Meet the Jurors
The Kosovo Art Exchange Gallery invites artists and art professionals to participate in a blind juried process to ensure the highest level of excellence while ensuring the merit of the art is focus for selection. Lexo në shqip
Nadine Hennesey and Lydia Musliu (Americans)
Jurors for the The Women of Mitro
Nadine first came to Kosovo with her daughter Lydia, who was 10 at the time, shortly after the war in 2001. Nadine had a heart for orphans and widows. She herself was widowed at the age of 24, 5 months pregnant with her daughter, after only 11 months of marriage. So when they arrived in Kosovo, Nadine opened the House of Laughter where children who lost their parents in the war could learn English and other subjects, play games, and have the opportunity to simply have fun and be kids. She has been working to improve the city of Mitrovica through education for the past 18 years and now is the founder and director of the Kosovo Leadership Academy.
Lydia went to the States to study education in 2009. In 2010, she married Lavdim, whom she met at the House of Laughter. They returned in 2015 and now work alongside Nadine at the school. Lydia works part time teaching English and full time raising their three children.
KAE Gallery Board of Directors (Americans)
Jurors for the Feeling Blue Exhibition
They may not be artists, but the KAE Gallery Board of Directors love art and love supporting the arts in our community. Its their turn to give their feedback and pick the art they like best for our first 2019 exhibition Feeling Blue.
Alastair Gordon (British)
Juror for the For the Love of Art Exhibition
Alastair Gordon is a London based artist and lecturer. His paintings feature in various international collections and art fairs. Recent solo exhibitions at Ahmanson Gallery (California), First Things Gallery (New York), Nunnery Gallery (London), Bearspace Gallery (London) and Nomas Projects* (Dundee).
Gordon received his BA Hons at Glasgow School of Art (2002) and MA from Wimbledon School of Art, London (2012). After graduating he was awarded the Departure Arts residency in east London where he went on to establish Husk Gallery. He has received several awards for his painting including the Shoosmiths Prize in 2014 and shortlisted for various national and international prizes including Griffin Art Prize, Threadneedle Painting Prize and The Open West.
Gordon lectures at universities and art schools across the UK and is course leader for the Critical and Professional Development graduate program at the Leith School of Art in Edinburgh. He is a founding director of the Morph Arts, a mentoring program for Christians in the Creative Arts and writes for various publications on contemporary painting and the place of faith in art. His second book, God Art, was published in the UK earlier this year. Learn more about his artwork HERE.
Nora Prekazi Hoti (Kosovar)
Juror for September City Sights
Nora Prekazi Hoti, works at the City Museum of Mitrovica, as curator on Ethnology Section. She graduated MA for Urban Anthropology at Academy of Albanological Studies, for Anthropology Studies and Fine Arts in Tirana, Albania. She was also a short time scholar in the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at the Pennsylvania University, School of Design –Penn Design. Nora is involved in different fields of arts and culture such as painting, poetry writing and other forms of artistic expression.
Lynn Aldrich (American)
Juror for the Color: The Eye Candy of Art exhibition
Lynn Aldrich is a Los Angeles based artist who makes sculpture, wall constructions and installations, often using purchased consumer
products. Her work is inspired by nature, art history, literature, theology, and the observation of contemporary culture. She studied painting until later in her graduate years at Art Center College of Design when she began making 3 dimensional works. Aldrich has exhibited widely, with recent shows at Art Affairs gallery, Amsterdam, and DENK gallery, Los Angeles. Her works are in numerous notable collections such as MOCA, Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Museum, the Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR, and the Calder Foundation, NY. In 2014, she received a Guggenheim Fellowship. Watch this documentary on Ms. Aldrich's work HERE.
Dida Parrott (American)
Juror for the Solivagant Solo Artist Series: Spring 2018
Dida Parrott fell in love with art history at Wake Forest University when spending a semester in Venice, Italy. Dr. Terisio Pignatti, an acclaimed expert on Venetian Renaissance art, taught this program using the original works of Bellini, Giorgione, Titian, Giotto, Palladio, Veronese and many others. Her love for art continued from there upon her return to the States. Between undergraduate and graduate school (MBA), she became a docent at the North Carolina Museum of Art briefly. After retiring from IBM, she returned to docent classes and has been a touring docent at the museum since 2011.
While Italian Renaissance remains a favorite period/style, those favorites have grown to include Ancient, Asian, and Northern European art. Her favorite contemporary artist is Kehinde Wiley, who recently completed the official portrait of Barack Obama.
