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 shqipë
Eliza Hoxha (Kosovar)
Juror for the Color: The Eye Candy of Art exhibition
Born in Mitrovica, Kosovo Eliza Hoxha was well-known as a successful singer and songwriter in the Albanian music industry. She received her early education in Prishtina and then pursued her University degree abroad. It was with her master’s program in Belgium that the world began to see Eliza shift in her profession – now for urban planning and architecture. She is currently working on her doctoral studies at Graz University of Technology in Austria. In addition to this, Ms. Hoxha is an active lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture in Prishtina. She is an author of the book City and Love an urban diary about the city of Prishtina (published in 2013).
She is influential contemporary voice in publishing artistic projects that focus on the development of the art scene in Kosovo. Most recently in the winter of 2018, Ms. Hoxha exhibited at the Gallery of Ministry of Culture in Prishtina with her works in photography and installation titled “Between Dream and Reality.” This powerful exhibition of photographs captured the story of struggle for the people of Kosovo’s efforts and dream to be independent. Timed with the celebration of Kosovo’s 10th anniversary of independence, Ms. Hoxha’s work speaks to future generations to learn to teach and reminds past generations to never forget. She is a curator and exhibitor of the Kosovo Pavilion at Venice Biennale of Architecture 2018 that opens in May. Since 2013, Eliza is a Kosovo representative at the European Culture Parliament (ECP).
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.