ICA Artist Portfolio Reviews
Sunday, August 12, 2018
Registration begins Tuesday, July 17, 10am
Please call the Curatorial Department at 408-283-8155 to sign up on or after Tuesday, July 17, 10am.
Cost: $65 *All participants must be ICA members at the $40 Individual Level or above
In this annual artist professional development program, leading curators, art dealers, and educators provide expert advice and insights in a portfolio critique.
Each artist participant will have the opportunity to meet with two of twelve reviewers for 20 minutes each (chosen during registration.) Below is a list of confirmed reviewers.
- Tara de la Garza; Artist and Independent Curator at The Frank
- Selene Foster; Curator at Palo Alto Art Center
- Tanya Gayer; Independent Curator, Exhibitions Manager at Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Chief Curator of the Soundwave ((8)) Biennial
- Shirin Makaremi; Independent Curator and Director of Incline Gallery, San Francisco
- Donna Napper; Gallerist and Art Consultant
- Gwendolyn Reyes; Manager of Museum Engagement at San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles
- Joey Reyes; Director of Engagement and Dialogue at MACLA (Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana)
- Donna Seager; Co-Owner of Seager Gray Gallery
- Roula Seikaly; Independent Writer and Curator and Senior Editor at Humble Arts Foundation
- Kara Q. Smith; Assistant Curator at di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art
- Jayna Swartzman-Brosky; Program Director at Mills College Art Museum
- Kathryn Wade; Curatorial Associate at San Jose Museum of Art
Space is limited – registration will be confirmed on a first come, first-serve basis. You must be an ICA Individual/Artist member to participate in this event. Registration begins July 17th.
Tara de la Garza; Artist and Independent Curator at The Frank
Tara de la Garza is an Irish/Australian artist who has exhibited nationally and internationally with the The Lodge Gallery NYC, San Diego Art Institute, No Longer Empty, Chashama, David & Schweitzer NYC, Figment, MassMOCA and Aggregate Space Gallery SF. She currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. Tara studied a BA/Fine Art at Curtin University, Australia. Tara has curated shows with No Longer Empty in NYC and has run her own gallery space, 2 One Two Projects in NYC. Currently Tara is producing independent curatorial projects with The Frank: Contemporary Art Space in empty storefronts and is building a mobile art installation space, MO: Art.
Selene Foster; Curator, Palo Alto Art Center
Selene has worked as a curator, producer, designer, and artist in the San Francisco Bay Area for almost 15 years, working closely with artists at several institutions and non-profits, including the Palo Alto Art Center, Root Division, the Museum of Broken Relationships, and BAASICS. She received a B.A. from Bard College in New York, and an M.F.A in Studio Art from Mills College in Oakland, CA. She currently lives in Palo Alto with a scientist, her two kids, and some chickens.
Tanya Gayer; Independent Curator, Exhibitions Manager at Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Chief Curator of the Soundwave ((8)) Biennial
Tanya Gayer is a curator and writer based in Oakland, CA. Her curatorial projects and research examine the state of the archive in mobile and web-based media, algorithmic manipulation of culture and identity, and performance-based new media. Gayer received her dual masters degree in Curatorial Practice and Visual + Critical Studies from California College of the Arts and her BFA from University of Nevada, Reno.
Her previous curatorial projects have been exhibited at Gray Area, San Francisco, CA; CTRL + SHFT Gallery, Oakland, CA; Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CA; Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA; Hayes Valley Art Works, San Francisco, CA; Embark Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Some Thing Spacious, Oakland, CA; and Adobe Books Backroom Gallery, San Francisco, CA. She has been in residence at Picture Berlin, Berlin, Germany and Signal Culture, Owego, New York. Her writing has been published in Daily Serving, in exhibition catalogs produced by CULT Exhibitions, San Francisco, CA; Holland Project, Reno, NV; Pro Arts, Oakland, CA, Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CA, and co-produced a one-off audio podcast for a Living Room Light Exchange publication. Gayer has lectured at UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, and at the 2018 CODAME Festival. She is currently the Exhibitions Manager at Sonoma Valley Museum of Art in Sonoma, California and Chief Curator for the Soundwave ((8)) Biennial.
Shirin Makaremi; Independent Curator and Director of Incline Gallery, San Francisco
Shirin Makaremi is an Iranian-American curator and artist. She has organized and curated exhibitions in San Francisco working with emerging Bay Area artists, in particular women and people of color. In her curatorial work, Makaremi is interested in challenging the viewer’s perception of space through experimental and conceptual art. She is drawn to work that creates conversations around political and social issues that force viewers to reflect on their surrounding environment. Makaremi received her BA from San Francisco State University with an emphasis in Studio Art and Art History. She is currently the Director of Incline Gallery, where she has curated several exhibitions. Most recently, Makaremi was accepted into SOMArts Curatorial Resideny program for the 2018-2019 year.
