2017 SELECTION JURISTS
Erin Bailey has been studying, creating and working in the arts for most of her life. She earned a BFA from the University of Georgia, cum laude, with a double major in Jewelry-Metalwork and Art History. Erin’s education continued with studies at the Atlanta Art Therapy Institute, and the completion of a certificate program in Arts Administration from the University of Massachusetts. Erin also received training in public art and sculpture conservation at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American Art in Washington, DC.
After retiring from the City of Atlanta Bureau of Cultural Affairs, Erin is now the Director of Galleries and Visual Arts Programs at ART Station in Stone Mountain, GA.
Throughout her professional career, Erin continued to take studio courses and participate in workshops through Ringling School of Art, the University of Georgia’s Cortona Experience program in Italy, and at La Bonne Etoile in France.
Erin’s art concentrates primarily on figure studies and landscapes in pastels, charcoal, acrylic and watercolor. Erin’s artwork has been exhibited in invitational and juried exhibits throughout the state, and she has been a juror for numerous exhibits and arts festivals
Marcia Isaacson is Professor Emeritus and former Associate Dean for Administrative Affairs and Research Programs in the College of Fine Arts and past Director of the School of Art and Art History at the University of Florida. She received both her BFA in Drawing and Painting and her MFA in Printmaking from the University of Georgia.
Professor Isaacson joined the School of Art and Art History faculty at the University of Florida in 1973. She taught drawing to all levels of undergraduates and graduate students.
Her creative work has been included in more than sixty exhibitions at museums, galleries, and universities across the country. She has received eleven national/regional juried, purchase, and merit awards. Her drawings are reproduced in twenty-two major exhibition catalogues and appear in textbooks, journals, and numerous articles and exhibition reviews.
Professor Isaacson’s drawings are included in more than twenty museums, university, corporate and private collections including: Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Minnesota Museum of Art, St. Paul; Florida House of Representatives, Tallahassee; Greenville County Art Museum, Greenville, SC; Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL; Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC; and Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham.
Professor Isaacson was awarded a Southern Arts Federation/National Endowment for the Artist Fellowship; two Artist Fellowship Grants, Florida Arts Council; National Endowment/Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art: Seven Artist Fellowship; MacDowell Colony Fellowship; and an Artist-in-Residence, University of Georgia, Summer Studies Abroad Program, Cortona, Italy.
She was selected for the UF Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Education; the College of Fine Arts Teacher of the Year, and a UF Teaching Improvement Program Award. Professor Isaacson has won numerous university and Addy awards for her school and college promotional publications.
Professor Isaacson has served on the selection panels for the National Endowment for the Arts; NEA/SECCA Seven Grants; Illinois Arts Council; and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. She has served as an evaluator for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. She is a member of the Board of Visitors for the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia.
Chris Sherry comes to painting from a long career both as a college professor and painting teacher. He has done figurative drawings for many years. His 2D work is executed in oils, acrylic, and mixed media; and 3D work is in metals: foundry work and welding.
Prior to his profession as a painter, Chris retired as a practing architect, and as a faculty member in the interior design program at Brenau University. Presently he teaches beginning painting and drawing at the Johns Creek Art Center and at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center. He also continues to teach occasionally as an adjunct professor at Brenau University and Gwinnett Technical College.
Chris’s philosophy of art is it should be more than a picture. It should entice the viewer to participate, consider the possibilities. His figurative work, he calls figure scapes, are sections of the human form. Frequently the images appear at first to be landscapes which evolve into the figurative.
Chris received a bachelor’s degree from University of Miami, 1968, Math major, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1976, Science major; and a masters degree from Georgia Institute of Technology, 1978, Architecture. He has taken workshops with: Daniel Greene, 1994; Clayton Beck III, 2005; Marc Chatov, 2006, Chris DiDomizio, 2007 and 2009; Jim Carson, 2008; Bill Davidson, 2008; and Damon Carter, 2009. He has also attended classes and workshops at the following schools: New York Students Art League, New York, NY; D’Amici Art School, Florence, Italy; Spruill Art Center, Dunwoody, Ga; Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, GA; Chicago Institute of Art, Chicago, Il; Ringling College of Art and Design, Little Switzerland, NC.
Chris is a member of the Atlanta Artists Center, Southern Colors, and Kudzu Art Zone, presently interim chair of the managing council for Kudzu Art Zone; and member emeritus of the American Institute of Architects. He maintains his registration license as an architect in Georgia and Florida.
2016 SELECTION JURISTS
Roger Dale Brown, OPA