The MarinMOCA National Juried Exhibition series gives artists from across the country the opportunity to show their work at a professional, established venue, and gives visitors to MarinMOCA the opportunity to see a wide variety of artworks by contemporary American artists. We work with jurors familiar with the history of American art as well as trends within the contemporary art world so that artists entering their work know that a skilled and experienced professional, often a curator, critic, or gallery director, will be reviewing and selecting the entries.
Our 2012 Summer National Exhibition juror is Lucinda Barnes, Chief Curator & Director of Programs & Collections, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Barnes joined the B.A.M. staff as Senior Curator for Collections in April 2001, and in 2007 was named Chief Curator and Director of Programs and Collections. Prior to coming to Berkeley, Barnes was E.D. of the Boise Art Museum, Idaho. She served as Curator of Collections at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College, and held senior curatorial posts at the Newport Harbor Art Museum (now the Orange County Museum of Art) and the University Art Museum, CSU Long Beach. Barnes has taught at a number of colleges and universities. She received her B.A. from New York University, an M.A. from Williams College, and Ph.D. (ABD) in Art History at the University of Southern California. In 2008-09 Barnes served as a UC Berkeley Townsend Center for the Humanities Fellow. At the Berkeley Art Museum Barnes has curated and co-curated a wide range of exhibitions, including Joan Jonas: the Shape, the Scent, the Feel of Things (2007), Mahjong: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection (2008), Human/Nature: Artists Respond to a Changing Planet (2009), Indeterminate Stillness: Looking at Whistler (2010), and Abstract Expressionisms (2012). In addition, Barnes has served as curator-in-charge of major traveling exhibitions at BAM, such as Enrique Chagoya: Borderlandia (2008), James Castle: A Retrospective (2010), What’s It All Mean: William T. Wiley in Retrospect (2010), and Kurt Schwitters: Color and Collage (2011).