Please Welcome our 2019 Judges for the AALDC Atlantic Avenue Holiday Window Judging Competition

Our Atlantic Avenue Merchants Holiday Window Judging Competition is on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 6:30pm! Several participating Atlantic Avenue businesses from 4th Avenue to Hicks Street will decorate their storefront windows for the holidays. Our five judges will walk down the avenue to take a look at festive, holiday decorated windows. This year, Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) is excited and honored to welcome five artists to judge our annual competition.


Please meet our 2019 Holiday Window Judges:

Karen Gibbons

Karen Gibbons is a creative explorer–an artist, author, poet and yogi. Karen has been showing her work in New York City and beyond for many years.  She graduated from Pratt Institute with a degree in painting and went on to earn her MFA from Hunter College. She has since raised a family; earned a second masters, an MPS in art therapy and all along tended to her craft. Karen’s holistic therapy practice blends yoga and art as explained in her book, Integrating Art Therapy and Yoga Therapy, Yoga, Art and the Use of Intention.  Karen also has a book of poems and drawings co-authored with Rebecca Aidlin, Goldfish and Pumpkin Vines. She currently shows her work regularly at 440 Gallery in Brooklyn.  She makes drawings and photographs as well as mixed media work involving collage, painting and sculpture. Several of Karen’s pieces are being exhibited now through January 11 at Ann Street Gallery in Newburgh, NY, in a group show called Animalia.





Deborah Kass

Deborah Kass is an artist whose work examines the intersection of art history, popular culture and the self. Her work is in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of Art, The Solomon Guggenheim Museum, The Jewish Museum, The Museum of Fine Art, Boston, The Cincinnati Museum, The New Orleans Museum, The National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institute, Fogg/ Harvard Museum, as well as other museums and private collections.

Kass’s work has been shown nationally and internationally including at the Venice Biennale, the Istanbul Biennale, and the Museum Ludwig, Cologne. The Andy Warhol Museum presented “Deborah Kass, Before and Happily Ever After, Mid- Career Retrospective” in 2012, with a catalogue published by Rizzoli. Her monumental sculpture OY/YO in Brooklyn Bridge Park become an instant icon, and is now installed in front of the Brooklyn Museum.

In 2018 Kass was inducted into The National Academy. In 2014 Kass was inducted into the New York Foundation for the Arts Hall of Fame. She was honored with the Passionate Artist Award by the Neuberger Museum in 2016 and was the Cultural Honoree at the Jewish Museum in 2017. She serves on the boards of the Sharpe Walentas Studio Program and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.


Chris Piazza

Chris Piazza is an artist who works in mixed media sculpture and photographic collage. She has also made films and participated in theater as a performer, costume designer and mask maker. She’s best known for her elaborate puppet figures that stand inside equally elaborate glass vitrines. Chris’s work has been shown in numerous exhibitions including Alan Stone Gallery, The Selby Gallery, Ringling School of Art and Design, The New Museum, The Catskill Mountain Foundation, Proteus Gowanus, Carrie Haddad Gallery, solo exhibitions at Tria Gallery and BAM to name a few. Chris has received grants from The Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, The George Sugarman Foundation and was awarded a commission by The Brooklyn Academy of Music to create a New Wave Festival presentation to Pina Bausch. Chris currently lives and works in a 19th century carriage house in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, a building that she personally restored. 




Diana Jensen

Diana Jensen was born on an American military base in Frankfurt, Germany and raised in Baton Rouge, LA.

Diana studied with Ed Paschke at Northwestern University. After receiving her MFA and attending Skowegan, she moved to New York City where she is now lives and works.

As a child she prowled though the thrift stores, flea markets and junk yards of southern Louisiana, with her dad (a collector of unusual castoffs) looking for interesting items, ephemera and relics of the past.

Currently she makes paintings and installations that reference vernacular photography from the 1970s to the present day. Influences include Americana, New Orleans/Chicago figuration and outsider art.

Jensen’s recent solo exhibion, “A Decade in Dumbo: 4 Installations” was featured at Chashama Space @ One Brooklyn Bridge Park. Her paintings have been exhibited widely including such venues as: The Visual Art’s Center of New Jersey; Temporare Kunsthalle Friedrichshain, Berlin; Heskin Contemporary, NYC; Korjaamo Galleria, Helsinki, Finland; SafeTGallery, Brooklyn; White Columns, NYC; Bucheon Gallery, San Francisco; Artemisia Gallery, Chicago; The Newark Museum; The Islip Art Museum; and the Galleria Belykis Ayon en el Centro de Artes Experimentales in Havana, Cuba.



Patricia Cronin

In Patricia Cronin’s work, traditional forms of art making—oil painting, sculpture, and watercolor, for instance—are the channels through which she addresses various contemporary political issues. Cronin’s themes cover homosexuality, feminism, the body, sex, class, and art history. She has expressed these themes in conjunction with historical figures such as Dante Alighieri or Harriet Hosmer, the 19th-century expatriate sculptor. Cronin first gained recognition in the 1990s for a series of performance-based photographs and watercolors depicting the artist in the act of love making with her partner, and since then, she has continued to develop a sophisticated and dynamic artistic practice.


Cronin has had solo exhibitions in New York at both the Brooklyn Museum and White Columns, as well as in Rome at Musei Capitolini Centrale Montemartini and the American Academy in Rome Art Gallery. Selected group exhibitions include those staged at the New Museum in New York, the FLAG Art Foundation in New York, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow, the Atlanta Center for Contemporary Art, and the Drawing Center in New York.

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