Archive for the ‘Juried Results’ Category

Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, Announced the Winners of the “33rd Annual Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition”

July 29, 2019

On behalf of this year’s talented juror, Bill Brown, it is our pleasure to announce the winners of the “33rd Annual Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition”. As our honored juror, Brown spent considerable time with each accepted sculpture in this year’s competition examining craft, message, and visual impact.

Brown lead a comprehensive tour of the campus Sculpture Walk on Saturday morning, July 27th. There were nearly 200 guests who attended the reception. Many thanks to those of you who were able to join us for the awards ceremony.

Please join the Turchin Center and Appalachian Summer Festival staff in congratulating this year’s winning sculptors:

Rosen First Place Award: Bob Doster (Lancaster, SC), “A Memorial”, 2014-2018

Rosen Second Place Award: Glenn Zweygardt (Alfred Station, NY), “Adam Meets Eve”, 2018

Rosen Third Place Award: Derek Chalfant (Elmira, NY), “Back Home Again”, 2016

Please join the staff at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts and everyone involved with An Appalachian Summer Festival in congratulating this year’s winners.

These works will be on view throughout the Appalachian State campus through May 31, 2020.

For further information call the Center at 828/262-3017 or visit (www.turchincenter.org).

Art MoB in Hendersonville, NC, Announces Winner of “Burst of Summer” Show

July 21, 2019

Art MoB in Hendersonville, NC, announces the winner of this years “Burst of Summer” miniature show, which was held during the month of June. Visitors were invited to pick their favorite of over 30 entries. It was Charlotte Brass’s entry, titled “Ducky” which received the most votes. “It’s always a pleasant surprise to see who the winner is,” said owner Michele Sparks. “We enjoyed meeting so many people who appreciate local art”.

Besides the People’s Choice award, artists competed for the “Best of Show” and “Honorable Mention”, which were given to Diane Southen and John Anderson.

Visit us on August 10 from 11am – 3pm for our Front Porch Series. Sweet tea and delicious treats will be offered during this laid-back artist talk.

Art MoB Studios and Gallery represents over 90 regional artists including 5 working studio artists.

Open 7 days a week, Art MoB is located at 124 4th Avenue East, Hendersonville, NC.

For further info call 828/693-4545 or visit (www.artmobstudios.com).

Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Announces Winners of “30th Annual Juried Competition”

July 21, 2019

The Arts Council of York County announced the awards for the “30th Annual Juried Competition” at a free, public reception at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC, on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 5:30pm. Works accepted to the “Juried Competition” are on exhibition in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts from June 14 – July 28, 2019.

Each year, the “Annual Juried Competition” is open internationally to artists 18 and older. Only original work, created in the last two (2) years, and not previously shown in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts is accepted. All forms of media are eligible, including video.

This year’s juror was Amy Herman is an artist based in Charlotte, NC. She received her MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago, and her BFA in Fine Art from Michigan State University. Her photographs have been shown on the international level and are included in the permanent collections of the Kiyosota Museum of Photography, Cassilhaus, and The Museum of Fine Arts Houston. She teaches photography at Central Piedmont Community College and co-directs Goodyear Arts.

There were 196 entries by 89 artists from 40 cities and 8 states. Of those entries, Herman selected 35 works to be displayed in the “30th Annual Juried Competition” exhibition in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts.


Work by Lila Shull

Awards were presented to:

Gerald and Barbara Schapiro Best of Show – “Bright Edges” by Lila Shull of Knoxville, TN
1st Place – “801” by Dana Jones of Greenville, SC
2nd Place – “Since III” by J. Michael Simpson of Rock Hill, SC
3rd Place – “Body” by Rebecca Lipps of Charlotte, NC
Honorable Mention – “Dark Matter” by Todd McDonald of Seneca, SC
Honorable Mention – “Man with Handcrafted Polyhedron” by Orion Wertz of Pineville, NC
Honorable Mention – “And Then There Were Five” by Brianna Wilson of Kingstree, SC

1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Awards are sponsored by Kathy and Larry Wilson.

O’Darby’s Fine Wine & Spirits is the presenting sponsor of the “30th Annual Juried Competition”.

The Arts Council is headquartered in downtown Rock Hill, a state-recognized cultural district.

For more information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County at 803/328-2787, e-mail to (arts@yorkcountyarts.org), or visit (www.yorkcountyarts.org).

