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Introduction

The Tephra ICA Festival is a highly selective fine art and fine craft outdoor exhibition. Each year, three top visual arts leaders, artists, and practitioners are identified as jurors to allow a thoughtful and critically engaged review process. Each application will be digitally reviewed by jurors and they will select the most accomplished artists within ten categories from around the nation to present their works at the Festival. The jurors will attend the Festival and will award the top ten artists to be announced at the Festival Cocktail Hour. Learn more about the 2022 jurors below.

Portrait of festival juror

Image courtesy of Hillary Waters Fayle

Hillary Waters Fayle

Hillary Waters Fayle received a MFA in Craft/Material Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University, VA and a BFA from Buffalo State College, NY. She is an Assistant Professor and Head of the Fiber Area in the Department of Craft/Materials Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, VA. She has previously taught at Penland School of Craft, NC, the Mediterranean Art & Design Program in Italy, and Yasar University in Turkey. Her work has been widely exhibited and is included in the permanent collections of the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo, NY, the Kalmthout Arboretum & Botanical Gardens in Belgium, the United States Embassy in Sri Lanka, and several private collections. A public installation in collaboration with the AK Museum can be seen year-round in Buffalo, NY.

Portrait of festival juror

Image courtesy of Laila Abdul-Hadi Jadallah

Laila Abdul-Hadi Jadallah

Laila Abdul-Hadi Jadallah is an arts administrator, curator, and researcher based in Washington, DC. Jadallah has been the Managing Director of Washington Studio School since 2018, and she has previously held senior-level positions at the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Art Fraud Insights, LLC, and International Arts and Artists. As an independent curator, exhibition producer, and researcher she has worked with numerous artists and exhibition partners including museums, galleries, non-profit organizations, and city-wide festivals to produce and curate exhibitions. She most recently curated Art in Isolation: Creativity in the Time of COVID-19 (2020) at the Middle East Institute and contributed a chapter on the history and contributions of Arab artists in Washington, DC to a forthcoming publication centering Arab artists in the canon of American art. 

Jadallah received a BA in Integrative Studies (Arts and Culture) from the School of Integrative Studies at George Mason University, VA and certificates from SPEOS Photographic Institute Paris and Harvard Business School Online and is currently an MA Candidate in Arab Studies focusing on cultural diplomacy at Georgetown University, DC. She is a member of ArtTable Inc., the Brokering Intercultural Exchange Group, and Museum HUE. She was an inaugural Graduate Student Fellow at the Laboratory for Performance and Politics at Georgetown University in 2020, and a 2017 and 2019 D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities Artist Fellow. 

Portrait of festival juror

Image courtesy of Gerald Ross

Gerald Ross

Gerald Ross is the Director of Exhibitions, Curator, and Adjunct Faculty at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, MD. He was born in Laramie, WY in 1965. He received a degree in Painting from the Kansas City Art Institute, MO in 1989, where he was also a Yale scholar. In the 1990s he collaborated on six public mural projects, receiving numerous awards. Ross continues to pursue his studio art and shows regularly in the region. He has also served as a juror for many fine art awards, including the Trawick Prize and the National Sculpture Residency Prize at Evergreen House. Ross was the curator of the 2013 WPA Biennial Exhibition Options at the Arlington Art Center, VA. As Director of the Exhibitions Department at MICA, Gerald manages a diverse, energetic, and vital program - installing over 100 exhibitions per year, campus-wide. Since 2003, he has curated exhibitions, established public programming, and has worked with the community to bring a large variety of local, national, and international groups and artists to MICA.

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