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Mary L. Nohl Fellowship Panelists to Give Public Talk at INOVA, October 29

The panelists will offer brief overviews of their home institutions and curatorial interests beginning at 6:30 pm. The event is free and open to the public.

By - Oct 28th, 2015 09:40 am

The thirteenth cycle of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowships for Individual Artists program continues with the appointment of a panel of recognized visual arts professionals to select five Fellows from among 158 applicants. Jamillah James, Assistant Curator, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Eric May, Executive Director, Roots & Culture Contemporary Art Center, Chicago; and Jodi Throckmorton, Curator of Contemporary Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), Philadelphia, will arrive in Milwaukee on Thursday, October 29, 2015 and will be welcomed at an informal reception at 6 pm at UWM’s INOVA gallery, 2155 North Prospect Avenue. The panelists will offer brief overviews of their home institutions and curatorial interests beginning at 6:30 pm. The event is free and open to the public.

Funded by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund and administered by the Bradley Family Foundation, the Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowships for Individual Artists provide unrestricted funds for artists to create new work or complete work in progress. In addition to receiving an award, the Nohl Fellows can participate in an exhibition in the autumn of 2016. An exhibition catalogue will be published and disseminated nationally. The program is open to practicing artists residing in the four-county area (Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, and Washington counties). The program also includes a Suitcase Fund for exporting work by local artists beyond the four-county area.

The panelists will spend two days reviewing work samples and artists’ statements and visiting the studios of up to seven finalists in the Established Artist category. The two Established Artist awards, worth $20,000 each, and the three $10,000 Emerging Artist awards will be announced on Monday, November 9, 2015.

About the Jurors
Jamillah James is assistant curator at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. James recently organized two exhibitions with painter Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Hammer Projects: Njideka Akunyili Crosby at the Hammer Museum, and The Beautyful Ones at Art + Practice. With Hammer senior curator Anne Ellegood, she was an institutional curator for the spring 2015 exhibition, Charles Gaines: Gridwork 1974–1989 at the Hammer (organized by The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York), and assisted Hammer chief curator Connie Butler on the exhibition and publication, Mark Bradford: Scorched Earth. In addition to exhibitions at the Hammer, James organizes exhibitions and programs at Art + Practice in Leimert Park, Los Angeles, the Hammer’s public engagement partner through fall 2016. Exhibitions at Art + Practice include Charles Gaines: Librettos: Manuel de Falla / Stokely Carmichael, Selections from the Brockman Gallery Archives, Two Films by Akosua Adoma Owusu, and an upcoming solo presentation of John Outterbridge.

Before coming to the Hammer, James held curatorial positions at The Studio Museum in Harlem; the Queens Museum, New York; and the Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, and independently organized exhibitions, performances, and screenings in Chicago, Baltimore, New York, and Philadelphia. She has been a visiting lecturer and critic at the University of Illinois, Chicago; California Institute for the Arts (CalArts); Syracuse University; the Goethe-Institut, New York; the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD); Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; Hunter College, New York; the School of Visual Arts, New York; and the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, among others. She has also taught seminars on curatorial practice and contemporary art at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena and the Rhode Island School of Design.

Eric May is a Chicago- based artist/chef, educator, and director of Roots & Culture Contemporary Art Center. May founded Roots & Culture in Chicago’s Noble Square neighborhood in 2006. The organization hosts a range of public programming with two visual arts programs at its core. Double Exposure pairs emerging, primarily Chicago-based artists with compatible or dynamically relevant practices, creating a conversation between the two artists. The second program, CONNECT, offers a three-month residency and exhibition opportunity for emerging curators working internationally. In his artistic practice, May frames conversations about food through cooking, writing, and hosting participatory events. In 2011 he started The Piranha Club, an underground supper club that explores provocative ideas about cuisine with collaborators from both the art and food worlds. His projects have been featured at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, The Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, Charlotte Street Foundation, Kansas City, and Iceberg Projects, Chicago. May is an adjunct professor at the Northern Illinois University School of Art and Design.

Curator of Contemporary Art Jodi Throckmorton joined PAFA in fall of 2014. As PAFA’s contemporary curator, Throckmorton oversees PAFA’s contemporary art exhibition programs, including the Morris Gallery Program and the Sculpture Plinth Program.

Throckmorton came to PAFA from the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University, where she served as curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. Prior to that, Throckmorton was the associate curator at the San Jose Museum of Art. She holds an MFA in Museum Studies from San Francisco State University, and a BA in Art History and French from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Jodi Throckmorton co-organized, with Harry Philbrick, Dive Deep: Eric Fischl and the Process of Painting, which was held at PAFA and the San Jose Museum of Art (2012-13). Other current and prior projects of Throckmorton’s include Postdate: Photography and Inherited History in India (2015); Bruce Conner: Somebody Else’s Prints (2014); Questions from the Sky: New Work by Hung Liu (2013); Ranu Mukherjee: Telling Fortunes (2012); Renegade Humor (2012); This Kind of Bird Flies Backward: Paintings by Joan Brown (2011); and The Modern Photographer: Observation and Intention (2010).

For a century, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation has helped individuals, families and organizations realize their philanthropic goals and make a difference in the community, during their lifetimes and for future generations. The Foundation consists of more than 1,200 individual charitable funds, each created by donors to serve the charitable causes of their choice. The Foundation also deploys both human and financial resources to address the most critical needs of the community and ensure the vitality of the region. Established in 1915, the Foundation was one of the first community foundations in the world. Ending 2014 with more than $841 million in assets, it is also among the largest.

For further information about the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowships for Individual Artists program, please visit

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