Meet Your 2019 Art on the Atlanta BeltLine Jurors

It’s spring again, and that means the next Art on the Atlanta BeltLine exhibition is just a few short months away! The 2019 call for artists has been released, along with solicitations for technical positions and a brand new residency program! We’ve also selected our jury for the annual exhibition, and we are really excited about the skill and expertise we’ve convened for this year. Without further ado, meet our 2019 Art on the Atlanta BeltLine jury. 

Meet Miya Bailey

Miya Bailey is the owner of Peters Street Station and City Of Ink. He has been tattooing for more than twenty-five years and is a visionary, humanitarian, artist, curator, film producer, and inspiration to all creative professionals here and abroad. Originally from Asheville, NC, Miya Bailey opened his tattoo shop City of Ink in 2007 in the Castleberry Hill District Of Atlanta. Clients from Kelly Price to Big KRIT and a host of other celebrities have graced this legend’s chair. Peters Street Station Art and Design Community Center held its grand opening in March and is his own “school for gifted youngin’” a way to give back to a city that embraced him like one of their own. Bailey has appeared on television, lending his expertise on the Oxygen network’s show “Best Ink,” and CMT network’s “Tattoo Titans.” Bailey is also the brainchild of the documentary film “Color Outside the Lines,” a documentary that seeks to educate people on black tattoo culture, and destroy stigmas about the controversial, yet beautiful, art form. Miya Bailey is a tattoo legend whose artistic style flows like water. It moves and it bends. It is fine art tattooing. You will not see anything like this by anyone else. And when you see it, you know Miya created it. The same thing goes for his paintings.

Meet Monica Campana

Monica Campana, a native of Peru, moved to the United States in 1998 as a child but continued to feel like a visitor in her overlooked part of town well into adulthood. That’s until she turned her artistic and organizational skills to the task of transforming abandoned buildings into canvasses for artists; “living walls” with the power to catalyze conversations, change the way people think about their neighborhoods, and inspire hope. Monica Campana is the co-founder of Living Walls, The City Speaks, a non profit organization which seeks to promote, educate, and change perspectives toward public space in our communities via street art. The idea behind Living Walls is to bring together artists working in the public space (street artists, graffiti writers, etc.) with those who spend their time talking about public space (urban planners, urban farmers, professors, etc.) under the same roof. Her nonprofit operates at the intersection between economic development, art, and human service. Living Walls recently picked up the award from the Atlanta Urban Design Commission for best organization of the year, and Creative Loafing put Campana on its list of the “20 People to Watch” in 2012. In 2015 Campana took a year sabbatical to work with the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and curator Pedro Alonzo as the project manager for their new city wide public art exhibit called Open Source. With examples of her work around Atlanta, Monica details the creation of a design movement that is redefining the power of public spaces while giving people a better place to call home.

Meet Morgan Carlisle

Morgan Carlisle actively broadens and diversifies Atlanta’s cultural arts scene through her choreography, arts administration, dance education and curation work. Giving back is a passion, inspiring Carlisle to work for dance-related nonprofits such as Beyond Our Boundaries (B.O.B), providing free and subsidized dance instruction for children of low income households. After three years, she concluded her service at Eyedrum Art and Music Galley with the title of Performance Committee Chair and Board Chair of the organization. Carlisle currently serves as Board Chair for Fly on a Wall (an Idea House that supports and presents innovative performance) and is honored to be one of the first elected members of the MARTA Arts Council.
Carlisle is also active in personal and public projects ranging from performative work in galleries/site specific spaces, and an exhibit she created with her husband featuring combat veterans. Last year, she founded Veracity Dance Company; an inclusive dance education and self enlightenment platform for youth in Metro Atlanta.

Meet Katherine Dirga

Katherine Dirga is an artist and public art specialist with 18 years of experience in the field. After beginning her career at Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis, MO, Katherine served as a manager of the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport’s public art program, where she commissioned and implemented $3.5 million in large-scale artworks for the Maynard Jackson International Terminal, as well as curating various temporary exhibitions and a live music series. Katherine was brought to MARTA in late 2016 to develop an Art in Transit program: “Artbound,” comprised of permanent and temporary visual artworks as well as live music, theater, and dance presented in a transit environment.

