Nohl Jurors

Each year, the Nohl Fellows are selected by an independent panel of three recognized visual arts professionals working outside the four-county area. Jurors are chosen for their broad knowledge of contemporary art practices. Since its inception the Nohl Fellowship has intentionally taken into account race, ethnicity, gender, age, geographical location--as well as curatorial interests and the likelihood that the home institution would show a Milwaukee artist—when recruiting jurors.

The 2023 jurors are:
Jadine Collingwood, Assistant Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Thomas James, Independent Curator and Executive Director, The Last Resort Artist Retreat, Baltimore, Maryland
Kimi Kitada, Jedel Family Foundation Curatorial Fellow at Charlotte Street Foundation, Kansas City, Missouri

About the 2023 Jurors

Jadine Collingwood is Assistant Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago where she has curated projects including Chicago Works: Caroline Kent (2021), Martine Syms: She Mad Season One (2022), and Gary Simmons: Public Enemy (with René Morales, 2023). Previously, she worked at the Walker Art Center where she was part of the curatorial team for several exhibitions, including the major retrospective Siah Armajani: Follow This Line (with Victoria Sung, 2018), the group exhibition The Body Electric (with Pavel Pyś, 2019), and the multidisciplinary exhibition The Paradox of Stillness (with Vincenzo de Bellis, 2021). Prior to the Walker, Collingwood was an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at the Art Institute of Chicago, where she assisted with the exhibitions Design Episodes: The Modern Chair (2016) and Helena Almeida: Work Is Never Finished (2017). Collingwood received a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Chicago, where she completed her dissertation, ‘A Tragic Suburban Mentality’: Managerial Lyricism in Contemporary Art.

Thomas F. James (b. 1994) is a Washington, DC-born, Prince George’s County, Maryland-raised curator currently based in Baltimore. The focal aspect of his work is to communicate ideas through exhibitions focusing on storytelling. By approaching his curatorial practice as a narrator, he is able to emphasize the cultural backgrounds and nuances within artists’ works. This is done in the hopes to provide viewers with more context and a holistic scope of what artists are presenting. He finds storytelling essential to communicating grander concepts that create approachable, intellectual conversations.

From 2018-2022 James ran two galleries in Baltimore: Creative Alliance and Eubie Blake Cultural Center. He is now the executive director of The Last Resort Artist Retreat, as well as continuing his curatorial practice and serving on various boards and projects for different sectors of the arts ecosystem.

James received his bachelor's degree from Frostburg State University. He has guest curated numerous exhibitions at institutions including The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC; Band of Vice Gallery, Los Angeles; George Washington University’s ArtReach Gallery, Washington, DC; Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, Maryland; and Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis, Maryland. He has been a lead facilitator and/or panelist at institutions including Joshua Johnson Council, Baltimore Museum of Art, Reginald F. Lewis Museum, University of Maryland Baltimore County, and Bloomberg Arts. He has served as a guest juror and/or critic at institutions including B&O Railroad Museum, Maryland Institute College of Art, University of Maryland College Park, Maryland Federation of Art, Residency Unlimited, VisArts, Goucher College, and Towson University. James has spearheaded special projects with organizations such as Vans, Kaiser Permanente, and Munger, Tolles & Olsen LLP.

Kimi Kitada is a curator based in Kansas City, Missouri. Currently, she is the Jedel Family Foundation Curatorial Fellow at Charlotte Street Foundation, where she organizes exhibitions and public programs. Previously, she was Curatorial Assistant at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2019-2020). From 2014 to 2018, she served as Public Programs & Research Coordinator at Independent Curators International (ICI) in New York. Her recent exhibitions include: Handiwork: Art, Craft, and the Space Between at Charlotte Street Foundation, Kansas City (2022); With Liberty and Justice at Charlotte Street Foundation, Kansas City (2021); where we came from & where we are going at Transformer, Washington, DC (2019); and reset at Garis & Hahn, New York (2016). She co-curated Postscript: Correspondent Works at artQ13, Rome (2015); 7×8 Curatorial Conversations at Budapest Art Market, Hungary (2013); and (in)complete at TEMP Art Space, New York (2013). Kitada received a BA in Art History and Classics from Bucknell University and an MA in Museum Studies from NYU.

