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Interaction of Color - Oct 2009

October 2009



Interaction of Color



All-Media Membership Show
October 7 – November 2, 2009










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

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





652 entered, 138 accepted

Juror's Statement:

with Erica Fortwengler

Juror Patrick Craig was prepared to be presented with an enormous body of diverse work when he came to jury the “Interaction of Color” exhibit at The Art League Gallery. He found a great amount of excellence, skill in execution, and professionalism in the works presented.

“The theme of color allowed for some formal differentiation, but selection is still subjective. I want to see uniqueness, which is difficult in today’s art world. I felt color needed to be central to the piece to be appropriate for this show.” Craig looked to see how the artist used color. “How was color used to help covey the poetics, the mood, the tone, the setting? For example, a still life cast with a cool shadow… does this signify lack of appetite or nutrition?” There were many pieces selected with a deep narrative. “I don’t want narrative works to be spelled out for me, I like to swim in them. In this piece (Roberta Glick’s “Outside the Temple”), color enhances the texture, narrative, and tone.”

Craig aimed to select pieces that represented each genre well – landscape, portrait, figure, tonal works, etc. Color may not have been primary or even secondary in the pieces that were not selected. “Color needed to be significant to the piece for this show. I also wanted to maintain a professional standard and some pieces didn’t meet the level of the rest of the work.” In regards to presentation, Craig stressed that less is more. If the frame dominates over the piece it begins to look silly. You look for what the artist is trying to hide with the frame.”

All the works Craig selected as award winners have that uniqueness. “A diverse collection of work was submitted, and I felt that needed to be reflected among the award winning pieces. These pieces have a strong command of materials, some have interesting cultural usage, and color has been used different ways to help convey the poetics.” Best in Show was awarded to Bob Tetro for “Folk Life Festival Detail.” “Color is intelligently used to shift the eye through space – bold, saturated color in the foreground to the subdued colors in the background.”





Patrick M. Craig received his Master Of Fine Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati, and earned his BFA from Western Michigan University. He joined the University of Maryland Department of Art in 1976, and is an Associate Professor specializing in painting, drawing and mixed media. He is represented at galleries in Washington, DC, New York City, Barcelona, Spain, along with Gallery ARS LONGA in Milanowek, Poland. His artworks reside in many collections such as The Sidney and Francis Lewis Collection, the Washington Convention Center, George Mason University and George Washington University along with the corporate collections of IBM, KPMG, Sallie Mae, The Artery Corporation and The Washington Post.

Craig has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions in galleries, museums and art centers throughout the U.S., including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Chrysler Museum, St. Lawrence University, and many others. He has also exhibited internationally in Poland, Brussels, West Germany, Ukraine, Italy, Japan, Spain, The Soviet Union, and the United Arab Emerites.





His artworks has been favorably reviewed in many publications, including Art News, New Art Examiner, The Washington Post, Washingtonian magazine, and The Cincinnati Inquirer. He has been the recipient of several fellowships including the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in 1989, 1992, 1997 and 2000, and the Lilly Fellowship for Teaching Excellence.
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