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Student Art Competition Jurors
2011 - 2012


Claudio Dicochea is a Mexican painter born in San Luis Río Colorado. Raised on the Mexican–United States border in southern Arizona, Dicochea studied at the University of Arizona, San Francisco Art Institute, and Arizona State University.  Drawing from his own experience of being raised in the geographic intersection of Mexican and American culture, Dicochea’s work is a contemporary re-examination of mestizaje, or mixed-race identity. His layered and visually dense paintings host a motley cast of figures and motifs dealing with the legacy of colonial representation, hybrid identity and contemporary media stereotypes.

Dicochea maintains a steady exhibition repertoire, with a parallel program of speaking engagements and publications.  He recently exhibited a body of work at the 17th Biennale of Sydney, Australia, where he was invited to present during opening week forums. He has shown in Art Miami with Lisa Sette Gallery, Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona State University Art Museum, The Lab in San Francisco and Museo de Arte e Historia in Juarez, Mexico.  His awards include the Contemporary Forum Artist Grant, Ford Foundation Siqueiros-Pollock Binational Painting Award, Graduate College Completion Fellowship and Seymour Rosen Scholarship in Community Leadership. Dicochea is represented by Lisa Sette Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona


Patty Haberman grew up in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, a suburb of Milwaukee. Patty received her Bachelor of Science in Art from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics from Arizona State University.  Following her graduate studies, she was an Artist-In-Residence with the Arizona Commission on the Arts, conducting residencies and workshops with school children Kindergarten through High School. 

After several years, Patty took the position of Curator of Exhibitions and Education at the Tempe Arts Center. In this capacity, Patty was able to bring to Arizona nationally recognized artists in a variety of media for exhibits, lectures and workshops.  In 1987 Patty became Curator of Mesa Contemporary Arts, a program of the Mesa Arts Center and the City of Mesa’s contemporary visual arts space.  As Curator, she was involved with and contributed to the design of the new Mesa Arts Center and Mesa Contemporary Arts which opened in 2005.  Under Patty’s leadership, Mesa Contemporary Arts has exhibited solo exhibitions of Deborah Butterfield, Joyce Scott, Luis Jimenez, Sandow Birk, Daniel Martin Diaz and others, as well as the exhibitions, Low and Slow: The Art of the Lowrider, Beneath the Skin: Artwork Inspired by Tattoos, Beyond the Cel: Contemporary Artwork Influenced by Animation and Papel Chicano: Works on Paper from the Collection of Cheech Marin.


Laura Hales, associate curator of education at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) has had a lifelong involvement in both creating and teaching art. She worked as a professional artist/illustrator and business owner for 15 years prior to becoming an art educator and museum educator. Laura is the curator of SMoCA’s young@art gallery, and she oversees and/or implements many of SMoCA’s educational programs.  She has presented at three National Art Education Association conferences and is currently involved in a research project funded by the National Art Education Foundation with Dr. Mary Erickson, professor of art, A.S.U. Laura holds a B.F.A. and M.A. from Arizona State University.



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