Meet the Jury
Meet the jury involved in the J’s annual juried exhibition that brings new sculptures to the Sculpture Garden on a temporary basis.
Jeremy Mikolajczak is the Chief Executive Officer of the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block. Since joining the museum in March of 2016, Mikolajczak has led transformational change at TMA, including the launch of TMA/100: A vision for the 21st century, a strategic and capital campaign that reflects the vision for TMA to serve as a leading 21st-century regional museum. With Phase I of the campaign complete, Mikolajczak is focusing his attention on building sustainable investment in the museum and increasing access to exhibitions and educational programs that promote the core of the museum’s vision of connecting art to life. Prior to TMA, Mikolajczak served as the Executive Director and Chief Curator of Miami Dade College’s Museum and Galleries of Art + Design in Miami, Florida. Mikolajczak oversaw the college’s network of six campus galleries and international sculpture park, and led the transformation of the institution, founding the Museum of Art + Design, and Cuban Exile Experience, located in the Freedom Tower (listed on the National Register of Historic Places) in downtown Miami. He engaged a broad range of audiences, drawing 100,000 visitors annually through exhibitions and programs that included art, design, and local history and culture. During his tenure, he raised the profile of the college’s visual arts programs to local, national, and international exposure. Mikolajczak’s experience includes working with major private, corporate, and museum art collections, as well as regional, national, and international artists. He has curated and organized multiple solo and group exhibitions, and frequently publishes articles on arts and culture. In Tucson, Mikolajczak is the Chair of the cultural directors consortium (Nature, Arts, Culture, and Heritage Organization of Southern Arizona) and a member of the Downtown Tucson Partnership Board of Directors.
YUN GEE PARK
Yun Gee Park is the owner of Yun Gee Park Gallery & Atelier, a Tucson gallery and gardens complex that exhibits international contemporary fine arts, art jewelry, and high craft. She was trained primarily as a painter, but is presently most active in exhibition, jewelry, and interior design. She is particularly noted for her skills in curation and exhibit display, creating installations that draw upon elements of Asian and Western aesthetics while considering the artistic visions and philosophies of the gallery’s artists and collection. Ms. Park has a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and a master’s degree from Purdue University, and has studied, exhibited, lived, and traveled throughout Europe, Asia, and North America.
GINGER SHULICK PORCELLA
Ginger Shulick Porcella is the Executive Director and Chief Curator of MOCA Tucson, where she relocated after serving as the Executive Director and Chief Curator of the San Diego Art Institute, a contemporary art center in Balboa Park. She holds an M.A. in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from Columbia University and a B.A. in Art History from DePaul University. As an executive leader in the nonprofit sector, Porcella has developed and produced dozens of art exhibitions, special events, new commissions and public programs, and she frequently lectures on topics related to contemporary curatorial practices, arts administration, and fundraising. Porcella previously served as the Executive Director of Art Connects New York, the Managing Director of Flux Factory, and the Director of Grants and Community Development at Staten Island Arts. Porcella has curated exhibitions for galleries and museums across the U.S. including: “LUMEN”, an international video and performance art festival (Founder and Head Curator 2010 and 2011); “Ivory Tower”, a video exhibition concurrent with Art Basel Miami Beach 2011; “Women’s Work: Masculinity and Gender in Contemporary Fiber Art” at the San Diego Art Institute; and “Nothing to Declare: Transnational Narratives”and “Blessed Be: Mysticism, Spirituality and the Occult in Contemporary Art” at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson to name just a few. Porcella’s exhibitions have been positively reviewed in The New York Times, USA Today, Juxtapoz, and Artsy.net and her work has been featured in The L.A. Times, Hyperallergic, creem magazine, and Modern Painters.
Andrew Rush has been active as an American artist since 1959. He was educated at the University of Illinois, (BFA 1953), and at the University of Iowa (MFA 1958), and was a Fulbright scholar to Italy. He taught at the University of Arizona (Associate Professor of Art), 1959-1970) and is a resident of the Rancho Linda Vista art community in Oracle Arizona, established in 1968. In 1992 he founded, with a core group of Tucson artists, The Drawing Studio, now in its 27th year. Rush was married to Ann Woodin, writer, who passed away in 2017. Rush’s work has been included in many national exhibitions, especially of prints and drawings. He has also been active as a book illustrator and public artist. From 1981 on, Rush began to take an interest in tile and relief sculpture, especially in public places, garden settings and other architectural applications. In 1995 he was a nominee for the Arizona Arts Award by the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona. In 2003 he was nominated for the Arizona governor’s Arts Award both as an artist and art educator, and was given a retrospective exhibition of his intaglio printmaking at the University of Arizona Museum of Art. In 2006 he received the Tucson Pima Arts Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2010 the State of Arizona gave its Community Governors Arts Award to The Drawing Studio for its innovative contributions to the community. For more information about Andrew Rush’s history and work, visit andrewrushart.com.