Hypnotic Hypotenuse mixed media by Maria Shell of Anchorage, AK
More Than Just the Sum - Northern Red Oak fiber art by Christine Hager-Brau of Durham, NC
Ceramic Platter and Bowls clay by Denise Hennig of Powhatan, VA
Regrowth Tryptic copper, mahogany, and silver sculpture by Will Alderfer of Fredericksburg, VA
My Work is Done photograph by Audrey Bruno of Fairfax, VA
The Call No. 1 collage by Bonnie Murray of St. Louis, MO
Imperial Hen photograph by Ann Tate of Colonial Beach, VA
Icon No. 1 mixed media painting by Carrol Morgan of King George, VA
As the juror for this exhibit, I have attempted to not look at the work of other artists exclusively through my own aesthetic lens, but to understand the message each artist is trying to convey and judge how well he or she has done that. Jurying an exhibition such as this with over 100 entries and a wide range of media and styles of expression was indeed an enormous challenge to me as it would be to any juror, given the short length of time in which the process must be completed. There is no right way or wrong way, as every juror brings his or her own sensibilities, expertise and experience to the task.
The quality and variety of work submitted indicates a vibrant community of creative artists and an organization dedicated to bring forth in this wonderful and historic facility an event for which the City of Fredericksburg can truly be proud.
My approach was to do a "walk through" and observe the pieces which at first glance "spoke" to me. I then repeated the process several times making selections based on several criteria which I use, the main ones being originality, craftsmanship, strength of composition and presentation. My final selections, however, were ones which, to me had the most powerful imagery while at the same time adhering to the "Texture And Pattern" theme of the exhibit.
The most difficult job for me was the awarding of the prizes since I had already gone through the process of choosing works for the show based on something which had created in me some measure of excitement. These awards were made several days after the initial jurying. I reviewed the selections from the slideshow produced by the FCCA staff and made tentative selections before the hanging of the exhibit. Once the show was hung and I could see them in a gallery setting, I was able to make my final selections.
The three top prize winners were very compelling to me and I hope to all who visit this remarkable exhibit.
- "Hypnotic Hypotenuse" by Maria Shell is a remarkably conceived and executed piece which contains wonderful surprises in color and line within a rigid pattern.
- I love the rhythmic flow of "More Than Just the Sum" by Christine Hager-Braun. Though seemingly delicate and fragile the warm color nuances united by the circular elements make a strong composition.
- "Platter and Bowls" by Denise Downard Hennig show exceptional craftsmanship and attention to details. The pattern in the glaze and choice of color make this grouping special.
Seeing the works of so many talented artists is always inspiring to me as an artists and I commend and congratulate each of them. I am grateful to the Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts for giving me the opportunity to jury this exhibit.
Hubert Jackson was born in 1943 in Culpeper, Virginia. He began a correspondence course during high school and went on to formally study painting, ceramics, printmaking, sculpture and photography. Jackson earned his Bachelors in Fine Arts Education at Virginia State University in 1965. After graduation, he moved to Washington D.C. In 1971 he earned his Master's degree in painting from Howard University. In the early '70s, he participated in the historical national movement of community based mural projects under the advisement of Hughie Lee-Smith. In 1999 Jackson retired from 34 years of teaching art in the Washington, D.C. public schools and settled in Colonial Beach, Virginia. In 2004 he attended the Corcoran School of Art. Jackson has exhibited extensively. His work is in a number of private collections in the U.S. and in foreign countries such as Lesotho, Ghana, Guinea and New Guinea, through the Artist in Embassies program. He is co-founder of the Wider River Gallery in Colonial Beach, Virginia.