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all-media - march 2013

All-Media Membership Exhibit
March 6 - April 1, 2013


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here for a list of accepted artwork.

Click here to view the show images on Flickr!


Under the Microscope by Sheila Delaquil, winner of the Evelyn Turner Award for Abstraction


Awards:
Jane McElvany Coonce Award for representational realism - Lee Gerry Wertheimer, Four Birds
Evelyn Turner Award for abstraction - Sheila Delaquil, Under the Microscope

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 14, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Juried by Stefanie Fedor

Juror’s dialogue with George Miller

Stefanie Fedor’s challenge in jurying the March All-Media Exhibit was to consider the parts together with the whole: the subject matter and technical prowess behind a work, as well as its overall presentation; a piece as its own object and as part of an exhibition.

 

Fedor said she hopes the finished exhibit gives viewers a sense of quality and skill in different media. She said the show as a whole also speaks to a community of artists taking classes together, seeing each other’s artwork, and sharing the same spaces. The exhibit is open through April 1, 2013.

 

In selecting successful works, Fedor’s first consideration was an artist’s technical skill and how he or she handled the medium. But the decision was holistic, so if a piece had a strong point of view, a new approach, or “allowed me to see something differently,” that could sometimes make up for weak technical skill, Fedor said. Surprising colors, unexpected compositions, and anything else that caused a double take helped to make a piece successful. Likewise, the juror considered how long a work would sustain the viewer’s interest — can it be considered from up close as well as a few paces back?

 

For artists who submitted more than one piece, they were best served to show some sort of common thread between them. It makes a stronger impression to see two pieces with similar themes and quality, rather than trying to encompass a diverse body of work, Fedor said.

 

Fedor considered each artwork’s full presentation, with the entire object considered as the piece. Like past jurors, Fedor recommended straightforward framing, very simple and as clean as possible: black or white frames and white mats. (That said, some works will be able to stand up to more ornate frames.) Artists should consider other presentational details that can add to or detract from a piece: whether to varnish a painting, if a canvas is stretched tight, neat corners on wrapped canvas, and correctly mounted paper works.

 

As both a studio artist for many years and an experienced juror, Fedor offered another piece of advice for artists: Don’t get discouraged by rejection. Sometimes even quality artwork doesn’t work in the context of a larger group show, and different jurors will build different shows. Some pieces will be inherently more attractive to certain jurors (Fedor said she is a huge fan of drawing and would liked to have seen more) but Fedor’s goal was to choose the best representatives of strong work within each medium.

 

Two works received cash awards, and four were recognized with honorable mentions. Four Birds, an ink drawing on handmade bark paper by Lee Gerry Wertheimer, won the Jane McElvany Coonce Award for representational realism. Fedor selected Four Birds for its unique combination of media among the artwork in the show, with the handmade paper used as part of the piece and not just as a support. The drawing featured unusual subject matter and rewarded viewing up close and at a distance.

 

Under the Microscope by Sheila Delaquil won the Evelyn Turner Award for abstraction for its interesting mark-making, which is important in judging abstract work. Fedor said she was also attracted to the painting’s palette and the interplay between the foreground and background planes.

 

 

Stefanie Fedor is the executive director of the Arlington Arts Center. She received her BFA in Studio Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MA in Visual Arts Administration from New York University. She serves on the Board of ArtTable, a professional organization for women in the visual arts. Prior to joining the Arlington Arts Center in 2011, Fedor was the Assistant Director at the Katzen Arts Center at American University.

 



 

 

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