Christina Mossaides Strassfield
Museum Director and Chief Curator, Guild Hall Museum
Christina Mossaides Strassfield is the Museum Director/Chief Curator of Guild Hall Museum in East Hampton, New York. She oversees the artistic leadership and overall management of the Museum with an exemplary schedule. The mission statement of the museum is to showcase artists who have an affiliation with Eastern Long Island. Close proximity to NYC has made the Hamptons the summer home for most of the New York Art world. This has allowed Ms. Strassfield to forge close relationships with the artists, dealers and collectors who shape it. She has curated exhibitions of numerous internationally recognized artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Chuck Close, Eric Fischl, David Salle, Ross Bleckner, April Gornik, John Chamberlain, Larry Rivers, Hans Namuth, Cindy Sherman, Dan Flavin, Taryn Simon, Barbara Kruger and Richard Prince. Each of these artists has formed a positive bond with the institution in part because of her. Ms. Strassfield is also very committed to championing the works of lesser known artists.
She curates group invitationals show which has received acclaim from art critics as well as the general public. At Guild Hall she is in charge of overseeing and curating the permanent collection of over 2500 objects. Ms. Strassfield launched the Guild Hall Collector’s Circle and has cultivated many gifts for the collection, overseeing acquisitions and loans, guiding the Museum Committee, and organizing traveling exhibitions. She’s co-chaired a Symposium at Hofstra University on the artist Perle Fine. She’s also a professor at the State University of New York at Suffolk Community College.
Curator Emerita of Modern Art and the Herbert Bayer Collection and
Archive at the Denver Art Museum, Professor of the Practice and Director of
Museum Studies in Art History at the University of Denver.
Gwen Chanzit is Curator Emerita of Modern Art and the Herbert Bayer Collection and Archive at the Denver Art Museum, and is Professor of the Practice and Director of Museum Studies in Art History at the University of Denver. Over her 36-plus years at the Denver Art Museum, Dr. Chanzit organized more than 30 exhibitions. Some highlights were Figure to Field, Mark Rothko in the 1940s, Herbert Bayer: Berlin Graphics 1928-1938, Fracture: Cubism and After, Joan Miró: Instinct and Imagination, Starring Linda: A Trio of John DeAndrea Sculptures, Overthrown: Clay Without Limits, Herbert Bayer: New York and Aspen Paintings 1938-1974, Gunther Gerzso: A Mexican Master, and Abstract Expressionism from the Denver Art Museum.
Her major curatorial project, Women of Abstract Expressionism, opened at the Denver Art Museum in June 2016 and was on tour for a year. This traveling exhibition received much positive attention in the national and international press. Its comprehensive catalogue is now into its fifth printing.
Dr. Chanzit is regarded as the world expert on Bauhaus artist Herbert Bayer; she has published several books highlighting Bayer’s wide-ranging artistic contributions
George A. Gonzalez, Pieces of a Mystery, Oil on Wood, 16″ x 20″
Art submitted to the competition will be reviewed by a rotating panel of expert jurors, each representing a different field in the art world, ensuring a fair and balanced selection process.