Katherine has a deep interest in community and was a founding curator of the Cabbagetown Art Wall, working with other local curators, artists, and the CSX Railroad to produce what is now an annual rotating exhibition and event with over 40 artists and 25 murals in one of Atlanta’s most eclectic and walkable neighborhoods. She served as founding Board Chair for Dashboard, an Atlanta-based, national curatorial team, leading the Board as the organization scaled from local and regional to national projects during her four-year tenure. 

Katherine received her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from Washington University in St. Louis, and her Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from Georgia State University. She is a member of Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta (ALMA) and has served on the Board and Advisory Councils for various local non-profits including Living Walls, Dashboard, and Cabbagetown Initiative CDC.

Meet Audrey Gámez

Audrey Gámez brings 13 years of education experience to her role as Education Director for C4 Atlanta. She serves as primary facilitator for many of C4 Atlanta’s workshops and classes. In 2018, Audrey was part of the American Express Leadership Academy. She was previously a facilitator for the Ignite class and has served as Education Coordinator for MASS Collective. Audrey began working in arts administration as an intern with WonderRoot in 2014. An active volunteer, Audrey has worked with several community and arts organizations around Atlanta. In addition to her responsibilities with C4 Atlanta, Audrey continues to work as a professional singer and music educator, maintaining a private voice, violin and viola studio. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Texas and Master of Music degree from Louisiana State University.

Meet Zoltan Gerliczki

Zoltan Gerliczki was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1971. Diploma FOT Arts Academy 1989. He is a freelance graphic designer & postproduction artist whose includes photography, computer graphics, and post-production for still photography. His publications include Elle Décor, House Beautiful, Zoo Magazine, Io Donna, Citizen K, Departures (US), Cosmopolitan (Paris), Het Parool, Paris Review, Intelligent Life, Zizo (Belgium), Travel & Leisure, Knack (Belgium), The Guardian UK, L’Official, Financial Times UK, and A shaded view on fashion (blog). His commercial clients include Thierry Mugler, Christian Lacroix, Christiano Fissore, Penhaligons London, Illy Caffe, TBWA Moscow, Ararat Cognac, L’Artisan Parfumeur Paris, Colony Arts Club Press, and Alain Tondowski Paris. His organizations include Sensoa (Flanders), Het RozeHuis, Antwerp Pride, Antwerp Tourism, Designers Against AIDS, and MoMu (Antwerp). His exhibitions include Stephen Downes Gallery, NYC 2003, Daily 123, NYC 2005 Nogoodwindow, Paris 2007, Indian Caps, Antwerp 2010, Galerie Emilie Dujat, Brussels 2012 – ongoing Open studio, SCAD Atlanta 2016 and 2017Revelateur, Mason Fine Art, Atlanta 2017 Violet & Wild Gallery, Amsterdam 2017 Breaking Myth, Palermo, Italy 2018 Figure/Ground, Gutstein Gallery, Savannah GA 2018 Borrowed Light, and Mason Fine Art Atlanta 2018. He is represented by Holden Luntz Gallery, Palm Beach Violet & Wilde, Amsterdam & Berlin. Syndication: The Licensing Project, NYC. Gerliczki currently lives and works in Atlanta & New York

Meet Lauren Harris

Lauren is an experienced arts management professional with a demonstrated history of working in an art-related capacity throughout her career. She is skilled in Brand Management, Arts Programming, Creative Direction, and Strategic Marketing. As a native of Atlanta, she was exposed to art at an early age and it undoubtedly became her passion. After earning her BFA in Graphic Design and Art History from Howard University, Lauren quickly immersed herself into the gallery world in New York and the growing arts scene in Washington, DC. 

