Our 2018 Festival Judges:
Dave Eames is a Lee’s Summit resident and entrepreneur. His business, Fossil Forge Design, is located at 317 B SE Main Street in downtown Lee’s Summit. Eames is an avid champion of local businesses as well as Lee’s Summit’s historic downtown district. Fossil Forge is a design and fabrication studio that specializes in making objects and art of metal, wood and glass, blending old and new technologies and techniques. His studio is a workshop where all kinds of things are created, from graphic designs to architectural metals. Eames has created many of the Little Free Libraries located across the country, signage for many local businesses and art for neighborhood gardens. His sculpture, “Emergence”, a gorgeous art piece and time capsule, resides in front of Lee’s Summit’s City Hall.
Kyle Goddard received his B.F.A. in Painting and Drawing from the University of Southern Mississippi and his M.F.A. from the University of Kansas. Currently, he teaches courses in drawing at Kansas State University and Benedictine College while continuing his own artistic pursuits through studio work and research. Kyle has a rich background within the arts community. He has worked as a gallery director, served as a Chairperson for a community arts council, received a Mississippi state fellowship, served as a Juror for future state fellowship recipients, and curated numerous exhibitions to feature local professional artists.
Gary Rittermeyer is a published photographer, whose work has been exhibited in southern California and the Midwest. He has taught college-level traditional film and digital photography courses since earning a Master of Fine Arts degree in 2013 from Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, California. He currently teaches at Benedictine College and Metropolitan Community College. In addition to teaching, Gary is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers, Kansas City Society of Contemporary Photographers, and is also a video camera operator for the Kansas City Royals.