Arts In The Square – Jury Panel
9th Annual Arts in the Square March 24 & 25, 2018
11 AM - 6 PM
Arts in the Square requires the support of city, education, business and the arts community to flourish. This perfect combination is reflected in the jury panel that will select the Best in Show and a winner in each category.
2018 JURY PANEL
Leon Robertson is a self-taught artist that works with primarily pen and ink illustration. His affection for dogs and wonders about love and life, inspired him to illustrate and author his debut book titled, ARF & Soul. Additionally, several of the characters from his ARF & Soul Dog series were published in the book, 1000 Dog Portraits: From the People Who Love Them. He also explores mixed media by using found objects to create a series titled, The Junkyard Birds. The next exhibition of these birds will be at the Fort Worth Main Street Arts Festival. Because so much of his art is inspired by the use of language, stories often unfold with his art. He describes his art as “detailed whimsical stories”. His work has been exhibited in local shows and galleries. Leon’s passion for art, design and all things creative was demonstrated in nearly two decades of working in the fashion and home luxury retail markets.
Michelle Thomas Richardson
Michelle Thomas Richardson is a native of Dallas, Texas. She achieved her Master of Fine Arts degree in Drawing and Painting at the University of North Texas in 2015 after earning her BFA from Louisiana State University. Richardson was named a grant recipient of the Dallas Museum of Art’s Awards to Artists through the Arch and Anne Giles Kimbrough Fund in 2016. She has also been a Nasher Microgrant finalist as well as a CADD FUNd finalist in 2015. She has shown throughout Texas and has held solo exhibitions of her work at venues including 500X Gallery, Lillian Bradshaw Gallery, and Clamp Light Gallery. In addition to her studio practice, Richardson currently works as a Public Art Project Manager with the Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County.
Prior to joining the City of Frisco, Mr. Ross served as Curator of Education at the Nasher Sculpture Center, overseeing all educational programming at the museum. From 2012-2013 he was the Project Manager of Nasher XChange, a city-wide exhibition of public art featuring 10 new works by 10 artists at 10 partner sites in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the museum. Other professional experience includes working as an archive consultant for NorthPark Center in preparation for the 50th anniversary of the shopping center, serving on the Public Art Committee of the City of Dallas, and teaching an undergraduate course at Southern Methodist University. He holds a BA in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin and an MA in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London.