Dida’s continued travels across the world have added to her deep love for art. In the past two years, she visited Peru (Machu Picchu), Copenhagen, St. Petersburg Russia, Berlin, Greece, Israel, and Jordan (Petra). She has experienced the art and culture of Japan, China, Vietnam, and had repeat visits to Great Britain, France, The Netherlands, Barcelona, and of course Italy and the US. She hopes to add Croatia, Kosovo, and Egypt to the list someday soon.
KAE Gallery Board of Directors (Americans)
Jurors for the Escape to Landscape Exhibition
They may not be artists, but the KAE Gallery Board of Directors love art and love supporting the arts in our community. Its their turn to give their feedback and pick the art they like best for our first 2018 exhibition Escape to Landscapes.
Tommie Lee Washington (American)
Juror for Text It! Exhibition - NOTE: This exhibition has been canceled.
Tommie Lee Washington is an award-winning graphic designer and animator who has been working for ESPN for over 20 years. Prior to being hired by ESPN, Tommie worked as an Art Director for music videos and infomercials. He has also worked as a free-lance animator with clients including the Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Eagles and Philadelphia Flyers.
Mr. Washington became the first ESPN employee to create a 3D animation to air on an ESPN network. He continued to be an innovator by creating the first virtual reality set for “Outside The Lines” and first animated over-the-shoulder graphic for ESPN, airing on ESPNEWS.
Bruce Herman (American)
Juror for That Face Exhibition
Bruce Herman is a painter and educator living and working in Massachusetts. Herman holds the Lothlórien Distinguished Chair in Fine Arts at Gordon College where has has taught and curated exhibitions since 1984. He completed both undergraduate and graduate fine arts degrees at Boston University College of Fine Arts with graduate work under Philip Guston and James Weeks; undergraduate work with David Aronson, Reed Kay, and Arthur Polonsky.
Herman lectures widely and has had work published in many books, journals, and popular magazines––most recently in Through Your Eyes (Wm. B. Eerdman Books). His artwork has been exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions in eleven major cities including Boston, New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles.
His work has been exhibited internationally, including Kings College Chapel, Cambridge University; Hong Kong University; Palazzo Dei Sette in Orvieto, Italy; in Canada, Israel, and soon in Japan. Herman’s art is featured in many public and private collections including the Vatican Museum of Modern Religious Art in Rome; The Cincinnati Museum of Fine Arts; DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts; the Hammer Museum, Grunwald Print Collection, Los Angeles; the Cape Ann Museum, and in many university galleries throughout the United States and Canada. Learn more about Bruce Herman at his website.
Alban Muja (born 1980 in Mitrovica)
Juror for Mitrovica Matter
Muja is a Kosovo based visual artist and filmmaker. He completed his BA and MA at Academy of Fine Arts at University of Prishtina.
Mostly influenced by the social, political and economical transformation processes in wider surrounding region, he investigates history and socio-political themes and links them to his position in Kosovo today. His works cover a wide range of media including video installation, short film, documentary film, drawings, paintings, photographs and performance.
His work have been exhibited extensively in various festivals, art fairs, group and solo exhibitions including Museum of Fine Art, Split; Trieste Contemporanea; Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Rijeka; Škuc Gallery Ljubljan; The National Gallery of Kosovo; Myymala2 Gallery Helsinki; Nicodim Gallery, Buchares/Los Angelos; Ludwing Museum, Budepest; Gagosian Gallery; 'Mardin Biennle' ‘2nd Biennial of Contemporary Art in the Atomic shelter in Konjic, BH; 28th Ljubljana Graphic Biennale; Slovak National Gallery; Museum of Contemporary art of Vojvodina; Berlinale’; Mestna Gallery, Ljubljana, NGBK, Berlin; Brot Kunsthalle, Vienna ; Göteborg Museum of Art; Cetinje Biennale 5; Nova Gallery, Zagreb, ect. He attended various residencies and received number of fellowships in, among others, Vienna, Ljubljana, New York, Santa Fe, and Istanbul. He lives and works in Pristina, Kosovo.
John Gordy (American)
Juror for Mitrovica Matter
Earning his M.F.A. from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Gordy has been an exhibiting photographer. Working as a designer and multimedia developer, he is a sought after lecturer for his expertise on marrying the arts and multimedia in a museum context.
Working in and with some of America's most prestigious art museums including the Smithsonian Institution's Freer and Sackler Galleries, he has developed and created digital media projects with major international contemporary artists such as Xu Bing and collaborated with musicians such as Yo-Yo Ma.