City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department Announces Winners of the “2019 North Charleston Arts Fest Judged Fine Art & Photography Competition”

May 13, 2019

Fine artists and amateur and professional photographers from across the state were invited to participate in the “2019 Judged Fine Art and Judged Photography Competitions & Exhibitions”, organized annually by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department and presented May 1-5, 2019, as a component of the 2019 North Charleston Arts Fest. A total of 309 fine art entries were accepted in the categories of oil, acrylic, watercolor, drawing, printmaking, pastel, and 2D mixed media.

Cash awards totaling $6,350 were made at the sole discretion of the judge, Hannah Shepard. Shepard is a visual artist and has been the Executive Director of the 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, since 2017. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting from Savannah College of Art & Design in 2017. Awarded magna cum laude from College of Charleston, her undergraduate degree was a double major in Arts Administration and Studio Art with a minor in Art History. She has exhibited her work throughout Charleston and Atlanta, while also working as an assistant gallery director and interning for museums and non-profit spaces.


View of the Photography Exhibit. Photo by Gavin Shelton.

A total of 212 entries were accepted in photography, which were split into the divisions of Professional/Advanced and Amateur and categorized as color or monochrome. Cash awards totaling $1,450 were made at the sole discretion of the judge, photographer Jeffrey Rich. Rich’s work focuses on water issues ranging from recreation and sustainability to exploitation and abuse. He explores these subjects by using long-term photographic documentations of very specific regions of the United States. Jeff received his MFA in photography at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA. His project “Watershed: A Survey of The French Broad River” was awarded the 2010 Critical Mass Book Award and was published as a monograph in 2012. His work has been exhibited across the US and internationally and is held in several public and private collections. In 2017, Watershed: The Tennessee River was published with Fall Line Press. Jeff also curates the weekly series “Eyes on the South” for “Oxford American Magazine”.

In addition to awards given by the judges, four pieces were selected for City of North Charleston Purchase Awards. These selections will be added to the City of North Charleston’s Permanent Public Art Collection, which is on display within North Charleston City Hall throughout most of the year.

Congratulations to the winners:

Best in Show – Fine Art: Sean Patrick, “Revelation”, mixed media (Goose Creek)

Outstanding Merit – Fine Art: Trish Emery, “Le Cormatin Red Dahlia”, pastel (Moncks Corner)

Best Oil: Brad Carroll, “Uptown Social” (Mt. Pleasant)

Best Acrylic: Susanne Frenzel, “At the End of the Day” (Mt. Pleasant)


Work by Bob Graham

Best Drawing: Bob Graham, “Archie” (Mt. Pleasant)

Best Pastel: Catherine Townsend, “Dawn in the Swamp” (Summerville)

Best Watercolor: Bob Graham, “Pals” (Mt. Pleasant)

Best 2D Mixed Media: Cheryl Baskins Butler, “Rent in the Veil” (Moncks Corner)

Best Printmaking: Jamie Mular, “Portrait of a Man” (Charleston)

Best Portrait: Cynthia Huston, “Taylor II”, oil (Mt. Pleasant)

Best Landscape: John Meckley, “Lowcountry March”, oil (Summerville)

Best Still Life: Susan Everitt, “Some Gave All”, drawing (Daniel Island)

Best Animal: Rick Austin, “Got My Eye on You”, oil (Folly Beach)

Best Abstract: Jan Kelley, “Catch-22”, mixed media (North Charleston)

Mayor’s Choice: Vanessa Grebe, “Storytime”, oil (Mt. Pleasant)

Honorable Mentions – Fine Art:

Suzanne Wolfe, “Charleston Tea Dance Ladies”, watercolor (Mt. Pleasant)

Linda Wasiclewski, “Distant Horizons”, mixed media (Isle of Palms)


Work by Susan Irish Ellis

Susan Irish Ellis, “Ice Cream”, acrylic (West Ashley)

Tessa Pfeifer, “Untitled”, acrylic (Charleston)

Shelia Thompson, “Best Mom Under the Sun”, oil (Charleston)

Matt Cook, “Looking for His Master”, printmaking (Florence)

Kris Manning, “North Charleston Skyline”, drawing (Mount Pleasant)

Sarah Michelle Harris, “Weathered Elegance”, oil (Hanahan)

Gary Smith, “Hummingbird Fractal”, acrylic (Goose Creek)

Becky Taylor, “Faces of the Past”, watercolor (Charleston)

City of North Charleston Purchase Awards:

Brad Carroll, “Uptown Social”, oil (Mt. Pleasant)

Kris Manning, “North Charleston Skyline”, drawing (Mount Pleasant)

Matt Cook, “Looking for Master”, printmaking (Florence)

