Breckenridge’s International Snow Sculpture Championships is known for drawing artists from around the world. A little less known is the judging panel, a lineup of esteemed artists and art experts. Meet the 2014 judges below and see a snapshot of the 2014 competition.
Adam Lerner is the Director and Chief Animator of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA Denver). In 2004, he founded The Laboratory of Art and Ideas at Belmar (The Lab) to explore the changing nature of art and museums. In 2009, The Lab merged with MCA Denver when Lerner took the helm of the museum. Lerner’s programs have been adopted by museums throughout North America and a recent article in the New York Times stated that Lerner’s work to engage audiences is “reshaping what has become a stale model for a contemporary art museum.”
Lerner was formerly the Master Teacher for Modern and Contemporary Art at the Denver Art Museum and the curator of the Contemporary Museum, Baltimore. Lerner has a PhD from the Johns Hopkins University and a Masters degree from Cambridge University. His recently released book From Russia With Doubt: The Quest to Authenticate 181 Would-be Masterpieces of the Russian Avant-Garde, is published by Princeton Architectural Press.
Kendall L. Peterson
Kendall L. Peterson is a Public Art and Creative Placemaking consultant with over fifteen years of arts & cultural program management including documentary film and video projects. Specialties include percent-for-art program implementation and policy development, art & culture master planning, site-selection & place-making consulting, public process management, arts advocacy & education. Kendall currently oversees the public art process and integration at the new South Terminal Redevelopment Program projects at Denver International Airport. This enormous new construction project will bring over $5m in public art commissions for the new civic plaza, Westin Hotel and new Public Transit Center at DIA.
Peterson is also working towards her second Master’s Degree in Urban Planning at the University of Denver’s College of Architecture and Planning. She lives with her family in the neighborhood of Stapleton, in Denver.
David Griggs is a Denver-based artist who has completed over 45 commissioned works of art throughout the United States. Primarily a designer of architecturally integrated, site-responsive public art, he has also participated in a dozen Master Planning and Design Team projects, including the Design Team for Hope, Arkansas, President Bill Clinton’s birthplace. His work is installation-based, engaging the audience with both visual intimacy and physical interactivity. With a heightened sensitivity to the many qualities of a site’s function and history, his work resonates with the character inherent in its site.
Griggs has lived and worked in Denver for over 30 years. A graduate of the University of Colorado/Boulder with a Masters Degree in Fine Arts, he has worked in many capacities in the arts, including gallery manager, museum preparator, and studio artist. For the last 20 years he has been self-employed as a public artist, designing and building work for percent-for-art, public art, and private commissions. Recent commissions include projects for Albuquerque, Anchorage, Dallas, Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, Madison, San Antonio, Santa Fe, Stockton, and Washington. Most recently Griggs has been a consultant for the design and integration of artwork into Denver’s Light Rail system. This includes integrated art for functional elements and station designs of the West Corridor, the first of the “Fastracks” lines to be designed and built.
Carrie Saldo is the television host and reporter for Arts District, a trans-media collaboration between Rocky Mountain PBS and public radio stations KUNC and KUVO. The nuts and bolts of the gig go like this: host the weekly arts magazine television show, Arts District RMPBS. Report on all-things arts and culture for NPR member stations KUNC and KUVO.
Prior to moving to Denver, CO, Carrie spent three seasons as the host, writer, and a producer of Connecting Point, on PBS member station WGBY. Her work has garnered awards from the Associated Press and Edward R. Murrow foundation. She has degrees in English and theatre from Manhattanville College and has studied with Rosenblum Television at the Travel Channel Academy.
Tony Wilson’s exposure to art began at a young age having grown up in his father‘s art studio. He also contributes a great deal of his keen sense and passion for aesthetically beautiful art to his parents. They dropped him off at the very large doors of the ‘Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’ in Kansas City at the young age of 8. He would spend the cold winter days wandering through the different galleries and collections of this magnificent museum. It was his most favorite thing to do!
Tony graduated with top honors from the Ringling College of Art + Design in Sarasota, Florida. He was then recruited by Hallmark Cards to a special advertising division to promote Hallmark Cards and the Hallmark Hall of Fame. Tony is currently the co-owner of Wilson Lass, a successful marketing and advertising firm established in 1981 which continues to market the unique attributes of Breckenridge.