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Open Exhibit - May 2018

May Open Exhibit
Exhibit dates: May 8­–June 3, 2018
Juror: Fidencio Fifield-Perez
Opening Recepiton: Thursday, May 10, 6:30-8:00 pm. 

the exhibit on our Flickr page | View the program

Best in Show: Beverly Ryan, "Drone Silhouette"

Juror's Statement:

"The main challenge in curating an un-themed exhibit was to find 100 pieces that made sense in a space together. Some works were incredibly potent images that surpassed the medium. It’s those pieces, like Drone ​Silhouette, that made me curious to sit longer with them. My hope is that even with 100 works in the room, the viewer has the opportunity to appreciate how moving they are as individual works. It was a challenge to find uniting themes among so many works knowing that they would all be in a shared space. The pieces I chose were those that surpassed the inherent qualities of their media and subjects. They were more than a sum of their parts.

With nearly 300 artists to consider, there were of course repetitions of themes and subjects: spirals, figures, landscapes. Knowing that there would be 100 pieces displayed, I wasn’t interested in trying to find an underlying theme. I was more drawn to choosing based on visceral reaction. To those artists whose work I did not select, just keep trying. We all have 100 rejections before every success. It’s more important to clarify your own values in the end. Artistic honesty and vulnerability can’t be taught. I encourage participants to continue to build meaningful relationships with one another and to show up for your community. Your peers are your best support and critics, especially those who make very different work from yours."

–Fidencio Fifield-Perez

Best in Show for 2-D Figurative Work: 
Jacqueline Saunders, "Uncertainty"


About the Juror: Fidencio Fifield-Perez

Fidencio Fifield-Perez was born in Oaxaca, Mexico, but was raised in North Carolina after his family migrated. His current work examines immigration, the drug war, and socio­economic issues affecting Mexico. In his work, 
Fifield-Perez manipulates newspaper cuttings, maps, paper, and painting surfaces to refer to the crafts and customs taught to him as a toddler in Oaxaca – ones used to celebrate festivals and mourn the dead. For Fifield-Perez these techniques are a way to reconnect with a time and place no longer present.

Fidencio Fifield-Perez is based out of Iowa.




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