Tracy Gansraw, “The Dreamer”, acrylic (Granite Falls)

Professional Photography – Color:

1st Place: Raymond Colin Murray, “Sunrise On Capt. James and the Steel Mill” (Charleston, SC)

2nd Place: Justin Falk, “Lightning on Folly” (Charleston, SC)

3rd Place: Larry Gayle, “The Red Bridge” (Mount Pleasant, SC)

Honorable Mentions:

Sean Hartman, “Washed Out II” (Summerville)

Raymond Colin Murray, “Precious and Vulnerable” (Charleston)

Richard Amble, “Coal Plant” (Summerville)

Angie Bridges, “The Samba” (Summerville)

Leah Sparks, “I’m Available” (Charleston)

Professional Photography – Monochrome:

1st Place: Sean Hartman, “Reaching” (Summerville)

2nd Place: Gloria Welch, “View of a View” (Charleston)

3rd Place: Christine Jones, “Still Motion” (Goose Creek)

Honorable Mentions:

Nicole Robinson, “Reflecting” (Charleston)

Raymond Colin Murray, “Dauntless” (Charleston)

Marcie Daniels, “Nature’s Prayer” (Summerville)

Amateur Photography – Color:

1st Place: Jessica Ballard, “Lowcountry Marsh” (North Charleston)

2nd Place: Guenter Weber, “Dancing Great Egrets” (Summerville)

3rd Place: Michael Summer, “Untitled” (Delzel)

Honorable Mentions:

Amber Dillo, “Blacksmith’s Fire #1” (Charleston)

Jess Greaux, “Delicious Fruit” (North Charleston)

Roger Buengon, “Untitled” (Chapin)

Jess Greaux, “Life on Hold” (North Charleston)

Amateur Photography – Monochrome:

1st Place: David Dial, “Dock of the Lake” (Columbia)

2nd Place: Heike Helbig, “Narcissa” (Summerville)

3rd Place: Atri Amin, “Long Tree at the Point” (Mount Pleasant)

For information about additional exhibition opportunities offered by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, call 843/740-5854, e-mail (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or visit the Arts & Culture section of (northcharleston.org). For details on the North Charleston Arts Fest, visit (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department Announces Winners of the “2019 SC Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition”

May 13, 2019

Fine craft artists and artisans from across South Carolina were invited to participate in the “18th Annual South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition”, the state’s longest running juried fine craft competition and exhibition. Organized annually by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, the show was presented May 1-5, 2019, as a component of the 2019 North Charleston Arts Fest, held in North Charleston, SC.

Following an extensive pre-jury process, 53 applicants were asked to participate and 105 entries were submitted in the categories of clay, fiber, metal, glass, wood, and 3D mixed media. Cash awards totaling $6,500 were made at the sole discretion of the juror, Jim Arendt, Associate Professor of Visual Arts and Gallery Director at Coastal Carolina University. After making his selections, Arendt stated, “The diverse works on display represent a broad set of styles and themes, but share the common element of being among the best examples of a particular material or discipline. I was excited to be able to see challenging content and exceptional craft throughout the gallery. Even more gratifying is how many artists are working to push traditional models of craft and beauty by exploring difficult techniques and non-traditional materials. Together, these works encompass the finest impulses of artists and craftspeople in command of their disciplines.”

After awarding ribbons, Arendt also selected pieces from the show to assemble a “South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Traveling Exhibition”, which will be available to tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum’s 2019/2020 Traveling Exhibitions Program. The Traveling Exhibitions Program gives galleries, museums, and art centers across South Carolina the opportunity to request the exhibit to tour their facilities, thus providing additional exposure for the selected artists.

In addition to awards given by the juror, three pieces were selected for City of North Charleston Purchase Awards. These selections will be added to the City of North Charleston’s Permanent Public Art Collection, which is on display within North Charleston City Hall throughout most of the year.

