Meet Our Jurors

Phyllis Roybal – a native New Mexican, born in Santa Fe and grew up all over the state. I had my first art class in 8th grade and have skills in multiple areas of art. I am a Past President of NMAEA. I have been teaching in the Santa Fe Public Schools for 16 years and a teacher for 24 years.

Justin Makemson PhD – a professor of art education at the University of New Mexico and the NMAEA Higher Education Division Representative. Prior to working in higher education, Makemson taught 15 years in community art programs and public schools in Missouri and Indiana.

Shannon Bay – has been part of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum’s education team since February of 2007 and currently serves as the Program Manager, Adult and Community Engagement. In November of 2016 Shannon received the Museum Art Educator of the Year Award from the New Mexico Art Educators’ Association. Outside of work she volunteers on Kappa Delta Sorority’s National Leadership Team as an Alumnae Chapter Specialist overseeing KD Alumnae operations in eight states and is the Communications Vice President of the Junior League of Albuquerque. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan and a Master’s in Business Administration, emphasis on Strategic Leadership, from the University of New Mexico.

Allan Armenta – is an Albuquerque-based artist focusing in lowbrow/newbrow art, working in painting, drawing, and sculpting medias. Allan is a native New Mexican, raised in the Four Corners region. He is a UNM Alum, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a minor in Computer Science and a Master of Business Administration in Management Information Systems. Allan’s art has been displayed in galleries throughout the United States, from ABQ, Santa Fe, Dallas, to New York, as well as internationally like in Japan, Italy, and Singapore.

Ray Hernandez-Duran – is Professor of Art History in the Department of Art at the University of New Mexico. He completed his Ph.D. in Art History at the University of Chicago and specializes in Spanish colonial art, nineteenth-century Mexican art, U.S. Latinx art, and Museum Studies. HIs book, The Academy of San Carlos and Mexican Art History: Politics, History, and Art in Nineteenth-Century Mexico (2017) will be followed by a new monograph, Writing a History of Colonial Art in Mexico, ca. 1855–1934 and an edited volume, A Routledge Companion to U.S. Latinx Art. He has served as a Scholastic juror each year for the last ten years.

Jessica Rosazza Williams – is an arts and education professional with over 10 years experience presenting artistic concepts and history to adult learners. She has a strong background in arts, teaching, and design complemented by coursework in public history, art theft and forgery, and computer information systems. Jessica is also skilled in Educational Technology, Curriculum Development at the K-12 and Higher Education levels, and Art and Museum Theory.

Mary Tsiongas – is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work addresses human relationships to technology and nature through video and digital imagery. She received her MFA from California College of the Arts and her BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She is a Professor in Experimental Art + Technology in the Department of Art where she founded the Experimental Art + Technology area. She is currently the Associate Dean of Research at the College of Fine Arts at UNM.

Sally Harris – a neurologist with a BA in art education, as well as a signature member of the NM Watercolor Society.

Bree Lamb – is an artist, educator and editor based in southern New Mexico. She holds an MFA from the University of New Mexico and a BFA from Pennsylvania State University. She is Assistant Professor of photography at New Mexico State University, and for the last six years she has been the Managing Editor for Fraction Magazine, an online venue for contemporary photography.

April Adams – is a social justice advocate with a background in creative placemaking, community engagement and organizational management. She spent more than seven years as a youth advocate in the nonprofit sector, curating and coordinating youth-oriented public art projects, programs, installations and events at Warehouse 508, Albuquerque’s Youth Art & Entertainment Center. She has a BA in Broadcast Journalism from the University of New Mexico and is an administrator in UNM’s Division for Equity & Inclusion.

Gigi Yu PhD – is an assistant professor in art education at UNM Art Department

Janet Saiers – UNM BA, MA; Parks & Recreation planner, 1973-2002; Board Member TVI/CNM, 2003-2007; President Historical Society of NM, 2013-2017; president, ABQ Historical Society, 2018-present.

David Welch – Former teacher and chair of Visual Arts, Albuquerque Academy Former chair, Test Development Committee for Studio Art, ETS

Mark Woody – Having lived in New Mexico for over 50 years I have raised a family, received an art degree from UNM, and been active in the local art scene for 40 years. I entered the APS Public Education field in 1988 and eventually became an art teacher within APS in 2007, teaching high school and mid school students. During this period, I taught ceramics, graphic arts, painting and drawing. After retirement, I have devoted my time to creating art full time, including curating art exhibits. I continue to be inspired by both the incredible grandeur of New Mexico and the students and artists who make up this great community.

Andrew Connors – Director, Albuquerque Museum 2018-present; Curator of Art, Albuquerque Museum 2009-2018; Chair, Visual Art Department, Albuquerque Academy, 2006-2009; Senior Curator, National Hispanic Cultural Center 1999-2006; Associate Curator, Smithsonian American Art Museum 1985-1999