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All-Media Exhibit - July 2010

July 2010 All-Media Exhibit
Juried by Howard Paine
Juror’s Dialogue with Erica Fortwengler

by Besty Kellum

During juror Howard Paine’s 33 years as the Art Director for National Geographic, human interest was instilled as an important element in art; meaning, images that include people in an interactive or emotional way. As Paine juried the July 2010 All-Media Exhibit, this component was one he was continually looking for.


In addition to the aspect of human interest, Paine was looking for well-executed, beautiful, positive, colorful, and professional work. He also wanted to find a surprise… a new rendering, depiction, or way of looking at a common subject. “I don’t want to see a cliché – the same rendering of a still life, or a barn on a hillside with cattle in the field, for example. I want to see something fresh and new – a new way of looking at a traditional subject,” stated Paine.


Paine was pleased to find an exciting variety of media, subjects, and approaches among the submissions. The works Paine selected as award winners “represent the best work in the exhibit and are a good representation of the variety of the work in the show,” remarked Paine. 


Betsy Kellum’s Powhatan Clay Manufacturing Company was selected as best in show, recipient of the Kirstein Award. “This pastel is beautifully crafted, quietly composed, and impressively realistic,” stated Paine.


Paine served as Art Director at National Geographic from 1957 – 1990. He now serves as Art Director for the design of US Postage Stamps. He is best known for his redesign of the venerable National Geographic cover, eliminating the traditional oak-leaf border and introducing photography on the cover of the magazine, a radical idea at the time.  


For the complete July All-Media Membership Exhibit Awards List please click HERE.

For the complete July All-Media Membership Exhibit Show List please click HERE.



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