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Dinner Party - October 2010

Rialto Market, Jill Banks. Honorable Mention.


Dinner Party, October 2010

Juried by Susan Goldman

Juror’s Dialogue with Erica Fortwengler


"Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” – James Beard

Take a spin around the October Dinner Party exhibit juried by printmaker Susan Goldman, and you will see a visually satisfying exhibit of artwork that makes a number of statements on our society’s attitude towards food. Obsession, love, hate, focus, respect, enjoyment, ritual, and importance – these words all come to mind while viewing the artwork in Dinner Party.

Goldman is always looking for visually exciting work and an image that has a lasting impact. She wanted to see work with a strong formal quality, where the hand and spirit of the artist could be seen. Confidence and experience in subject matter, medium, and skill are all very important. Despite the theme, and importance of message or narrative in a focused show, Goldman said, “it’s not fair to compromise technique for message – it’s not visually responsible.” If a work wasn’t strong technically, it wasn’t accepted.

She was extremely impressed with the photography – both in terms of quality and subject matter. She also found the watercolors to be exceptionally strong and beautiful.

Many of the works that were not selected were lacking in craftsmanship or were unrelated to the focus of the exhibit. Goldman thought a number of pieces were over-framed to the point that the frame overpowered the piece – those works were not selected.

“The award winning pieces were selected for their powerful images. These pieces have such clarity, emotion, and I can see a personal connection with the work.” Her two favorite works are At the Soup Kitchen, Another Long Night, a drawing by Thien Kim Pham, which was awarded best in show, and Apple Dumplings, a photograph by Tom Roberts, which received an honorable mention.

“I was just drawn to this piece (Pham’s drawing). It’s a beautiful drawing, and it has a cinematic quality to it.” Goldman loves Robert’s Apple Dumplings. “This is an everyday scene we see all the time. It’s a beautiful photograph with good composition and strong perspective. I could look at this photograph for a long time and not be bored.”

“I love that there are a variety of ethnicities and cultures represented throughout the works in the exhibit. It gives a real sense of community. The works in this exhibit have humor, a romanticism of place, and show everyday experiences… they’re images I think we can all relate to.”

Goldman is a master printmaker. She owns and operates Lily Press in Rockville, MD. She is also a professor of printmaking at George Mason University where she operates Navigation Press. Goldman is a former instructor at The Art League School, and had her first solo exhibit in the Washington, DC area at The Art League. She’s a 2008 recipient of the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County Special Projects Grant. Her most recent collaborative print projects include artists such as William Wiley, Enrique Chagoya, Mindy Weisel, and Renee Stout.

For the complete Awards List, please click here. For the complete Show List, please click here. To view the exhibit images on our Flickr site please click here.

All pieces that are accepted into Dinner Party are eligiable for selection in Art on the Rocks. For more information about Art on the Rocks, please visit our Events & Special Exhibits page



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