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Open Exhibit - October 2017

October 2017 Open Exhibit
October 3 – November 4, 2017
Juror: Tim Doud
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 12, 6:30–8:00 pm

Click here to view the show on our Flickr site!  Click Here to view the program. 

The Lorraine Oerth Award for Best in Show: "Pasture" by Sarah Solano Dax, oil. 

Juror’s Dialogue with Haven Ashley

According to juror Tim Doud, when selecting an artwork for exhibition, “It’s all in the particular and the peculiar.” Doud, whose own work has been lauded by the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and the National Endowment for the Arts, is well acquainted with the life-cycle of an exhibition hopeful: create, submit, await—and this time, curate. Curating an “open” or unthemed exhibit from hundreds of entries requires artworks to have, in Doud’s opinion, a “certain sense of character and specificity.” As always, our juror’s mission is threefold: to select works that showcase artistic dexterity, unique vision, and uninhibited imagination. This month, the artists who took risks, experimented with materials, and pushed themselves beyond the traditional expectations of their genre caught Doud’s eye. “A little (extra) creativity goes a long way,” the juror remarked.

When asked what makes an artwork successful, Doud highlighted the intentions of the artists: “The craft and implementation of the idea is more important that the artwork’s subject.” The pool of artworks that Doud chose from were, by nature, contemporary, but Doud wished that more artists were presenting work with cultural relevance. “When art does its job, it reflects our culture, the good and the bad.”

As for unselected works, they were often lacking “specificity” and to Doud it appeared that many artists were presenting studies of the same subject. Our juror felt that landscapes in particular needed details that were deliberate—canny, even. Doud offered advice for unselected artists, noting that “In every part of every career you will face acceptance and rejection. It’s an opportunity to learn... artists can improve by deepening their understanding and handling of color, especially.” Under Doud’s practiced eye, unsophisticated, “out of the tube” color palettes were swiftly eliminated.

What, then, makes an artwork not only exhibition worthy, but an award winner? This month, Pasture, an oil painting by Sarah Solano Dax was honored with The Lorraine Oerth Award for Best in Show. According to Doud, the best-in-show winner demonstrated ambition and appetite. “I admired that the artist was trying to push herself. That heavy, heavy paint on flat canvas was risky—but it worked. It was the only piece of its kind.” In addition to the overall best in show, the October exhibit had a meda specific award: The Sid Platt Award for Best Watercolor was awarded to Amy Sabrin’s Glen Echo Creek. When asked what distinguished this watercolor from many others, Doud enthused that it had characteristics redolent of Marsden Hartley—it seemed intentionally and wonderfully ungainly. “Sabrin’s approach, her experimental use of paint, was unique among other watercolorists.”

The Sid Platt Award for Best Watercolor: "Glen Echo Creek" by Amy Sabrin

The Lorraine Oerth Award for Best in Show
The Sid Platt Award for Best Watercolor

Pick Up:
Sunday, November 5, 2017 until 6:00pm. 
Monday, November 6, 2017, 10:00 am–12:00 pm

Artwork not retrieved by November 6 will be charged $20 a week.

About the Juror,
Tim Doud
Tim Doud’s paintings and drawings address two seemingly distinct bodies of work, one figurative and one abstract. These bodies of works serve as a backdrop to broader discussions around constructed identities, branding and commodity culture. He graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an M.F.A in Painting and Drawing. He attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine. Recent exhibitions include Curator's Office, Washington, DC, Randall Scott Projects, Baltimore, MD, New Bedford Museum of Art, Tacoma Art Museum, and the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC. He has received grants from The National Endowment for the Arts (Arts Midwest), The Pollock Krasner Art Foundation, DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities and participated in the Marie Sharpe Foundation's "Space" Program in Brooklyn, NY. His work has been included in exhibitions at PS1 (MOMA) in New York City, The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, Artists Space in New York City and the Frye Art Gallery in Seattle, Washington, Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland, Galerie Brusberg, Berlin and MC Magma, Milan, Italy. Doud is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Art at American University

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