● Over 500 entries from American Women Artists - Associate Artist members launched our first-ever online competition, impressing selection and awards judges with the depth and breadth of their artistic merit. 95 finalists were selected. Taking the Grand Prize in Sculpture is Garden Reverie a 17x8x8 Clay original for bronze by Tamara Bonet. The Grand Prize winner in Painting is Valerie Craig for her oil painting, Willistown Sunrise.
Second Place in Painting goes to D. Wynne Dixon for Hard Boiled Lemon and Egg Squeezer. Second Place in Sculpture goes to Tammy Bality for Little Sentinel, a 22x8 lead crystal and stainless steel. Jammey Huggins won Third Place in Sculpture for Keeper of the Night, a 21hx10 Bronze. Ann Kraft Walker won Third Place in Painting with A Velvet Gaze.
The AWA Board of Directors selected six distinguished artists as Award of Merit winners, including Gladys Roldan-de-Moras, Kami Mendlik, Nancy Bass, Elizabeth Pollie, SarahJane Doberstein, Shanna Kunz, and Georgene McGonagle.
Summing up her experience as Awards Judge, AWA Master Signature member Elizabeth Robbins offered excellent advice to artists entering online contests. "Artists should know that if the painting doesn't read well as a thumbnail, then it won't read well blown up...that's what I looked for first," she noted. "If enlarged, it continues to read well, then I look at brushwork, understanding of edges, temperature changes, originality and if the painting intrigued me."
● American Women Artists is now accepting entries for the16th Annual National Juried Competition. Competition winners will be on exhibit at the RS Hanna Gallery in Fredericksburg. Texas in November, 2013. Entries are accepted through July 11, 2013. Click here for prospectus.
Overall Jurors of Selection include:
Robin R. Salmon, VP of Art and Historical Collections/Curator of Sculpture at Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina
Shannon Hanna, owner of RS Hanna Gallery in Fredericksburg, Texas
Sculpture Jurors of Selection:
Kirsten Kokkin, AWA Master Signature member
Diane Mason, AWA Signature member
Painting & Drawing Jurors of Selection:
Ginger Bowen, AWA Master Signature member
Julie Rogers, AWA Signature member
● American Women Artists is now accepting Associate Artist Members. Women who draw, paint, or sculpt in a representational style - whether with a contemporary or traditional approach - are welcome and encouraged to apply for membership. For details, please click on the Members tab at the top of this page.
● Tune in - visit the American Women Artist's Channel on YouTube catch a glimpse of AWA members at work. Click on the YouTube icon at the bottom of this page.
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