The Jurors








The Jurors







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Greg Bell is the Senior Curator for Vulcan Inc. and lends over 25 years of experience creating, curating and teaching in the Puget Sound. He received his MFA from Washington State University, and prior to joining Vulcan served as Curator for the King County Public Art Collection for 4Culture and Director of Gallery4Culture, a regional incubator gallery, as well as 16 years as Curator of Contemporary Art at the Tacoma Art Museum. Bell has taught at Tacoma Community College, University of Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran University and served as the Director of Kittridge Gallery at the University of Puget Sound. Since 2009, Bell has played a critical role in enhancing Seattle's public art experience, including the strategic placement of public art created by local artists in Vulcan Real Estate's 60 acres of development in South Lake Union; enriching the experience in one of Seattle's liveliest neighborhoods.



Sarah Bergmann is a design thinker working across ecology, design, planning and culture. She is the founder of the Pollinator Pathway, a living essay in landscape that responds to humanity’s influence as an ecosystem. She is the winner of the Betty Bowen Award and the Stranger Genius Award, and her work has been praised by NPR, Popular Science, KUOW and GOOD. The Pollinator Pathway has been exhibited at the Seattle Art Museum and the Olympic Sculpture Park, and Bergmann lectures frequently to architecture and landscape design audiences, including at the University of Washington, the Henry Art Gallery, the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle University and TEDx.


Robin Held is a creative strategist, executive leader, and cultural entrepreneur.

As curator of more than 100 exhibitions and performances, producing partner, advisor to funders,  grant writer, and executive, she has worked directly with artists to realize ambitious work in a wide range of media, from traditional to experimental, including painting, sculpture, film, video, performance, sound art, robotics, artificial intelligence, and digital media.

From this vantage she guides creators to new resources, expertise and investment. 



Kyu Hwang is Director of Projects at Vulcan Aerospace.

Kyu Hwang knows rockets.  He has spent most of his career in various aerospace development programs at NASA, DARPA, FAA, and various aerospace companies.  He is now involved in the Stratolaunch program at Vulcan Aerospace, aiming to transform space access. 

He is a graduate of University of Washington (B.S.) and Southern Methodist University (M.S.)

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Doug King – President/CEO, Museum of Flight

King was previously the president and chief executive officer of the Saint Louis Science Center, the fourth largest science center in the country, where he served since 1995.  



Susie Lee is a visual artist and the CEO of Siren. Recognized as Emerging Artist of the Year for the “intelligence, emotion and sensuality” of her work, Lee was also named “Artist to Watch” by ARTnews. A graduate of Yale, Columbia and UW with degrees in molecular biophysics and biochemistry, science education, and fine arts, Lee shapes technology to amplify connections, and her recent endeavor, Siren, has gained significant momentum in the public imagination and press, including The Guardian, front page of the Seattle Times, CNN, Cosmopolitan, Geekwire, The Stranger, Engadget, The Washington Post, and ThinkProgress.

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Alan Maskin – Architect/Principal, Olson Kundig
For more than two decades Alan Maskin has focused primarily on the architectural design of cultural projects including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center, Zooraji Park in Busan, South Korea, the Bezos Center for Innovation at the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) and the Washington State University Visitors Center, Frye Art Museum and more. His work has been published in a variety of national and international media including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Architectural Record and The Wall Street Journal.  



Dr. Roger Myers is the Executive Director of Advanced In-Space Programs at Aerojet Rocketdyne.  In this role, he oversees programs and strategic planning for next-generation in-space missions and architectures, propulsion, power and integrated systems.  Prior to this appointment in mid-2013, Dr. Myers was the executive director of Electric Propulsion and Integrated Systems, and served as Deputy Lead of Space and Launch Systems and General Manager of Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Redmond Operations, the world’s leading supplier of spacecraft propulsion systems and thrusters.  Prior to joining Aerojet Rocketdyne in 1996, he worked at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in the On-Board Propulsion Team.  He has led dozens of development flight programs and published over 80 papers on electric and chemical propulsion technology and in-space transportation architectures.

