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2020 Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival Jury Panel

Judges for 2 Dimensional Artists

Digital Art, Drawing, Mixed Media 2D, Painting, Photography, and Printmaking

MARTIN AMOROUS: Martin Amorous makes paintings by pouring and 'printing' oil and enamel paints across large surfaces without using brushes. He invents landscapes that come from his observation of the basic elements of space. His paintings are archetypes of natural space that juxtapose organic and geometric forms and patterns. Martin received a BFA Painting and Art History from University of New Mexico and a MFA Painting and Art History from the University of Arizona. He currently teaches Advanced Painting and Drawing at Sam Houston State University. Martin’s work may be viewed on his website
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CHRISTOPHER CASCIO: Christopher Cascio is a painter based in Houston, TX who works with mixed media and explores themes of obsession, compulsion and ritual. He is no longer emerging but not quite at mid-career. Christopher is a graduate of HSPVA, the San Francisco Art Institute (BFA, ’99) and the University of Houston (MFA, ’13). Cascio has shown extensively in Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Dallas, San Antonio, and San Francisco. In 2014 he was included in the Contemporary Art Museum Houston’s 65th anniversary show Outside the Lines. He was recently featured in Sneeze Magazine and reviewed in Art in America. Cascio teaches at Sam Houston State University and the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.
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KATHLEEN RYAN:Kathleen Ryan is a local photographer & artist with more than 30 years of professional photography experience.
She holds a BA in Photojournalism and began her career working as a news and editorial photographer in Los Angeles, CA. Kathleen opened her own studio in 1998 while living in Paris, France. Upon returning to the US in 2002, she opened a creative studio here in The Woodlands focusing on portraits, design, marketing, art and events. Kathleen enjoys creating photographic art in many genres, including the traditional and digital darkroom. She sells images nationwide to design teams for the hospitality and health industries. Follow Kathleen on instagram @RyanPhotoArt. And at her website –
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CHERYL PILGRIM: Cheryl Pilgrim is an award-winning illustrator and junior-high school art teacher who lives with her husband and menagerie of rescue cats and dogs in The Woodlands, TX. She works in a variety of media including acrylics, oils, watercolor, pencil, and digital. She has illustrated three children’s books: The Littlest Voyageur, (Holiday House, 2020), Big and Little: A Story of Opposites (Holiday House, 2019) and Hound Dawg (TCU Press, 2015). Cheryl has twice been a finalist in the SCBWI Tomie dePaola illustrator contest and was recently a finalist in the Bologna Book Fair Illustrator Gallery. In addition, she has mentored with famed illustrator E.B. Lewis. To see Cheryl’s artwork go to or on Instagram @cherylpilgrim.
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JOSEPH STALEY: A graduate of the School of Visual Arts at the University of Oklahoma, where he received a B.A. in Art History with an accompanying Minor in History, Joseph Staley is currently the Executive Curator for the Glade Arts Foundation and Glade Gallery, The Woodlands’ first and foremost fine art gallery, museum and cultural center. Mr. Staley has curated a number of exhibits at Glade encompassing universal themes of life, loss and love with his most recent museum show entitled “Hurricane Harvey, The Art of Resilience”. Additional curatorial venues include a show entitled “Spaces, Places” at Sawyer Yards in Houston, the largest concentration of private artist studios anywhere in the United States. His curatorial strategy is simple: prioritize, in addition to masterworks, works from living, breathing contemporary artists, who are able to speak for their work and help craft meaningful and impactful art historical narratives in conjunction with a curator. His strategy for curating exhibits is based on his “Five C’s of Curating” methodology, which intellectualizes exhibits based on chromatics (color-scheme), composition, chronology, context, and conceptual artistic elements. To view Mr. Staley’s social media feeds, please visit:;

Judges for 3 Dimensional Artists

Clayworks, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Metalworks, Mixed Media 3D, Sculpture and Wood

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AL HEILMAN: The serenity of nature inspires me, and I seek to express a healing presence and tranquility in my art. My work communicates a feeling of peace, harmony and a profound respect for nature and humanity. I use color and light to create a visceral response. I work in many mediums. To view Al's work please visit his web page www.alheilmanart.

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LINDA WOODWARD: Linda Woodward is an Art Historian and a working artist. She has been teaching for Lone Star Montgomery for eighteen years. Additionally, she has taught at Houston Baptist University, Lamar University and Our Lady of the Lake University in Houston. As an artist, she has worked for over 40 years in clay but has a long history of fiber art and metals, as well.
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KELLY KINNEY: Designer Kelly Kinney of Kelly Kinney Interior Design, LLC specializes in upscale residential home design and client coaching. Kelly has been a professional Interior Design since 1996. She offers full service Interior Design services and enjoys creating custom pieces with her work rooms, from furniture, draperies and mirrors, to decorative accessories. But her favorite part of profession is making her clients really, truly fall in love with their homes and home life again.
Kelly received her B.S. Degree in Arts and Sciences and then went onto a two- year intensive Interior Design program at the prestigious Ray Vogue College of Design in Chicago, Illinois.
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SHIRLEY SCARPETTA: Shirley Scarpetta has always had a passion for sculpture. In 2007, while attending pottery classes at a local college, her love for clay was born. What became a curiosity, has now become a lifelong mission! From life-size bronzes, to larger than life size monuments, to custom desktop pieces, there isn’t anything Scarpetta cannot sculpt. Whether creating a 750 pound wildcat as a high school mascot, or working with city mayors in Texas and Louisiana, or creating life-size firemen memorials, Shirley’s main source of inspiration are people of significance who leave a legacy of what it means to be good in this world. One of her most popular works include a bust of Maleah Davis, a little girl brutally murdered by her stepfather. The bust was donated to Tim Miller, owner of Texas Equuasearch. The story became national headlines, where she was interviewed by CNN, Inside Edition, ABC13, FOX News, KPRC, just to name a few. Shirley has served as a director for DaVinci’s Artist Gallery in Tomball, Texas. Her work shows in several Galleries in Texas. She currently has a studio at the Purple Elephant Artist Community, where she has been sculpting over 10 years. To see more of her work, please visit her website at: or Facebook page, under Shirley Scarpetta, Sculptor.
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CYNTHIA HENDRICKSON: I have lived in the Houston area since 1973.I attended The High School for Performing and Visual Arts, and later obtained degrees in cultural anthropology and natural science. I began my journey into jewelry design and creation in 2002.Since that time, I have sold my work via the internet, juried art shows, and galleries.
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