Juried exhibition nearing end

Published 9:47 pm Tuesday, November 27, 2018

The Suffolk Art League’s annual Juried Exhibition is nearing its end, as it will be on display through Dec. 7 at the Suffolk Art Gallery, 118 Bosley Ave.

This year, 90 artists entered 241 works for jurying. Of those, 51 artworks were selected for the exhibition by Dr. Cole Welter, graduate program director and professor of art painting and drawing at James Madison University.

“There were many excellent entries submitted by a wide range of very talented artists that made the jurying process competitive and challenging,” said Welter. “In making my selections I looked for technical, expressive and conceptual qualities that set the work apart from the entries I did not choose for exhibition.” He also congratulated all of the artists who submitted work for consideration. “If your work was not selected for exhibition, or to receive an award, I urge you to remain dedicated to your artistic practice and optimistic about its development,” he stated.

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Welter selected 15 award winners. “Awards were selected using the same criteria, with a heightened emphasis on the conceptual and emotive quality of the form of expression present by the work,” said Welter.

The winners are:

First Place: John Alan Stock, “Architectonics No. 22,” mixed media

Second Place: John Knapp, “Jenny in Gold,” pencil and acrylic

Third Place: Mike Brewer, “Icon of the Buddha Tara,” oil on linen

Jane Butler Memorial Award: Charles Lindauer, “Arthur’s Country Store,” watercolor

Melissa Darden Odom Memorial Award: Bernard Conda, “Self Portrait,” oil

Award in Honor of Dana Adams: Mark Miltz, “Top Hat,” conte’ on paper

Judy Oswald Memorial Award: Laura Gibbs, “Emerging,” oil and cold wax

Rountree Award for 3-D: Akiko Tanaka, “I’ve Got the Measles!” ceramic and Bonsai wire

Betty Glasscock Memorial Award: James Parson Jr., “Box and Towels,” digital photography

Sharon & Chip Picot Memorial Award: Erlene Hendrix, “Untitled #2,” photographic composite

Momma Jo and Poppa Jo Memorial Awards: Janice Gay Maker, “Through the Bower,” oil on linen

Suffolk News-Herald Award: Kevin Chigos-White, “Leveled Poise,” glass

Richardson Award: Joyce Pettiford, “The Seer,” mixed media

Copico Award: Collette Ho and Kevan Mann, “Sisu,” stained glass mosaic

Embroidery Etc. Award: Collette Ho and Kevan Mann, “Faith Series #2,” mixed media mosaic and wood

The Suffolk Art League thanked the award donors — Butler Paper Recycling, Mr. & Mrs. Austin T. Darden, Mr. & Mrs. James Adams, The Oswald Estate, Ray & Martha Rountree, The Glasscock Family, Mr. Julian Picot, Carol Johanningsmeier, Suffolk News-Herald, Nathan Richardson, Embroidery, Etc. and Copico. The Suffolk Art League also recognized the continued support of the Suffolk Fine Arts Commission, the Business Consortium for the Arts, Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Suffolk Art League is a nonprofit community based fine arts organization dedicated to making the arts accessible and providing education in the arts. For more information about this and other programs offered by the Art League, please visit www.suffolkartleague.com or call 925-0448.