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 HOUSTON 2019


Past Selection Committee Members

Kim Abeles Los Angeles-based cross disciplinary artist

Jonas Almgren CEO, Artfinder.com, London, UK

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

Janet Bishop Curator of Painting and Sculpture, SF MOMA

Daniel Mendel-Black Widely exhibited, Los Angeles-based artist

Trish Bransten Director, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco

Dan Cameron former Chief Curator, Orange County Museum of Art, Los Angeles

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

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

Nathaly Charria Independent Curator, Los Angeles

Dean Daderko, Curator, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston

Shana Nys Dambrot Curator and Art Critic, LA Weekly, Los Angeles

Monique Dechaines Owner/Director, Euqinom Projects, San Francisco

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

Christine Duval Independent Curator; Principal, Duval Contemporary, San Francisco

Amy Ellingson Widely exhibited San Francisco-based artist

Amanda Færk Curator/Assistant Director, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

Matea Fish, Director, Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco

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

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

Kimberly Johansson Founder/Director, Johansson Projects, Oakland

Dorka Keehn, Curator, San Francisco

Cathy Kimball Executive Director, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art

Amy Kisch Curator/Art Consultant, Founder, AKArt Advisory, San Francisco

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

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

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

Heather Marx, Principal, Heather Marx Art Advisory, San Francisco

Peter Mays Executive Director, Los Angeles Art Association, Los Angeles

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

Mark Moore Owner/Director, Mark Moore Fine Art Advisory, Los Angeles

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

Eric Nakamura Curator and Owner, Giant Robot, Los Angeles

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

Michelle Papillion Founder, PAPILLION, Los Angeles

William Powhida Brooklyn-based artist, critic, and teacher, New York

Max Presneill Artist and Director/Curator, Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles

Renny Pritikin Chief Curator, The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco

Andrew Rafacz Owner, Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL

Alex Ray Art Consultant, Five Senses Art Consultancy, San Francisco

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

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

Lezley Saar Widely exhibited, Los Angeles-based artist

Travis Somerville Widely exhibited, San Francisco-based artist

Jakub Špaňhel, Widely Exhibited Czech Painter

Hank Willis Thomas New York-based photo conceptual artist

Nancy Toomey, Owner, Nancy Toomey Fine Arts, San Francisco

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

Su-en Wong, Widely Exhibited Painter, New York