Congratulations to the winners of the “2019 SC Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition”:


Work by Kim Keats

Best of Show – Kim Keats, “Visceral Vessel”, mixed media (Okatie)

Outstanding Merit

Lynn Goldberg, “America the Beautiful”, fiber (Summerville)

Robb Helmkamp, “Wailing Box”, wood (North Charleston)

City of North Charleston Purchase Awards:

Lynn Goldberg, “America the Beautiful”, fiber (Summerville)

Dale Fort, “Wadmalaw Native”, wood (Wadmalaw Island)

Rachel Weiss, Inca Royalty Necklace, mixed media (Charleston)

Honorable Mentions:

Tanya Craig, “Oblong Platter”, glass (North Charleston)

Flavia Lovatelli, “Cocooned”, mixed media, paper (Columbia)

Erin Ryan, “Turn of the Screw”, metal (Conway)

Dale Fort, “Wadmalaw Native”, wood (Wadmalaw Island)

Jocelyn Chateauvert, “Alight”, paper (Charleston)

Margaret Weinberg, “Snowy Trio”, clay (Charleston)

Connie Lippert, “Undulating Parallelogram”, fiber (Seneca)

Camela Guevara, “Shaker Lids”, fiber/mixed media (Charleston)

Justin Guy, “Clay Menagerie”, clay (Edgefield)

Tabitha Ott, “In Time”, mixed media (Cayce)

Annie Rhodes Lee, “Cementing Our Common Ground”, clay (Folly Beach)

Fred Prudhomme, “Day & Night”, clay (North Charleston)

“2019 SC Palmetto Hands Traveling Exhibition” Selections:

Vernon Bowen, “Surface Tension”, mixed media (Columbia)

Kim Keats, “Triskele Totem”, mixed media (Okatie)

Jacqueline Anderson, “Chapter 12”, mixed media (North Charleston)

Fred Prudhomme, “Day & Night”, clay (North Charleston)

Mary Nicholson, “Slice of Life Plate”, clay (Johns Island)

Tanya Craig, “Oblong Platter”, glass (North Charleston)

Toni Smith, “Guidance”, metal (Surfside Beach)

Kathy Oda, “Here Comes the Sun”, glass, Lady’s Island)

Robb Helmkamp, “Wailing Box”, wood (North Charleston)

Erin Ryan, “Turn of the Screw”, metal (Conway)

Nancy Warren, “Oil and Water Harmonics”, fiber (Mount Pleasant)

Margaret Weinberg, “Snowy Trio”, clay (Charleston)

Arianne King Comer, “Norman’s Vision”, fiber (North Charleston)

Camela Guevara, “Shaker Lids”, fiber/mixed media (Charleston)

Lynn Goldberg, “America the Beautiful”, fiber (Summerville)

Dale Fort, “Wadmalaw Native”, wood (Wadmalaw Island)

For more information about the “South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition” and other exhibition opportunities, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843/740-5854, e-mail to (culturalarts@northcharleston.org), or visit (NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com).

Organizations interested in hosting the traveling exhibition should contact the South Carolina State Museum Traveling Exhibits Program at 803/737-4159 or e-mail to (tep@scmuseum.org).

Artisphere 2019 in Greenville, SC, Announces Winning Participants

May 13, 2019

The 15th Anniversary Artisphere festival presented by TD Bank in Greenville, SC, featured 135 artists from across the country selected from 952 submissions from 28 states. 36 of the artists were new to the festival this year.

On Friday, May 10, 2019, artist exhibitors were judged by festival jurors Devyn Vasquez (Penland School of Crafts Core Fellow), Sybil Godwin (Owner and Director – Shain Gallery Charlotte, NC) and Ashley Jones (Local Artist, Photographer). 10 cash awards including; Best in Show ($5,000), 1st Place 2D Mixed Media ($2,500), 2nd Place 2D Mixed Media ($1,000), 1st Place 3D Mixed Media ($2,500), 2nd Place 3D Mixed Media ($1,000), four Awards of Excellence ($500 each). The Mayor’s Choice Award ($500), selected by Haynworth-Sinkler Boyd was also distributed.

This year’s Best in Show winner was Richard Wilson (Drawing) of Greenville, NC. 2D 1st place went to Kiah Bellows (Mixed Media 2D) of Greenville, SC, and 2nd place was awarded to Joey Bradley (Painting Oil/Acrylic, Mixed Media 2D) of Greenville, SC. The 3D 1st place award went to Amber Marshall (Glass) of Spruce Pine, NC, and 2nd place went to Nicario Jimenez (Mixed Media 3D) of Naples, FL. Four Awards of Excellence were also distributed to Tara Locklear (Jewelry Semi-Precious) of Raleigh, NC, Chris Jeffries (Glass) of Laguna Beach, CA, Bounkhonkg Signavong (Fiber) of Secaucus, NJ, and Gregg Rasmusson (Ceramics) of St. Louis, MO. Mayor Knox White presented the 2018 Mayor’s Choice Award to Glory Day Loflin (Painting Oil/Acrylic) of Greenville, SC.

