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) as their inaugural curator in July 2019. Current projects include Jonathan Lyndon Chase: Big Wash; Elisabeth Kley: Minutes of Sand; His History of Art: Jayson Musson. Prior to this appointment she was the Senior Curator at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center (JMKAC), Patterson has curated over fifty exhibitions, including major exhibitions such as Ray Yoshida’s Museum of Extraordinary Values, Ebony G.Patterson: Dead Treez, several critically-reviewed site specific installations such as Joy Feasley and Paul Swenbeck: Out, Out, Phosphene Candle, Things are What We Encounter: Dr.Charles Smith + Heather Hart. Patterson completed her BA in folklore studies at Memorial University in Newfoundland, Canada, and her Masters of Art Administration at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Publications include: Samara Golden: Upstairs At Steve's; Lenore Tawney: Mirror of the Universe (2019), Eugene Von Bruenchenhein: Mythologies (2017), Lee Godie: Self-Portraits (2015), Ray Yoshida’s Museum of Extraordinary Values (2013).

Seph Rodney Seph Rodney | Hyperallergic - New York, NY. Seph Rodney, PhD was born in Jamaica, and came of age in the Bronx, New York. He is the opinions editor and managing editor for the Sunday edition for Hyperallergic, and writes on visual art and related issues. He has also written for The New York Times, CNN Op-ed pages, American Craft Magazine and NBC Universal, and penned catalog essays for Joyce J. Scott, Teresita Fernandez, and Meleko Mokgosi. He can be heard weekly on the podcast “The American Age”. His book, The Personalization of the Museum Visit, was published by Routledge in May of 2019. In 2020 he won the Rabkin Arts Journalism Prize.

2020 Southern Prize and State Fellowships Jurors

2020 State Fellowships Juror Panel

Ndubuisi C. Ezeluomba | New Orleans Museum of Art - New Orleans, LA
Originally from Benin City, Nigeria, Ezeluomba comes to NOMA from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, where he was the Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Research Specialist in African Art. In this role, Ezeluomba collaborated with the institution’s conservation department to probe beneath the surface of the objects in the museum’s collection. Before his time in Virginia, Ezeluomba served as a consultant on the Elusive Spirits: African Masquerades exhibition at the Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida, and worked on the Harn Museum curatorial team that produced Kongo Across the Waters, examining 500 years of cultural exchange between the Kongo, Europe, and the United States, showing the rise of Kongo as a major Atlantic presence and the transmission of Kongo culture through the transatlantic slave trade into American art. The exhibition was also shown at NOMA in 2015. Ezeluomba received a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Florida, Gainesville, specializing in historic African shrines.

Edward Hayes, Jr. | The McNay Art Museum - San Antonio, TX
From 2013-2018 Hayes was a curator for the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) in Southern California, where he coordinated over 50 exhibitions including Frida Kahlo: Her Photos and Relational Undercurrents, a Getty Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA exhibition. He was curator of MOLAA’s first solo exhibitions of Chicano art, among numerous other original projects with subjects ranging from Mexican Modernism to Ana Mendieta and contemporary Latinx art. Hayes joins The McNay Art Museum after leading International Arts and Artists Traveling Exhibition Service since 2018. As Director of the Washington D.C.-based nonprofit service, he oversaw the circulation over 20 national and international traveling exhibitions, launched over ten new exhibitions, and initiated multiple collaborations with curators for future projects. Hayes holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2006) and an MA in Art History from The University of Texas at San Antonio (2010).

David Houston | Art Historian & Consultant - New York, NY
Independent Brooklyn-based art historian and museum consultant. He is currently writing, consulting, and developing a non-profit organization for late-career artists and artists’ estates. He recently curated an exhibition for the Kentler International Drawing Space in New York.

Marilyn Zapf | Center for Craft - Asheville, NC
Marilyn Zapf is the Assistant Director and Curator at the Center for Craft, a national arts nonprofit headquartered in Asheville, North Carolina. She has organized over 15 and curated over 9 exhibitions for the Center’s gallery, including the nationally-traveling Made in WNC (2015) and Gee’s Bend: From Quilts to Prints (2014). Outside of the office Marilyn is an independent curator, juror, teacher, and writer. She recently curated Michael Sherrill Retrospective, which opened at The Mint Museum in Fall 2018 and is currently at the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. She has recently taught courses on the History of Craft at Warren Wilson College. Marilyn is a Trustee of the American Crafts Council and has published articles and reviews in international publications, including Art Jewelry Form and Crafts Magazine (UK). She holds a MA in the History of Design from the Royal College of Art and Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England, and a BA (English Literature) and BFA (Jewelry and Metalworking) from The University of Georgia. Her areas of research include craft, postmodernism, industry, and deindustrialization.

