The time has come, as we are just days away from the 2018 Digital Graffiti festival, presented by the Alys Foundation and sponsored by Christie! The 11th annual juried festival invites digital artists from around the globe to explore how art, architecture, and technology intersect. Be sure to download the Digital Graffiti app here to help make the most of your festival experience!

Over the course of the weekend, the following committee of judges reviews the finalists’ original digital artwork and determines the winners. This group of art and industry experts chooses winners in three categories: Best of Show ($5,000 prize), Curator’s Choice ($2,000 prize), and three (3) Special Recognition (each $1,000 prize).

Meet our 2018 Digital Graffiti esteemed judges!

Brett Phares is an artist and curator working in computer simulation and installation. With 20+ years in interactive media, he has created innovative projects for both startups and international brands alike, all which inescapably inform the visual syntax of his personal work. He earned his MFA from in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College in New York City and an MA in Art History, Theory, and Criticism from SUNY Stony Brook, NY. He has shown in North America, Asia, and soon in Australia; has written and taught on our pre-disposed blindness in everyday experience; is curator of Alys Beach’s annual projected art festival Digital Graffiti, and directs its artist residency; and managing partner of General Anxiety, a public art consultancy.

Lucia Fishburne is a life-long advocate for the creative industries in Florida. Currently she serves as vice-chair for the Council on Culture & Arts (COCA) for the Tallahassee/Leon County area. She has also served in various capacities at Florida State University including, most recently, as the executive director of the Florida Book Awards and as a research associate and adjunct instructor for the College of Communication and Information (CCI). Prior to her work at FSU, Lucia served as Florida’s State Film Commissioner where she was responsible for leading the state’s efforts to build, expand, and retain the film, TV, and digital media entertainment industry sector. She was appointed to that position following ten years of service in the workforce and economic development arena in Florida. Lucia holds a MS degree from FSU in marketing communications and an accreditation in public relations (APR). Spurred by her love of music and performance, she toured early in her life as a professional singer/songwriter throughout the southeast. A Florida resident for most of her life, Lucia enjoys being a tourist in her own state whenever she can with special emphasis on enjoying Florida’s unique natural assets, historical sites, and creative talent.

Geoffrey Platt is a veteran in the media server and digital content community. Geoffrey started his career in the live entertainment industry and quickly began expanding his experience by pursuing a multi-faceted career.  Geoffrey has expertise in film, television, cruise ships, concerts, and the corporate events industry. Geoffrey has served clients around the world where he has been proud to design high profile events, and has been involved in a vast number of projects utilizing some of the most cutting edge video / lighting technology available today.

Evan Narcisse is a journalist and critic who writes about video games, comic books, movies, and TV. Often focusing on the intersection of blackness and pop culture, he is now a senior staff writer at io9, having previously written for The Atlantic, Time Magazine, Kotaku. He has taught a course on video game journalism at New York University and appeared as an expert guest on CNN and NPR. A native New Yorker, he now lives in Austin, Texas.

Fallon Young is the executive director for The New Orleans Film Society, an organization that discovers, cultivates, and amplifies diverse voices of filmmakers who tell the stories of our time. Fallon and her staff produce the Oscar-qualifying New Orleans Film Festival annually and invest year-round in building a vibrant film culture in the South to share transformative cinematic experiences with audiences, and connect dynamic filmmakers to career-advancing resources. Prior to moving home to the South and to the city she’d long called her muse, Fallon spent a decade in San Francisco, where she ran a multi-disciplinary arts and cultural center, and developed her passion for supporting emerging artists and storytellers.

Jeff Grantz is the director of Dynamic Environments at Design Communications, Ltd in Boston. He is the former owner and director of the creative technology studio Materials & Methods, as well as founder of Boston’s Nighttime Contemporary Arts Festival “ILLUMINUS.” Jeff attended the Rhode Island School of Design where he later taught in the departments of Industrial Design, Interior Architecture, and Foundation Studies.