The Jury

The jury of BLOOOM Award by WARSTEINER

The judging panel of BLOOOM Award by WARSTEINER consists of three permanent jury members each year: Catharina Cramer, Yasha Young and Walter Gehlen. Each year the jury is completed by new members out of the art world and the creative industry.
  • Catharina Cramer, Patron and Managing Partner of the Warsteiner Group
  • Yasha Young, Director and Curator of URBAN NATION
  • Walter Gehlen, Co Director and Artistic Director of ART DÜSSELDORF and BLOOOM
  • Prof. Stephan Berg, Head of the Kunstmuseum Bonn
  • Alain Bieber, Head of the NRW-Forum
  • Uwe Flade, Music video director

Catharina Cramer

Patron and Managing Partner of the Warsteiner Group

At this point in her career, Catharina Cramer has already been around: The Managing Partner of the Warsteiner Group graduated from the European Business School in London and studied in Paris and Madrid during her exchange semesters. Before definitively entering into the family business (now in its ninth generation) in 2006, Cramer gathered extensive experience in the hotel business as well as in the beverage industry in Germany, the US, England, France, and Argentina.

Privately, the BLOOOM Award by WARSTEINER jury member is actively committed to supporting culture, among other causes. She is particularly interested in the latest developments in the areas of art, design, and brand management. It is important to her that her company’s cultural sponsorship makes a real contribution to opening up new paths in the art scene and supporting young artists.

© Photo: Catrin Moritz

Yasha Young

Director and Curator of URBAN NATION

Yasha Young is the director and curator of URBAN NATION. URBAN NATION has made it to their mission to bring artists and urban areas around the globe together, to creatively modify and shape these areas. Through workshops, events and exhibitions they promote community and artistic exchange. Another priority for Young is her work as chair of the collection committee, which actively builds an international collection for Urban Nation with a focus on Urban and New Contemporary Art.

As former gallery owner, curator and producer, Young is deeply involved in the international urban arts sphere. She published many books worldwide and was senior editor for the German art magazine NICOLAI.

© Photo: David Hochbaum

Walter Gehlen

Director and Artistic Director of ART DÜSSELDORF

Walter Gehlen is one of the faces behind ART DÜSSELDORF. The art-loving economist started as director of dc duesseldorf contemporary. In 2003, he founded ART.FAIR | fair for modern and contemporary art together with Andreas Lohaus - primarily to get a young public excited about contemporary art. With about 37,000 visitors, the fair was the highlight of the Cologne art fall.

As of 2017, the fair reinvents itself in the influential art hub Duesseldorf as ART DÜSSELDORF.

Walter Gehlen, who lives in Cologne with his family, advises artists and galleries on all matters of the art market.

© Foto: Christian Geyr

Prof. Stephan Berg

Head of the Kunstmuseum Bonn

Prof. Stephan Berg is head of the Kunstmuseum Bonn and expert on contemporary art. Among other things, he has been volunteering his services as a professor at the Braunschweig University of Art (HBK) since 2004.

Berg works for different boards and committees, such as the acquisition committee of the Federal Collection of Contemporary Art of Germany.

© Photo: Prof. Dr. Stephan Berg

Alain Bieber

Head of the NRW-Forum

Alain Bieber has already been pursuing his career as a curator for many years, has been working as editor in chief of ARTE Creative and has been head of the NRW-Forum in Düsseldorf since 2015.

Since 2004, he curates solo and group exhibitions on different topics, such as street art, postinternet art, internet and media art, political art, gaming and photography throughout Europe.

© Photo: Ondro Ovesny

Uwe Flade

Music video director

As a director, Uwe Flade has already worked with a-ha, Depeche Mode, Nickelback and other well-known artists. He will assist the jury in the new special category “music video” and is looking forward to the competition.

Besides music videos, he also produces short films and commercials for famous music groups and brands. Original ideas and visual storytelling are the most important criteria for his work.

© Photo: Uwe Flade

BLOOOM Award by WARSTEINER 2017

Thanks for more than 2,300 applications in 2017 - a new record!

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