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Los Angeles Times art critic Christopher Knight will serve as the juror of this year’s TAA. He will be selecting the Best in Show, first, second, and third place award winners at the opening of the exhibition.

A Toledo Museum of Art fellow from 1973 to 1974, Knight is three-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in criticism and recipient of the 1997 Frank Jewett Mather Award for Distinction in Art Criticism from the College Art Association. He was the first journalist to win the award in more than 25 years.

Throughout his career, Knight has been both a journalist and a museum professional. He was the curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego from 1976 to 1979 and went on to serve as assistant director for public information at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from 1979 to 1980. In 1980, he joined the Los Angeles Herald Examiner staff and served as art critic at the paper until 1989 when he moved to the Los Angeles Times.

An accomplished writer and lecturer, Knight has made many appearances on television and radio, including CBS’ 60 Minutes, PBS’ NewsHour, NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered, and CNN.

Knight received his bachelor’s degree in literary and visual art from Hartwick College in 1972 and a master’s degree in art history from the State University of New York in 1976.

You can follow him on Twitter at @KnightLAT.