2019 Reviewer Biographies
Zemie Barr, Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR
Zemie Barr is an artist and curator based in Portland, Oregon, where she is the Exhibitions Manager at Blue Sky Gallery, a nonprofit gallery dedicated to showing contemporary photography by emerging, mid-career, and established artists. Zemie studied photography, digital media, and English literature at Scripps College and later completed a Master’s degree in curatorial studies with a focus on public art at the University of Southern California. As a representative of Blue Sky's Exhibition Committee, she is interested in seeing finished bodies of work for potential exhibition at Blue Sky. Zemie gravitates towards surreal imagery and personal narrative, as well as conceptual, experimental, and interdisciplinary approaches to photography. Commercial work and traditional landscapes and nudes without social/political commentary or that are not conceptually-driven are not of interest.
Kai Caemmerer, SFO Museum
Kai Caemmerer is the Curator of Photography for SFO Museum, the AAM accredited museum located in the San Francisco International Airport. SFO Museum currently has six galleries dedicated to the exhibition of photography, with expansions planned through 2022. Kai is responsible for the production of approximately thirty photography exhibitions annually. Originally from Washington State, he holds a BA and MFA in photography. Prior to joining the team at SFO Museum, he worked with the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, IL. Recent exhibitions include Richard Barnes: Murmur, Anastasia Samoylova: Landscape Sublime, Mustafah Abdulaziz: Water, and Mimi Plumb: What is Remembered. Additional information about SFO Museum’s photography program can be found here.
As a reviewer, Kai is open to discussing projects at all stages of completion, but is particularly interested in seeing cohesive bodies of work that are suitable for exhibition.
Andi Campognone, Museum of History and Art, Lancaster, CA
Andi Campognone is the Museum Manager/Curator for the City of Lancaster. Her curatorial philosophy for both museum and commercial gallery projects is finding a balance between concept and craft. In her role as Museum Manager, she is responsible for the development and maintenance of partnerships and community engagement initiatives with artists, businesses, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Los Angeles County Supervisors office and higher level institutions. She develops curatorial direction for exhibition programming and educational programming and additionally she is directing the Museum accreditation process for MOAH and leading a partnership between LACMA and MOAH.
Andi is the Owner/Director of AC Projects, a private consulting organization focused on promoting arts and culture. Projects include developing museum exhibitions, public engagement, mentoring programs and book and film publications of California artists. She is the co-founder of Kipaipai, a professional development workshop for artists in Hawaii, California and New York. Ms. Campognone is on the Board of the Lancaster Museum and Public Art Foundation and on the Public Art Committee for the City of Lancaster, California.
Chloe Coleman, The Washington Post
Chloe Coleman is an award-winning photo editor at The Washington Post, working in international news and Outlook. She is a contributing writer and editor on the Washington Post’s In Sight photo blog where she has written about and featured contemporary photography, photo books and exhibitions.
As a reviewer Chloe can offer information to photographers who are interested in doing editorial assignment work, potential publication of project work on our photography blog, and potential referrals to participate in an archive project on abstract photographers (note: this archive is for women/women-identifying abstract photographers). She is open to any photographers but notes that to work with The Washington Post they need to have an understanding of journalism ethics.
Ms. Coleman’s career in photo editing began as an intern at NPR, followed by her first staff position as a digital photo editor at The Denver Post. She attended the Columbus College of Art and Design and is a graduate of the photojournalism program at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Chloe also serves as a faculty member at The Kalish Visual Editing Workshop and has judged a variety of photography competitions including Magenta Flash Forward and Critical Mass.
Michael Itkoff, Daylight Books
Michael Itkoff is an artist and Cofounder of Daylight Books, a non-profit organization dedicated to publishing art and photography books. For over a decade, Daylight has been dedicated to publishing art and photography via its print and digital publishing programs. By exploring the documentary mode along with the more conceptual concerns of fine-art, Daylight’s uniquely collectible publications work to revitalize the relationship between art, photography, and the world-at-large.
Michael is most interested in seeing bodies of work that may be appropriate to realize in book form. Michael enjoys most forms of photography but prefers work with a conceptual basis and strong technical mastery. He is less interested in viewing commercial portfolios. He is deeply involved in the publishing industry in both print and digital media and he has written for the NYTimes Lens blog, Art Asia Pacific, Nueva Luz, Conscientious blog and the Forward.
