Past Selection Committee

These members of a globally significant art community set the high standard of the fair, hand picking every exhibiting artist from the hundreds of applications received and ensuring the Fair's visitors can buy with the confidence that they are investing in the best of emerging talent.

KELLY NYLAND

Kelly Nyland is a pioneer leader who has introduced emerging tech products to mass market through play. She has launched leading consumer brands in drone, robot, music, and wearable tech categories. Her executive roles span international marketing, sales and experience design.

In her role at Snap Inc (the parent company of Snapchat), Kelly was responsible for the global marketing and sales launch of Snap’s newest consumer product brand, Spectacles. This release championed a playful advertising campaign and temporary pop-up kiosks which garnered international curiosity and was recently awarded 6 Cannes Lions awards at this year’s Cannes Festival.

Currently, Kelly is the CEO & Founder of a new LA-based company, set to launch early 2018.

ANDRÉ SARAIVA

Graffiti was the first way André Saraiva made his mark on the world. He was born in Sweden and grew up on the outskirts of Paris, tagging his name on the neighborhood’s walls as an urgent declaration of his existence. His works have been shown in museums and contemporary art galleries around the world, with a monumental wall of tiles installed in Lisbon in 2016. Now an established hotelier, restaurateur, and nightlife pioneer, Saraiva has never put away his spray can. In fact, he sees every one of his many ventures as part of the same irreverent lifelong art project. One that he always approaches with a wink—just like his iconic graffitied alter-ego, Mr. A.

BETTINA KOREK

Bettina Korek is a Los Angeles-based producer, creative entrepreneur, and founder of ForYourArt. In the spirit of Los Angeles, ForYourArt (FYA) is a nimble, non-hierarchical, and independent public practice. FYA is always evolving, and embraces the freedom that comes with eluding narrow definitions. FYA functions as a fluid platform and network for the production and distribution of artists' work as well as the advancement of a spirit of patronage. FYA is known for its weekly publication, Plan ForYourArt – a trusted resource for discovering art across Los Angeles that covers museums, independent organizations, galleries, lectures, performances, and publications. Korek also has a consulting practice, contributes regularly to art and lifestyle publications, and is the special projects editor of Surface magazine. She is a member of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and serves on advisory boards for SPArt and School of Doodle. Korek is a graduate of Princeton University.

CLAIRE EVANS

Claire L. Evans is a writer and artist working in Los Angeles. Her day job is as the singer and coauthor of the conceptual pop group YACHT. She is the co-founder of 5 Every Day, a popular Los Angeles events app, and the founding editor of Terraform, VICE's science-fiction vertical. She is an advisor to design students at Art Center College of Design and a member of the cyberfeminist collective Deep Lab. Her first book, Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women who Made the Internet, will be published by Penguin Random House in March 2018.

LAURI FIRSTENBERG

Lauri Firstenberg is the artistic director of there-there, a new production company and art gallery in Hollywood.  She was the founder and Executive Director and Chief Curator of LAXART, which she founded in 2005 while receiving her Ph.D. in the history of art and architecture at Harvard University. Before that, she was the assistant director and curator of the Mak Center at the Schindler House, West Hollywood, and an adjunct curator at Artists Space, New York. Firstenberg was an associate curator for Okwui Enwezor’s 2001 exhibition Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa 1945–2001, which originated at the Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; MCA, Chicago and MoMA PS1, and she was a curatorial assistant for Documenta 11 in Kassel, Germany (2002). She has produced exhibitions internationally with artists such as Mark Bradford, Mary Weatherford, Doug Aitken, Meg Cranston, Alex Israel, Wade Guyton, Kelley Walker, Seth Price,  Walead Beshty, Thomas Lawson, William Leavitt, Nicole Miller, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Piero Golia, Jedediah Caesar, Ruben Ochoa, to name a few. Firstenberg codirected the Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival with Glenn Phillips and the Getty and cocurated the first LA Biennial organized by the Hammer Museum in collaboration with LA><ART. She also curated the 2008 California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art and curated projects at ArtPace, San Antonio and Participant Inc, New York. She has taught in the Public Art Studies program at U.S.C. and at SciARC. She was the curatorial consultant for VIA Art Fund, the Careyes Art Foundation, DISTINCT and After & Again.
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