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Meet the Jurors

David Antonio Cruz: David Antonio Cruz is a multidisciplinary artist and a professor at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. Cruz fuses painting and performance to explore the visibility and intersectionality of brown, black, and queer bodies. Cruz received a BFA in painting from Pratt Institute and an MFA from Yale University. He attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and completed the AIM Program at the Bronx Museum. Recent residencies include the LMCC Workspace Residency, Project for Empty Space’s Social Impact Residency, and BRICworkspace. Cruz’s work has been included in notable group exhibitions at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Brooklyn Museum, El Museo del Barrio, Performa 13, and the McNay Art Museum. His fellowships and awards include the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Award, the Franklin Furnace Fund Award, the Urban Artist Initiative Award, and the Neubauer Faculty Fellowship at Tufts University. Recent press includes The New York Times, Art In America, ARTnews, and Document magazine.

Akiko Ichikawa: Akiko Ichikawa (born in Sagamihara, Japan) is a New York-based interdisciplinary visual artist, writer, and activist. She has exhibited her work at Andrew Kreps, On Stellar Rays, Five Myles, and ABC No Rio Gallery as well as Socrates Sculpture Park, Asian Arts Initiative (Philadelphia), Aljira (Newark), Midway Art (St. Paul, MN), Quartair Contemporary Art Initiatives (the Hague), Galerie Se Konst (Falun, Sweden), and at the 2009 Incheon Women Artists’ Biennale in South Korea. A recipient of grants from Artists Space, the Public Art Fund, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning in Queens, and the Bronx Arts Council, she has written for Flash Art, Hyperallergic, and Art in America. Instagram and Vimeo.