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Revealed Histories - October 2008

October 2008

Revealed Histories

All-Media Membership Show
October 8 – November 3, 2008


Award(s):  The Gilham Award, and Honorable Mention Awards.

Show Info: Opening Reception, Thursday, October 9, 6:30–8:00 pm, in the gallery.  Awards presented at 7:00 pm.

458 entered, 126 accepted



Juror's Statement:

with Erica Fortwengler

Juror Daniel Finch arrived at The Art League expecting to see the idea of "Revealed Histories" explored from a personal perspective as well as from a societal and cultural/ historical perspective. His expectations were surpassed. "I was overwhelmed by the high quality of work. You have a wonderful, thriving art community here. In addition to examining the theme personally and from historical angle, artists touched on moral, political, and ethical issues of significance as well."

"I look for a great compelling degree of authenticity. By that I mean that I want to believe the artist. Believe that there’s more than just the sum of the parts. I’m looking for a marriage between the technical and the conceptual; this creates a great synergy."

"Firstborn," by Wendy Donahoe was awarded Best in Show. "The medium was absolutely the right choice. The choice of charcoal leads us into the spiritual much more easily than if this piece had been in full color. Consciously, the artist has made the right decision here. There is a very fine line of tension in this piece. First, she draws us in with the beauty and the joy of a newborn, and then, as we engage the piece further, we realize what we see, that this is about death, the death of the innocent. This tension is what gives this piece its life."

Finch awarded Honorable Mentions to the works that elicited an initial gut reaction. "These works have that synergy of technique and concept that make them compelling, and they stand out from the rest of the show for me."

"This show has a specified, conceptual element which creates parameters for judging. Many of the pieces not accepted were declined not because of lack of technical or conceptual merit, but because they simply didn’t relate to the concept. Some works were hindered by presentation. Pieces were often overwhelmed by a poor choice of frame, colored and or multiple mats, or were presented in a poorly constructed frame. I tend to distrust embellishment. You don’t want there to be competition between the image and the presentation."

"As a two-dimensional artist, I am always hungry to see three-dimensional work. The submissions were predominantly two-dimensional, and I would have loved to have seen more sculptural work."

Finch is currently the Associate Professor of Visual Art, Messiah College. He received his BFA concentrating in two-dimensional studies from Augusta State University and his MFA in painting and drawing from the University of Georgia in Athens. He joined the faculty of Messiah College in 2002 after teaching for one year at the University of Georgia. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Most recently, his work was published in the national art publication New American Paintings. His work can be seen in his upcoming exhibition at the Maryland Art Place in Baltimore, opening December 12, and at



Sample Work:






To view all of the images from the show, please click here.



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