January 2011 All-Media Exhibit
January 6 - February 7, 2011
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 13, 6:30 - 8:00 pm. Awards presented at 7:30 pm.
Juried by Lee Newman
Juror’s Dialogue with Erica Fortwengler
“I’m looking for a spark of a statement – a piece that’s not just of something, but also about something, and that has the visual, technical elements to support it,” stated January juror Lee Newman.
When jurying an exhibit, Newman looks for how a piece performs as a work of art, rather than an illustration or a graphic design. The work must also have the formal compositional and design elements to support it.
Newman found that while many of the unselected works were crafted well, they lacked a clear hierarchy of elements to help guide the eye through the piece. He noted that some of the subject-oriented works were not juried because the subjects’ surrounding spaces were not appropriately developed. Newman observed that in the other subject-oriented work, the color surrounding the subject was decorative rather than structural, and this is why he chose not to include them in the exhibit.
The Ross Merrill Award was awarded to M.M. Panas for “The Source.” “I like the use of space, the composition, the drama of the paint, the little bits of color… everything is just right. There isn’t a thing I would change in this piece,” stated Newman.
Newman awarded Honorable Mentions to several pieces, including Kathleen Craig’s “Oranges and Tin Pans.” “I like the color relationships in this piece and how they affect the space. The objects are cropped in an intelligent and thoughtful way, which makes the piece very dynamic,” remarked Newman. Newman thought that the photographs were consistently quite strong, and that the photographs selected as Honorable Mentions had a very nice painterly quality to them.
“It’s important to continue to put yourself out there and test your work,” commented Newman. Just because one juror rejects your work doesn’t mean that you aren’t talented. You have to keep working at it, and keep getting feedback.
Newman holds a BFA and MFA from American University. He is a Fulbright Scholar from the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, Austria. Both an accomplished painter and printmaker, he has had numerous solo print shows in galleries including the Courtyard Gallery in Washington, DC; Blue Pony Gallery in Charlotte, NC; Washington and Lee University, and at the Washington Printmakers Gallery in Washington, DC. His prints can be found in the permanent collections of several universities including American University, George Washington University, Georgetown University, and Wellesley College. Several major institutions such at the National Gallery of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Museum of the Ukraine, Art Institute of Chicago, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art hold his prints in their permanent collections.
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