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The 2011 IPA Mobile Art Grant

the judges and the jury process


For our second annual Mobile Art Grant, IPA is thrilled to introduce Jane Deering as Lead Juror. Jane is a long time gallery owner and advocate of the arts who has spent the last decade curating and exhibiting the work of well established and emerging artists both in the US and Europe.


Jane Deering

Jane Deering holds a BA from Regis College, Weston Massachusetts and a post-graduate degree from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London England. In 1999, she founded Art Remarks, a series of art tours and lectures on the visual arts. Art Remarks was based in London during 1999-2003 and organized over 80 events during that five-year period. She lives and works in London, Gloucester MA, and Santa Barbara CA.

Jane Deering Gallery

The gallery opened in 2002 and presents contemporary art by established and emerging artists from the US and Europe. Artists from the UK and Ireland are shown in collaboration with Purdy Hicks Gallery of London.

The gallery has a strong interest in artists living and working in Gloucester on Cape Ann, Massachusetts, an area rich in artistic heritage. The superb light and rugged features of its coastline has long been an attraction for artists of international reputation, among them Milton Avery, Marsden Hartley, John Marin, Arthur Dove, Edward Hopper, Stuart Davis to name a few. The contemporary work created in this area continues to be robust and innovative. The gallery presents two exhibitions each summer during July and August in Gloucester.

The gallery also has a focus on the contemporary Californian artists of both the Santa Barbara and northern-California regions and will begin a new gallery program during the months January through May each year at: 128 E. Canon Perdido Street . Santa Barbara CA  93101

During the alternate months June through December, this new space will be donated to the Art, Architecture and Design Museum (ADAM) formerly known as the University Art Museum of the University of California at Santa Barbara.   ADAM has long needed a downtown Santa Barbara location; Jane Deering Gallery is pleased to provide space to the newly-named museum, which will open its first exhibition October 1, 2011.

More about Jane Deering Gallery can be found at http://www.janedeeringgallery.com

the ipa pannel

The IPA Panel consists of the 2 founding members of IPA: Daria Polichetti and Nathaniel Park, and 4 on staff curators. The 15 artists who have been named IPA Artist of the Month to date, and the 2010 IPA Mobile Art Grant recipient have also been invited to sit on the Panel with Nate and Daria.

Daria Polichetti received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She was born in Afghanistan, raised in Africa, India, Thailand and Hawaii, then finally settled in Los Angeles where she has spent the last 7 years as a Director of Photography and VFX Producer for feature films. Over the years she has worked on visuals for a long list of projects including The Curious Case of Benjamin Button with David Fincher, Standard Operating Procedure with Errol Morris, Sherlock Holmes, Splice, Iron Man, Valkyrie, Orphan, and the notorious Broadway play, Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark where she worked with director Julie Taymor as well as Bono and the Edge from U2. But Daria’s true love is writing and illustration. She is currently working on her first illustrated novel for young adults: Walby & Sticks. Samples of Daria’s illustrations and info on her upcoming books can be seen at http://www.dariapolichetti.com/books.

Nate Park received his BFA from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he studied the craft of film editing and sound design. Nate moved to Los Angeles in 2005 and began a career in film, editing dozens of main title and visual effects sequences, honing his sense of photography, storytelling and design while working on projects such as Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Moneyball, The Tree of Life, Sherlock Holmes, Across the Universe, Seven Pounds, Superman Returns, Spider-Man 3, Iron Man 1 and 2, and countless others. Besides film, Nate’s other love was basketball. But while recovering from a career ending knee injury and 2 surgeries, he discovered the wealth of creativity developing in the new medium of mobile art - drawing parallels between his FX work and this emerging medium. This discovery ultimately inspired him to co-found and develop iphoneart.com with his partner, Daria, though he continues to train and manage young NBA prospects, staying involved with the game.

the process

This year there is a three-tiered jury process, involving the community as well as outside talent. The judging process will be as follows:

STAGE ONE: The Public Vote

Once the submission process ends, there will be a one week public voting period, allowing all members of the IPA community to have a voice in the selection of the grant recipient. During this week, each member of IPA will be allowed to vote one time per image per day. They may vote for multiple images each day, but they may not vote for the same image more than once per day. At the end of the week, the 50 artists with the most cumulative votes on their 10 image submissions will be announced as the semi-finalists. Hits, favorites and other statistics will play no part in the selection of work or artists at any time during the process as this would give an unfair advantage to those who have been members of IPA longer. During Stage One, only the number of votes will be considered. And no artists will be allowed to vote for their own work.


Once the public vote has been tallied, a list of the top 50 semi-finalists along with their 10 submissions will be sent to the IPA Panel. The Panel will have one week to review the work and determine their top 20 selections in order of preference. In this phase, the Panel will be selecting artists, based on the body of work, not selecting individual images. Once the Panel Review is complete, IPA will announce the top 20 finalists as determined by the Panel. During this process, no panel member will be allowed to select themself for any of the top 20 finalist positions.

STAGE THREE: The Final Review

For the final stage, submissions from the top 20 finalists will be reviewed by Jane Deering, a long time gallery owner and advocate of the arts who has been curating and exhibiting the work of well established and emerging contemporary artists in the US and Europe for over a decade. Jane will make her final determination, selecting one winner and two runners up based on each finalist’s portfolio of 10 submitted images as well as any written information that may accompany the submissions in the description area of the image pages. The 2011 Mobile Art Grant recipient and runners up will be announced on IPA on January 25, 2012.