Thank you to everyone who applied to Round 9 of The Idea Fund. The jurors will begin to review the applications. On December 9 at 6pm at Project Row Houses, the jurors will be on a public panel to talk about their artistic or curatorial experience and their work at various organizations. The public is welcome to hear more about their areas of specialization and the decision-making process for The Idea Fund grant application. Learn more at our Facebook event.


Lu Zhang, Deputy Director at The Contemporary, BaltimoreLu Zhang | Round 9 Juror | The Idea Fund

Lu Zhang is the Deputy Director of The Contemporary, a nomadic non-collecting museum in Baltimore. She received her MFA in Painting at the Frank Mohr Institute in the Netherlands and her BFA in General Fine Arts at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). In addition to her role at The Contemporary, Lu teaches at MICA, serves on the Programming Advisory Committee at Maryland Art Place, and is the artist-in-residence at The George Peabody Library. Lu has exhibited her drawings and installations in the United States and abroad including shows at C. Grimaldis Gallery in Baltimore, Randall Scott Gallery in Washington DC, The Center for Art and Culture in France, and several exhibitions in the Netherlands. Lu has received an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council and The Trawick Prize Young Artist Award. In 2014, she became an inaugural recipient of the Rubys Artist Project Grant in Literary and Visual Arts.



Dr. Julia Bryan-Wilson | Round 9 Juror | The Idea FundJulia Bryan-Wilson, Ph.D., Associate Professor at Department of History of Art at University of California, Berkeley

Julia Bryan-Wilson is associate professor of contemporary art at the University of California, Berkeley and a frequent contributor to Artforum. She is the author Art Workers: Radical Practice in the Vietnam War Era(2009), and, with Glenn Adamson, Art in the Making: Artists and their Materials from the Studio to Crowdsourcing (2016). Her book Fray: Art and Textile Politics will be published in 2017 by the University of Chicago Press.



Dennis Nance, Curator at Galveston Arts Center, Artist and 2015 Idea Dennis Nance | Round 9 Juror | The Idea FundFund Recipient

Dennis Nance is the newly appointed curator at Galveston Arts Center and a native Houstonian artist with extensive experience working with artists and exhibitions. He recently got into sewing and makes clothing and costumes for both everyday wear and special occasions. Nance received a 2015 Idea Fund award for his project Cast of Characters, a series of costumes and garments based on holiday celebrations. He wore the suits at public engagements and surprise moments, documenting his costumes and outings for a gallery presentation and a calendar. Nance received his B.A. from Austin College with a concentration in Fine Arts and French.