Meet the Jury

A carefully selected JURY will determine the Solo(s) Project House exhibition roster. It is a pleasure to welcome the 2015/6 jury featuring Austin, Lenny, Lillian, Guido and Natalia! MEET THE JURY 


Austin Thomas | Artist & Curator | Pocket Utopia, Hansel & Gretel

Austin Thomas is an artist, curator and community builder.  A graduate of NYU, Thomas has exhibited nationally and internationally in Singapore, Australia, and Hungary and at the Kunsthalle Exnergasse in Vienna. In New York she has exhibited at the Drawing Center, the Sculpture Center, White Columns and is represented by Undercurrent Projects Located in the East Village.  She writes frequently on her online journal titled, “Drawing on the Utopia,” and co-directs a gallery.  In the spring of 2015 her permanent public sculpture for a new park in Brooklyn will be unveiled.  She has also done public commissions for the Public Art Fund and Grinnell College. Thomas’ work is featured in the book titled “Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists.”


Guido H. Maus | Director |beta pictoris gallery

Guido Maus is a Belgian-born gallery owner and long-time collector of contemporary art currently living and working in Birmingham, Alabama. In early 2010, Maus opened beta pictoris gallery, a contemporary art gallery and space dedicated to supporting creativity with a focus on experimental and issue driven works. Through representing emerging, established, and internationally recognized artists, the gallery is committed to bringing a global perspective to contemporary issues and practices across the visual arts. The program consists of exhibitions, print publications, and media outreach.


Lunar New Year | Artist & SPH Collaborator

Lunar New Year is an artist, muralist and interloper defined by borders and hybridity. His artwork and murals question politics, injustice and crosscultural identity by making visible the stories that are often left invisible and silenced. His iconography spans a wide combination of mythology, portraiture and secular signifiers. LNY is also an educator, organizer and public speaker for such projects as Young New Yorkers in Brooklyn, Yollocalli Arts Reach in Chicago and City Without Walls in Newark. He was raised within the duality of Ecuador and the USA, currently living and working in Newark, NJ as well as worldwide.


Lilly Ribeiro | Theatre & Artist | Cofounder of _gaia

For over 15 years, Lilly Ribeiro has worked as an activist, curated art shows, organized original and nationally recognized community-based events, theatrical productions and film events around the country. Lilly is a native of Newark, a co-founding member of _gaia, a collective of women artists, and currently works in New Jersey and New York City. She has worked with established arts and social service organizations implementing creative programs, some of which include Arts Horizons, Montclair Art Museum, Cornerstone Theater Company, Elizabeth Youth Theater Ensemble, Roots and Branches Theater, Newark Senior Citizen Centers, Cornell Hall Care Nursing and Rehabilitation Center,Canterbury at Cedar Grove, Catholic Charities Dioceses of Metuchen, Women Aware, Inc., and YWCA Union County. Lilly’s performance work, installations and artwork has been exhibited in various festivals, theaters, galleries, and universities. Most recently she completed a residency with the Lincoln Center Directors Lab in New York City.


Natalia Nakazawa | Artist | Assistant Director, EFA Studios

Natalia Nakazawa is a NYC-based artist, educator, and arts administrator. She currently serves as the Assistant Director of EFA Studios at The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts. Her work has been recently exhibited at the SELECT Art Fair (Miami, FL), The Gateway Center (Newark, NJ), 20|20 Gallery (New York, NY), California College of the Arts (San Francisco, CA), PLAySPACE Gallery (San Francisco, CA), Casa de la Ciudad (Oaxaca, Mexico), Queens Museum of Art (Queens, NY), Topaz Arts Inc. (Queens, NY) and ISE Cultural Foundation (Soho, NY). She received her MFA from California College of the Arts in 2010, a MSEd from Queens College (CUNY) in 2008, and her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2004.

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