THE WONDER WOMEN JURY

  Unicia Buster   Unicia Buster is an award-winning artist from Richmond. She won a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Visual Arts Fellowship and a “Best in Show” award in the National Arts Program. She previously worked as an art specialist at VCU Health where she assisted with managing and curating gallery exhibitions and the hospital’s permanent art collection and taught arts and crafts to patients. She saw more than 800 patients per year! She previously worked for 10 years as a graphic designer for the Richmond Free Press, a local magazine created for the African-American audience. While working there, she won second and third place in the Virginia Press Association Awards advertisement category.  A professional artist for more than 18 years, Unicia has been featured on Channel 12 News, in the Richmond Times Dispatch, the Richmond Free Press, and Style Weekly and was a guest speaker at the 24th Annual Good Grief Conference in 2014, and at TEDxYouth RVA in 2017. Unicia received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Cornell University and her Master of Arts degree from George Mason University. She has exhibited in numerous cities including Washington DC; Long Island City, NY; and Rome, Italy, as well as Richmond, VA.  Unicia loves meeting new people and draws inspiration from those encounters. She has created “My Hair Naturally,” a series of quilted wall hangings, photography, and paintings which celebrate the beauty of natural African-American hair; and "Life Lines," a series of echo-line drawings. Her first year-long creativity project is called Afros365. She also self-published two celebrated adult coloring books "Coloring Curls" (Nov. 2016) and "Coloring Curls 2" (Oct. 2017). Photo credit: Elli Morris

Unicia Buster

Unicia Buster is an award-winning artist from Richmond. She won a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Visual Arts Fellowship and a “Best in Show” award in the National Arts Program. She previously worked as an art specialist at VCU Health where she assisted with managing and curating gallery exhibitions and the hospital’s permanent art collection and taught arts and crafts to patients. She saw more than 800 patients per year! She previously worked for 10 years as a graphic designer for the Richmond Free Press, a local magazine created for the African-American audience. While working there, she won second and third place in the Virginia Press Association Awards advertisement category.

A professional artist for more than 18 years, Unicia has been featured on Channel 12 News, in the Richmond Times Dispatch, the Richmond Free Press, and Style Weekly and was a guest speaker at the 24th Annual Good Grief Conference in 2014, and at TEDxYouth RVA in 2017. Unicia received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Cornell University and her Master of Arts degree from George Mason University. She has exhibited in numerous cities including Washington DC; Long Island City, NY; and Rome, Italy, as well as Richmond, VA.

Unicia loves meeting new people and draws inspiration from those encounters. She has created “My Hair Naturally,” a series of quilted wall hangings, photography, and paintings which celebrate the beauty of natural African-American hair; and "Life Lines," a series of echo-line drawings. Her first year-long creativity project is called Afros365. She also self-published two celebrated adult coloring books "Coloring Curls" (Nov. 2016) and "Coloring Curls 2" (Oct. 2017). Photo credit: Elli Morris

  Shannon Castleman   Shannon is an artist/photographer, educator and mother. She is currently an adjunct professor at VCU in the Department of Photography and Film. From 2006 to 2013 she served as an assistant professor of Photography and Digital Imaging at the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. From 2004 to 2006, she taught photography at Dar Al Hekma College, a women’s college in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. In 2013 and 2016 she was visiting faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies at San Francisco Art Institute, leading classes to Vietnam and Cuba. A native Richmonder who spent nearly a decade helping to develop art communities abroad, Shannon brings a unique perspective and contagious enthusiasm to her work as the Founder of Oakwood Arts + P35, a nonprofit that brings the community together to engage with art through events, lecture, film screenings and more. Oakwood Arts + P35 also offers technology-based art classes and fine arts classes as well.  http://arts.vcu.edu/photofilm/people/shannon-castleman/

Shannon Castleman

Shannon is an artist/photographer, educator and mother. She is currently an adjunct professor at VCU in the Department of Photography and Film. From 2006 to 2013 she served as an assistant professor of Photography and Digital Imaging at the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. From 2004 to 2006, she taught photography at Dar Al Hekma College, a women’s college in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. In 2013 and 2016 she was visiting faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies at San Francisco Art Institute, leading classes to Vietnam and Cuba. A native Richmonder who spent nearly a decade helping to develop art communities abroad, Shannon brings a unique perspective and contagious enthusiasm to her work as the Founder of Oakwood Arts + P35, a nonprofit that brings the community together to engage with art through events, lecture, film screenings and more. Oakwood Arts + P35 also offers technology-based art classes and fine arts classes as well. http://arts.vcu.edu/photofilm/people/shannon-castleman/

 
  Diane Cook-Tench   Diane is the Founder of the VCU Brandcenter and  Brandgoodness Consulting .  A graduate of the Minneapolis College of Art & Design, Diane’s won over 100 national and international awards for her creative communications work including Clios and Lions from the Cannes Festivals. The One Club in NY recently inducted her into the Communications Hall of Fame. Diane’s most proud of her two daughters.

Diane Cook-Tench

Diane is the Founder of the VCU Brandcenter and Brandgoodness Consulting.

A graduate of the Minneapolis College of Art & Design, Diane’s won over 100 national and international awards for her creative communications work including Clios and Lions from the Cannes Festivals. The One Club in NY recently inducted her into the Communications Hall of Fame. Diane’s most proud of her two daughters.

  Adria Scharf   Adria is Executive Director of the Richmond Peace Education Center, a grassroots organization with a 38 year long history in the Richmond region.  The Richmond Peace Education Center works to build a more peaceful and just Richmond region, and empowers young people to be leaders for peace and social change.  Adria has a doctorate degree in sociology and an 20-plus year-long history of community building and activism. During her 12 years as Peace Center director, she has increased the reach and impact of the Center in all areas.   

Adria Scharf

Adria is Executive Director of the Richmond Peace Education Center, a grassroots organization with a 38 year long history in the Richmond region.  The Richmond Peace Education Center works to build a more peaceful and just Richmond region, and empowers young people to be leaders for peace and social change.

Adria has a doctorate degree in sociology and an 20-plus year-long history of community building and activism. During her 12 years as Peace Center director, she has increased the reach and impact of the Center in all areas.