Her passion is the heart of her determination and she enjoys activating the arts within communities using her seasoned networking experience with outreach and program management. With an MA in Business Design and Arts Leadership from SCAD, her innovative strategies and progressive ideas help to ignite the arts community and create new avenues for artists. By cultivating partnerships and engaging audiences, Lauren seeks to remain in the promising art scene of Metro Atlanta to aid in the city’s growth and prosperity. 

Meet Nikia Knight

Nikia Knight is the Director of ARTlanta Gallery. With a youthful edge, she handles administrative operations, social media, website development/upkeep, and day-to-day logistics for the company.



Meet Jesse Pratt López

Jesse Pratt López, an Atlanta-based photographer, activist, and community organizer, was born in Cali, Colombia and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her multi-cultural background and experience as a Trans Latina has shaped her into the socially conscious, culturally aware, and intellectually curious artist that she is today. Her photography deconstructs oppressive systems through visual education and exploration, while simultaneously striving to normalize and empower the communities she represents; which she is almost always a part of herself.

López ultimately strives to give platforms to those who are normally marginalized and erased from the conversation. Ultimately, she hopes to democratize artistic accessibility in the process, through things such as public art, multimedia pieces, and archaic processes placed in contemporary context(s). She also works with local community organizations such as Southern Fried Queer Pride & Community Estrella to create autonomous spaces for queer people/artists of color. 

Jesse has work in private collections in Atlanta and has exhibited at the Savannah College of Art & Design where she is a candidate for a BFA (2019). She has been published in both print magazines (Wussy Mag, local) and national publications such as: Atlantic Magazine, The Hechinger Report, The Guardian, and PBS NewsHour.

Meet Loli Lucaciu

A young Romanian writer and artist living in Atlanta, Loli Lucaciu is interested in the aesthetic and the creative, from visuals to quality writing. Loli wrote for CNN, Collider, Saporta Report, ArtsATL and Emory News and published articles in several other media platforms. She photographed for Nike, The Atlanta Business Chronicle, The Atlantan, Jezebel Magazine and #weloveATL. Outside of print, her portraiture work was exhibited in the Chase Gallery of the Schwartz Center of Performing Arts, next to artist Ross Rossin’s original work. Loli was assigned to photograph President Jimmy Carter and the pop bands The Shadowboxers and LANY and she interviewed top players in the creative field, from visual artist Fahamu Pecou, to Ellie Goulding’s keyboard player, to Grammy-nominated composer Joel Thompson. At 23, she was the youngest member of City of Atlanta’s Task Force for the Arts. Loli now serves as Marketing and Communications Manager at The Woodruff Arts Center, the third largest arts institution in the country.

Meet Samara Minkin

Samara Minkin is the Manager of Public Art in the Office of the Mayor, City of Atlanta. Before returning to her hometown of Atlanta, Samara spent ten years overseeing acquisitions and collections management for corporate and individual collections in New York City. She has also held positions at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, the Tel Aviv Museum and the Paley Center in New York City. She serves on boards for WonderRoot and Arms with Ethics, and is a Wexner Heritage Fellow. Samara and her family live in charming Inman Park, Atlanta.

Meet Angelica Pugh

After graduating from Georgia State University with a degree in Theater, Angelica would not only perform as an actress and a lead/background dancer for Atlanta theatrical, screen and dance productions. She would soon become a leader in the Atlanta artistic community by choreographing, teaching and directing for Cobb County Schools, Fulton County Schools, Atlanta Public Schools, Future Foundation, Tinseltown Performing Arts Studio, Oasis Family Life Church and Word of Faith Family Cathedral’s Camp 212. In addition to Angelica’s role at the National Black Arts Festival as the NextGen Artist Program Director, she sits on the Fulton County Arts & Culture Emerging Projects Panel, Atlanta Regional Commission Arts Leader of Metro Atlanta (ALMA) Class of 2019 participant, alumni of Nonprofit University of Georgia Center for Nonprofits High Potential Diverse Leaders, the Artistic Director & Choreographer of Angel Le Choreography Company a Non-Profit dance organization that uses dance, film & the performing arts as a platform for women’s voices, stories & awareness, a speaker, a writer, an actress and the proud mother of two sons ages 13 and 7.

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