Frederick Gallery Juror: Rob McAdams May 2012: Transformations



1st Place

Rust Easy Pillow by Wilma Wyss

Rust Easy Pillow concrete and mosaic by Wilma Wyss of Berkeley, CA

2nd Place

The Town Is Getting Smaller by Ana Rendich

The Town Is Getting Smaller oil painting by Ana Rendich of Fredericksburg, VA

3rd Place

Ghost by Maria Shell

Ghost fiber art by Maria Shell of Anchorage, AK

Honorable Mentions

Going Home by Tom Smagala

Going Home oil painting by Tom Smagala of Spotsylvania, VA

Propped Up II by David Lovegrove

Propped Up II acrylic & color pencil by David Lovegrove of Fredericksburg, VA

Time Lapse Gestalt by Linda Keefer

Time Lapse Gestalt mixed media by Linda Keefer of Stafford, VA

Conversation Within by Jane T. Woodworth

Conversation Within oil painting by Jane T. Woodworth of Fredericksburg, VA

Juror's Statement

When reviewing the great number of submissions for the Transformations exhibition, the wide range of interpretations was immediately apparent and physically manifested in the variety of media and subjects. In that A-Z of visual art, I found transformations of objects, people and materials.

I tried to engage each of the artworks by viewing them case-by-case and selecting the most interesting, transformative and those with the highest quality of concept, execution and craftsmanship. Rust Easy Pillow represents the transformation of rigid everyday objects. Glass, washers and nails are brought together in the form of a plump and tasseled pillow and I always enjoy a silly play-on-words in a title. For me, The Town is Getting Smaller was how a painting itself is transformed. I saw concepts and influences transformed as well as the paint itself shifting and gaining depth with each subsequent layer. In Ghost, the idea of what we ourselves may be transformed into was conveyed through the excellent craftsmanship and use of shape. Do not miss this piece as the white fabric blends in with the gallery walls, but very much rewards the curious viewer upon detailed inspection. I hope you enjoy the show and find something that transforms an old idea you may have into something new.

Juror's Bio

Rob McAdams Rob McAdams was born in Los Angeles, CA in 1969. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Magna Cum Laude, in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art from the University of South Carolina. He believes in art for art's sake, generosity and participation. By using antiquated and cutting edge technology, commercial and fine art production methods with popular culture influences, he blurs the boundaries between low and high art. Rob currently works on integrating the arts across K-12 curriculum as Program Coordinator for Partners in the Arts and is adjunct faculty with the University of Richmond School of Professional and Continuing Studies. He volunteers his time as Arts in Education Committee Chair for the Linwood Holton Elementary PTA, helps with little league and serves on the Emeritus Council of 1708 Gallery.