In addition to awards distributed on Artist Row, Artisphere distributed an additional $3,000 in awards to winners of the “Artists of the Upstate Juried Exhibition” as well as the Culinary Arts Café.

Peter Kaniaris of Anderson University juried the “Artists of the Upstate Juried Exhibition” sponsored by Prisma Health, “Greenville Journal”, and funded in part by Metropolitan Arts Council in March. “Artists of the Upstate” is designated for local artists within a 35-mile radius of Greenville. Kaniaris returned to the festival to select the Best in Show ($1,000), 2nd place ($750), 3rd place ($500), and an Award of Excellence ($250) winners.

This year’s “Artists of the Upstate” Best in Show was Hamed Mahmoodi. 2nd place was awarded to Kent Ambler, 3rd place to Kelly King, and Award of Excellence to Elizabeth Kenney.

Out of town media guests were invited to judge the Culinary Arts Café on their trip to Greenville. They tested dishes personally selected by all five participating restaurants- Larkin’s on the River, Cantina 76, Duke Sandwich Company, Crepe Du Jour, and The Trappe Door. Duke Sandwich Company was chosen as the Best in Show and awarded $500.

“Congratulations to the talented local and national 2019 award winners,” said David Lominack, South Carolina Market President, TD Bank. “TD Bank is proud to support the arts community across the Upstate and beyond through Artisphere.”

For more information visit (www.artisphere.org).

Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn on Hilton Head Island, SC, Announces Winners of 2019 Art Market

May 13, 2019

The Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn on Hilton Head Island, SC, has announced the winners of the 2019 Art Market.


Work by Samuel Yao

Best in Show – Elizabeth Borowsky, Clay – Andrews, SC

2nd place – Samuel Yao, Fiber – Ann Arbor, MI

3rd place – Beth Tockey Williams, Pastels – Edisto Island, SC

Awards of Merit:

David and Veronica Bennett, Glass – Meadows of Dan, VA

Shelby Dillon, Oil/Acrylic – Durham, NC

Karen Langley, Oil/Acrylic – Columbia, SC

Adeline Mazyck, Sweetgrass Baskets – Mt. Pleasant, SC

Amanda McLenon, Oil/Acrylic – Daniel Island, SC

Marcee Musgrove, Mixed Media 2- D – Bloomingdale, GA

Kathy Oda, Glass – Beaufort, SC

Murray Sease, Oil/Acrylic – Bluffton, SC

Willard Smith, Photography – Beaufort, SC

Barbara Umbel, Jewelry – Indian Harbour, FL

For further information call Robin Swift, VP of Marketing and Development at 843/689-6767 ext. 224 or visit (www.coastaldiscovery.org).

Art of Clay National Juried Show at the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Announces Winners

March 18, 2019

On view through June 15, 2019, “Art of Clay” is the North Carolina Pottery Center’s first-ever national juried exhibition being presented in Seagrove, NC. Featuring 41 artists from around the United States, “Art of Clay” presents a range of contemporary styles, from functional to narrative sculpture.

This show was juried by potter Douglas Fitch of southwest Scotland, UK. Fitch and his wife, Hannah McAndrew, create slipware influenced by the medieval potters of England and the subsequent tradition of slip-decorated country pottery.

Fitch narrowed the field down from 230+ pieces and did the final judging when he was here in the beginning of March as one of the featured potters at the North Carolina Potters Conference, hosted by the Randolph Art Guild in Asheboro, NC.

And the winners of the North Carolina Pottery Center’s “Art of Clay National Juried Show” are:


Work by Takuro Shibata

1st Place: Takuro Shibata (Seagrove, NC), “Bump.”
2nd Place: Lars Westby (Annapolis, MD), “Manus.”
3rd Place: Paul McCoy (Waco, TX), “Pouring Vessel.”
Director’s Choice Honorable Mention: Ariel Bowman (Flower Mound, TX), “The Fossil Record.”

Featured potters in the show include: Hadi Abbas (FL), Michelle Arabian (NY), Brad Bachmeier (ND), Posey Bacopoulos (NY), Casey Beck (WI), Ariel Bowman (TX), Joel Brown (NY), Amanda Bury (WA), Randall Carlson (IL), Kyla Culbertson (IL), Priscilla Dahl (PA), J. Casey Doyle (ID), Karen Ellis Phillips (NJ), Helen Marie Farrant (NJ), Daniel Gardner (CO), Seth Green (IN), Mark Gordon (NC), Stephen Heywood (FL), John Jessiman (VA), Sooyeon Kim (GA), Yeonsoo Kim (GA), Wansoo Kim (KS), Julia Knight (GA), Lucien Koonce (MA), Catherine Coulter Lloyd (SC), Mimi Logothetis (NC), Andy Matlow (MA), Paul McCoy (TX), Jim and Shirl Parmentier (NC), Nila Petty (IL), Kevin Ryan (CT), Masa Sasaki (GA), Eric Serritella (NC), Hitomi Shibata (NC), Takuro Shibata (NC), Marina Smelik (CA), Rebekah Strickland (GA), Suzanne Stumpf (MA), Sue Wadoski (MA), Lars Westby (MD), and Delanie Wise (MA)

