Announcing the 2019 Nova Prize Jury

FRESCO Foundation is pleased to announce the jury of the 2019 Nova Prize Open Call for Artists, which recognizes new artistic visions and fresh perspectives in millennial art and culture.

The jury is composed of the following artists and scholars,

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Teresa Lousa is a professor of several theoretical chairs at the Faculdade de Belas-Artes of the Universidade de Lisboa in Lisbon, Portugal. She graduated with a philosophy degree from the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa and obtained her Master in Theories of Art and her Ph.D. in Art and Heritage Sciences at the Faculdade de Belas-Artes of the Universidade de Lisboa. Moreover, she is a researcher at the Centro de Humanidades of the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa. Recently, she explored the relationship between art and philosophy, researching the creative processes and artistic phenomena of counterculture in contemporary times.

Brett Phares is an artist and curator working in immersive art and the built environment. With more than twenty years of experience in interactive media, he has created innovative projects for startups and international brands. He earned his Master of Fine Arts from Hunter College and his Master of Arts from SUNY Stony Brook. He has exhibited internationally and curates the annual immersive art festival Digital Graffiti, named by the Smithsonian as one of the top five immersive art experiences in the world. Moreover, he is the founder of General Anxiety, a digital art consultancy.

Kameelah Janan Rasheed is a Brooklyn-based artist and learner. She seeks to make her thinking visible through an ecosystem of iterative and provisional projects or processes. This includes sprawling xerox-based “architecturally-scaled collages” (Frieze Magazine, Winter 2018), essays, publications, large-scale public installations, textile banners, digital archives, and lecture performances. Her evolving body of work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at the 2017 Venice Biennale, Brooklyn Museum, New Museum, Printed Matter, Brooklyn Public Library, among others.

Agatha Sequeira is a sociologist whose interests revolve around urban sociology and sociology of the arts. She holds a Ph.D. in the field from the Centre for Socioeconomic and Territorial Studies of the Instituto Universitário de Lisboa in Lisbon, Portugal. Her main areas of research include the urban dynamics of the public space, artistic expressions in the urban context, and the construction of the public space. Recently, she has been working on the project TransUrbArts. She is a researcher at the Centro Interdisciplinar de Ciências Sociais of the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa.

Andy Zieleniec is an interdisciplinary lecturer of Sociology and a program director of Liberal Arts at Keele University. The focus of his research is the interface between space, culture, and society. This has allowed him to teach, research, and publish in themes such as the urban green space, walking as a creative embodied spatial practice, and the aesthetics, politics, and potential of graffiti and street art. He has been awarded a Santander Research Fellowship and a Network Seminar grant. Moreover, he is the author of the monographs Park Spaces: Leisure, Culture, and Modernity (2013) and Space and Social Theory (2007). Currently, he is researching the social and cultural dimensions linked to urban regeneration strategies, and he is also an embedded participatory researcher with a community engagement project.

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