2017 Judges and the Judging Process

The jurist panel consists of three (3) independent judges, selected from across the country for their in-depth knowledge and experience in multiple art media. In October they will review the digital images of all applicants to select the Festival artists and the Wait List artists. In March the same jurist panel will review the work of the exhibitors to determine those artists’ works they consider eligible for awards. The judges will select one piece, representative of the artist’s body of work, from each of these outstanding artists for final judging on Saturday morning. The Best of Show, Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation Award and the Morse Museum Award are presented for individual works. Awards are presented solely at the discretion of the judges.

The 2017 Judges

William Underwood Eiland

Daric M. Gill

Petra Sertic
William Eiland is the director of the Georgia Museum of Art and on the graduate faculty of the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia in Athens. He took a BA degree summa cum laude from Birmingham-Southern College and MA and Ph.D degrees from the University of Virginia. Eiland has been the recipient of a Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship, a Danforth Teaching Fellowship at the University of Virginia, a research fellowship from the University of Georgia’s Willson Center for The Humanities and Arts, and a Museum Professionals Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has edited and contributed to more than 60 publications, including Art Papers, Georgia Journal, and Ceramics Monthly. Among his many honors, Eiland most recently received the American Alliance of Museums Distinguished Service Award, in recognition of his contributions to the field on a national level.


Daric Gill is an interdisciplinary artist and part of a movement in the arts that explores the development of several bodies of artwork by one artist. A series of award-winning oil paintings has been exhibited in the John F. Peto Studio Museum, NJ, Edward Hopper House Art Center, NY, Pizzuti Collection, OH, among others. A line of illustrations, The ToeHeads, can be seen in the private collection of the Center of Science and Industry, OH. His interactive kinetic sculptures are displayed in public parks and urban spaces. He holds an MFA degree from the University of Cincinnati and a BFA from Columbus College of Art and Design. Gill is a Greater Columbus Arts Council Supply Grant Award winner, juror for the 2015 Columbus Arts Festival, and former adjunct professor at the Columbus College of Art & Design.ne Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO. Petra Sertic is a curator and art historian based in Denver, Colorado with an interest in German art and culture of the 1980s. As associate curator at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (2010-2013) and curatorial assistant at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (2007-2008) she organized over 50 exhibitions by nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. She is a member of the Public Arts Committee of the Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs and teaches art history at Metropolitan State University. Sertic holds an MA in Art History and Museum Studies from the University of Denver and a BA from Metropolitan State University of Denver in Sociology with a minor in Art. She is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Colorado Boulder.