VADS 2024 Jury


Shelley Jordon

Shelley Jordon is a painter and moving image artist who explores interior and exterior worlds and connections between past and present experiences. Jordon’s work has been shown in the US and abroad, at venues that include: The Torrance Art Museum (Los Angeles, CA), The Frye Museum, (Seattle, WA), Elizabeth Leach Gallery (Portland, OR), The Schnitzer Museum of Art (Eugene, OR), The Portland Museum of Art (Portland, OR), The Portland Art Museum (Portland, ME), The Wexner Center for Art (Columbus, Ohio), the Ildiko Butler Gallery (New York, NY), and the LDM Gallery, (Florence Italy), among others. Her projects have been supported by the Ford Family Foundation, Regional Arts and Culture Council, the Center for the Humanities, OSU, a Jerusalem International Fellowship Award, two Oregon Arts Commission Individual Fellowship Awards, a Fulbright-Hayes Group Travel Research Grant and artist residencies at the American Academy in Rome, Lucas Artist Residency at Montalvo, Djerassi, Jentel and Playa, among others. Based in Portland, OR, Jordon holds an MFA from Brooklyn College of the City of New York, a BFA from The School of Visual Arts in NYC and is a Professor Emerita of Art at Oregon State University.


Stacey Woelfel

Stacey Woelfel is a professor emeritus at the Missouri School of Journalism, having spent 35 years on the faculty starting in 1986 as the executive assignment editor at KOMU-TV, and eventually taking over the position of news director there in 1990. Woelfel spent more than 24 years in that position before becoming the founding director of the Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism. Woelfel was also the director of aerial journalism at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, teaching young drone pilots and overseeing the institute’s drone fleet.

Woelfel is the past national chairman of the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA), past national president of the Carole Kneeland Project for Responsible Journalism, past president of the Mid-America chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and past president of the board for the Kansas City Film Festival. He has received the University of Missouri’s highest teaching honor, the William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence, as well as the Mizzou Alumni Association’s Faculty-Alumni Award.

Woelfel is the co-director of the feature documentary Keep the Cameras Rolling: The Pedro Zamora Way and was an associate producer on two of Robert Greene’s critically-acclaimed documentaries, Bisbee ’17 and Procession


Kimi Kitada

Kimi Kitada is a curator based in Kansas City. Currently, she is the Gallery and Programs Manager at Charlotte Street, where she oversees exhibitions and public programs such as Movement Lab, the Art Writing Intensive, and The Guest Curator lecture series. Previously, she was Curatorial Assistant at MOCA Los Angeles (2019-2020). From 2014 to 2018, she was Public Programs + Research Coordinator at Independent Curators International in New York. Her recent exhibitions include Potential Futures: Prototypes at Charlotte Street, Kansas City (2023); Handiwork: Art, Craft, and the Space Between (2022); With Liberty and Justice (2021); and where we came from & where we are going at Transformer, Washington DC (2019), among others. Kitada received a BA in Art History and Classics from Bucknell University and an MA in Museum Studies from NYU.