How to apply:
We are no longer accepting submissions. The ICA will reach out to selected artists via email.
Portfolio Review Day:
Saturday, August 28th, 2021
Artist Portfolio Reviews
The ICA San José is dedicated to providing career development opportunities for artists in the Bay Area and beyond. The ICA’s most popular professional development program, the Artist Portfolio Reviews, will be held again virtually on Saturday, August 28th, 2021. We are excited to announce that the Portfolio Reviews is now FREE with limited space available. In this bi-annual artist professional development program, leading curators, art professionals, and educators provide expert advice and insights in a portfolio critique.
How to participate:
We are no longer accepting submissions for this program. After reviewing the applications, the ICA will reach out to selected artists. Artists will have the opportunity to meet with two reviewers of their choosing for 20 minutes each. Read below to learn more about our growing list of reviewers:
About The Reviewers:
Aleesa Pitchamarn Alexander is Assistant Curator of American Art at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University. With Marci Kwon, she is a founding Co-director of the Asian American Art Initiative, which seeks to make the Cantor and Stanford a leading academic and curatorial center for the study of Asian American and Asian diaspora artists. Aleesa came to Cantor in 2018 after completing her tenure as a Jane and Morgan Whitney Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and receiving her Ph.D. in art history from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has been invited to present her research and writing at the Harvard Art Museums, Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Folk Art Museum, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; her scholarship has been supported by the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, the Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design, and the American Craft Council.
Juan Carlos Araujo, a San Jose-native and self-taught painter who grew up doing graffiti, established Empire Seven Studios (E7S) in 2008. An advocate for local and global artists, Juan Carlos and his partner, Jennifer Ahn, create opportunities to elevate and highlight emerging talents on a grand scale. E7S has enhanced the San Jose art scene by bringing life to the city through murals, innovative pop-up shows, gallery exhibits. Then in 2017, POW! WOW! San Jose was established; an internationally-branded and locally-led arts and culture festival. The organization leads are Co-Directors Juan Carlos Araujo, Stacey Kellogg, and Jennifer Ahn. Collectively, the PWSJ team has produced over 60 murals throughout the City in various neighborhoods with a focus on under-served communities.
Lele Barnett is an Art Advisor and Curator based in Seattle with over 20 years of experience in the art world. She works independently, as well as with Facebook Open Arts and the Washington State Art Collection. She served 8 years as Curator of the Microsoft Art Collection, where she collaborated with employee teams, project managers, architects, designers, and contractors. Prior to that, Barnett curated independent exhibitions for the Bumbershoot Festival and the Washington State Convention Center and has worked in galleries across the country. She was also co-founder of McLeod Residence: a home for extraordinary living through art, technology, and collaboration.
Kristin Delzell is a Director at Anthony Meier Fine Arts in San Francisco where she has worked for nine years. Her passion for the arts began at an early age. Originally from Texas, she grew up in a household that was filled with art and music and was encouraged to paint and draw and play music by her mother and graphic designer-turned record store owner father. She knew from an early age that her life’s passion was art. Delzell came to Anthony Meier Fine Arts after working at Pier 24 Photography where she was introduced to numerous artists, such as Erica Deeman, whom she brought to Anthony Meier Fine Art’s roster in 2017. Delzell has over ten years of experience in the art world working directly with artists, facilitating numerous exhibitions and art fairs, producing catalogs, and managing the marketing and digital footprint of the gallery.
Emilee Enders has held a range of positions in the art world that have been instrumental in informing her curatorial vision. In January 2020, shortly before COVID-19 plunged the world into crisis, Emilee stepped into the Curator role at Bedford Gallery which also oversees Walnut Creek’s growing Public Art Program. Faced with the inevitability of an extended closure, Emilee moved the gallery’s exhibitions online, adapting them for an at home viewing experience. Bird, Nest, Nature and A Beautiful Mess: Weavers and Knotters of the Vanguard, which will travel nationally following its debut at the Bedford, were launched virtually and garnered thousands of visits to the Bedford’s online viewing room. Prior to 2020, Emilee held the Assistant Curator position at Bedford Gallery where she helped curate and organize a number of exhibitions, several of which have gone on to travel nationally including BLOW UP II, The World of Frida and Tradition Interrupted. Emilee studied at the University of Colorado at Boulder where she earned a BS in English and Art History.
