2020 Jurors

Angelica Pozo, a New York City native, born of Cuban and Puerto Rican parents, has lived in Cleveland since 1984.  She moved there from Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she received her Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan.  Her Bachelor of Fine Arts is from SUNY College of Ceramics in Alfred, NY. As a full time, self-employed artist, Angelica divides her time between her widely exhibited sculptural studio work, her major public art commissions, and artist residencies involving large ceramic tile/mosaic projects primarily in arts-in-education programs 24 of these projects have been through the Ohio Arts Council, but she has done numerous residencies with other organizations, nationally, as well as internationally. She has been awarded an OAC Individual Artist Fellowship, as well as an Arts Midwest/NEA Regional Individual Artist Fellowship. Angelica is the author of two books: “Making & Installing Handmade Tiles” (2005) and “Ceramics For Beginners: Surfaces, Glazes & Firings” (2010) – both books published by Lark Books, a division of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., New York. (http://www.angelicapozo.com).

Jill Lackey is a graphic designer (https//jill.dunked.com) and artist at heart with many years experience in branding, marketing, and management. In 2014, she decided to leave her corporate life, and focus on freelance design full-time. Since then, she has been working with several clients on a variety of projects ranging from website development to painting murals, as well as commissioned drawings and paintings. Before starting “Grove Design + Marketing,” Jill spent six years as a founding member of a clean-tech start-up company called Tremont Electric, which developed and launched the nPower technology. Jill also has 13 years of design and marketing experience with an international, household electronics company where she developed and launched new products, including a disruptive technology that’s used to administer insulin to diabetic pets without a needle. Jill is the founder and original editor of Mode, a magazine for women in direct sales. Out of college, Jill had the opportunity to work with the art directors at Walt Disney in the design and development of Disney-licensed products. She has a B.A. with a major in Visual Communication and Design from Purdue University, and an M.S. in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University.

Hector Vega is a celebrated artist-entrepreneur (https://hectorvega.com), who was born in Gurabo, Puerto Rico, and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. A self-taught artist, his signature style—featuring bold colors and geometric patterns—is influenced by his cultural heritage. The use of bold colors and geometric shapes that Vega uses to craft his abstracts is by no means an accident. For him, many of the stylized elements, that make his work so instantly recognizable, have a much deeper meaning. During the past 20 years, Vega’s artwork has progressively matured into visually stimulating pieces that embody life and energy through the balance of strong design, color and depth. His art can be found in numerous private, corporate and educational institution collections across the United States. A firm believer in volunteerism, community involvement, and the advancement of the arts, Vega is known for his artistic contributions to numerous local and national charitable, civic, and non-profit organizations. He has won numerous awards, both in the U.S. and abroad.