Allegory of Salvation oil on canvas by Bryan Gorski of Hardyston, NJ
Central Park West archival inkjet print by James Crable
of Harrisonburg, VA
Faded Dreams mixed media on canvas by Stephanie Doty of W. Terre Haute, IN
The Promise of Spring digital print by Robert S. Hunter of Colonial Beach, VA
Country Road Green Jeans photographic painting by Maura Harrison
of Fredericksburg, VA
She Comes In My Dreams oil painting by Joan Critz Limbrick of Fredericksburg, VA
Serving as juror for the Dreams and Visions exhibition was a very enjoyable experience. I would like to thank Carrol Morgan for all of her help and assistance throughout the process and for making my job as juror such a pleasant experience.
Judging a show is a very subjective process that has a lot to do with a juror's individual response to the works of art. Obviously, this response will vary from person to person. Therefore, the selections that I made might be quite different from selections another juror would make, so artists should not feel disappointed or discouraged if their work was not chosen for the show or singled out for an award.
Overall, I was very impressed by the work submitted for this exhibition. The theme of the exhibition offered artists a wide range of inspiration and all of the submissions seemed to take full advantage of that freedom. I felt the work I selected was very strong as a group and came together well as an exhibition. The FCCA did a great job hanging the show and pairing works that have common ground. The pieces that I chose to single out for awards stood out to me for their relevance to the theme of the exhibition and caught my eye as I was reviewing all of the entries.
I selected Allegory of Salvation by Bryan Gorski for the First Prize award for several reasons. Overall I felt the execution was very well done and the artist's approach seems very well thought out, even to the point of composing the canvas in a triptych format reminiscent of medieval altarpieces. This large work is very ambitious in conception and it deals with what appears to be some very difficult and challenging subject matter, such as evil-looking clergy, a clenched fist holding a rosary, a dark angel, photographs of faceless boys, a revolver shooting a bullet, and a pregnant woman, to name a few. Despite these cues, I discerned no specific narrative in the painting, and according to the artist's statement, none is intended. Rather, it is an array of images inspired by emotion and memory, as well as general notions of good vs. evil that are combined into a very potent imaginary vision. According to the artist's statement, each panel of the painting is independently conceived and not necessarily intended to relate directly to the other panels, yet all are successfully unified via elements that extend beyond the bounds of a single panel. Thus, the triptych reads as a single painting conceived as a whole rather than three disparate panels stuck together. This contributes to its overall success and strengthens its impact.
Central Park West by James Crable received the Second Prize award. I was drawn to the unique vision found in this inkjet print from the moment I viewed it as a submission on the computer screen. I was struck by the care taken by the artist to construct a virtual space from a multitude of repeating elements that were similar, but not identical. The scale of the image is generous and the overall effect is that of a rhythmic pattern, much like a quilt. Yet the pattern is not entirely repetitive. Within the repeating shapes one discovers differences in the placement and attributes of the figures. These variations are subtle enough to not fight with the patterned matrix, yet sufficiently apparent to offer the viewer an endless experience of discovery while studying the image. It is possible with each viewing to see something new in this image and that contributes to its strength.
The Third Prize award went to Faded Dreams by Stephanie Doty. This very personal work possesses an intimacy that grows from its small scale format which encourages close inspection. The artist's personal history and that of her family provide inspiration and are the model for the layering found in the surface of the work. This work appealed to me for its simplicity and reflective nature. As I studied it, the somber colors of the austere landscape seemed to harbor a vision of sadness and struggle and the message of the text reinforced that impression.
Honorable Mentions were awarded to She Comes In My Dreams by Joan Limbrick, The Promise of Spring by Robert Hunter, and Country Road Green Jeans by Maura Harrison. Each of these works was notable for a clearly defined personal vision, for excellence of execution, and for a unique approach to the theme of the exhibition.
July 1, 2011
Anne Timpano earned a B.A. in Art History at the College of William and Mary and an M.A. in Art History at George Washington University. She has served as Director of UMW Galleries since 2008. Previously, she was Director of Galleries at the University of Cincinnati, Director of the Columbus (GA) Museum, and Museum Specialist at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Timpano has served as a juror for numerous art exhibitions and festivals and has organized numerous museum exhibitions. She has served as a museum surveyor and grant reviewer for such organizations as the American Association of Museums, Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Georgia Council for the Arts.
An active artist, with formal training in printmaking and drawing, Timpano regularly exhibits her work. A First Prize recipient at the FCCA's For and About Women exhibition in March 2010, Timpano also has exhibited her work at the Maryland Federation of Art in Annapolis and the FSU Museum of Fine Arts in Tallahassee. Her work also will be included in upcoming exhibitions at the Brogan Museum of Art and Science in Tallahassee as well as the Doug Adams Gallery of the Bade Museum in Berkeley, CA. || www.annetimpano.com