2017 Artist List

Congratulations to this year’s selected Artists

Thanks again to our esteemed panel of jurors:

Carl Bedell


Carl Bedell is an emerging collector and art influencer in Washington DC. As an attorney, his practice includes working with artists, collectors and arts organizations on legal and business issues that arise in the art industry. Philanthropically, Carl recently created ACCADEMIA DC as a project to support artists and develop the next generation of benefactors to the arts through programming that includes artist talks, studio visits, gallery tours, and private collection visits. Carl’s interest in art began when he and his family moved to Europe for one of the many military assignments during his mother’s 34-year Army career. With a Colonel for a mother and role model, Carl has a deep respect for strong women and had a glimpse into the challenges women have in achieving professional equality. Combining this with his passion for the arts, Carl is extremely honored to be a juror for SUPERFIERCE and to support the efforts to encourage female artists!

Jennie Buehler


Jennie Buehler moved to DC from Sun Valley, Idaho to pursue her masters in Exhibition Design at the Corcoran College of Art + Design. She is the director at DTR Modern Gallery specializing in modern and contemporary art. She enjoys working with clients whether it is to build a collection or to select one special work for their home.

Peter Chang


Peter Chang is a co-founder of No Kings Collective. Based in Washington D.C., they are an artist-run creative agency that specializes in murals, large installation work and commercial design. No Kings Collective is best known for their unique use of large typography and bright, bold colors in their murals and special art projects.

Mary Early

Mary Early is a sculptor based in Washington DC and the director of HEMPHILL Fine Arts, a Washington, DC gallery founded in 1993. She studied visual art, film and video at Bennington College and has exhibited at the United States Botanic Garden, Washington Project for the Arts, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA, the Austrian Cultural Forum, Washington DC, Galerie Im Ersten, Vienna, Austria, Schloss Salem, Salem, Germany, Kunstlerbund Tubingen, Tubingen, Germany, among other regional and national galleries. A large-scale installation of beeswax lines will be included in the three-person exhibition “Twist-Layer-Pour” at American University Art Museum, Washington, DC in Fall 2017.
Early’s work is included in the collections of the US Department of State/Embassy of Panama, Kimpton Hotels, and the District of Columbia Art Bank, among other public and private collections. She is a recipient of the Artist Fellowship Grant, DC Commission on Arts & Humanities, Washington DC (2016, 2015, 2014, 2011, 2009, 2007). She serves on the boards of Hamiltonian Artists and Washington Sculptors Group and is a co-chair of the Bennington College Alumni Cooperative, DC Chapter. She has a particular interest in public art and community engagement, as well as the materials and processes of contemporary sculpture.

Philippa Hughes

Philippa P.B. Hughes is a social and creative placemaker who designs inventive and collaborative projects that strengthen communities, connects people who would not normally meet in meaningful dialogue, and opens portals to art and culture for the culturally curious. She constructs human-centered activations that facilitate connections between neighbors, reinforce community bonds, and strengthen relationships. Philippa is the chair of the board of the DuPont Underground, a former trolley stop turned into art space and a former member of the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities. She has spoken at two TEDx events, VisionDC, and IdeasFest.

Julie Ratner

Native New Yorker Julie Ratner, has resided in the suburban Maryland area for the last twenty seven years. After graduating from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, her passion for Fine Art led her to work as the in- house Gallery Director at Discovery Galleries of Bethesda, Maryland, running two retail Fine Art galleries and one wholesale Art Publishing Division. As Gallery Director, Julie organized numerous one-man art exhibitions and spearheaded the galleries participation in several high-visibility trade shows and special events. She is an active enthusiast of the arts in Washington, D.C. and created local community programs such a “Painting for Paws”, with the Washington Animal Rescue League and developed custom coloring book art for the Art Therapists at Children’s National Hospital DC. In 2009, Julie started Whitehouse Enterprises, an Art consulting firm representing emerging artists while participating in group shows in Florida, DC and Colorado. In 2012, she co-formed Directions in Art, a full service corporate and residential art consulting firm. In 2016, Artworx Consultants was born. Artworx is a collaborative company that offers a broad array of creative Art sourcing & Consulting Services to the Commercial, Hospitality and Corporate market managing projects from inception to installation.

Christy Schlesinger

Christy Schlesinger is an award-winning architect with over 19 years of professional design experience. She recently join the Gensler’s Washington, DC, office as a senior designer 2 years ago. Prior to joining Gensler, Christy shared a successful 15 year career with her father, esteemed architect Frank Schlesinger, where they produced a wide range of work in terms of both scale and building type spanning institutional, commercial and mixed use, and residential for luxury multi-family and single family homes. At Schlesinger Associates Architects, Christy honed the importance of the client-oriented “hands on” approach to architectural practice. She also gained her hospitality background at Adamstein + Demetriou (now Hapstak + Demetriou), producing multiple high end retail and restaurant experiences. She also worked for Michael Graves and Gwathmey Siegel in New York City.

Christy as a native of Washington, DC. She has been active in the arts scene, whether giving her design time for The Washington Ballet (her alma mature) or her 12 year tenure as a Faculty member of the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at George Washington University. She received her Master in Architecture from Princeton University and a Bachelor in Architecture from the University of Maryland, College Park. She also spent time abroad at the Architectural Association in London and the Universita Di Siena in Italy. She has traveled extensively abroad to over 23 countries, including a three (3) month architectural tour of Scandinavia accompanying her father during his National Endowment for the Arts’ Fellowship.