CHARLES H. TAYLOR ARTS: VIRGINIA ARTISTS 2016 JURIED EXHIBITION

 

HAMPTON, VA  – The Virginia Artists 2016 Juried Exhibition is currently on view at The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center through October 9, 2016. This annual competition, one of the largest and most comprehensive in the state, once again showcases the diverse talents of Virginian artists and craftsmen. Juror, Jeffrey W. Allison, the Paul Mellon Collection Educator at The Virginia Museum of Fine Art in Richmond, VA selected and presented $6,750 in cash awards, including the $1,500 Best in Show award for Greg Henry a photograph by Kristin Skees. Out of 881 entries submitted by 335 artists from all across Virginia, the juror selected 102 art works in all styles, genres, and media.

 

“It’s been an honor and a privilege to review a  remarkably wide range of works from across the state and to then get to know the artists, at least a bit, through viewing the works hung for the exhibition,” says Allison. “An overwhelming number of the submissions demonstrated a pursuit for excellence and were of very high quality and professionalism which made the process most difficult but also extraordinarily rewarding.”

 

Awards selected for the Virginia Artists 2016 Juried Exhibition include:

 

AWARD ARTIST TITLE MEDIUM
$1,500  Best in Show

(One person Show in 2017)

Kristin Skees Greg Henry Photograph
$1,000  First Place Award Ampofo-Anti Ganabadan Clay
$750  Second Place  Award Glen McClure Mr. George Jones Photograph
$500  Third Place Award Wayne Dodson Charmed Once Oil
$500  Award  of Excellence Robin and Julia Rogers Architecture of the Mind Glass
$500 Realist Painting Award Tim O’Kane The Dreaming  Man Oil
$250 Award of Distinction

Drawing

Barbara Hennig-Loomis Be/Attitude (Sebastian) Silverpoint
$250 Award of Distinction

Painting

Chris Semtner The Collector Acrylic on Wood
$250 Award of Distinction

Photography

Arthur R. Wycoff Cibola Photograph
$250 Award of Distinction

Printmaking

Dennis R. Winston Young Girl II Woodblock Print
$250 Award of Distinction

Sculpture

Virginia Van Horn Through the Looking Glass Mixed Media
$250 Award of Distinction

Crafts

Julia E. Pfaff Repeat II Quilt
$250 Award of Distinction

Mixed Media

Rebecca Silberman Sarah, Life Mask Mixed Media
$250 Award of Distinction

Watercolor

Holland Wentz Etheridge The Water Taxi Driver Watercolor
Honorable Mention Greg Henry Night House Etching
Honorable Mention Jackie Merritt Church Lady Pastel
Honorable Mention Ellis Hinnant-Will Ambiguous But We Still Eat Fish Mixed Media
Honorable Mention Emily Christoff-Flowers Listening to Maynard Ferguson Pastel
Honorable Mention Andras Bality Standing Bather Oil
Honorable Mention John Balasa Native American Paw Paw Fruit Oil
Honorable Mention Cece Wheeler The Importance of Innocuous Things Video
Honorable Mention Kendra Wadsworth Orchestral Graphite and

Prisma on Paper

 

 

On view concurrently is Plumb the Depths: Mixed Media by Wade Mickley. Mickley is featured in this one person exhibition as a result of having won the Best in Show award in Virginia Artists 2015 Juried Exhibition. Inspired by folk art, primitive art, personal angst, and all forms of graphic design, his work contains an intriguing awkwardness that has a rhythm between contour, color, and mistake. His work is a meditation on the unpredictability of life.

 

“Sometimes I start out with no preconceived idea of the finished piece and let the objects and images interact with one another to build the scenario,” says Mickley. “I believe that pretend play is a creative act unto itself because the child is always making something out of nothing, as is the artist.”

 

The exhibitions continue through October 9, 2016. Admission is Free. The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center is open Tuesday-Friday 10:00am – 6:00pm and Saturday-Sunday 1:00pm – 5:00pm. For more information, visit HamptonArts.net.

 

 

VIRGINIA ARTISTS 2016 JURIED EXHIBITION IMAGE

Best in Show: Greg Henry by Kristin Skees

 

 

PLUMB THE DEPTHS: MIXED MEDIA BY WADE MICKLEY IMAGE

The Space Around You by Wade Mickley