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Contest Judges


    Gilah Hirsch


    MFA Pictorial Arts, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
    BA University of California Berkeley

    Gilah Yelin Hirsch, Professor, Studio Art, is a painter, writer, theorist, filmmaker, and lecturer. She works in a multidisciplinary manner including art, design, anthropology, architecture, theology, philosophy, psychology, psychoneuroimmunology and world culture. An internationally exhibiting artist in over 250 exhibitions since 1968 in venues ranging from the the Whitney Museum to the Jerusalem Biennale, Israel. Hirsch’s paintings have been acquired by many major public and private collections, and has been reviewed extensively worldwide, has appeared on covers and within dozens of international publications, along with articles and chapters about her life and work.  She has also authored the book “Demonic to Divine: The Double Life of Shulamis Yelin” (Vehicule Press). Hirsch’s film “Cosmography: The Writing of the Universe,” and her current film, “Reading the Landscape,” bring these concepts to children of all ages in sixteen languages and cultures. She also has given over 300 presentations/keynotes on her work at universities, institutes and conferences internationally including a TED X talk at the First International Festival of the Arts in Bhutan.

    For more information on Gilah, please visit:  www.gilah.com


    Daniel Dove


    MFA in Painting, Yale University School of Art
    BFA in Studio Art, University of Texas at Austin

    Daniel Dove is a painter residing in Los Angeles.  His work has been shown in galleries and museums across the United States and reviewed in many publications. He is currently an associate professor of drawing and painting at Cal State University, Long Beach. Daniel has been in numerous solo, two-person, and group exhibitions throughout the country. Daniel has received Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship in Painting, Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist’s Grant; Daniel won First Place in the William and Dorothy Yeck Award, Young Painters’ Competition and the Kimbrough Grant.

    For more information on Daniel, please visit:  www.danieldove.com 



    Marie Thibeault


    MFA, University of California Berkeley
    BFA in Painting, Rhode Island School of Design

    Marie Thibeault’s large-scale oil paintings address the tension of urban landscape and the natural world. The imagery is informed the immediate experience of living near the expansive industrial Port of Los Angeles. While referencing the surrounding landscape with atmospheric color fields, the work contrasts industrial structures with organic forms to suggest the ideas of flux, change and instability in our environment.

    Her work has been recently featured in exhibitions such as Conveyance, at the Long Beach Museum of Art, The Feminine Sublime at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, and Color Vision, at the Huntington Beach Art Center. Recent solo exhibitions include Illuminations at Von Fraunberg Gallery in Dusseldorf, Neon Babylon, at Elena Shchukina Gallery in London, Engineering at George Lawson Gallery in San Francisco, and Broken Symmetries, Torrance Art Museum in Torrance, CA. She has recently completed a residency at Two Coats of Paint in New York, and twice participated in the US Thai Exchange Program at Silpakorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. Her work has been reviewed in several publications, including Artilery Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, L.A. Weekly, and Art in America.

    For more information on Mariel, please visit:  www.mariethibeault.com