2018 JURY PANEL
The 6th annual ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest is proud to announce our jury panel for 2018. Glen Gentele, Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan and Rickie Leiter have generously offered their services to judge this global, online contest which benefits the Center for Great Apes. With their combined expertise in Fine Art, Fine Art Photography and the natural world, they bring tremendous expertise and enthusiasm to the judging of the ENDANGERED Fine Art & Photography Contest. They are all looking forward to reviewing all the entries.
Glen Gentele is the Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Orlando Museum of Art, one of central Florida’s major cultural institutions. He previously served as the President of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art at a time of positive change and growth for the city. Prior to that, Gentele held a joint appointment as Director of Laumeier Sculpture Park & Museum, Saint Louis, Missouri - a 105-acre open-air museum focused on cutting-edge art - and as the Aronson Endowed Professor for Modern and Contemporary Art, at University of Missouri, Saint Louis. Earlier, he served as the Head of Collections Management, and Curator of Exhibitions, at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida.
Gentele has taught courses in contemporary art ranging from environmental perspectives, installation art, the body in art, to graduate courses in museum practice and studio art. He has organized numerous museum solo and group exhibitions, served on advisory boards, engages as a mentor, and believes that art museums are places of ideas that advance intellectual discourse and our understanding of the human condition. He brings over 20-years of experience in museum administration, art, contemporary sculpture, fundraising, education and community engagement. Gentele received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland, the oldest continuously degree granting art school in the United States; and earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida.
JAYAPRAKASH JOGHEE BOJAN
Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan is a Singapore based National Geographic Award winning nature photographer. He likes to create awareness through his story telling images, His pictures have been featured in several publications including National Geographic, BBC and others internationally. He was also featured on BBC World News recently about his passion for nature photography and stories around his award wining pictures.
He is also the brand ambassador for Orangutan Alliance, an NGO promoting Palm oil free products and supporting grassroots conservation projects affected by non sustainable palm oil.
He was named National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2017 for his image Face to Face in a River in Borneo.
Rickie Leiter has always been fascinated by the creative process. A former art consultant in her native Massachusetts, her instinct to connect with creatives in her new home led her to found The Rickie Report in 2011. While its focus is the visual art scene in Southeast Florida, she sees personal inspiration in nature, as well as the performing arts.
Rickie’s mission is to help emerging artists achieve meaningful careers and to guide professional artists in finding their niches. With a world-wide readership, The Rickie Report brings visual artists and art lovers/art patrons together. For her, these relationships are the bonds that create a well-educated and well-rounded community.
Rickie’s own creative process over the years has included fiber art, one-of-a-kind wearable art necklaces, and mosaics. In addition to having earned an MSW, Rickie has served as a long-time volunteer in national and international non-profits, providing her with a solid on-the-ground education for marketing, communication and leadership training. She and her husband, Jeff, publish The Rickie Report while enjoying the cultural bounties around them. Contact: Rickie@TheRickieReport.com