Questions? Or interested in possibly purchasing a piece? Call the center to start the process. All purchased pieces must remain in the exhibition until the exhibition ends.

Exhibitions are made possible through the generosity of our membership, the Mary and Elliott Wood Foundation, the John W. and Anna H. Hanes Foundation, and the Goodnight Educational Foundation. This project was supported by the NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Thank you!

The mission of the North Carolina Pottery Center is to promote public awareness of and appreciation for the history, heritage, and ongoing tradition of pottery making in North Carolina.

The Center is located at 233 East Avenue in Seagrove, NC. Hours of operation are Tue.-Sat., 10am-4pm.

For more information, please call 336/873.8430, visit (ncpotterycenter.org), or find us on Facebook.

The Society of Bluffton Artists in Bluffton, SC, Unveils Winners of “25th Annual Judged Show”, on View Through Mar. 31, 2019

March 18, 2019

About 100 local artists entered in Society of Bluffton Artists’ (SoBA) “25th Annual Judged Show”, but only 16 walked away with awards this week.

Mary Ann Ford received top honors for “Oyster Shell In Grey,” which received “Best In Show.” First place winners included: Catherine Hester in oil; Julie Jones in acrylic; Joan McKeever in mixed medium; Donna Cole in watercolor; and Steve Edelstein in photography.

Other winners included:
• Oil: John Kenney, second; Sandy Rhodesl, third
• Acrylic: Bill Winn, second; Mary Tredwell, third
• Mixed Medium: Missy Gentile, second; Cynthia Zeiss, third
• Watercolor: Joanne Talbot, second; Brenda Fallon, third
• Photography: Jim Wilson, second; Clyde Lohere, third

The winning pieces can be found at (www.sobagallery.com).

The Society of Bluffton Artists is the heart of the flourishing art hub in Old Town Bluffton’s historic district at the corner of Church and Calhoun streets. As a non-profit art organization, SoBA offers regular art classes, featured artist shows, exhibitions, scholarships, outreach programs and more. Please visit (www.sobagallery.com) for a complete calendar of events and other information or call 843/757-6586.

SC Artist Lee Malerich Wins Art Award in Galesburg, IL

March 18, 2019

On Mar. 8, 2019, over 200 people attended the opening reception for the “53rd GALEX Competition & Exhibition” at the Galesburg Civic Art Center. Local SC artist, Lee Malerich of Neeses, SC, was among 74 artists chosen for her wood sculpture, “Dreamgirl”, from a field of 255 artists. Malerich was also given the Rob Reed Memorial Sculpture Award – just one of six prizes available. This exhibition is sponsored by First Mid Bank & Trust and will be on display through Apr. 6, 2019 in the Joanne R. Goudie Gallery.


Dreamgirl by Lee Malerich

“GALEX” is an annual national juried exhibition that is one of the longest continuously running competition and exhibitions in the country. Expanded nationally in 1967, it has been a mainstay for the Art Center’s exhibition calendar. This year, 74 artists from 22 states were selected to participate, submitting 75 individual pieces of art that represents a variety of media, including oil, watercolor, acrylic, collage, photography and sculpture.

The Juror, Harlow Blum, professor emeritus of art at Monmouth College (1959-1999) awarded over $2,500 in prizes. He has continued to create collage paintings from his studio in Monmouth. Harlow B. Blum received his BFA (Painting) from the University of Illinois (1956), MA (Painting) Michigan State University (1959), and MFA (Printmaking) Syracuse University (1966).

“GALEX” and other programs of the Art Center are sponsored in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency which receives support from the State of Illinois and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Galesburg Civic Art Center is located at 114 E. Main St. in Galesburg, IL. Art Center hours are Tuesday through Friday 10:30am to 4:30pm and Saturday 10:30am to 3pm. Admission is free.

For more information about exhibitions, workshops and events, please contact the Art Center at 309/342-7415 or visit (www.galesburgarts.org).