Jurors are selected for their experience and their expertise in a range of mediums. A variety of backgrounds and skills are sought, resulting in a mix of artists, educators, and curators.
Jim Ulmer, M.S., is a full-time functional potter and has been an art fair exhibitor since 1972. His studio is located in Frazee.
Jim Hansen is the current chairman of Ciprico. For the past 23 years, he has been an adjunct professor in the Graduate Programs in Management at the University of St. Thomas. He has been featured in Midwest Home magazine and The Guild Source Book for Residential Art, thanks to his unfailing support of artisans.
Linda Steinworth has worked as a goldsmith for over 25 years. Her jewelry has been represented in galleries throughout the country. She has also exhibited in many juried shows, including the Uptown Art Fair. Her work was recently included in the book Necklaces. Linda’s studio is located in Stillwater.
David Salmela is the founder of Creative Electric Studios. Around since 2003, Creative Electric Studios is a combination performance and art gallery and creative studio located in Northeast Minneapolis. Recently, he completed a full score for a feature-length documentary entitled “Urban Explorers — Into the Darkness,” directed by Melody Gilbert. This motivated Minnesotan not only runs a gallery and makes movie scores; he’s also the co-founder and music director of a new radio show called the Electric Arc Radio Series, sponsored by Minnesota Public Radio.
Rhonda Kinchlow has spent much of her professional life telling stories for television, radio, and newspaper as a professional journalist. Now, a quarter of a century later, she is making handbags called Bagabonns. She creates the bags through scraps of fabric and other materials without measuring a thing, on a sewing machine her grandma bought at a yard sale for a bargain deal of $5.