Donna Napper; Gallerist and Art Consultant
Gwendolyn Reyes; Museum Manager of Engagement at San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles
Gwen Mercado-Reyes has been involved in the Arts for over 20 years, as an exhibiting artist and arts professional. She has over 15 years experience in Museum Education providing educational school tours and art activities to school groups since 2002. Mercado-Reyes also developed and curated the SJMQT, Maker Space AIR program, recruiting contemporary Bay Area, textile-based, artists. As an Art Educator for the Syracuse Summer College Program (2008-2010), she co-taught Figure Drawing, Experimental Drawing and Painting. Mercado-Reyes also taught Experimental Processes in Painting and Drawing at MACLA and Contemporary art making: from the studio to the streets, a studio course examining the practice and strategies of street-based artists. She has done creative consulting for ART IS POWER. She also co-curated graffiti themed exhibitions along with her husband, Jose Reyes at The Redhouse, Merced Multicultural Art Center and Modesto Jr. College.
Mercado-Reyes’ art practice began as a teenager painting graffiti pieces in the early 90’s. She continues to paint graffiti-based work today under a separate alias. She received her BFA in Pictorial Arts from San Jose State University and an MFA in Painting from Syracuse University. Her studio-based work transitioned over the years to include an interdisciplinary practice, such as soft sculpture, installation, textile design and mixed media. Her current work is an exploration of the body, disease and the evolution of viruses in our changing environment. She has exhibited at Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, Culture Cache Gallery, Chabot College, Empire Seven Studios, Syracuse University, MACLA, Galeria de la Raza, Dumbo Art Center, Visual Aid Gallery, Crewest Gallery, Tropico de Nopal Gallery and Art Ark Gallery.
Joey Reyes; Director of Engagement and Dialogue at MACLA (Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana)
Donna Seager; Co-Owner of Seager Gray Gallery
A native of New Orleans, Donna Seager’s education was at the University of Texas, where she got her degree in Art History and English. She began in the art business in 1978, working in galleries in New Orleans and was the director of the Marlborough Gallery in Boston before moving to California in 1989. She continued to work in galleries in the Bay Area until 2005 when she opened Donna Seager Gallery. In 2011, she partnered with Suzanne Gray to form Seager Gray Gallery and moved the gallery to Mill Valley where they are a cornerstone of the Marin arts community. Seager has distinguished herself for her discerning eye and commitment to the arts in her area. She has given lectures on the art of the book at international fairs in Miami and San Francisco and curated an exhibition at the Brooklyn Public Library entitled Ten Years of Artist’s Books and This is Not a Book, Chapter 2 for the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art. She has served on the bard of the San Francisco Art Dealers Association and the San Francisco Center for the Book and is currently a member of the Marin County Cultural Commission.
Roula Seikaly; Independent Writer and Curator and Senior Editor at Humble Arts Foundation
Roula Seikaly is a writer and independent curator based in San Francisco. She also serves as Senior Editor at Humble Arts Foundation. Her writing is featured on platforms including Aperture, Photograph, Saint Lucy, Strange Fire Collective, SF Camerawork, and KQED Arts. She has curated exhibitions at the Allen Memorial Art Museum, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, and SOMArts Cultural Center. For portfolio reviews, Seikaly is interested in seeing fine art, documentary, and conceptual photography and photo-based projects with a well-defined conceptual direction. She is not interested in reviewing traditional nude or landscape work.
Kara Q. Smith; Assistant Curator at di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art
Kara Q. Smith is curator and writer based in Napa, California. She currently holds the positions of Assistant Curator at di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art and Editor-in-Chief of Thematic Issues at Art Practical.
Jayna Swartzman-Brosky; Program Director at Mills College Art Museum
Jayna Swartzman-Brosky is the Program Director at Mills College Art Department. She conducts the Art+Process+Ideas artist-in-residence program and oversees the museum’s public facing activities including artist programs, publications, and museum events. For over a decade, Jayna has served Bay Area arts and cultural through various roles in the commercial and nonprofit creative sectors. Prior to Mills, Jayna was the Program Director at the Center of Cultural Innovation where she managed grant-making activities and professional development programs for artists and arts professionals in California. She is also a curator, writer, consultant and contributor to Art 21 magazine.
Kathryn Wade; Curatorial Associate at San Jose Museum of Art
Kathryn Wade is curatorial associate at the San José Museum of Art (SJMA). Her recent SJMA exhibitions include Louise Nevelson: The Fourth Dimension (2017) and Rise Up! Social Justice in Art from the Collection of J. Michael Bewley (2018). Before joining SJMA, she worked for two major private collections in San Francisco, the Kramlich Collection of video and new media, and the Steven Leiber Basement, a collection of conceptual art and artist books. She was curator of Void California 1975–1989 (2016) at the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco and The Dorothy Saxe Invitational (2015) at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco. Prior to moving to the Bay Area, Kathryn lived in Minneapolis, MN, where she contributed research to the traveling exhibition International Pop (2015) at the Walker Art Center. She received her MA in Curatorial Practice from California College of the Arts in San Francisco and BA from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.