Before starting Daylight, Michael interned at the Annie Leibovitz Studio and Aperture Foundation among others, and worked at Rizzoli International Publications. His monograph, ‘Street Portraits’, was published by Charta Editions in 2009. Michael received his BA from Sarah Lawrence College and his MFA from ICP/Bard College.
Dennis Kiel, Dishman Art Museum, Beaumont, TX
Dennis Kiel is Director of the Dishman Art Museum, located on the campus of Lamar University. Before joining the Dishman, Dennis was Chief Curator at The Light Factory Contemporary Museum of Photography and Film and served as Associate Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Cincinnati Art Museum for 24 years.
Kiel is looking for work to exhibit at the Dishman Art Museum, as he is hoping to add more photography to the museum’s exhibition schedule. He is interested in looking at basically all areas of photography, especially street photography, photojournalism, and portraiture. He is not interested in reviewing commercial work (primarily advertising). In addition, Dennis can offer inspiration, advice on exhibitions and proper presentations, and can help photographers find a direction that will take their work to the next level.
Recent and upcoming photography exhibitions at the Dishman include Keith Carter: Fifty Years (2019); Nancy Newberry: Mum (2018); Intrusions of Grace: A Visual Response to the Writings of Flannery O’Connor / Anne Berry & Lori Vrba (2017); Jamey Stillings: The Evolution of Ivanpah Solar (2016); and Eliot Dudik: Broken Land | Still Lives (2015).
Kat Kiernan, Panopticon Gallery, Boston, MA
Kat Kiernan is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Don’t Take Pictures. Her writings have appeared in numerous publications and artist monographs. Kat received the Griffin Museum of Photography’s Rising Star Award in 2015 for her contributions to the photographic community. Her photographs have been exhibited across the United States, and Photoboite Agency named her one of 2012’s 30 women photographers under the age of 30 to watch. She holds a BFA in photography from Lesley University College of Art and Design.
Douglas Marshall, Marshall Contemporary / Galerie XII, Los Angeles, CA
Douglas Marshall is a LA-based curator and consultant at Marshall Contemporary and Director at Galerie XII. Douglas was formerly Director at Peter Fetterman Gallery from 2012-2017, producing over 50 exhibitions and art fairs dedicated to leading photographers across the history of the medium with a focus in humanism, landscape, pictorialism and street genres. Marshall now works to bring emerging and innovative international voices in contemporary photography to the American market through collaborative projects with artists, galleries, and fairs.
As a reviewer and curator, first and foremost Douglas is seeking works and projects that are process-driven and show a strong, innovative approach to technical craftsmanship and printmaking through creative uses of alternative processes, unique papers and sculptural approaches to the medium. Additionally, he is open to reviewing documentary, narrative and abstract work though fashion, commercial and stock photography are not ideal.
Douglas McCulloh, California Museum of Photography, Riverside, CA
Douglas McCulloh is senior curator at UCR/California Museum of Photography. Founded in 1973, the museum stages exhibitions concerned with the intersection of photography, new imaging, and society. With more than 750,000 objects, it holds one of the major photography collections in the western United States.
McCulloh is interested in the whole shaggy beast of photography. He is particularly intrigued by work with strong or even challenging conceptual flash of mind, by projects based in the West, and by ideas and images that stray far from the common herd. He does not mind hesitations, false paths, or outsider perversity. If won over, he can become a ferocious advocate.
Exhibitions curated by McCulloh have shown in a range of venues worldwide, including Kennedy Center for the Arts, Washington D.C.; Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeg; Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City; Flacon Art Center, Moscow, and of course, UCR/California Museum of Photography. His own photographic work has been shown nationally and internationally in more than 250 exhibitions including: Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.; Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing; Art Center, Los Angeles; Musée de l’Elysee, Lausanne; and Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City.
Dina Mitrani, Dina Mitrani Gallery, Miami, FL
Dina Mitrani opened her gallery in 2008, focusing exclusively on photography. After honing her career in the art industry in New York and Madrid, Mitrani moved back to Miami to convert her parents clothing factory into an art complex. The gallery exhibits work by emerging and mid-career international artists with a mission to engage the community in artistic dialogues and cultural enrichment.
