The JURY of COMEL Award for the year 2017 consists of:

  • Giorgio Agnisola – Art critic and writer, Professor at the Pontifical Theological Faculty of Southern Italy, Jury President.
    He has worked for many years as a consultant of Modern and Contemporary Art in international cultural exchanges. Since 1983 he has collaborated in official research missions for French-speaking countries of Europe. Professor Agnisola’s studies involve the relationship between Literature, Art and Psychology. Since 1990, he has collaborated with the newspaper ‘Avvenire’, in the cultural pages and in particular relating to Art. He is a member of the International Association of Art Critics and he also belongs to the ‘Société Internationale de Psychopathologie de l’expression’. He has promoted numerous international exhibitions. Among the others: ‘Il simbolismo in Belgio’ (1985), in the Palazzo Reale di Caserta, in collaboration with the Belgian government, ‘Italy-Luxembourg, confrontations’, (2002), in collaboration with the Embassy of Luxembourg in Italy; ‘Alberto Magnelli, works 1915-1970’, Pinacoteca Civica, Gaeta, Italy. (2012); ‘Alberto Burri, Unico e multiplo’, Pinacoteca Civica di Gaeta (2014). Giorgio Agnisola works as a consultant of CEI for Contemporary Sacred Art and teaches Sacred Art at the Pontifical Theological Faculty of Southern Italy. He is also co-director of the Scuola di Alta Formazione di Arte e Teologia. He has written many books, including: Arte presente in Belgio (1985), presented in 1986 at the Biennale di Venezia; Arte in Lussemburgo dopo il 1945 (1989); Yuri and Lara, a reading of ‘Doctor Zhivago’ (1991); L’Addio, (1998); Dentro l’arte (2001); Viaggio nell’opera, vedere e sentire l’arte (2005); La pietra e l’angelo (2006); Leggere l’Arte (2009); L’oltranza dello sguardo in Friedrich, Monet, Cézanne (2010); Lo sguardo e l’opera (2014); L’avvertimento dell’oltre, in Morandi, Rothko e Manzù (2015). As a curator, he has participated in numerous exhibitions in Italy and abroad. As a critic and journalist, he has written for magazines as an Italian correspondent for international Photography and Art magazines such as ‘Aperture’ (New York), ‘HotShoe’ (London), ‘Eyemazing’ (Amsterdam), ‘Muse’ (Milan), ‘Around Photography’ (Bologna), ‘FotoCult’ (Roma). He has won two international awards for his work as Art Critic: Chevalier de l’Ordre de Leopold II of Belgium and Officier de l’Ordre de Mérite in Luxembourg. A book was dedicated to his activity by Bruno di Marcello, Giorgio Agnisola, dell’arte della critica (2000).
  • Alfredo La Malfa – Curator and President of “La Verde La Malfa” Foundation, President of “Casa della divina bellezza” Foundation.
    Born in Catania in 1962. He worked as a teacher of Philosophy and History in high schools. Since 2012 he has been President of the ‘La Verde La Malfa – Parco dell’Arte’ Foundation, San Giovanni La Punta (Catania, Italy), where he designed the Room of Memory and the Room of Peace, which host permanent exhibitions of Lawrence Carroll, Angelo Casciello, Emily Joe, Fabio Mauri, Lolita Timofeeva, Cristina Treppo. At the same foundation, in 2015, he created a permanent section of ancient clothing. Since 2014 he has also been President of the ‘Casa della Divina Bellezza’ Foundation, Forza D’Agrò (Messina, Italy), an institute he conceived and founded to investigate the relationship between art and faith. Since 2013 he has been conducting international art exhibitions at the two Foundations.
  • Marco Nocca – Art historian, Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome.
    Born in Velletri in 1961, he is a Professor of Ancient Art History and Museography at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome since 2008. He previously taught at the Brera Academy, Milan (1995-1997) and Naples Academy (1997- 2008), here taking care of the reconstruction of the Gipsoteca (2007). For the Vatican Museums, he directed the reconstruction of the Propaganda Fide Museum in Rome, in the Borromini Palace in Piazza di Spagna (2010). He has been involved in monographs and scientific articles, analyzing the relations between the Ancient Renaissance and Neoclassicism (focusing in particular on Antonio Canova), and in collection history, curating numerous exhibitions (including the Borgia collection, Naples, National Archaeological Museum, 2001).
  • Loredana Rea – Director of ‘Umberto Mastroianni’ Foundation of Arpino, Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Frosinone.
    She is a historian and art critic. She is a professor of Contemporary Art History at the Academy of Fine Arts of Frosinone. She is director of the ‘Umberto Mastroianni’ Foundation of Arpino. She is also Director of the Archives and Documentation Center of the Artistic Book of Cassino and the Visual Arts ‘Fuori Centro’ of Rome. From 2006 to 2014 she was curator of TraCarte, a two-year Biennial Workshop on Paper for the Banca del Monte Foundation in Foggia. For the same Foundation she was a consultant for Contemporary Art.
  • Maria Gabriella Mazzola – Manager of the aluminum sector, Selection Committee.
    She runs the Company CO.ME.L., along with her brother Adriano and her sister Luisa. She combines the technical and business preparation and organization and coordination skills, giving the company new guidelines such as the attention to communication, innovation and marketing strategies. She has always supported, personally and with the company, activities in favor of the territory: art exhibitions, publications, visual arts exhibitions, short film festivals and animal protection. In December 2012 Maria Gabriella received an important recognition for entrepreneurial merits by the Cultural Committee ‘Nuova Immagine Latina’, which awards the most influential people in town. She is President of the Cultural Association ‘Vanna Migliorin’ that promotes and spread events and intellectual works of Contemporary Art in all kind of expressions.