An International Network

Each year we invite a group of artists, historians, curators and art practitioners to serve on the selection committee for the duration of the year. These members not only contribute their professional expertise but also embody the Athena Standards Residency's commitment to establishing an international network of collaboration and cultural exchange.

The Selection Committee 2018

  • Elizabeth Plessa, Art Historian and Curator, Athens, GR
    Elizabeth Plessa received a BA in Visual and Performed Arts from the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK, and a MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. She has served as Curator at the Basil and Elise Goulandris Foundation - Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens and Andros. She has also curated a significant number of solo and group exhibitions for major Greek museums, art foundations and galleries, including the Benaki Museum, Athens Concert Hall, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, The Sotiris Felios Collection, Theocharakis Foundation, Hellenic-American Union, Nees Morfes Gallery, Medusa Art Gallery, Skoufa Gallery et al. 
  • Sara Jo Dowling, Artist and Independent Curator, Limerick, IR
    Sara Dowling is a Contemporary Visual Artist and emerging Curator based in Limerick, Ireland. She received a BA in Sculpture & Combined Media from Limerick School of Art & Design, and was awarded a Masters scholarship in Practice-Based Curatorial Studies with EVA International, Ireland's Biennial of Contemporary Art, and Limerick Institute of Technology. While working for EVA International as Curatorial Scholar, Dowling has also maintained an active practice, and has most recently exhibited at glór Gallery, Ennis for Halcyon Days, Oct 2016 - Jan 2017, and Αφηγήσεις, (Narrations), created on residency with Mudhouse Residencies, Agios Ioannis, Crete, Summer 2017. She continues to be involved in local opportunities and events for emerging artists. 
  • Madeleine Boucher, Artist and Art Historian, Brooklyn, NY
    Madeleine Boucher is an Associate Product Manager at Artsy and leads The Art Genome Project team. She holds an MA in Art History from the University of Chicago, and has worked in the intersection of art and technology in the not-for-profit and commercial art world for over a decade. In addition, she is a practicing printmaker, founding member artist of Shoestring Press in Brooklyn, and an alumna of the Mudhouse Residency in Crete.

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