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.


Selection Committee stARTup Los Angeles 2019


Past Selection Committee Members

Kim Abeles Los Angeles-based cross disciplinary artist

Jonas Almgren CEO, Artfinder.com

Michael Arcega San Francisco-based artist and professor, SF State University

Janet Bishop Curator of Painting and Sculpture, SF MOMA

Trish Bransten Director, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco

Dan Cameron former Chief Curator, Orange County Museum of Art

Andi Campognone Director/Curator, Lancaster Museum of Art & History

Kendell Carter Mixed media and installation artist, Long Beach, CA

Nathaly Charria Independent Curator, Los Angeles

Monique Dechaines Owner/Director, Euqinom Projects, San Francisco, CA

Elizabeth Dunbar President & CEO, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY

Christine Duval Independent Curator; Principal, Duval Contemporary

Amy Ellingson Widely exhibited San Francisco-based artist

Mat Gleason Curator, Coagula Curatorial and Publisher, Coagula Art Journal

Allison Glenn Independent curator and writer, Chicago, IL

Michelle Grabner conceptual artist and Curator, 2016 Portland Biennial, Milwaukee, WI & Chicago, IL

Diana Al Hadid Renown mixed media and installation artist, New York

Anna Hygelund Head of Post-War & Contemporary Art, Paddle8, New York, NY

Charlie James, Owner/Director, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Kimberly Johansson Founder/Director, Johansson Projects, Oakland, CA

Cathy Kimball Executive Director, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art

George Lawson Owner/Director,George Lawson Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Hung Liu San Francisco-based artist and retired professor, Mills College

Walter Maciel Owner/Director, Walter Maciel Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Heather Marx, Principal, Heather Marx Art Advisory

Peter Mays Executive Director, Los Angeles Art Association

Hillary Metz Founder, Blythe Projects; previously Director of Sales, Gemini G.E.L.

Paul Mullins San Francisco artist and Professor of Art, SF State University

Eric Nakamura Curator and Owner, Giant Robot, Los Angeles, CA

Sabina Ott Artist/Educator/Curator/Founder of Terrain Exhibitions, Oak Park, IL

Michelle Papillion Founder, PAPILLION, Los Angeles, CA

William Powhida Brooklyn-based artist, critic, and teacher

Max Presneill Artist and Director/Curator, Torrance Art Museum

Renny Pritikin Chief Curator, The Contemporary Jewish Museum

Andrew Rafacz Owner, Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL

Alex Ray Art Consultant, Five Senses Art Consultancy

Lordy Rodriguez Artist/Assistant Professor of Art, San Jose State University

Amanda Ross-Ho Mixed media and installation artist, Los Angeles, CA

Travis Somerville Widely exhibited, San Francisco-based artist

Hank Willis Thomas New York-based photo conceptual artist

Ann Trinca Curator/Gallery Director, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA

Marianna Stark President of the Board of Directors, Berkeley Art Center

Catherine Wagner Widely exhibited San Francisco-based artist

Brenda Williams Independent Curator, educator, and Cultural Affairs Commissioner, Culver City, CA 

Toma Wolff Director, Byron C. Cohen Gallery for Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO