Poster Contest Judges

 A team of distinguished professional artists and human rights activists served as the panel of judges for the contest finalists. Posters were judged on creativity, originality, appropriateness, and relationship to the theme.

Marissa Gutiérrez-Vicario, New York, NY

MarissaGutiérrez-Vicario is the Founder and Executive Director of Art and Resistance Through Education (ARTE), based in New York City. Asa committed human rights activist, artist, educator, and advocate for youth, Marissa launched ARTE in 2013 to help young people amplify their voices and organize for human rights change in their communities through the arts. Currently, Marissa serves as an Adjunct Lecturer at the City College of New York in the Art Education Department. She is currently the Co-Chair of Human Rights Educators USA.

Russell Estes, Montgomery, AL  

Russell Estes is a veteran of the creative industry and the leader of an in-house design team at The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) –  a nonprofit civil rights organization dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society. In his current role, he formulates and drives the visual messaging of the organization, aligning all design elements to our mission and strategic goals. His specialties include multi-channel design, branding and identity, and typography. Considering leadership to be a creative art, he takes great satisfaction from working with innovative individuals who are committed working hard and learning from one another. 

Amy Meuers, Minneapolis, MN

As the CEO of the National Youth Leadership Council, Amy brings more than a decade of service-learning experience to the organization. Her passion and commitment to young people is evident through her leadership of the National Service-Learning Conference for the past 13 years, her commentary through articles and blog posts, as well as her own volunteer activities. She is committed to transforming community into classroom and inspiring all young people to Serve. Learn. Change the world.

Meredith Stern, Providence, RI

Artist Meredith Stern obtained a BFA in Ceramics at Tulane University in New Orleans. She is a member of the International printmaking group called The Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative. She has a multifaceted practice that includes printmaking, zine publishing, ceramics, and gardening.  She collaborated on several large-scale art installations at Space 1026 in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, at the Union Art Gallery at The University of Wisconsin at Madison, and in Ljubljana Slovenia as part of the 29th Graphic Arts Biennial. Her work is in the permanent collections at the Library of Congress, Harvard University, the Book Arts Collection at the MOMA, and in universities and museums around the world. Her work has been used as set dressing in Hollywood movies, and in Ms. Magazine and In These Times


Michele Bury, California State University at Dominguez Hills, Los Angeles, CA

Amy Ellingson, artist, Santa Fe, NM

Kimberly Gaines, photographer, artist, and educator. Washington, DC

Elana Haviv, Founder, Generation Human Rights, Santa Fe, NM

Anita Jung, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Neese Parker, Youthprise, Minneapolis, MN