Meet Our Jurors: They’re Pretty Awesome!

Happy New Year, artists and art lovers! The SEAF planning committee decided to start 2016 off with an exciting announcement: juror selection for the visual art portion of the Festival is now complete!

Our 2016 SEAF Visual Art Jurors are… (in no particular order):

  • Vickey Miellie
  • Michelle Sullivan
  • Charles David Kneller
  • !Kona
  • Francisco Guerrero

Check out their bios below!

Vickey MiellieVickey Miellie

Vickey Miellie is the co-owner of Wild at Heart in Seattle, your friendly neighborhood sex store. Since it’s opening in 2006, Wild at Heart has been a supporter of the Seattle Erotic Art Festival and the Center for Sex Positive Community. Vickey is passionate about providing the community with a safe and knowledgeable experience while shopping for sex toys. She is also an erotic art collector, avid traveler, and volunteers with several community programs.



Michelle Sullivan

MichelleSullivanMichelle Sullivan is Seattle Erotic Art Festival’s Project Manager. She feels grateful to support this unique festival, which creates a safe space for erotic art and conversations about sexuality. Michelle has a Master’s Degree in Art History from San Francisco State University, where her graduate studies were focused on an investigation of erotic art produced by women. As an art student, she was honored with internships at Art & Auction Magazine, The Andy Warhol Foundation, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden at the Smithsonian Institution, and Gallery Paule Anglim. After art school, she worked as a gallery assistant at the Dorothy Weiss Gallery. While in San Francisco, she completed the Sex Educator Training at San Francisco Sex Information and worked as a volunteer answering questions from the public about sex and sexuality. It is with great passion and excitement that Michelle joins the jury for SEAF this year!


CDPooleCharles David Kneller

Charles David Kneller (Dave) studied Fine Art and Art History at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. While Dave’s main area of focus was in sculpture and printmaking, he’s also spent time working as a photographer and graphic designer.  Dave believes that art should be accessible and inspirational in addition to being emotional. Dave believe that everyone has a contribution to make, and that we should seek out new experiences, ideas, and voices as responsible human beings.



Litany - April 2014 - WEB_Kona_106!Kona is a Queer Femme Dominant who is currently employed as a municipal cultural bureaucrat. She has worked on and off with a range of cultural non-profits for over 20 years, has a background in governmental social justice work and sometimes acts professionally for film & TV. Personally and under the moniker NubianImp Projects, !Kona has been actively troubling minds and bodies in her local, national and international Leather/BDSM communities since 1998. She is an educator, and has compulsively produced community events with a focus on the non-technical aspects of Leather/sex-postitivity for queers, chosen-families, their allies and POC community. Artistically, she quietly writes works which have mostly been experienced from the stage, and has exhibited art on both sides of the border. Her last major work was the Queeriodic Table which toured to SEAF in 2011. While planning more art projects, !Kona agitates & advocates in online social spaces and is simultaneously researching, procrastinating, and writing her first novel.


Francisco Guerrero

FrancHeadshotFrancisco Guerrero is originally from Southern California, receiving a BFA from University of Southern California’s Roski School and an MFA from conceptual art locus University of California, San Diego.

Francisco is primarily a painter whose work spans over 20 years and traverses from portraiture to mapping, human desire to military proliferation, as seen through the lens of American popular culture. Francisco was principal for a public works mural project from 1997 – 2000, painting murals at Los Angeles City Schools. In 2011 he participated in Domestic Disturbance, a group show for Nye+Brown Gallery in Los Angeles. In 2013 he was included in the Frye Museum’s Chamber Music exhibition in Seattle.

As an Associate Professor at Seattle University, Francisco teaches all levels of painting and drawing. He is founding director of the Seattle University Visual Artist in Residence program (now in its 7th year) and is leader of a weekly conversation group of local curators, artists, and collectors on various arts topics, Klatch@Café Presse.

Francisco’s current work is a sculptural marriage of Lowrider custom car paint with surveillance and security equipment. He is based in Seattle, WA.

Examples of Francisco’s work:

We are so delighted to have Vickey, Michelle, Dave, Kona, and Francisco take on this important role! To read more about visual art selection for SEAF, please check out the Visual Art Selection Jury Process page.