2020 Southern Prize Juror Panel

Pradeep Dalal | Creative Capital - New York, NY
Pradeep Dalal is an artist and educator. His work was recently included in the exhibitions I need my memories. They are my documents. at SepiaEYE, Strange Invitation at Franklin Street Works, Picturing Parallax: Photography and Video from the South Asian Diaspora in San Francisco, as well as Vision is Elastic. Thought is Elastic at Murray Guy and Fifty Artists Photograph the Future at Higher Pictures. Pradeep has also exhibited at Chatterjee & Lal in Mumbai, the Herter Art Gallery in Amherst, Aljira Center for Contemporary Art in Newark, TART in San Francisco, and Orchard and PS122 Gallery in New York. His photographic work is included in Blind Spot 43 and Cabinet 52. His project “Notes on Bhopal, MP” was included in the book Chandigarh is in India (Shoestring Publishers, 2016), and an essay “A Bifocal Frame of Reference” was included in the book Western Artists and India (Thames and Hudson, 2013). He is a recipient of the Tierney Fellowship, and holds an MFA from ICP/Bard College and a MArch from MIT. He is co-chair of Photography at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College.

Grace Deveney | Prospect New Orleans - New Orleans, LA
Grace Deveney is a curator and art historian, who recently relocated to New Orleans to serve as Associate Curator for Prospect.5. Previously, she was Assistant Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Exhibitions at the MCA Chicago include: Direct Message: Art, Language and Power (2019); Groundings (2018; with Tara Aisha Willis); as well as presentations of the work of Christina Quarles (2020); Paul Pfeiffer (2017); and Amanda Williams (2017). She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Art History at Northwestern University, whose dissertation explores relationships between popular television of the 1970s-1990s and work of Howardena Pindell, Tony Cokes and Stan Douglas, three black artists who interrogate the politics of representation.

Jean W. McLaughlin | Artist & Consultant - NC
Recently retired, Jean McLaughlin led Penland School of Crafts through a period of growth and evolution for 20 years. She is currently exploring her own creative voice and serving as a volunteer on boards of the American Craft Council, the Community Foundation of Western NC, the UNC School of the Arts, Wildacres Retreat, and United States Artists. During her tenure with the Penland School of Crafts, she raised $31,751,000 to complete the Campaign for Penland’s Future as well as over $11 million for the Preserve Penland Campaign—each to grow the endowment, build scholarships, address critical facility and infrastructure needs, and increase annual giving. New studio facilities were constructed for iron, wood, letterpress, printmaking, books, drawing and painting, photography and papermaking. Existing studios for textiles, metals and clay were updated. New housing facilities were built and existing ones renovated. The school became a district on the National Register of Historic Places, ensuring long-term commitment to preserving Penland’s historic fabric. Prior to 1998, Jean worked with artists and visual arts organizations as the Visual Arts Director of the NC Arts Council for 16 years. Her bachelor’s degree in studio art from the University of NC at Chapel Hill was followed by two years of classes in design and textiles at the California College of the Arts (formerly CCAC) and a master’s degree in liberal studies from NC State University. She is a life-long advocate for the needs of artists.

2019 Southern Prize and State Fellowships Jurors

2019 State Fellowships Juror Panel

Mora J. Beauchamp-Byrd | Visiting Assistant Professor, Oklahoma State University - Stillwater, OK

Katherine Jentleson | Merrie and Dan Boone Curator of Folk and Self-Taught Art,
High Museum of Art - Atlanta, GA

Radhika Subramaniam | Associate Professor of Visual Culture, Parsons School of Design - New York City, NY

Ben Thompson | Deputy Director, Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville - Jacksonville, FL

Joey Yates | Curator, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft - Louisville, KY

2019 Southern Prize Juror Panel

Wassan Al-Khudhairi | Chief Curator, Contemporary Art Museum - St. Louis, MO

René Paul Barilleaux | Head of Curatorial Affairs, McNay Art Museum - San Antonio, TX

Leslie Umberger | Curator of Folk and Self-Taught Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum - Washington, DC

2018 Southern Prize and State Fellowships Jurors

2018 State Fellowships Juror Panel

Jan Davidson | Director (retired), John C. Campbell Folk School - Brasstown, NC

Lauren Haynes | Curator of Contemporary Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art - Bentonville, AR

Ade Omotosho | Ford Foundation Curatorial Fellow, Pérez Art Museum - Miami, FL

Mark Scala | Chief Curator, Frist Center for the Visual Arts - Nashville, TN

Scott Stulen | Director and President, Philbrook Museum of Art - Tulsa, OK

2018 Southern Prize Juror Panel

César García | Co-founder, Executive & Artistic Director, The Mistake Room - Los Angeles, CA

Monica Moses | Editor in Chief, American Craft - Minneapolis, MN

Trevor Schoonmaker | Chief Curator and Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University - Durham, NC

2017 Southern Prize and State Fellowships Jurors

2017 State Fellowships Juror Panel

Jan Davidson | Director (retired), John C. Campbell Folk School - Brasstown, NC

Erin J. Gilbert | Independent curator, critic, and cultural producer - Chicago, IL

Gia M. Hamilton | Director, Joan Mitchell Center - New Orleans, LA

Lauren Haynes | Curator, Contemporary Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in - Bentonville, AR

Mark Scala | Chief Curator, Frist Center for the Visual Arts - Nashville, TN

2017 Southern Prize Juror Panel

Miranda Lash | Curator, Contemporary Art, Speed Art Museum - Louisville, KY 

Monica Moses | Editor in Chief, American Craft - Minneapolis, MN

Dominique Nahas | Independent critic and curator - Brooklyn, NY