Dina Mitrani also serves as a curatorial advisor on many hotel projects in South Florida, placing many artists in hotel lobbies, meeting areas, and guest rooms. She currently serves on the advisory board of the new Miami Photo Center of the History Miami Museum and is a founding member of the Miami Art Dealers Association.
Besides exhibitions and artist lectures, Dina organizes emerging-artist workshops, gives gallery talks to various educational groups including high school students, and has collaborated with independent curators and other art institutions to produce important photography exhibitions in the Miami area and across the United States.
Chantel Paul, SDSU Downtown Gallery, San Diego, CA
Chantel Paul is the director of the SDSU Downtown Gallery for San Diego State University, where she leads exhibition programming. A program of the School of Art + Design, the SDSU Downtown Gallery bridges a diverse university community and a public audience through experimental, scholarly, and socially conscious presentations of contemporary art and design. Prior to her current position, she was Assistant Curator at the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) in San Diego, CA from 2010 - 2015.
As a reviewer, Chantel is looking for work that explores the possibilities of the medium, ranging from conceptual and experimental to more traditional approaches. She is most interested in work that has specific vision, intention, and originality. She is looking for work that can be included in group shows of multi-disciplinary contemporary art and focused group/ individual photography exhibitions, but not interested in commercial or stock photography.
Jillian Schultz, Independent Curator, Los Angeles, CA
Jillian Schultz is a curator and consultant based in Los Angeles. She has expertise in lens-based media, educational programming, creative development, and art as a tool for activism. She serves as Photography Expanded Fellowship Program Strategist at Magnum Foundation, is Co-Principal at Two Tigers Productions, and Producer at TaskForce.
Currently focused on discovering artists for newly launched community residency program in East Hollywood, she is primarily interested in photography and video in the art or documentary context, especially work addressing social issues and promoting justice. Jillian is dedicated to collaboratively forging sustainable professional pathways for creatives and supporting the work of practitioners from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds.
Roula Seikaly, Humble Arts Founation
Roula Seikaly is the Senior Editor at Humble Arts Foundation, and an independent curator / writer based in Berkeley. Founded in 2005, Humble Arts Foundation is committed to promoting and supporting new photography, and dedicated to the artistic and professional development of those who practice it through exhibitions, grant making, publishing, educational programming and community building.
As a reviewer, I am interested in seeing projects by emerging and early career artists (BFA and MFA candidates, artists working outside institutional contexts) that demonstrate strong conceptual and aesthetic foundations. Narrative, documentary, process- and research-based projects are all of interest, while commercial, stock, nude, still life, and traditional landscapes are not. My curatorial practice addresses issues in contemporary photography and new media, social justice efforts in contemporary art, exhibition making, and institutional critique. As a writer my work has been published on platforms including Hyperallergic, Photograph, BOMB Magazine, and Afterimage.
As a representative of Humble Arts Foundation (HAF), I am looking for projects that we may highlight through artist interviews, exhibitions, and publication reviews. HAF is committed to deepening discussions of photographic practice to include historically underrepresented populations, including women, artists of color, and LGBTQIA+ artists.
Meg Shiffler, San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco, CA
Meg Shiffler is the Galleries Director and Chief Curator for the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC), a municipal arts program that operates three galleries in the heart of the Civic Center. The SFAC Galleries annually exhibits over 150 local, national and international contemporary artists working in diverse media. They exhibit photo-essays and fine art photography in curated exhibitions that center on civic and social issues relevant to both local and global circumstances.
As a reviewer, I am interested in seeing works that tell intimate stories, as well as essays communicating vast narratives about the complexities of life at this moment in time. I have over twenty years of curatorial experience, and a background in art history and critical writing. In addition to thoughtful feedback on presented work, I can offer advice on editing bodies of work for exhibition or publication, and how to research and contact galleries and curators. My expertise does not extend into the commercial photography realm.
