Meet the Judges for the Oct. 12 Art Walk Awards

Kelly Bjork

It’s almost time for the next round of Art Walk Awards! Mark your calendars for Thursday, Oct. 12 for another night of art, drinks, music and cash prizes at Sole Repair. The party starts at 7 p.m., ends at 11 p.m. and winners are announced at 9:30 p.m.

Not familiar with the AWA? Each quarter three guest judges explore Seattle’s neighborhood art walks and select a total of nine exhibited artworks as finalists. The night of the Art Walk Awards, attendees at the event (aka you) vote for the winners. The top three artworks will receive cash prizes and the first-place artwork will be featured in City Arts magazine. RSVP here.

Here are this quarter’s guest judges. Take a minute to get to know them, and look out for the unveiling of their nominations in the coming days! 


Michelle de la Vega is a multidisciplinary social engagement artist, designer and welder based in Seattle. “I approach artmaking with a composite of relationship building, conceptual practice, thoughtful design and craft,” she says. “I’m a multidisciplinary installation artist using methods of social engagement as primary motivators in my process. My practice includes sculpture, immersive environmental design, video, collage, choreography, text and partnership building through project-based community engagement.”


Kelly Bjork is an artist and illustrator whose work focuses on portraiture and intimacy between friends and belongings. She grew up in Tacoma and graduated from Western Washington University in 2009 with a BFA in drawing and printmaking. Her work has been published in numerous publications including The Washington PostSeattle WeeklyThe Stranger, McSweeney’s and Sixth Finch. Kelly is part owner of Pilgrim Paper Co.—a paper goods company based in Seattle.


For Daniel Carrillo, photography is both art and science. The intersection of the two is essential to Carrillo’s work. From the uncanny chemistry he strikes with his subjects to the chemical reactions he facilitates in the lab, Carrillo is one of only a handful of contemporary photographers who practice the lost art that is the daguerreotype.

Born in Mexico and raised in California, Carrillo brought his talents to Seattle in 1997. He is represented by Greg Kucera Gallery but has shown work at SOIL Gallery, G. Gibson Gallery, Davidson Galleries, Vermillion Gallery and the Museum of Northwest Art in Seattle as well as New York, Mississippi and Shenzhen, China. His work is in the prestigious collection of Sir Elton John and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. His use of daguerreotype and wet plate collodion photography continues to transform his subjects into characters from a bygone era.