Judges and Jurors 2018

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Judge Frank McCulloch

A recipient of the New Mexico Governor’s Award in the Arts, UNM Distinguished Alumnus of the Year, Albuquerque Arts Alliance Bravos Award, MasterWorks Outstanding Achievement Award, and AABA “Local Treasure”, McCulloch has works in collections including the National Hispanic Cultural Center, Museum of New Mexico (Santa Fe), Museum of Albuquerque, UNM Museum of Fine Arts, and the Capitol Art Collection at the State Capitol Building in Santa Fe. He received his BFA from UNM and Masters from NM Highlands, both in Biology, and an MFA from Instituto Allende, Mexico. He taught high school art for 30 years, also served as visiting art faculty at UNM and Southern Methodist University. His legacy has been noted in Southwest Art Magazine, New Mexico Magazine, Art News, American Artist, and PBS Colores, to name a few. His style of work initially dealt with abstraction in the NM landscape, then became more simplified, with hard-edged geometric formalism, and now back to landscape through a variety of media. 

Video Interview with Frank McCulloch and Barbara Lohbeck

Juror Jeanne Hyland

Ms. Hyland holds a BFA degree in figurative sculpture from University of New Hampshire and studied at Ecole des Beaux Arts in France. Commercial design in Colorado preceded her return to Fine Art. She adopted watercolor after moving to California, where she taught at LA Academy of Figurative Art, Learning and Product Expos, Brand Library Studios. Now she teaches in Santa Fe at Artisan’s ARTSpot andExpos, and other locales nationally and internationally. Her works have been widely exhibited and have received many distinguished awards. Jeanne is a past Board Member, National Watercolor Society; Member of American, National, Southwestern Watercolor Societies, and Portrait Society of America; Signature Member of Watercolor West, Women Artists of the West and New Mexico Watercolor Society.

Juror Richard Alan Nichols

With a strong foundation in traditional impressionism, a tenure at the American Academy of Art in Chicago and tutelage under Irving Shapiro and Ted Smuskiewicz, Nichols has received numerous scholarships and awards. Calling Taos his source of inspiration, his works in oils, charcoal and watercolor reflect its landscapes with added interest in figurative and still life works. Nichols is found internationally in permanent collections including the American Academy of Art, Taos Art Museum, Huges and Koop Private Collections, the Universities of Wisconsin, Nebraska, Minnesota and Missouri, and many others. His exhibitions and awards include Oil Painters of America, Society of Master Impressionists, Nomadas Del Arte, Salon International. He has also been the poster artist for Taos Invites Taos.

Juror Dinah Worman

The work of award winning landscape painter Dinah Worman is instantly recognizable by its clarity and depth. Light is everywhere. It filters through the trees and streams and between the clouds. After studying art at Colorado State University, University of Oklahoma and Metropolitan State University of Denver, a move to Sheridan, Wyoming allowed her to work with William E. Wright for three years. This experience encouraged her to continually renew her vision, pressing beyond method into a flow of creative instinct. While Dinah’s oil and pastel paintings are based on reality, the interpretation of the scene has become more important than the scene itself.

Miniature Fine Arts Division Judge and Jurors

Judge Neecy Twinem

A fine artist, toy designer, academic professor and author/illustrator of over 32 children’s books published in several languages. Twinem has been working as a professional illustrator, author and artist and instructor for over 24 years, as well as giving presentations at numerous schools, libraries, conventions and conferences across the country. She launched her children’s book career with her first title: Aye-Ayes, Bears and Condors, An ABC of Endangered Animals and Their Babies, published by Scientific American Books for Young Readers. She has her Masters of Fine Art and instructs and mentors artists of all ages, at universities and beyond. Twinem developed a brand trademark titled, ZOMBIEZOO® including the design, manufacturing and release of a plush toy line and books, which has attracted international attention. Currently Twinem has partnered with Silo Media, Inc., to produce an animation series based on the ZOMBIEZOO® characters and content.

Video Interview with Neecy Twinem and Barbara Lohbeck

Juror Remy Rotenier

Paris-born and well-known jewelry designer and artist, Remy Rotenier is a third generation designer. He received his bachelor’s degree in jewelry design in Paris while working for Cristofol, a workshop catering to the finest names in European high-end jewelry; a graduate gemologist degree from the French Institute of Gemology, passing a Diamond Grading with GIA, New York. He was hired by Tiffany & Co., NY, as one of three staff designers, later Kabana in New Mexico. Since 2006, Rotenier has directed Remy Design, taught at the Revere Academy in San Francisco, workshops at Wolf Designs in TN, and Creative Side in Austin, and has released 2 DVD sets. He has presented his creations on television, most recently as Jewelry Television’s Remy Rotenier for Bella Luce. He has drawn and painted all his life, receiving 4 national awards and one international for miniatures and is a familiar MasterWorks artist.

Juror Nancy Wood Taber

Known primarily for her detailed, thought provoking and award winning colored pencil drawings of animals, Nancy Wood Taber is a Merit Award recipient and Signature Member of the Colored Pencil Society of America. She received her BFA from NMSU. For over two decades, Leanin’ Tree of Boulder, Colorado has reproduced her images on notecards and other products. Her drawings have received awards at juried shows including MasterWorks of NM Miniatures Division and the CPSA Annual International Exhibition. In addition to her expertise in drawing, she excels in creating unique sterling silver jewelry featuring animals and chain maille designs.

Juror Jeff Warren

After working for 25 years in theater as an actor/singer/director, Jeff joined the Theatre Arts faculty at a prestigious private school in LA where, in addition to teaching advanced acting and technical theater, he directed and designed over 75 productions in his 25 years there. In 2011, Jeff retired to the East Mountains and is painting full-time. His “larger-than life” style leans toward the “fanciful and dramatic/Romantic Realism”, a probable result of his theatrical experience and aesthetic. He has earned awards at MasterWorks and now owns and manages the Warren Art Gallery in Albuquerque’s Old Town.