Daelyn Farnham is Senior Director at Altman Siegel gallery in San Francisco where she works closely with gallery artists to facilitate the creation, exhibition, and sale of their work. Prior to joining Altman Siegel, she was Sales Director at David Zwirner Gallery in New York. She currently serves as co-chair of the San Francisco Council of Artadia, a non-profit grantmaker and nationwide community of visual artists, curators, and patrons.
Amanda Krampf is a curator who has shaped the careers of many contemporary artists through her work at Chandran Gallery.
Christina Linden is Chair of the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice at California College of the Arts, and Head of Engagement at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts. She served as Associate Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Oakland Museum of California from 2013–2017. As a curator and educator she strives to support social relevancy and create platforms for underrepresented voices. She is currently working on the book Trans Hirstory in 99 Objects in collaboration with artist Chris E. Vargas. Linden holds an MA in Curatorial Studies from Bard College and a BA in Art History from New York University.
Amelia Manderscheid is a Vice President, Senior Director in Contemporary Art at Bonhams. Based in San Francisco, Amelia represents Bonhams with a particular focus on developing the West Coast. Prior to relocating to the Bay Area, Amelia was a Specialist and Global Head of eCommerce in the Post-War & Contemporary Art department at Christie’s. She was Head of Sale for Andy Warhol at Christie’s, overseeing Christie’s multi-year exclusive partnership with The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. After successfully launching Christie’s Contemporary Art Sales she worked with David Zwirner Gallery on launching their Online Viewing Room and on related innovation initiatives. Amelia has an MBA from Columbia Business School and holds dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Economics and Art History from Wellesley College.
Daniel “Attaboy” Seifert has forged a varied career through his commitment to creating and curating surprising forms of visual art, often fusing subversion with disconcerting whimsy. Atta’s work has been seen in museums, in galleries at numerous solo shows. In 2019, Attaboy created the worldwide Art N Seek event Game of Shrooms, which has grown into a wold-wide art making and sharing phenomenon. He has also edited several books on art and one on New Contemporary Fashion. Atta has authored and illustrated children’s books, licensed his work as designer toys. In 2005 Atta co-founded Hi-Fructose New Contemporary Art Magazine with his wife the artist Annie Owens. The magazine was honored with an exhibition called Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose which premiered at the the Virginia MOCA and travelled to the Akron Art Museum and the Crocker Museum in Sacramento.
Jovanna Venegas is a curator and researcher based in San Francisco, California. From 2010–2015 she lived in Mexico City and worked on projects and exhibitions at House of Gaga, Colección Cesar Cervantes, La Tallera, and with Eduardo Terrazas Studio. She was research assistant on the exhibitions: Citizen Culture (Santa Monica Museum of Art, CA) and SITElines: New Perspectives on Art of the Americas (Site Santa Fe, NM). From 2015- 2017 she worked on public programs and curatorial projects at e-flux, the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, Independent Curators International, and the 11th Gwangju Biennial. She received her BA in Art History from UCLA in 2010 and her MA in Curatorial Practice from the School of Visual Arts in 2017. She is currently the assistant curator of contemporary art at SFMOMA where she has worked on New Work: Etel Adnan, New Work: Rodney McMillian, New Work: Charles Gaines, SOFT POWER, and curated Bay Area Walls: Liz Hernández.
Sam Vernon earned her MFA in Painting/Printmaking from Yale University in 2015 and her BFA from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in 2009. Her installations combine xeroxed drawings, photographs, paintings and sculptural components in an exploration of personal narrative and identity. Sam teaches in the Print Media and Graduates Fine Arts program as an Assistant Professor at California College of the Arts (CCA).
Check back regularly for updates on additional participants.