Selection Committee

Residencies are selected through a two-stage, competitive selection process judged by an independent committee of highly regarded art professionals.

2015 Selection Committee

Christine Berry

Christine Berry is the co-owner of Berry Campbell Gallery located on the ground floor at 530 West 24th Street in New York City in the heart of the Chelsea Arts District. Christine Berry opened the gallery with Martha Campbell in the fall of 2013 with a focus on Postwar Modern and Contemporary Art. Berry Campbell fills an important gap in the downtown art world, showcasing the work of prominent artists and estates in the areas of of Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, Color Field, Op Art, and mid-career artists working in the modernist tradition. Christine Berry received her Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Baylor University, Waco, Texas and earned her Masters in Art History and Museum Studies/Museum Education from the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas. Berry began her career at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, continuing on to the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. She shifted from the non-profit to commercial art worlds and became a director of a major mid-town gallery. Christine Berry continues to place art in the world’s foremost public and private collections.

Karen Wilkin

Karen Wilkin is an independent curator and critic specializing in 20th century modernism. Educated at Barnard College and Columbia University, she is the author of monographs on Stuart Davis, David Smith, Anthony Caro, Kenneth Noland, Helen Frankenthaler, Giorgio Morandi, and Hans Hofmann, among others, and has organized exhibitions of their work internationally. The Contributing Editor for Art for the Hudson Review and a regular contributor to The New Criterion and the Wall Street Journal, she teaches in the New York Studio School’s MFA program. Current projects include a retrospective of Hans Hofmann’s works on paper for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, FL, and the Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME.

William Warmus

The son of a Corning Inc. glassblower, independent curator and critic William Warmus studied art history and philosophy with the critic Harold Rosenberg and the philosopher Paul Ricoeur while at the University of Chicago. He was later an advisor to the estate of the critic Clement Greenberg. He is currently a Fellow of the Corning Museum of Glass. In 1980, while curator at the Corning Museum of Glass, Warmus oversaw the birth of the annual New Glass Review, which surveys thousands of images and selects the 100 most notable artworks in glass for publication. Warmus was a juror for the first five years, and invited notable jurors including Clement Greenberg, Henry Geldzahler, and William Lieberman (while Chairman of 20th century art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art). As advisor to the Greenberg estate, Warmus engineered the acquisition of his private collection by the Portland (OR) Art Museum. In 2015, Warmus published "From a Tree to a Web," an essay about Reticulate Aesthetics and his attempt to come to terms with the legacy of Clement Greenberg in the context of social media Warmus became curator of Modern Glass at the Corning Museum of Glass in 1978, where he curated the landmark exhibition New Glass. Since Corning, Warmus has pursued a career as a curator, historian and appraiser, specializing in modern glass, abstract art, and the aesthetics of the natural environment. He currently resides in Ithaca, NY.

2014 Selection Committee

Christine Berry

Christine Berry is the co-owner of Berry Campbell Gallery located on the ground floor at 530 West 24th Street in New York City in the heart of the Chelsea Arts District. Christine Berry opened the gallery with Martha Campbell in the fall of 2013 with a focus on Postwar Modern and Contemporary Art. Berry Campbell fills an important gap in the downtown art world, showcasing the work of prominent artists and estates in the areas of of Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, Color Field, Op Art, and mid-career artists working in the modernist tradition. Christine Berry received her Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Baylor University, Waco, Texas and earned her Masters in Art History and Museum Studies/Museum Education from the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas. Berry began her career at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, continuing on to the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. She shifted from the non-profit to commercial art worlds and became a director of a major mid-town gallery. Christine Berry continues to place art in the world’s foremost public and private collections.

Greg Lindquist

Greg Lindquist is a New York-based artist and writer. Greg is an editor at The Brooklyn Rail and has contributed to Art in America, ARTnews, artcritical.com, and Modern Painters. As an artist, his work has been exhibited at the University of Arizona Museum of Art and the Weatherspoon Art Museum. Greg was awarded space through the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation, a grant from the Milton and Sally Avery Foundation, a Pollock Krasner Award, and a residency at ArtOMI. His work has been written about in artcritical.com , ARTnews, Artslant, Art in America, Bomb, The Huffington Post, Sculpture, The New York Sun, among others.

