To help our mission to provide an ever-changing line-up of talent, we enlist the help of a new Selection Committee for each edition. A team of art-world experts who bring their respective talents and differing perspectives, our committee chooses the final artist line-up from hundreds of applications. We’re delighted to introduce you to our May 2023 Committee.

Jencey Keeton

Founder of Sweet Tooth Hotel

A true entrepreneur at heart and perpetual optimist, Jencey Keeton wears many hats as the founder of Sweet Tooth Hotel. She is focused on growing their next Dallas flagship location into a creative incubator for artists, musicians and explorers. Her mission is to provide a platform for artists, a joyful space for guests and to embrace creativity to birth the unexpected.

Jencey started her career in live entertainment at Clear Channel Radio and moved into digital marketing and experiential activations. She understands how to navigate the world of experiential and social media to generate brand buzz and successfully engage an audience.

Jessica Fuentes

Executive Director of Kinfolk House

Longtime Fort Worth resident, Jessica Fuentes is an artist, educator, community advocate, and author. She has worked at the Dallas Museum of Art as Manager of Gallery Interpretation & the Center for Creative Connections and at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art as Manager of School & Community Outreach.

As an art educator with over fifteen years of experience, Fuentes has taught learners of all ages in classrooms, higher education, and museums. She has developed crucial initiatives in which museums partner with local artists to showcase their art and expertise through educational programming.

JP & Erin Hossley

Founders of {neighborhood}

Erin and JP opened {neighborhood} 12 years ago in Bishop Arts District. They wanted to create a space for hand crafted makers to sell their goods. The dynamic duo curated, displayed and hosted dozens of great art events for some of Dallas’ best up and coming artists. Some of their spectacular art shows feature artists like: Jeremy Biggers, Riley Holloway, Cruz Ortiz, Bruce Lee Webb, JM RIzzi, Wheron, Sam Lao, Matthew Brinston, Abi Salami, Lenworth Mcintosh, Haylee Ryan and so many more.  

Since then Erin and JP moved the shop to Dallas’ Design District. Over the few short years, the new {neighborhood} has seen its most successful years. In 2022, {neighborhood}’s representation of artists, opening events and collector base has expanded so much that the duo directs more of their attention to the curation and celebration of art.

Josh Gregg

Senior Art Advisor at Saatchi Hospitality Art Advisory

Josh Gregg‘s uniquely creative background combines nearly a decade of experience in hospitality design and art consulting with academic knowledge of the arts and design. In his previous role as Creative Director of Lou Verne by Studio 11 Design, he curated comprehensive art programs, collaborated with a plethora of artists and artisans, developed and created original concepts, and coordinated the styling components for select projects. 

Some recent notable projects include Hilton Canopy Oldtown Scottsdale, Thompson Savannah, and Thompson Buckhead, each featuring an extensive artwork collection. His passion for the arts and design, industry knowledge, and ability to articulate a designer or brand vision are complimentary missions of Saatchi Art.    

Maria Elena Ortiz

Curator at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

María Elena Ortiz is curator at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Previously, she was curator at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), where she curated group shows Allied with Power: African and African Diaspora Art from the Jorge M. Pérez Collection and The Other Side of Now: Foresight in Caribbean Art. At PAMM she founded the Caribbean Cultural Institute, a curatorial platform dedicated to Caribbean art, and worked to diversify the museum’s collection, securing works by Simone Leigh, Bisa Butler, Bony Ramirez, and others.

In 2024 the Modern will present Dreams of Emancipation, her survey that explores the history of Surrealism in the Caribbean in connection to Afro-surrealist and Afrofuturist art.

Nicole Garton

Fair Director Dallas and Los Angeles

Nicole Garton is a Fair Director at The Other Art Fair, where she oversees the Los Angeles and Dallas editions. She was formerly in charge of marketing at Saatchi Art, where she was instrumental in the start-up’s transformation into the world’s leading online gallery. Prior to joining Saatchi Art, Nicole wrote an arts column on the Huffington Post and worked across PR, events, and non-profit fund development. Before that, she interned at LACE and the Santa Monica Museum of Art (now ICA-LA). She has over 10 years of experience working with emerging artists.