2018 Judges and the Judging Process

The jurist panel consists of three (3) independent judges who are selected annually from across the country for their in-depth knowledge and experience in multiple art media. In October they will review the digital images of all applicants to select the Festival artists and the Wait List artists. In March the same jurist panel will review the work of the exhibitors to determine those artists they consider eligible for awards. Judging of the awards is based upon the overall quality of the artwork exhibited. After a booth is selected by a judge, the artist is responsible for selecting one piece for Saturday's awards processing that best represents his or her entire body of work. The Best of Show, Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation Award, and the Morse Museum Award are each presented for an individual piece of art. Awards are presented solely at the discretion of the judges.

The 2018 Judges

Elaine Gustafson PhD

Philip Shore MFA

Louis Zona PhD
Elaine D. Gustafson is the Curator of Collections at the Weatherspoon Art Museum on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where her areas of interest include photography and modern American art. Upon her arrival in June 2009, she served as production manager for the museum’s first significant catalogue on its collection. More recent projects include overseeing the renovation of the Weatherspoon’s storage vault, funded in part by a $150,000 IMLS grant she co-authored, and strengthening the museum’s collection of photography. In January 2017, she organized Lucinda Devlin: Sightlines, the first retrospective for this significant American photographer. Gustafson also works directly with UNCG faculty and students to develop exhibitions related to upcoming course curricula. She holds a B.A. (summa cum laude) in the History of Art from Wheaton College, an M.A. in the History of Art from Brown University, and has completed coursework toward her doctorate, also at Brown University. She was Director of Exhibitions & Collections and Curator of Contemporary Art at the Tampa Museum of Art for ten years prior to joining the Weatherspoon’s staff. Other past experiences include positions at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Toledo Museum of Art, the Worcester Art Museum, and the Museum of Art at Rhode Island School of Design. In addition she has authored numerous publications and served as an adjunct professor at Auburn University, Troy State University, and presently at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.


Phillip Shore received his MFA from the University of Notre Dame and his BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. He is currently an associate professor of art at the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas and is represented by Sue Greenwood Fine Art in Laguna Beach, CA and Judy Ferrara Gallery in Three Oaks, MI. Mr. Shore has exhibited extensively throughout the United States, attended an international sculpture symposium in the Republic of Georgia and recently had a solo exhibit at the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, TX. He has received grants from the State of Michigan and Arts America as well as being awarded two Haggar Scholar Awards through the University of Dallas.

Shore’s sculptures are included in many public and private collections including:
  • Racine Museum of Art, Racine, Wisconsin
  • Chicago Park District, Palmer Park, Chicago, Illinois
  • Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, Texas
  • Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
  • City of Fort Smith Arkansas
  • Rustavi International Sculpture Park, Rustavi, Republic of Georgia
  • Akin, Gump P.C., Dallas, Texas
Dr. Louis A. Zona, Emeritus Professor and Art History Director at Butler Institute of America Art has been associated with Youngstown State University since 1962 when he began his baccalaureate studies, graduating in 1966. After earning a master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1969, Dr. Zona joined the YSU Art Department faculty. In 1973, Dr. Zona earned his doctoral degree from Carnegie Mellon University and that same year introduced classes in museum studies and twentieth century art at YSU. Dr. Zona has been the recipient of two YSU Distinguished Professor Awards, and in 1976 was elected Chairman of the YSU Art Department. In 1981, Professor Zona became Executive Director of The Butler Institute of American Art, devoting his tenure there to expanding and modernizing the facility, creating two branch museums, and bringing about professional accreditation for the Institute. During his directorship of the Butler, Dr. Zona has overseen the expansion of the museum’s collections and outreach initiatives. Under Dr. Zona’s leadership, the Beecher Center, a joint venture of the Butler and YSU focusing on art and technology, was dedicated in January, 2000. Dr. Zona has received a number of national honors including the Gari Melchers Medal, presented in 1996 by the Artist’s Fellowship of New York City, for his outstanding contribution to American art and culture. He is the author of numerous articles on art and art history including Nassos Daphnis: Color and Form, and A Nation’s Legacy: The Mid Twentieth Century in American Art. Dr. Zona is a major contributor to the recent Abrams publication Master Paintings From The Butler Institute of American Art, a catalogue of the Butler permanent collection.