stARTup LA 2019 Selection Committee

It's hard to imagine that February 2019 is just around the corner. I know, we're not supposed to say it out loud yet. But, stARTup LA at The Kinney Hotel in Venice Beach is coming February 15-17th. Applications are already coming, and we're honored to announce the Selection Committee for this fair as they stand ready to review submissions in early November.

stARTup gathers a prestigious Selection Committee of curators, artists, and dealers for each fair to ensure that every event is fresh and exciting for people looking to discover new and emerging talent.

This jury brings local celebrity, global perspective, and expert experience to the review. We're honored to have them participate and can't wait to announce our latest exhibitors coming soon. Applications are open now 'til October 28th. stARtup LA19 exhibitors will be announced in early November.

 Click here to apply.

Lezley Saar, Los Angeles

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Lezley Saar has exhibited nationally and internationally, and is included in museum collections from The Kemper Museum and California African American Museum (CAAM) to The Ackland Art Museum, and Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA).

Saar was born in Los Angeles to artist parents, Richard and Betye Saar, in 1953. While attending San Francisco State University she worked at KPFA radio in Berkeley and did illustrations for her writer friends. She started making altered books in the late 80’s, and now her works include paintings, drawings, book-works, photography, dioramas, and installations. Saar’s many series'; “The Athenaeum”, “Anomalies”, “Mulatto Nation”, “Tooth Hut”, “Autists’ Fables”, “Madwoman in the Attic”, "Monad", “Gender Renaissance" and “"Salon des Refusés”, deal with notions of identity, race, gender, beauty, normalcy and sanity. She is currently represented by Walter Maciel Gallery in Los Angeles.


Mark Moore, Los Angeles

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Mark Moore is the Owner/Director of Mark Moore Fine Art Advisory and Mark Moore Gallery founded in 1984. As a graduate of UCI's progressive art program, Moore represents international contemporary artists working in post-modern, minimalist or conceptual practices. Moore focuses on the development of emerging artists and has gained a solid international reputation as a premier site for new talent. Spanning three decades, Mark Moore Gallery has included or debuted the work of numerous young artists – many of whom went on to tremendous international success. The Mark Moore Fine Art currently represents nearly thirty distinguished emerging and mid-career artists.

In 1998 Moore organized and produced, with the Orange County Museum of Art, the largest exhibition of Mark Di Suvero outdoor sculpture exhibition in nearly twenty-five years. He also pioneered the development of the contemporary art market in Korea producing inaugural exhibitions there for artists such as Ed Ruscha, Christopher Wool, Donald Judd, Carl Andre, John McCracken, Sol Lewitt and Gerhard Richter.

Amy Kisch, San Francisco


Amy Kisch is Founder + CEO of AKArt Advisory, an independent art consultant, curator, and strategic specialist. Her expertise includes arts programming, development, marketing + PR, publishing, and collection management. Kisch previously ran Sotheby’s global VIP program, Preferred Museum Programme, Art Fair Programme, and The Economist Lecture series in cities including New York, London, Los Angeles, Paris, Chicago, and Hong Kong.  While at Sotheby’s, Ms. Kisch concurrently held the roles of Executive Director and Corporate + Community Liaison for the Williamsburg Gallery Association in Brooklyn.

Having spent six years in clinical and community social work, her projects are underscored by efforts to democratize access within the art world, while upholding integrity and quality in curatorial vision and programming. In 2018, Kisch launched Collect For Change™—an initiative which collaborates with artists across disciplines, offering artwork with a portion of sales benefiting a charity personally selected by each artist. 

Shana Nys Dambrot, Los Angeles


Shana Nys Dambrot is an art critic, curator, and author based in Downtown LA. She is the Arts Editor for the LA Weekly, and a contributor to Whitehot Magazine, KCET’s Artbound, Flaunt, Fabrik, Art and Cake, Artillery, Palm Springs Life, Riot Material, West Hollywood Lifestyle, Jenkem, and Porter & Sail.

Dambrot studied Art History at Vassar College and she writes essays for books and catalogs, curates and juries select exhibitions each year. She is a dedicated Instagram photographer and author of experimental short fiction, and speaks at galleries, schools, and cultural institutions nationally. She is a member of ArtTable and the LA Press Club, and sits on the Boards of Art Share-LA and the Venice Institute of Contemporary Art, the Advisory Council of Building Bridges Art Exchange, and the Brain Trust of Some Serious Business.

Amanda Færk, Copenhagen

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Amanda Færk is the Assistant Director of V1 Gallery in Copenhagen which is committed to introducing art by emerging and established artists to an international audience. Seeing art as a profound and competent media for social and political discourse, the gallery aspires to serve as a platform for art that interacts with the surrounding society.

Amanda has an MA in Art History from University of Copenhagen and prior to joining V1, she was a Project Manager at Chart Art Fair and has held positions at Kunsthal Aarhus and the National Museum, Denmark.

Daniel Mendel-Black, Los Angeles


Daniel Mendel-Black has exhibited widely in the U.S. and abroad. Recent shows include: André Butzer, Daniel Mendel-Black at Galerie Bernd Kugler in Innsbruck, Austria; Thomas Arnolds, André Butzer, Daniel Mendel-Black at Galerie Hammelehle und Ahrens, Cologne, Germany; and Daniel Mendel-Black: Pretty Lips Are Red at China Art Objects Galleries in Los Angeles. Mendel-Black’s work is represented in a number of public collections around the country. In Los Angeles, among other notable collectors such as that of the Creative Artists Association, his paintings are included in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art and the UCLA Hammer Museum.

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