About the Jurors
The Webster Arts Fair seeks artists who produce the best art in their category. Making those decisions is a panel of respected artists, gallery owners, art historians and art educators. The panel changes every year.
In 2018, Webster Arts is honored to have the following art professionals on the Arts Fair Jury.
Erica Popp lives and works in St. Louis, Missouri. Her artwork is mostly photographic and print media: gum bichromate, cyanotype, and Van Dyke Brown, and photopolymer gravure. Her work is inspired by nature and her environment.Ms. Popp received an Associate of Fine Arts in Photography from St. Louis Community College at Meramec, a Bachelor of Arts from Principia College, and a Master of Arts from Fontbonne University.
Edna Patterson-Petty works in a variety of media, but she is nationally recognized for her art quilts and the stories they convey. She holds a BFA in Art & Design and MFA in Art Therapy. Her art quilt “Road to Redemption,” was specially created to commemorate Barack Obama’s presidency and was displayed in Washington during his inauguration. Ms. Patterson-Petty’s work has been exhibited in venues ranging from the St. Louis Art Museum to Antioch College in Los Angeles. One of her pieces was on display for three years at the American Embassy in Pakistan, and she has an art quilt on permanent display in Senegal, West Africa.
Melody Evans studied for four years at the San Antonio School of Art and Craft and started her career as a potter but soon moved into making sculpture, large scale installations and drawings with collage and digital manipulations. This change coincided with her pursuit of a Master’s degree in the influential area of Northern California. Evans studied with nationally acclaimed artists Robert Brady, and Stephen Kaltenbach, and has received numerous awards in her career; including first place in the National Visions in Clay, awarded at the University of the Pacific in CA. Her drawings have also been juried into and awarded in several regional shows. She has been represented by the California gallery, Solomon Dubnick. Her work is in numerous public and private collections, including the Paul F. Dauer Ceramic Collection and The Sony Kamm International T-pot collection. In this region she has large-scale permanent installations at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, National Great Rivers Research and Education Center, Alton Illinois and the New St. Mary’s Hospital in Jefferson City.