Jurors for 2018
Michael D’Alessandro is the Executive Director of Northwind Arts Center. After a 12-year career in architecture, Michael left the profession to pursue a second career in the arts. With degrees in fine arts, design and art history, he comes to Northwind with a unique blend of talents. A writer, publisher, teacher, curator and nonprofit manager, Michael moved to Washington in 2014 from Portland, Oregon where he was the Community Resource Coordinator for an arts nonprofit, the Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC). He has worked at the Froelick Gallery in Portland, and has taught creative writing, graphic design and publishing at Marylhurst University and the IPRC. He has an MFA from Naropa University and is the publisher and editor of a small press specializing in new literature and letterpress book editions. Michael has taught poetry workshops at the Writers' Workshoppe in Port Townsend, where he lives with his partner and three children.
Russian born, Marina Shipova is an artist of the generation that emerged from the influences of Marc Chagall and Ilya Glazunov. Her career in art and illustration developed from her childhood interest in art and a very active imagination. Shipova was enrolled in art school at the age of nine and continued her art education through secondary and high school. She earned a Masters in Fine Art from Vladimir State University, in Vladimir, Russia. There, she absorbed an acute attention to form associated with classical techniques, subsequently refining her own visual and conceptual world that emerged through her focus on the points of intersection between painting, design, and computer graphics. She has also established herself as a freelance artist, independent
publisher and illustrator. Her work has been published in books and magazines, her illustrations have been used on a wide variety of products, and her art can also can be found in galleries and private collections in the United States, Europe and Russia and has been seen in numerous exhibitions.