Jurors

Joe Yorty, Creative Director, Best Practice 
Joe Yorty was born in southwest Utah, raised in Southern California, served 11 years in the U.S. Navy, and received an MFA in Visual Art at UCSD in 2013. He currently lives and works in San Diego where he serves as the founding Creative Director for the not-for-profit gallery and project space BEST PRACTICE.
 
In addition to his work with BEST PRACTICE, Joe is an interdisciplinary artist who employs a range of materials, objects, and methods to make work that largely addresses the anxieties and absurdities of American domestic culture. Including sculpture, collage, video, and photography his studio practice grapples with the stuff of thrift store refuse, last-minute estate sale deals, and the occasional dumpster dive to rub against the pathos of the ceaseless search for fulfillment in the accumulation of things that, to a large extent, defines the American experience in the 21st century. His work has been shown on both coasts of the United States and some places in between.

Elizabeth Rooklidge, Independent Curator and Editor of the San Diego art journal, HereIn
Elizabeth Rooklidge is an independent curator based in San Diego. She has recently organized the exhibitions Flavia D'Urso: Slippage of a Strand for Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana (2020); A Show About Touching for Bread & Salt, San Diego (2019); I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art: Prints by John Baldessari for the Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach (2019); and High-Key: Color in Southern California for the San Diego Art Institute, San Diego (2018). Ms. Rooklidge is also Editor of the San Diego art journal, HereIn. She previously served as Associate Curator at the Katonah Museum of Art and Assistant Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. She holds a B.A. in art history from St. Olaf College and an M.A. in art history from Williams College.