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SC Arts Commission Grants Awards

SC Arts Commission 2014 Fellowship Judges

Visual Arts and Craft Judges

Michael Sweney has managed public art projects for the Washington State Arts Commission since 2007 and was named the Art in Public Places program manager in 2011. He previously served as the director of Davidson Contemporary in Seattle and the Charles Cowles Gallery in New York. He is a past board vice president for the Center on Contemporary Art in Seattle and currently serves on the Tacoma Arts Commission and the Tacoma Art Museum’s Collection Committee. He holds a BA in Art History and Studio Art from Oberlin College.


Diem Chau of Seattle is a BFA graduate from Cornish College of the Arts and has received an Artist Trust GAP Grant and a PONCHO Artist-in-Residence Award. Her work has been exhibited in New York, Miami, Seattle and Los Angeles.


Deborah Paine is curator and collections manager with the City of Seattle’s Office of Arts and Culture and directs the care, management and placement of the Portable Works Collection with more than 2,800 pieces of art. She also develops and supervises the printing of interpretive materials and catalogues related to the Portable Works Collection. She is the former curator of the Microsoft Art Collection.


Media: Production Judge

Josh Gibson is an independent filmmaker and a lecturing fellow at Duke University’s Arts of the Moving Image program and a graduate faculty member in the university’s Experimental and Documentary Arts program. His films and videos have screened nationally and internationally in such film festivals as Slamdance, LA Film Festival, SXSW, New York Film Festival (Views from the Avant-Garde), Ann Arbor Film Festival and Rotterdam International Film Festival. He has won top jury prizes at LA Film Festival, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Black Maria Film Festival, Indie Memphis, Crossroads Film Festival, Indie Grits and FLEX Film Festival.


Media: Screenwriting Judge

Marni Zelnick is an independent film writer, director and producer. She has served on the production team for several award-winning films including James Franco’s The Clerk's Tale (Official Selection 2010 Cannes Film Festival), Homewrecker (Best of Next 2010 Sundance Film Festival) and William Vincent (Official Selection 2010 Tribeca Film Festival). Her screenplay, The Straight, was a finalist for the 2010 Showtime Tony Cox Screenplay Award, and her most recent project, Druid Peak, was the recipient of a 100K Sloan Foundation Feature Film Production Award. She earned her MFA from NYU's graduate film program and degrees in creative writing and film production from Dartmouth. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California.