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Art in the Redwoods Festival
The judges for this year's Art in the Redwoods Fine Art Exhibit are:
Tim McNeil and Teresa VanHatten-Granath
Tim McNeil is an Associate Professor in the Design Program and Director of the UC Davis Design Museum. He has twenty years of exhibition planning and creative design experience with a variety of museums, science, and interpretive centers. He is also a principal in the design and research practice Muniz/McNeil, whose past projects include the renovation of gallery spaces at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and a state-of-the-art environmental action center for the Natural Resources Defense Council's headquarters in Santa Monica, CA. In 2003, this project held the distinction as the first "green" exhibition and interpretive center in the nations "greenest" LEED platinum certified building.
For fifteen years McNeil was a senior designer at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, where he participated in the design of over seventy exhibition environments, interpretive spaces, and an award winning wayfinding and signage system. McNeil provided design leadership for the ambitious exhibition interpretive guidelines used in the permanent collection galleries when they opened at the Getty Center in 1997. They have since served as an influential model for many other art museums and were further refined for the reopening of the Getty Villa in 2006.
McNeil is an authority on sustainable design solutions for exhibition environments, and serves on the California Association of Museums Green Museum Initiative. He is on the education taskforce for Society for Environmental Graphic Design developing a national curriculum for the education of museum and exhibition designers. He has a BA in Graphic Design from Middlesex University, and a MA in Exhibition Design from University of the Arts, London. He has received recognition for design excellence from the Society for Environmental Graphic Design, the University and College Designers Association, and the American Association of Museums. His work has been featured in several books and magazines including Interiors magazine and
Wayfinding: Designing and Implementing Graphic Navigational Systems.
Courses taught: Exhibition Design, Environmental Graphics, Narrative Environments, Design Museum Internship.
Teresa VanHatten-Granath is an artist and Associate Professor at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. She has taught photography and digital imaging in the Department of Art for over 13 years. Teresa's silver gelatin, alternative process and digital photographic work has been exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions since 1996 in Tennessee, Kentucky, California, Texas, South Carolina and internationally in Hong Kong and China.
She was awarded a Tennessee State Arts Commission Grant for 2010 for her sculptural photographic books and for her work on the Green Bag Lady project. Green Bag Lady is an eco-friendly art project started in 2008. Teresa and her team of volunteer "Bagettes" make fabric bags out of donated material and give them away for FREE in exchange for a promise to use them instead of paper or plastic. To date they have given away over 16,000 bags all over the world. Green Bag Lady has been featured on CNN, NBC News, Mother Nature News, Plenty Magazine and other media outlets. In 2010 Green Bag Lady was named one of "Ten Anti-Plastic Heroes" by the Huffington Post. To read more please visit
Teresa was on sabbatical from the University in the spring of 2011. During this time, she embarked on a sailing adventure aboard a former 72-foot racing vessel for 2 weeks to study the effects of plastic in the ocean. She boarded the boat in Puetro William, Chile and sailed through the Chilean Fjords to Valdivia. This adventure included steering the boat through icebergs, glaciers, dolphins, whales and, thankfully, not much plastic. However, she is greatly concerned about the amount of plastic consumed and discarded on a daily basis by humans world-wide and will continue to study and document its use.
Teresa currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her pilot husband, 3 kids, 5 sewing machines and more cameras than she cares to admit.
The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA,
is open weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and weekends from noon to 4:00 p.m.
Please call (707) 884-1138 for more information, or email
Join us in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Gualala Arts, 1961 - 2011
Serving the coastal communities of northern Sonoma & southern Mendocino Counties.