2019 ARTpath Jurors

Brian Whitfield
Brian Whitfield tests the boundaries between painting and sculpture with his works of painted constructions. Work which expresses the spirit of jazz and improvisation, his construction paintings are rectangles bursting with energy and movement. Brian has been influenced by many artist including Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, Wassily Kandinsky, Gustav Klimt, William De Kooning and Pablo Picasso. He was commissioned in 1992 to produce 35 portraits of past National Presidents and Executive Directors of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc., displayed at the headquarters in Chicago, Ill. In 1988 He designed the 75th Anniversary Logo of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. Brian has received many awards for his work including: 1984-Designer of the Ingham County Flag; 1991-The Basil H. Alkazzi Award (U.S.A.) a $5,000 Acquisition Award to an American Artist; 2006-Major Contributor in the design of the Michigan’s license Plate; 2013, Winner of the Design of Michigan’s newest plate, “The Mackinaw Bridge,” which was named the Best New Plate, Internationally, by the American License Plate Collectors Association. Brian is a prominent public artist with several murals that he has painted in the Lansing area.

Brian Kirschensteiner
Brian Kirschensteiner has been an innovative museum professional for the past 25 years. A dedicated problem solver, his career has been centered on uncovering creative solutions to difficult design challenges and re envisioning the way exhibitions take form.

Brian’s current role is as Chief Preparator at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at MSU, where he leads a studio of creative individuals and manages the production of exhibitions. Prior to joining MSU, Brian worked as an assistant curator of exhibition design and operated his own studio practice where he partnered with numerous public and private institutions.

Shaun S. Nethercott, PhD
Shaun Nethrcott is a Professor at Marygrove College, former Kresge Artist Fellow and peace activist. Shaun is also a playwright who uses immersive or mobile staging, audience engagement, and polyphonic voices to explore feminist, environmental, or justice themes. She has dedicated her life to creating plays which give voice to the unheard, in structures which transmit their own meaning, and which engage audiences in personal, interactive, and place-based ways. Shaun’s produced professional work includes: ’37-’87, an immersive staging of Flint’s Sitdown Strike, Trial, based on Kafka’s book and staged at the Kauffman Gallery in Houston, and Mother Tongue presented at Ann Arbor’s Common Ground Theatre and produced with an Arts Foundation of Michigan fellowship. At Matrix Theatre Company, which she founded, Shaun created Once Was Paradise, Boomtown 1925, Ghost Waters, Decide Tonight, and Home Water, as well as numerous youth plays and outdoor puppet spectacles. In 2012, with a Cape Cod National Seashore fellowship, she began DNA, a play about Rosalind Franklin’s discovery of its structure.