In addition, Dr. Myers serves as president of the Electric Rocket Propulsion Society (ERPS), and he is on the Board of Directors of the ERPS and the Aerojet Rocketdyne Foundation.  He also serves as the chair of the Washington State Joint Center for Aerospace Technology Innovation.  He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), was elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences in 2012,  won the AIAA Wyld Propulsion Award in 2014 and was elected to the Board of Trustees for the Seattle Museum of Flight in 2015. 

Dr. Myers holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering, summa cum laude, from the University of Michigan.  He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University.

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Charles Mudede is a writer, filmmaker, and leftwing cultural critic. 

Mudede is currently Associate Editor for The Stranger, as well as lecturer in English Humanities at Pacific Lutheran University near Tacoma, Washington. Mudede has contributed to the New York Times,LA Weekly, Village Voice, Black Souls Journal, C Theory,Cinema Scope, and is on the editorial board for ARCADE and Black Scholar. 



Erika Wagner is the founding executive director of the X PRIZE Lab @ MIT, an interdisciplinary teaching and research effort examining the power of large prize competitions to foster innovation. She has been at the core of the Lab’s initiatives, overseeing the first offering of the X PRIZE Grand Challenges course, supporting networking efforts for the X PRIZE Foundation across the university and throughout the greater Boston area, and spearheading strategic planning efforts for the Lab.


About the Space




About the Space




Where was the exhibit?

Vital 5 Productions recently transformed the 23,000 square foot third floor of historic King Street Station into a semi-industrial exhibition space. Located in Pioneer Square - the center of Seattle's arts district - this new exhibition center hosts over 600 lineal feet of exhibition wall space, spacious concrete floors, soaring ceilings and brilliant views in all directions.

Built in 1904 by the design firm Reed and Stem (later recognized for designing Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan), and inspired by the San Marco clock tower in Venice Italy, King Street Station is an opulent example of decorative turn of the century arts and crafts.

Located at 303 S. Jackson Street*, King Street Station is accessible by train, light rail and ground transit.

The exhibition ran from March 3 to April 3 in 2016.

King Street Station and Its Clocktower

Vital 5 Productions

Vital 5 Productions

Photo credit: Bruce Clayton Tom, 2015

Photo credit: Bruce Clayton Tom, 2015

Vital 5 Productions

Vital 5 was founded in 1995 to experiment, challenge, create, produce and publish all mediums of contemporary art. In the last 20 years it has produced over 40 exhibitions, 20 performances, 2 feature films, 2 theatrical productions and numerous projects not so easily categorized. It produces Artists For a Work Free America (AFWFA), The Arbitrary Art Grant, Walden3 (, The Vital 5 Review, works by the performance art trio PDL and the annual contemporary art exhibit Out of Sight. Vital 5 won a Genius Award in 2003, for best arts organization, as defined by The Stranger Magazine.

King Street Station marks its third exhibition space in Seattle.



Photo credit: Daniel A. Carrillo

Photo credit: Daniel A. Carrillo

Greg Lundgren, Producer/curator     

Greg Lundgren in a Seattle-base artist, designer and curator.  

He has converted a Vietanmese restaurant, a car dealership, a cafe, a post office, and most recently a train station, into contemporary art spaces. Some stick around, some are demolished to make way for more profitable business (Starbucks/Whole Foods, respectfully). 

He is also the founder of Lundgren Monuments, a design firm that specializes in contemporary headstones, urns and caskets, Walden3, a conceptual/virtual contemporary art center, and Vital 5 Productions, which desperately needs a new and updated website. When he is not immersed in conversations around art and death, he can be found drinking at The Hideout and Vito's, (clubs he co-owns with with his business partner Jeff Scott) and talking about art and death.




Justen Waterhouse,  Exhibition Manager


Raised in Taiwan and now working in Seattle, Justen knows how to bring alien things together. With her love for outer space, Neuroscience, and contemporary arts, Justen provides Greg Lundgren with curatorial and managerial assistance for Giant Steps. Previously, she was the Art Director at Grey Matters Journal at the University of Washington, where she helped cultivate dialogue between visual arts and Neuroscience. 

When Greg asked if she would like to help with Giant Steps, Justen replied, "Greg, it's space. Space is my jam."

Justen Waterhouse is a recent graduate of the Painting+Drawing BFA program at the University of Washington.