Selection Committee

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

2018 Selection Committee

DJ Hellerman

DJ Hellerman is Curator of Art & Programs at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, NY. A native of Ohio, DJ began curating and educating people about art while helping Progressive Insurance build a collection of contemporary art designed to encourage innovation and change. He received his M.A. in Art History from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH and his B.A. in English and Philosophy from Lake Erie College in Painesville, OH. He loves live music and literature as much as he enjoys visual art. A few of Hellerman’s recent curatorial productions include solo exhibitions: Edie Fake: Structures Shift, Jeff Donaldson: Dig, T.R. Ericsson: I Was Born To Bring You Into This World,  Björn Schülke: Traveling Spy, Mildred Beltré: DreamWork. A few recent theme-based group exhibitions include:Civic Virtue: all over the floor, Seen & Heard, Of Land & Localan annual place-based exhibition about art and the environment, and Taking Picturesan exhibition exploring how artists associated with the Pictures Generation anticipated and recently turned their critical attention to digital networks used in the dissemination and consumption of images. DJ is an adjunct professor at Syracuse University, has spoken at conferences across the country, and has written extensively on American Art, popular culture, and the post-war American City. Prior to his position in Syracuse, DJ served as Curator and Director of Exhibitions at Burlington City Arts located in Burlington, Vermont.

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Kristen Accola

Kristen Accola is an art dealer and a curator. In addition to 20 years working for two different NYC galleries Ms. Accola spent fifteen years as a curator, ten as Director of Exhibitions and Curator at the Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, New Jersey. She has curated over 120 solo and group exhibitions, including a 2008 museum exhibit of contemporary Cuban artists working in Havana and a major survey of prominent Outsider Artists for Bristol-Myers Squibb Corporate Headquarters. Many of her curatorial projects were reviewed in the New York Timesand other major art publications. Ms. Accola has also lectured widely and written numerous catalogue essays for her exhibitions. In 2008 she opened her first gallery, Accola Contemporary in NYC. She now co-owns and co-directs Accola Griefen Fine Art in NYC. Ms. Accola attended Brown University before graduating from Rhode Island School of Design in 1978.

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Lynette Stephenson

Lynette K Stephenson has been a practicing artist for over thirty years and is a 2012 Sam & Adele Golden Residency alum. Based in Hamilton, New York she has exhibited nationally and internationally with recent solo exhibitions at the BrickRed Gallery in New Orleans, Louisiana and the Other Side Gallery in Utica, New York. She earned her MFA from Georgia State University in Atlanta and is currently a professor of art at Colgate University.

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2017 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.

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Lynette Stephenson

Lynette K Stephenson has been a practicing artist for over thirty years and is a 2012 Sam & Adele Golden Residency alum. Based in Hamilton, New York she has exhibited nationally and internationally with recent solo exhibitions at the BrickRed Gallery in New Orleans, Louisiana and the Other Side Gallery in Utica, New York. She earned her MFA from Georgia State University in Atlanta and is currently a professor of art at Colgate University.

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2016 Selection Committee

DJ Hellerman

DJ Hellerman is Curator of Art & Programs at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, NY. A native of Ohio, DJ began curating and educating people about art while helping Progressive Insurance build a collection of contemporary art designed to encourage innovation and change. He received his M.A. in Art History from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH and his B.A. in English and Philosophy from Lake Erie College in Painesville, OH. He loves live music and literature as much as he enjoys visual art. A few of Hellerman’s recent curatorial productions include solo exhibitions: Edie Fake: Structures Shift, Jeff Donaldson: Dig, T.R. Ericsson: I Was Born To Bring You Into This World,  Björn Schülke: Traveling Spy, Mildred Beltré: DreamWork. A few recent theme-based group exhibitions include:Civic Virtue: all over the floor, Seen & Heard, Of Land & Localan annual place-based exhibition about art and the environment, and Taking Picturesan exhibition exploring how artists associated with the Pictures Generation anticipated and recently turned their critical attention to digital networks used in the dissemination and consumption of images. DJ is an adjunct professor at Syracuse University, has spoken at conferences across the country, and has written extensively on American Art, popular culture, and the post-war American City. Prior to his position in Syracuse, DJ served as Curator and Director of Exhibitions at Burlington City Arts located in Burlington, Vermont.

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Tracy Adler

Tracy L. Adler is the Director of the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College which opened to the public in October 2012 under her leadership. Prior to her directorship at the Wellin, she was the principal at Adler Arts and the curator of the Hunter College Art Galleries in New York City. At the Wellin Museum, Adler has curated several major exhibitions with accompanying publications including Dannielle Tegeder: Painting in the Extended Field (2013), A Sense of Place (2013) and Alyson Shotz: Force of Nature (2014–2015), the latter of which traveled to the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston. Her most recent exhibition Yun-Fei Ji: The Intimate Universe (2016) which was on view at the Wellin through June 2016 is currently at the Honolulu Museum of Art through February 2017, and her forthcoming curatorial project Julia Jacquette: Unrequited and Acts of Play opens at the Wellin in February 2017 and will travel to the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey in Summit.

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2015 Selection Committee

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.

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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.

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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.

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2014 Selection Committee

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.

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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.

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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.

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2013 Selection Committee

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.

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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.

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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.

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2012 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.

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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.

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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.

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2011 Selection Committee

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.

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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.

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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.

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