Each year Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art (Tephra ICA) identifies top visual arts leaders, artists, and practitioners to participate as jurors for the Tephra ICA Arts Festival (formerly titled the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival). The jurors will thoughtfully select fine art and fine craft artists to present their works at the Festival and will identify ten artists to receive Artist Awards of Excellence to be announced at the Festival Cocktail Hour & Artist Awards Ceremony on Saturday, May 18. Tephra ICA is pleased to have Jordan Brown, Nicola Charles, and Mallory Kimmel join us as 2024 Festival Jurors.
Jordan Brown has worked at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond for over 10 years and has been a part of the organization’s incredible growth over the last decade. She started her time at VisArts as a front-desk associate before working with community programs and later growing to lead the education team and the center’s annual programming. Before being appointed as interim Executive Director, Brown served as VisArts’ Director of Education + Programs for five years. She was appointed as Executive Director in June of 2023.
Brown has a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Painting and Printmaking with a Music Minor as well as a Masters in Arts Administration from Goucher College. She is currently a board member of Partners in the Arts, a graduate of the Leadership Metro Richmond’s Leadership Quest Program, and was named a Richmond Style Weekly “Top 40 Under 40” in 2023.
Nicola Charles, an international curator and the founder of 11:Eleven gallery, was born in London, England. With a diverse background in Relationship Management at Christie’s Auctioneers and Professional Services, Nicola obtained her Curatorial certification from Sotheby’s Institute of Art and has established herself as a highly respected figure across the UK and US art contemporary and urban art markets.
Notable achievements include directing, managing, and curating the highly successful exhibition A Journey Through Brutalism at one of South London’s prominent urban art galleries. Nicola also played a major role in organizing and executing London’s largest urban art festival in 2018. She has gained valuable experience working at Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery and collaborating with partners and sponsors at the renowned Affordable Art Fair. As a passionate globetrotter, Nicola’s extensive travels have nurtured her profound appreciation for the arts and provided her with a global perspective. This passion led her to Washington, DC, where she currently resides, and founded the notable 11:Eleven Gallery, which opened its doors in 2019.
Nicola is a member of Artfinder’s Curatorial Board and has recently joined the Board of Directors at Project Create, a non-profit organization located in Washington, DC.
Mallory Kimmel is an artist, curator, educator, and writer who makes conceptual furniture to address exclusionary design practices. Kimmel received her MFA in fine art from California College of the Arts and co-founded the Black X Collective. She served as the Chief of Art Relations, securing the film festival venue at the Phillips Collection and THEARC. She was named 2019 MFA Now artist to watch in the Bay Area by Root Division and was selected as the Aggregate Space Gallery Curatorial Fellow. Kimmel in 2023 was selected as the Jennie Lea Knight Fellow at the Studio Gallery in Washington, DC and was awarded studio space at Hamiltonian Artists. She has been selected for artist residencies including the Social Studies Residency and the Outreach Artist Residency in the Arctic Circle funded by the NSF and NOAA.
Kimmel is currently collaborating with The George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum with the Washingtoniana Collection on a project called America: Land of Civil War. She has been published by e-flux, The George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum’s Evolution DC, and BMoreArt Magazine. Kimmel has founded the local small press, Do Less Press, specializing in artist literature on power, labor, rest, and healing.
She teaches art theory and studio courses at The Corcoran School of Art and Design at George Washington University, The University of Maryland, George Mason University (GMU), Prince Georges Community College, and Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC). Kimmel manages the permanent art collection at CCBC and is currently writing a conceptual furniture course to be taught Fall 2024 at George Mason University.
[Source: Tephra ICA]