Past Jurors


Jade Powers, Assistant Curator, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri
Victoria Sung, Associate Curator of Visual Arts, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Toccarra A. H. Thomas, Media and performance artist, film programmer, and arts administrator; currently director of the Joan Mitchell Center, New Orleans, Louisiana


Kimberli Gant, McKinnon Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art, Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Virginia
Ashley James, Associate Curator, Contemporary Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Shamim M. Momin, Director of Curatorial Affairs, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, Washington


Dean Daderko, Curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.
Janet Dees, Steven and Lisa Munster Tananbaum Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University
Jessica Hong, Associate Curator of Global Contemporary Art at the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College


Lucy Mensah, Independent Curator and Visiting Assistant Professor of Museum and Exhibition Studies at the University of Illinois in Chicago’s School of Art & Art History
Risa Puleo, Independent Curator
Ashley Stull Meyers, Co-Curator 2019 Portland Biennial, Portland, Oregon


Michelle Jacques, Chief Curator, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Canada
Allison Peters Quinn, Director of Exhibitions & Residency Programs, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago
Gabriel Ritter, Curator and Head of Contemporary Art at the Minneapolis Institute of Art


JoAnne Northrup, Curatorial Director and Curator of Contemporary Art, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno
Valerie Cassel Oliver, Senior Curator at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
Julie Rodrigues Widholm, Director and Chief Curator, DePaul Art Museum, Chicago


Jamillah James, Assistant Curator, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
Eric May, Executive Director, Roots & Culture Contemporary Art Center, Chicago
Jodi Throckmorton, Curator of Contemporary Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), Philadelphia


Courtney Fink, Executive Director, Southern Exposure, San Francisco
Daniel Fuller, Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art at the Maine College of Art, Portland
Naima J. Keith, Assistant Curator at The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York


Naomi Beckwith, Marilyn and Larry Fields Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Evan J. Garza, Exhibitions & Public Programs Coordinator at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Co-founder and Assistant Director of Fire Island Artist Residency (FIAR)
Gretchen Wagner, Curator, Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, St. Louis


Lisa Dent, Director, Grants & Services, Creative Capital, New York, New York
Astria Suparak, Director & Curator, Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Irene Tsatsos, Chief Curator/Director of Gallery Programs, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, California


Xandra Eden, Curator of Exhibitions at the Weatherspoon Art Museum, The University of North Carolina at  Greensboro
Tumelo Mosaka, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Krannert Art Museum, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
Elizabeth Thomas, Phyllis Wattis MATRIX Curator at Berkeley Art Museum, California


Sheryl Conkelton, art historian/curator/writer, Philadelphia
Nathan Lee, critic/curator, New York
Lucía Sanromán, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego


Jennie C. Jones, artist, New York
Toby Kamps, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
Barbara Wiesen, Gahlberg Gallery, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, Illinois


Eva Gonzalez-Sancho, FRAC Bourgogne, Dijon, France
Valerie Mercer, Detroit Institute of Arts
Laurel Reuter, North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks


Clara Kim, REDCAT, Los Angeles
Ingrid Schaffner, ICA, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Hamza Walker, Renaissance Society, Chicago


Dominic Molon, MCA Chicago
Alma Ruiz, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Nadine Wasserman, independent curator, New York


René DeGuzman, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
Nato Thompson/MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts
Jane Simon, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art


Patricia Hickson, Des Moines Art Center
Habib Kheradyar, POST, Los Angeles
Sue Spaid, independent curator, Cincinnati


Lorelei Stewart, Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois-Chicago.
Tim Peterson, Franklin Art Works, Minneapolis
Barbara Hunt, Artists Space, New York

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