The Jury

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, Patroness and Owner of the Warsteiner Group
  • Yasha Young, Executive Director and Curator of Urban Nation – Museum for Urban Contemporary Art Berlin
  • Walter Gehlen, Director of Art Düsseldorf
  • Prof. Stephan Berg, Head of the Kunstmuseum Bonn
  • Uwe Flade, music video director

Catharina Cramer

Patroness and owner of the Warsteiner Group

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At this point in her career, Catharina Cramer has already been around: The owner 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. 

Yasha Young

Executive Director and Curator of Urban Nation – Museum for Urban Contemporary Art Berlin

Young is deeply involved in the international art scene since 25 years as a curator, innovator, project developer, producer and high profile collection manager. Her current work with URBAN NATION, Berlin’s museum for Urban Contemporary Art, is the extension of her unique and global network of artists, collectors and entrepreneurs. This network has its roots in her work as the founder and owner of Strychnin Gallery (Locations: NYC / London / Berlin, 2001-2013) and as a curator of more than 250 world-renowned exhibitions. Her work focuses on developing, promoting, collecting and supporting Urban Contemporary Art in all its facets worldwide and the development of the “living” museum as a concept to promote integrative and educational as well as participant oriented programming for international institutions.

Walter Gehlen

Director of Art Düsseldorf

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Walter Gehlen is the face 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.

As of 2017, the fair reinvented itself in the influential art hub Düsseldorf as Art Düsseldorf, which counts more than 40,000 visitors each year.

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

Prof. Stephan Berg

Head of the Kunstmuseum Bonn

© Prof. Dr. Stephan Berg

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.

Uwe Flade

Music video director

© Uwe Flade

As a director, Uwe Flade has already worked with a-ha, Depeche Mode, Nickelback and other well-known artists. 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.