The Graphic Unconscious Curators

Philagrafika 2010 Artistic Director, Chief Curator


Prior to becoming Artistic Director of Philagrafika 2010, Roca managed the arts program at the Banco de la República in Bogotá for a decade, establishing it as one of the most respected institutions in the Latin American circuit.

Roca was a co-curator of the I Poly/graphic Triennial in San Juan, Puerto Rico (2004), the 27th Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil (2006), the Encuentro de Medellín MDE07 (2007), and of Cart[ajena], a series of urban interventions in Cartagena, Colombia (2007). He was a juror for the 52nd Venice Biennial (2007).

Recent curatorial projects include: Muntadas: Mechanisms of the Image, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil (upcoming 2010); Välparaíso, a series of urban interventions in Valparaíso, Chile (upcoming 2010);Other Florae, Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo, Brazil (2008); Phantasmagoria: Specters of Absence, traveling exhibition co-organized by iCI and the Museo de Arte del Banco de la República (2007-2009); Botánica Política, Sala Montcada/La Caixa, Barcelona (2004); Traces of Fridayart, tourism, displacement, ICA, Philadelphia (2003).


Curator of Prints & Photographs at The Print Center


John Caperton has organized exhibitions that included the work of Masao Yamamoto, Hirsch Perlman and Melanie Schiff. He received his BA in Art History at the University of Chicago and was the Exhibitions Coordinator at Locks Gallery, Philadelphia where he organized exhibitions with artists Virgil Marti, Polly Apfelbaum, Thomas Chimes, Eileen Neff, Stuart Netsky and Clara Rojas. He has also held positions at the Fairmount Park Art Association, Philadelphia and the Anderson Gallery at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA as well as guest curating exhibitions in Philadelphia.

independent curator


Sheryl Conkelton has organized numerous exhibitions. Among them: The World in My Street (2008); Phil Collins: assume freedom (2005) and, An International Legacy: Selections from the Collection of the Carnegie Museum of Art (2003), Conkelton has been published widely, authoring a number of books including Lewis Baltz: Prototypes, Tract Houses and New Industrial Parks near Irvine, California (RAM/Steidl/Whitney Museum of American Art, 2005) and Uta Barth: In Between Places (Henry Art Gallery, 2000.)

Conkelton has held senior curatorial positions at the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She has lectured extensively at museums, universities and cultural institutions in North America, Europe and Japan, and taught at the University of Washington, UCLA, and California State University, Los Angeles. She is the recipient of numerous grants, including awards from the National Endowments for the Arts, the Peter Norton Family Foundation, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, France.

Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Philadelphia Museum of Art


Shelley Langdale worked at the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Cleveland Museum of Art before coming to Philadelphia in 2002. She has organized a wide range of exhibitions, including shows of Renaissance prints and drawings, American Folk Art on paper, modern Japanese prints, and was co-organizer of the World AIDS Day art installations and observances the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.  At the Philadelphia Museum of Art, her exhibitions have included Popular, Pop & Post-Pop: Color Screenprints from the 1930s to Now (2003) and Edvard Munch’s Mermaid (2005). 

She has authored many exhibition publications, and has lectured on such diverse topics as Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings, the history of screenprinting, and the watercolors of Arthur Dove. She has served on the board of the Print Council of America, is currently on the boards of The Lower East Side Printshop (LESP), New York and The Print Center, Philadelphia and has juried numerous exhibitions around the country.


Director/Chief Curator of the Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design


Lorie Mertes has more than fifteen years of curatorial and museum experience with a focus on international art of the 20th and 21st centuries. Her role at Moore includes developing exhibitions and programs that offer insights and new perspectives into the work of established and emerging regional, national and international artists and designers. Prior to joining Moore, Mertes was Director of The Fabric Workshop and Museum (June to December 2006) where she oversaw exhibitions by Paul Chan and Jean Shin.

She was Assistant Director/Curator of the Miami Art Museum from 1994 to 2006 where she curated numerous solo and group exhibitions featuring such artists as: Janine Antoni, Dara Friedman, Jim Hodges, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Ann Hamilton, Alfredo Jaar, Vik Muniz, Oscar Munoz, Paul Pfeiffer, Miguel Angel Rios, James Rosenquist, George Segal, Shahzia Sikander, Lorna Simpson, and Bill Viola. She served as editor of the first two volumes of Converge, a publication documenting New Work exhibitions with essays by curators, critics and writers. In addition to building the museum's collection, she was responsible for creating special programs, projects and publications designed to build new audiences and civic engagement.

Curator of Contemporary Art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA)


Julien Robson relocated to Philadelphia in 2008 after eight years in Louisville, Kentucky where he was Curator of Contemporary Art at the Speed Art Museum. Robson initially trained as an artist before taking up curatorial positions at the University of Sussex and the University of Southampton, England. During the 1990s Robson worked in the commercial gallery sector in Vienna, and in 1998 spent six months as Guest Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

At the Speed Art Museum Robson developed his reputation as an imaginative exhibitions organizer through projects such as Presence (2004-2005), Marcel: Marcel (2007), and Werner Reiterer: Raw Loop (2008). His publications include Gathering Light: Richard Ross (2001); Reverie: Works from the Collection of Douglas S Cramer (2003); and Presence (2005); Werner Reiterer: Raw Loop (2008).


The Philagrafika 2010 Curatorial Advisory Committee
The festival's initial planning was done with the guidance of a Curatorial Advisory Committee that includes:


Melissa Chiu
Museum Director and Curator of Contemporary Art, Asia Society Museum, NY


Lisa Corrin
Director, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA

Salah Hassan
Director of the Africana Studies and Research Center at Cornell University


John Ittmann
Curator of Prints, Philadelphia Museum of Art and Head of Curatorial Team

David Kiehl
Curator of Prints, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

Rosemary Miles
Formerly with the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK

Alma Ruiz
Latin America Curator, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA


Judith Stein
Independent Curator and Art Critic, Philadelphia, PA