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2015 Artist Market Judges

Katie Simms

Katie Simms is the exhibitions manager at the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA), handling both incoming exhibitions and curating original content for the museum. She recently curated the critically-acclaimed exhibition, Design for Social Impact, which opened at MODA in May of 2014 and was featured by Dwell.com, DesignThatMatters.org, Atlanta Journal-Constitution and ArtsATL.com. Simms is currently working on two exhibitions, Designing Healthy Communities and 3D Printing the Future, which will open at MODA in the summer of 2015. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and a Master’s degree in Interior Design from Brenau University in 2009. Prior to MODA, Simms worked in the architecture and construction industries. She is passionate about design and believes that it has the power to inspire change, to transform lives and to make the world a better place.

David Vogt

David Vogt received his Bachelors of Arts Degree from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa and Masters of Art and Masters of Fine Art Degrees from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.  Upon receiving his M.F.A. he accepted the Project Administrator position with the City of Atlanta Bureau of Cultural Affairs to manage their Public Art Program.  During this period he managed the City’s Percent for Art Ordinance projects, community arts initiatives as well as assisted with the development and implementation of The Mayor’s Arts Blueprint for Action.  In 1996, he became one of the Program Managers for the Airport Art Program at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.  During this period he developed a major public art program for the new International Concourse E which resulted in 27 public art commissions and a rotating exhibitions program.  Additional accomplishments include developing the concept for the Transportation Mall art which has resulted in several major projects including the acquisition of twenty large-scale stone sculptures from Zimbabwe and the Walk Through Atlanta History project.  During his tenure with the Department of Aviation he also oversaw the expansion of the Rotating Exhibits Programs by managing the construction of several major display case spaces for the exhibition of museum quality artwork.  As a practicing artist his artwork has been included in solo and group exhibitions at several museums and art centers in the Southeast.

Coe Steinwart

Coe Steinwart is a Watercolor Painter from Marietta, Georgia. She learned well the art of using the “loose and juicy” medium of watercolor while a student in the Cincinnati public schools, and have loved it ever since. Today her palette is filled with bright, sunlit colors that capture a special place, a moment in time; even a mischievous cat or two.

Coe studied painting at the Cincinnati Art Academy, and then went on to earn a B.S. in Design at the University of Cincinnati. For the past twenty-five years she has enjoyed success exhibiting and marketing my paintings, winning numerous awards and placement in private and corporate permanent collections in the U.S. and abroad. She also teaches workshops both locally and when traveling.

Coe exhibits throughout Georgia and Alabama, including signed copies of the award-winning book The Elf on the Shelf which she illustrated.

Peter Embarrato

Peter Embarrato is the owner of the Topaz Gallery in Buckhead and has been in Atlanta since 1993. He managed two jewelry stores, Pendleton’s in Ansley Mall for five years,  and  then  Illumina in Phipps plaza for two years before opening up  Topaz gallery in 2000.

Peter is originally from Manhattan. He then moved to Vermont and owned and operated a bed and breakfast for 15 years before moving to Atlanta.  Always fascinated by rocks and gemstones he studied and learned all he could about  them and  the various techniques in the metalsmithing world.   He is a sponge and trys to understand and absorb all of what my wonderful artists tell me about the processes they incorporate in making their masterpieces.    Peter is devoted to the art jewelry world and consider it my goal to educate our customers on the technical wonders used to create the wonderful pieces displayed at topaz gallery. Art has always played a major role in his life  whether it was in home design, clothing, fashion, art glass and pottery.

Jes Belkov Gordon

Jes Belkov Gordon has a BFA from the Atlanta College of Art and holds an Associate Certificate with the IACC (International Association of Color Consultants/Designers). After years of study in paint and color, Jes Belkov Gordon is using intuitive painting techniques to allow intellectual knowledge to be accessed without an analytic approach.  Jes enjoys sharing her approach to art making in her color and intuitive painting workshops in the Atlanta area and online to artists all over the world.  

Lisa George

Lisa George, owner/designer for L George Designs, spent the majority of her professional career in radio.  She followed her radio career to Atlanta where she was later diagnosed with breast cancer.  During her recovery, Lisa, decided to spend an afternoon in a bead stores making her first statement piece.  She wore it out to a local restaurant and was spotted by a PR agent who suggested she enter a contest, “In Search of the Perfect Necklace”, in a local publication Atlanta Magazine.  She entered and won!  That led to receiving requests from over 250 women for custom designs.  Lisa names all of her pieces after the women who inspire the design. 

Lisa was hired to create/produce the national fundraising bracelet for the American Heart Associate, which was featured on The View. L George Designs is now being sold in high end stores all over the country.  The combination of the metals, Swarovski Crystals and natural stones creates an eclectic mix of textures. L George Designs was just awarded the opportunity to create and design pieces for the celebrity gift bags for the 2014 CMT Awards in Nashville, Tennessee.