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All-Media Exhibit - December 2010

December 2010 All-Media Exhibit
December 8, 2010 - January 3, 2011

Juried by William Schran

Juror’s Dialogue with Erica Fortwengler

Artist and instructor William Schran looks for work that immediately speaks to him when jurying an exhibit. A successful work needs to be technically strong and the artist needs to demonstrate knowledge of materials, yet the piece needs to step beyond convention. Even with realism and super-realism, there needs to be something to make the piece stand out as being different and unique.


“Every work of art tells a story, that’s how you engage the viewer. It’s important for artwork to be compelling, and for there to be a dialogue between the piece and the viewer.”


Schran felt that the work submitted overall was very strong. However as a 3D artist, he wished that he had seen more three-dimensional work. In regards to presentation: “anything you surround your artwork with is going to influence it and how it is viewed by your audience. In the end, less is more.” Works that weren’t selected were “lacking a voice.”  Schran felt that they just weren’t as strong in one-way or another as the works he selected.


Schran selected “Falling Through” by Alice Kale as the best watercolor, recipient of The Carolyn Zakaski Memorial Award. “This piece is lyrical and graphic at the same time.” For The Marker Award, Schran selected Karen Roll’s “Untitled,” an oil portrait painting. “This piece has a bit of mystery. The viewer is drawn right into the eyes. It’s almost like a photograph in soft focus.” A number of works were selected as Honorable Mentions. Schran was drawn to Carol Leadbetter’s “Faces of the World” for it’s striking contrast between light and dark and for the subject matter. Wendy Donahoe’s “Distant Cousins” was selected for it’s “excellent quality and mastery and handling of the medium.”  Schran felt that the sky in Ellen Delaney’s “October” was “endless.” “For a small painting, this piece feels like it has a lot of space.”


Schran advised for our artists to keep entering shows and to keep working. “If you’re not accepted into a show, go and view the work in the exhibit and try to discern why your piece didn’t make it in. Maybe your piece didn’t fit in with the viewpoint of the juror, or maybe your work isn’t quite there yet. Keep working at it.”

Schran is the Assistant Dean of Fine Arts and Assistant Professor of Art/Ceramics at Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) in Alexandria. He's been at NVCC since 1977 and at the Alexandria Campus since 1983. He has also taught at Germana Community College in Fredericksburg, VA and at George Washington University. He even taught a class in beginning and intermediate wheel throwing in 1977 for The Art League. He is well known for his research in crystalline glazes. He recently had a solo exhibit, "Exploring the Teapot," at The Griffin Bookshop in Fredericksburg, VA and is scheduled for a solo exhibition of his crystalline glazed pottery at The College of Southern Maryland in early 2012.

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