Selection Jury – GFF2016

Erin Devine is an artist, curator, critic, and independent scholar based in Washington, DC. She received a Ph.D. in Contemporary Art from Indiana University.  She is an Associate Professor of Art History and Humanities at Northern Virginia Community College, where she is also the Director of the New Gallery for Contemporary Art.  Devine is an artist-scholar whose work has been included in exhibitions regionally and internationally, and whose criticism is seen regularly in Art Papers, Washington City Paper, and Woman’s Art Journal. 

Armando P. Ibáñez is an award-winning filmmaker, writer, poet and professor.  His award winning documentaries include: South Texas Gentle Men of Steel – Los Padres and Not Broken, about the Katrina disaster.  He earned an MFA from The American Film Institute, and is the founder and President of Pluma Pictures Inc., a non-profit film production company. He serves as Director of the Radio-Television-Film Program (RTF) and Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University-Kingsville and is listed in the Dictionary of Literary Biography. www.plumapictures.com

Michelle Macau is an actor, director, and educator, with an MFA in Directing from Carnegie-Mellon University. She plays Maggie in Annie Bradford’s The White Slippers, recently screened at the 2016 Sedona International Film Festival. Theater credits include: Beatrix in the Shadows, The Perfect Maid, Black & White, Gone Phishin’ and Dinner is Not Served. She taught at Carnegie-Mellon University, teaches at Lehigh University and serves as story consultant with Pluma Pictures.  www.michellemacau.com

Steve Hellyard Swartz wrote, directed, and co-starred in Never Leave Nevada, which opened at Sundance in 1990. The current Poet Laureate of Schenectady County in upstate New York, Swartz is also a novelist (God’s Gift), a playwright (and four-time finalist in The Eugene O’Neill National Playwriting Competition), and a Society of Professional Journalists’ Award-winning radio broadcaster.

Rosa Valado is an artist, curator, and founder / director of the Greenpoint Film Festival. GFF was founded in 2011 – a competitive film festival in all categories with curated sections (d.b.a. of Woven Spaces, Inc., 501.c.3., creating interactive public art projects and workshops worldwide since 1996). Valado exhibits regularly, locally and internationally, and is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation, and the Pollock-Krasner Art Foundation. She studied art and art history at Escuela de Artes y Oficios in Madrid, School of Visual Arts in NYC, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, and holds a BFA in visual art and art history from CUNY (1989), and continues her research and study in Architecture and the Built Environment, Sacred Architecture, and Art in Community. www.rosavalado.com