Kristine Shomaker, Art and Cake, Los Angeles, CA
Kristine Shomaker is an Art Historian and multidisciplinary artist living and working at the Brewery artist complex in Los Angeles, California. She earned her BA in Art History and MA in Studio Art from California State University at Northridge where she studied under Betty Ann Brown and Samantha Fields.
Kristine is the publisher of Art and Cake a contemporary L.A. Art magazine reviewing shows, interviewing art influencers and covering art world events that will impact how the Los Angeles art scene will be remembered. Kristine has taught art history at Antelope Valley College and Pasadena City College, formed an artist collective in Los Angeles and has organized and curated numerous art exhibitions throughout Southern California. Kristine opened Shoebox Projects an experimental art space in 2016. She is currently social media manager for the Brewery Artwalk Association and Communications Manager for the CSUN Arts Alumni Association. Kristine is also forming a non-profit January Arts aimed at supporting underrepresented artists.
Heather Snider, SF Camerawork
Heather Snider is the Executive Director of San Francisco Camerawork, a 40+ year-old non-profit arts organization dedicated to new and thought-provoking work in the photographic arts. Located in the heart of San Francisco’s civic center neighborhood, SF Camerawork is a both a champion of the vibrant Bay Area arts scene and an important West Coast venue for exciting photography from around the world. SF Camerawork produces 6 exhibitions per year, including an annual open-call exhibition, as well as publications, artist talks, book-signings, workshops, and critiques. SF Camerawork also cultivates new and astute collectors through both their fine print program and their annual auction.
Heather has over 25 years of experience in the fine art photography field, having worked at several commercial photography galleries in San Francisco (including Vision Gallery and Scott Nichols Gallery), as an arts writer for international photography publications, as an independent curator and art consultant, and serving on the boards of several arts non-profits. In her role at SF Camerawork she is focused on new work and photographers who explore the conceptual, experimental, and political edges of the medium.
Ashly Stohl, Peanut Press
Ashly Stohl is a photographer, and the Publisher and co-founder of Peanut Press. She is based in Los Angeles and New York.
Ashly co-founded Peanut Press, an independent photobook publisher, in 2015, when she published her first book, Charth Vader, and it became a viral sensation. She now lends her experience to fellow photographers, designing and publishing award-winning books through Peanut Press.
She has lectured on her photography and bookmaking at institutions including SVA, The Penumbra Foundation, Columbia University, George Washington University, Brigham Young University and SPE National.
Kristin Taylor, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL
Kristin Taylor is the Curator of Academic Programs and Collections at the Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP) at Columbia College Chicago, whose mission is to cultivate a deeper understanding of the artistic, cultural and political roles of photography in our world today. Her role at the museum is to study, creatively interpret, and contextualize the MoCP’s permanent collection and its exhibitions to create hands-on academic programming and develop related scholarly content.
Kristin has curated the MoCP exhibitions View Finder: Landscape and Leisure in the Collections (2018) which considers the importance of parks as access points to nature and democratic spaces, and Chicago Stories: Carlos Javier Ortiz and David Schalliol, which uses documentary photography to shed light on forms of systemic racism in Chicago and beyond. She is also the host of the new podcast, Focal Point, which is a co-production between the MoCP and WCRX-FM radio at Columbia College Chicago. The podcast engages artists in discussion around the themes and processes that define—and sometimes disrupt—the world of contemporary photography.
As a reviewer, Kristin is most interested in seeing works rooted in social activism or that challenge the limitations of the photographic medium in process or concept. The MoCP is always looking for artists working in these areas but we do not exhibit commercial, stock photography, and traditional nudes, so she is not interested in seeing works of this sort.
Jane Yeomans, Bloomberg
Jane Yeomans works at Bloomberg, where she commissions and licenses photography for Businessweek magazine and various other Bloomberg publications and projects. She previously worked as freelance photo editor and researcher for book projects, design firms and for many publications, including The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Vanity Fair, ESPN and many others.
As a reviewer Jane is looking for all kinds of work, not limited to work confined by the idea of business. She works with a diverse range of photographers, from students, fine art, landscape, portrait, fashion, still life, conceptual and photo journalism. Jane welcomes seeing personal projects and is always searching for new photographers to work with. From her recent review at PhotoNola Jane has worked with three photographers she reviewed, and hopes to work with more!