Susanna White

Susanna White has been at Hamilton College since 2003, first at the Fred L. Emerson Gallery and currently at the new Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art, where she is the associate director and curator. At the Wellin, White manages the daily operations of the museum, oversees the growth and care of the permanent collection, and curates exhibitions, on her own and in collaboration with faculty and guest curators. She holds a MA in art history from the University of Pittsburgh and a BA with high honors in art history from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

2013 Selection Committee

Mary E. Murray

Mary E. Murray has been curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute (MWPAI) since September 1991. She has organized more than fifty exhibitions and has written twenty exhibition catalogs at MWPAI. Murray writes and lectures extensively on 20th- and 21st-century American art. She received a BA, with honors, in art history from the University of Maryland, College Park and an MA in art history, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Susanna White

Susanna White has been at Hamilton College since 2003, first at the Fred L. Emerson Gallery and currently at the new Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art, where she is the associate director and curator. At the Wellin, White manages the daily operations of the museum, oversees the growth and care of the permanent collection, and curates exhibitions, on her own and in collaboration with faculty and guest curators. She holds a MA in art history from the University of Pittsburgh and a BA with high honors in art history from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Donna Lamb

Donna Lamb has been the Executive Director of the Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn, NY since 2000. She oversees a diverse exhibition program that provides opportunities for regional and nationally known artists as well as multi arts programs and classes for both regional and national audiences. Prior to her work at the Art Center, she was a Department Head at the Gallery Association of NYS, an organization that provided exhibition services to museums and galleries around the state. She is currently leading Auburn Arts, a consortium of arts organizations working to promote Auburn arts organizations and events and she serves on the Auburn Historic and Cultural Sites Commission.

2012 Selection Committee

Steven Kern

Steven Kern has served as executive director of the Everson Museum of Art since 2008 after leading the William Benton Museum of Art at the University of Connecticut. He has also held senior-level positions at the Museum of Fine Arts/George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum in Springfield, Massachusetts, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute and the San Diego Museum of Art. Kern is passionate about the power of art to excite, enrich and empower and believes that museums are for all and for all time.

Sydney Waller

Sydney is an independent arts advisor & curator based in Cooperstown, NY, Waller (BA, Art History, Smith College; Ed. M., Human Development, Harvard Graduate School of Education) has worked for and helped grow a broad span of arts and cultural institutions for more than two decades. Waller organizes and curates exhibitions in diverse media for alternative spaces, galleries and museums. Past projects include an international traveling show for SITES (Smithsonian Institute of Traveling Exhibitions) that included the eponymous publication, Diamonds are Forever (Chronicle Books). Serving on the Visual Arts Panel of the New York State Council on the Arts early in her career launched her ongoing service on juries and panels. Waller’s current business includes efforts to bring contemporary art to public spaces. Previously she has served as Founding Director of Gallery 53 Artworks, Cooperstown, NY, Executive Director of The Lake Placid Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Lake Placid, NY, the NYS Alliance for Arts Education, Albany, NY and most recently, Sculpture Space, Utica, NY.

Mary E. Murray

Mary E. Murray has been curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute (MWPAI) since September 1991. She has organized more than fifty exhibitions and has written twenty exhibition catalogs at MWPAI. Murray writes and lectures extensively on 20th- and 21st-century American art. She received a BA, with honors, in art history from the University of Maryland, College Park and an MA in art history, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

2011 Selection Committee

Donna Lamb

Donna Lamb has been the Executive Director of the Schweinfurth Art Center in Aubrun, NY since 2000. She oversees a diverse exhibition program that provides opportunities for regional and nationally known artists. Prior to her work at the Art Center, she was a Department Head at the Gallery Association of NYS, an organization that provided exhibition services to museums and galleries around the state. She is currently involved in a community effort to create an arts district in Auburn, where she serves on the Historic and Cultural Sites Commision. She has served on statewide Boards including the New York Multi Arts Centers Consortium and the Empire State Craft Alliance.

Stephanie Buhmann Simmons

Stephanie is the director of Jason McCoy Gallery in New York. While representing a selected group of international contemporary artists working in painting, sculpture, photography and video installation, the gallery further specializes in the resale of 20th Century master works of art. In addition, Stephanie has curated several independent exhibitions in New York, as well as in her native Germany. For the past decade, her articles on art and interviews with artists have been published in various national and international magazines and newspapers. The latter include Art on Paper, Sculpture Magazine, Art Collector, Kunst Bulletin, Chelsea Now and The Brooklyn Rail, among others. Stephanie is a contributing editor of the acclaimed art reviews site Artcritical.com.

Sydney Waller

Sydney is an independent arts advisor & curator based in Cooperstown, NY, Waller (BA, Art History, Smith College; Ed. M., Human Development, Harvard Graduate School of Education) has worked for and helped grow a broad span of arts and cultural institutions for more than two decades. Waller organizes and curates exhibitions in diverse media for alternative spaces, galleries and museums. Past projects include an international traveling show for SITES (Smithsonian Institute of Traveling Exhibitions) that included the eponymous publication, Diamonds are Forever (Chronicle Books). Serving on the Visual Arts Panel of the New York State Council on the Arts early in her career launched her ongoing service on juries and panels. Waller’s current business includes efforts to bring contemporary art to public spaces. Previously she has served as Founding Director of Gallery 53 Artworks, Cooperstown, NY, Executive Director of The Lake Placid Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Lake Placid, NY, the NYS Alliance for Arts Education, Albany, NY and most recently, Sculpture Space, Utica, NY.