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Emphasis on Sculpture - June 2009

June 2009

All-Media Membership Show
June 3 – July 6, 2009


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

Show Info: Opening Reception, Thursday, June 11, 6:30–8:00 pm, in the gallery.  Awards presented at 7:00 pm.

505 entered, 142 accepted

Juror's Statement:

with Erica Fortwengler



“When a show has a loose focus like ‘Emphasis on Sculpture,’ you have to find a handle to connect all of the work.  For me, craftsmanship is always most important aspect followed by artistry.  If a work is not well crafted, it won’t make it into the show, no matter the theme,” states juror Jay Hall Carpenter.

Carpenter was extremely impressed by the high quality and variety of work submitted.  “It was an honor to be a part of this process and a part of this show,” he states.

Many of the two-dimensional works Carpenter selected have a strong three-dimensional quality.  Of the two-dimensional works submitted, Carpenter felt that the color media were generally stronger than the black and white media.  “I would have liked to see more dry media – more chalk drawings, graphite, charcoal, and colored pencil.  I am used to seeing more dry media here.”

“As a sculptor, I bring more bias to judging sculpture.  There were a lot of sculptures submitted depicting the human figure.  It’s hard to get away with any naivety when sculpting the human body, because you have to know so much to be successful.  I feel that some of the sculptures could have been more ambitious and gone beyond human figure study.”

Suzanne Vigil’s “Stop the World…” received the Eva Marie Urquhart award.  “This painting is has an extremely appealing graphic element, an interesting perspective, a liveliness, and great color.”  The artworks to which Carpenter awarded Honorable Mentions exemplified great craftsmanship and artistry.  “The are all beautifully produced, well designed works of art.”

Carpenter is a well-known sculptor who has lived and worked in the Washington, DC area for over 30 years. He is best known for the 500 works he created for the exterior of the National Cathedral. In addition to the Washington Cathedral, Carpenter recently won competitions to create an eight-foot bronze of Maryland State Comptroller Louis Goldstein for the State Capitol in Annapolis, and a life-size bronze and granite sculpture of Jim Henson and Kermit the Frog for the University of Maryland, where Henson was a student in the 1950s. His work can be viewed at www.jayhallcarpenter.com.



Sample Work:






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



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