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All-Media - May 2014

May All-Media Exhibit
May 7–June 2, 2014

Juror: Mira Hecht

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 8, 6:30–8:00 pm

Links: exhibit program (pdf)

Evening in Paris, colored pencil on Mylar, by Suzanne Vigil
Winner of the Marker Award for Best in Show

Juror’s dialogue with George Miller

Mira Hecht, a first-time juror at The Art League, said she was amazed by the quality of submissions to this month’s all-media show. Speaking on a Tuesday afternoon after jurying was complete, Hecht said it wasn’t an easy process.

“There was so much good work to choose from,” she said.

Hecht described her decision-making process as twofold. First, she looked for quality in how pieces were made: technical skill, use of color, and an artist’s control of materials. Second, Hecht looked at a piece’s content: the mood or feeling that came through, or the impact of an artist’s point of view.

Because the show didn’t have a theme, Hecht said, she made decisions on a piece-by-piece basis, rather than trying to construct a specific kind of exhibit. Some common threads did emerge. Hecht said she was struck by a particularly strong body of work from photographers and watercolorists, both groups that are well-represented in the exhibit. She said she was also drawn to unusual media, unusual use of media, or pieces with strong value contrasts.

For the Marker Award for Best in Show, Hecht recognized Evening in Paris by Suzanne Vigil, a colored pencil portrait on Mylar. In addition to the interest created by the unusual support, the portrait was “beautifully drawn” and had incredible attention to detail, she said.

Hecht’s advice to artists, whether their work was accepted or not, was the same: keep entering. She said she appreciated that artists were willing to put themselves out there and risk rejection, and that she saw the dedication and care come through in the quality of submissions.

“I found it very nurturing to be surrounded by work in which the love and devotion to art making was clear,” she said. “I'm sure I'll be remembering some of these pieces for quite awhile. This is a good sign."

Mira Hecht is a DC-based artist who teaches painting at The Corcoran College of Art and Design. She holds a BA from American University in Washington D.C. and an MFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute. Mira is represented by Addison Ripley Gallery in Washington, DC and Page Bond Gallery in Richmond, VA. Her work has been selected for public collections such as Microsoft, Price Waterhouse Coopers and the City of Emeryville, CA.



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