Melissa Chiu is director of the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the national museum of modern and contemporary art in Washington, D.C. She is a world-renowned expert on modern and contemporary art, with a Ph.D. in art history. She has worked with some of the world’s best-known artists to curate or commission groundbreaking exhibitions of their work.
Jillian Mayer works across video, sculpture, photography, performance, web-based experiences and installation. Mayer is a Miami-based artist whose practice explores the intersection of technology and human existence, particularly how our participation in a digital landscape reshapes our physical experiences.
Jennifer Warren is a Chicago-based oil painter whose work explores themes around nature, beauty and the Black body. Largely self-taught, Warren's practice reflects her passion for incorporating new ideas and techniques that aim to convey the lived Black experience through everyday intimate and meditative moments.
About The Exhibit: Finding the Next Great Artist Season 1
Seven up-and-coming artists create original pieces that explore social issues for the chance to win $100,000 and show their work at the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden on this competition series judged by art-world insiders.