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All-Media Exhibit - May 2011

May 2011 features an All-Media Exhibit juried by Lillian Fitzgerald.

For a complete list of artists in the All-Media exhibit click

May 2011: All-Media Membership Exhibit - from The Art League Gallery's flickr

May 2011: All-Media Membership Exhibit
Juried by Lillian Fitzgerald
Juror's Dialogue with Erica Fortwengler

Art consultant and curator Lillian Fitzgerald is no stranger to The Art League Gallery. As a frequent visitor, patron, and past juror, she is well aware of the high-caliber of artwork one can find within our walls. “The Art League offers a wonderful opportunity for artists – it’s one of the few places they can go to participate in a monthly, juried exhibit no matter what their professional level. The organization has had a great impact on the careers of a number of artists. As a curator, I have turned to The Art League Gallery to find artists for my exhibits, and am happy to have given a number of artists their first solo shows. I have also found the Art League a great resource when purchasing artwork for my client’s permanent collections. This is a wonderful venue,” Fitzgerald stated.

When jurying an exhibit, Fitzgerald seeks to select work with a high level of craftsmanship. “An artist needs to be technically articulate for their idea to communicate successfully.” She’s also looking for originality and an artist who speaks with a unique voice. Among the works submitted, she wishes she had seen more entries in printmaking and three-dimensional work.

Fitzgerald selected the chosen award winning pieces because she felt that they are “remarkable works of art.” The piece selected as best in show and recipient of the Amelia T. Clemente Award was Pete McCutchen’s “Blinkers.” Fitzgerald selected this piece because, “it is clean, colorful, and an image that creates something exquisite out of nothing. This is an object most people wouldn’t give a second glance – but look at how gorgeous it is.” Fitzgerald singled out Susan O’Neill’s “Seated Woman” for the Second Place award. She felt that the figurative work submitted overall was remarkable – “there is nothing more difficult than drawing the figure.” She said that this piece stood above the rest. “The placement of the figure on the paper and the composition is beautiful”


She awarded several Honorable Mentions, one of which went to Meryl Silver for “Water Lilies.” “I love technique that fools the eye. The color in this piece is so unusual – it doesn’t look like a photograph.” She was drawn to Ann Zahn’s etching for it’s incredible size and technique. Neyla Arnas’ “Trapping Yellow” earned an award for its color, movement, and mark quality. Fitzgerald felt it was fun and joyful and was impressed with abstract painting that was submitted overall.


Fitzgerald is the director of Fitzgerald Fine Art (FFA). Established in 1983, FFA is an art consulting firm specializing in the collection and exhibition of original works of art. In 2006 Fitzgerald was awarded a fellowship to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She is the curator for National Institutes of Health. She received her BFA from East Carolina University.


Art in City Hall - "Around Town"
May 23, 2011 - December 16, 2011

Semi-annual juried exhibit displayed at the Alexandria City Hall. Open to members of The Art League, the Torpedo Factory Artists Association, and Del Ray Artisans. Work must focus on life and scenes in Alexandria, VA. Digital submission only. Deadline for entries is May 6, 2011, 6:00,pm. Delivery of work to the Alexandria City Hall is Saturday, May 16, 10:00,am - 2:00,pm. For a complete prospectus click
here. For a copy of the loan agreement please click here.
Juror - Ginger Hammer, Assistant Curator of Old Master Drawings, National Gallery of Art
Reception - Monday, May 23, 2011 5:00 - 7:00 pm, Rm 2000, Alexandria City Hall, 300 King St, Alexandria, 22314



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