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Portland Open Studios Announces 2021 Jury Panel

Portland Open Studios is proud to present the 2021 Jury Panel, the exceptional art professionals who will select artists to participate in our 2021 artist studio tour.

Each year, our organization selects a different group of the best and brightest professional creatives to help jury in our participating artists.  The jury will review and evaluate all applicants in a blind format (meaning they won’t see names on any artist entries), answering a series of criteria established here.

This year, our panel includes:

Maya Vivas, a multidisciplinary artist working in a variety of mediums such as ceramic, performance, painting, social practice and installation. Maya has exhibited work, spoken on panels and hosted workshops throughout the United States including venues and institutions such as Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, Louisiana State University and Yale. Vivas is also co-founder of Ori Gallery, whose mission is to redefine "the white cube" through amplifying the voices of Queer and Trans Artists of color, community organizing and mobilization through the arts.

Taimani Emerald of Emerald Creative, the creator of whimsical illustrations that are changing the world. As seen in major publications, including Huffpost & Good Morning America, Taimani uses her unique artistic voice to create illustrations that teach a message of kindness, anti-racism, and community empowerment to people of all ages. Her commitment to changing the world of anti-racist education spurred the activation of  The World Changers Program, which donates community-sponsored art to classrooms all over The United States of America.  

Samantha Wall, originally from Seoul, South Korea, immigrated to the United States as a child. She received her BFA from The University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, and her MFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR. Her work has been featured in both solo and group exhibitions regionally and nationally. Wall is the recipient of awards and grants from organizations including the Oregon Arts Commission; Portland, Oregon’s Regional Arts & Culture Council; The Ford Family Foundation; and The Joan Mitchell Foundation. She was also a finalist for the Portland Art Museum’s Contemporary Northwest Art Awards 2016 and the winner of the Arlene Schnitzer Prize.  She is represented by the Russo Lee Gallery in Portland and K Imperial Fine Art in San Francisco.

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