We are thrilled to announce this year's Art Committee: Michelle Grabner, Artist & Independent Curator, Chicago and rural Wisconsin; Rosario Güiraldes, Assistant Curator, The Drawing Center, New York; Schwanda Rountree, Art consultant, Washington, DC; Amy Sadao, Daniel W. Dietrich II Director, ICA Philadelphia; and Shinique Smith, Artist, Los Angeles and New York. Members of the committee will review artwork submissions and recommend to the WPA staff which artists they should invite to participate in the auction.
2019 AUCTION ART COMMITTEE
Michelle Grabner is an artist, writer, and curator and the Crown Family Professor of Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she has taught for twenty years. Grabner co-curated the 2014 Whitney Biennial and the 2016 Portland Biennial, and is the Artistic Director for the FRONT International - Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art. Her exhibition reviews are regularly published in X-tra and Artforum.
Rosario Güiraldes is the Assistant Curator at The Drawing Center in New York City. She has organized exhibitions and public programs at the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA); University Museum of Contemporary Art (MUAC), Mexico City; The Drawing Center; Hessel Museum; Judd Foundation, all New York; and elsewhere. She holds a B.Arch from the Universidad de Buenos Aires and an MA in Curatorial Studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College.
is an attorney, collector, and independent art consultant. She has been an Advisory Board Member of the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta; Executive Board Member of the Porter Colloquium on African American Art, Washington, DC; and Board Member of the Rush Arts Philanthropic Foundation, New York. She has also served as Contributing Writer for the International Review on African American Art.
is the Daniel W. Dietrich II Director at the ICA Philadelphia. She was appointed to the position in 2012, and has since dramatically increased ICA's budget and staffing, and directed an ambitious contemporary program extending equity to overlooked and underrepresented artists, ideas, and publics. Previously, she was the Executive Director of Visual AIDS in New York. She holds a BFA from The Cooper Union and a MA in Comparative Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley and began her career as an intern at the Whitney Museum at Philip Morris.
is a Los Angeles and New York-based painter and sculptor. She has exhibited in the Istanbul and Busan biennials as well as at The Brooklyn Museum of Art; Denver Art Museum; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; New Museum; the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery; and elsewhere. She earned her BFA and MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art, where she served on the Board of Trustees from 2013 to 2016.