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2016 Artist Market Judges

2D Judges

George Green
George Greene found his love of art as a student in Auburn University's College of Architecture, Design, and Construction. After graduating from college, he decided to begin a career in education, teaching various arts courses in Alabama and Georgia. In the last ten years, his students have been accepted to the nation's top art schools, earning over 2 million dollars in scholarship offers. As an artist, Greene dabbles in multiple media, but specializes in oil painting selling many works throughout the Southeast. 

George Greene holds degrees from Auburn University, Boston University, and Mercer University. He currently serves as the Assistant Principal for Instruction at the DeKalb School of the Arts. 

Nicole Jacobs

Nicole Jacobs has exhibited her Photographic work in over 40 gallery shows, from New York to Savannah, New Orleans, Asheville, Atlanta to overseas in Moscow, Tel Aviv and Amsterdam. She was  a Sotheby’s Artlink- 2003 International Young Artist (Finalist). Her work is in public collections such as New Orleans City Hall and Clayton State University. Her works have been published nationally and internationally in Vision, a Chinese art magazine. She also participated on panels discussing art at several Pop Culture Conferences. In 2011, she brought through the Art Institute of Atlanta and Art Institute of Decatur; Atlanta Celebrates Photography’s headlining speakers and shows of Maggie Taylor and Jerry Uelsmann. In 2012 she orchestrated Eric Baden’s work of Peru, and in 2014 a photography duo, Linda and Gray Lyons’ giant cyanotypes and alternative processes work. She has been working at The Art Institute of Atlanta for the last 11 years. Intrigued by the culture and arts in Europe, she often takes her time off from teaching to visit museums and photograph the streets of European cities. In Summer 2013, she was on sabbatical, writing a book on Digital Asset Management. Nicole is on the advisory board for ACP- Atlanta Celebrates Photography. She has judged the AHSAE- Atlanta High School Art Completion (part of Atlanta Dogwood Festival) twice, and the Decatur Arts Fest, and looks forward to judging the Atlanta Dogwood Festival in 2016.

In her own work, she is attracted to the stencils, meanings, and wheat-paste/ fly-paper pieces. She has been photographing this type of work since 2006, when she taught a three-month study abroad in Berlin, Germany. Berlin’s streets are covered in Kreuzberg, Neukölln and Friedrichshain. Nicole has been traveling back to Berlin almost every year since, and documenting the different artist’s work, and the changing environments. Berlin is her favorite city, the arts are much alive, and the eye is always entertained. For her, the images in her work are little pieces of the streets from her wanderings that she has created when back home. As well she is looking forward to going back into the old school darkroom, which is what her focus was on in graduate school (2000-2002) at SCAD in Savannah, where she earned her MFA in Photography. Her undergraduate degree from Warren Wilson College in Asheville North Carolina made her a well-rounded artist. She received her degree in Art (1999) from WWC with concentrations in Printmaking, Photography, Drawing, Sculpture/ Ceramics, and Painting; which was a lot, as students are only required to complete one concentration.

Paul Light Jr.
Born in Atlanta, GA in 1966, Paul Light Jr. developed an interest in American Abstract Expressionist painting at an early age. Finding himself in the retail world, Light was still driven to work creatively, and did so as a graphic artist, copywriter and off-road vehicle customizer. Later, Light returned to school, earning first, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2-D Animation from The Art Institute of Atlanta, and then a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from SCAD Atlanta.

For two years + Light owned and directed Further Polycontemporary Gallery in Atlanta which maintained a fast paced, eclectic exhibition schedule featuring (and introducing) many of Georgia's most promising young emerging artists.  Light has been in many juried and invitational exhibitions at different venues in Atlanta including the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, SCAD Atlanta, and the print fair at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta. His work is held in private collections in Atlanta, Virginia and New York City and in and in public collections such as the SCAD Permanent collection.

3D Judges

Anastasia Fink
Anastasia Fink has been a high school art teacher for 17 years in Dekalb County and taught Art in an award winning art program at Druid Hills High School for her last eight years of teaching. Ms. Fink created and developed a sculpture program at Druid Hills, taught Advanced Placement Sculpture and International Baccalaureate art there. Many of her students have gone on to study art and become professional artists.  She received her arts based masters in Art Education at Georgia State University in 2011 and moved to Asheville, NC in 2012.  Taking a break from teaching, Ms. Fink is spending time making her own sculptures, gardening, and enjoying Asheville's mountain life.

Charles Pinkney
Charles Pinckney has been working as a metal smith for nearly 40 years.  His passion for metalwork is seen in every piece that he produces.  His work not only represents his love for jewelry design, but also explores his childhood memories and personal journey.  Charles painstakingly designs and crafts his work with great attention to detail, resulting in works of art that are one-of-a-kind treasures.  Charles lives and works in Athens, GA.  

Steve Steinman
Steve Steinman received his B.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design. He also holds a Master's degree from both the Rhode Island School of Design and Pratt Institute, where he taught before moving to Atlanta, and received his doctorate from Capella University. Steinman was with the American InterContinental University for thirty-three years as University Dean of the School of Design. He was responsible for the academic quality, health, and financial viability of a portfolio of art and design programs at all the university’s campuses worldwide.

Steve has a prolific body of work around Atlanta. He designed and produced many public works such as the Buckhead MARTA Station. Steve has also received several grants from the State of Georgia and the Atlanta Bureau of Cultural Affairs. He also has lectured at educational conferences sponsored by the University of Texas Austin and the International Digital Media Arts Association.

His work is featured in the collection of The  Museum of Contemporary Art, Atlanta, Georgia, Hewitt and Associates, Atlanta, GA., King and Spaulding, Atlanta, GA., Pope and Land, Marietta, GA., Poyner and Sprull, Charlotte, N.C., the Royce Hotel, Charlotte, N.C., Smallwood, Reynolds, Steward and Associates, Atlanta, GA., Sterling Trust, Atlanta, GA., St. Joseph’s Hospital, the Federal Reserve Bank, Atlanta, GA, City of Atlanta, State of Georgia, Chattahoochee Valley Art Association Museum, La Grange, GA., the Equitable Insurance Company, Atlanta, GA., and the Valdosta Medical Center, Valdosta, GA.

Steve has also shown in galleries and museums both across the country and abroad such as: Mason Murer Fine Art, Atlanta, Georgia, The Hunter Museum of American Art, the Centro Cultural De Buenos Aires, Buenos Aries, Argentina, American Cultural Center, New Delhi, India, The American Center, Mumbai India, Elvehjem Museum of Art, Madison, Wisconsin, Brooklyn Museum  Brooklyn, NY, and the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans.