About the Jurors
Annie Chrissy Burley
An Ohio native, Annie Chrissy Burley attained her bachelors degree in animation and fine art from Columbus College of Art and Design. Her work has been exhibited nationally and she is currently represented by Hammond Harkins Gallery in Columbus, Ohio. Working with a variety of materials and art forms, she explores black female representation and creates narratives wherein deep-rooted images of black women are re-imagined and transformed. You can view examples of her work here.
Phil Mazzocco is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Ohio State Mansfield. He received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology in 2006 from Ohio State Columbus. His research focuses primarily on race-related beliefs and opinions. He has published dozens of articles in academic journals. Recently, he published a book on racial ideology entitled The Psychology of Racial Colorblindness (2017). He also delivered a related TedX Mansfield Talk on the same topic, entitled “What’s Wrong with Racial Colorblindness” (view it here). Locally in Mansfield, he is a board member for the North End Community Improvement Collaborative and has served as Board Secretary for the past year.
As a black artist investigating the culture of his own people, Jared Thorne seeks to challenge hegemonic as well as self-imposed frameworks of Black identity in the United States and beyond. Thorne’s work centers on issues of race, social class, and gender. He engages questions of authenticity, representation, and history, challenging the viewer to redefine their relationship to modernity. Recently, Thorne has been exploring the diasporic relationship between America and Africa. Thorne holds a BA in English Literature from Dartmouth College, and, following studies at the San Francisco Art Institute, received his MFA from Columbia University. Thorne is an Assistant Professor in the Art Department at The Ohio State University. Before joining the OSU faculty, Thorne held teaching positions at Stellensbosch Academy, the University of Cape Town, and City Varsity in South Africa. You can view his work here.