Naples Art Association features contemporary art in two new exhibitions

Fort Myers Artist Celeste Borah wins Best of Show for her large scale acrylic on canvas painting, Lee Road Sky.

Fort Myers Artist Celeste Borah wins Best of Show for her large scale acrylic on canvas painting, Lee Road Sky.

The National Art Encounter 2012-2013 and the Members’ Gallery All-Media Exhibitions at The von Liebig Art Center both feature a wide variety of mediums including acrylic, oils, watercolor, drawing, printmaking, photography, fibers, metals and found objects.

National Art Encounter 2012-13 is the result of a highly competitive jury process open to artists throughout the United States. In May of 2012, a call-for-artists was issued inviting interested artists to upload digital images of their artwork together with an artist’s statement for judging.

More than 800 works of art were submitted by more than 400 artists. Exhibition jurors Margaret A. Miller, Corrina Peipon and Dulce Román reviewed all entries and nominated artists for the six cash awards totaling $2,500.

Celeste Borah of Fort Myers won Best of Show for her large scale acrylic on canvas painting, Lee Road Sky. Below are the winning artists with links to images of their winning artwork.

National Art Encounter Jurors’ thoughts

Margaret A. Miller is Director of the Institute for Research in Art at the University of South Florida in Tampa and a tenured Professor in the School of Art and Art History. Miller says she selected works for the exhibition based on their technical prowess, experimentation, and conceptual innovation. “This is an opportunity for under-recognized artists to present
their work in a professional environment and for visitors to see the quality and diversity of what is being produced,” she added.

Corrina Peipon is Assistant Curator at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. She was astounded by the quantity of entries, and even more so by their quality. “I am particularly moved by the array and depth of expression displayed by the majority of the participants. From the lyrical to the deadpan, the poetic to the empirical, the humorous to the profound,
these artists are compelled to share their visions with us, and that requires a great deal of courage,” she noted.

Dulce Román is Curatorial Chair and Curator of Modern Art for the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Of the variety of works represented, Roman was attentive to how each artist showed exemplary mastery of their chosen medium. “I particularly enjoyed works that played with scale, presented challenging viewing distances, or involved a degree of experimentation in terms of materials or technique,” Roman said.

Members’ Gallery Winners

The Members’ Gallery All-Media exhibition, on view at the same time, features fresh, new artwork in the Cuthbert Studio on the first floor of The von Liebig Art Center.  Members’ Gallery jurors were impressed. “The exhibition reflects an engaging variety of media and the artists demonstrate innovation and a high level of mastery of their media,” they said in their official statement. Below are the three artists selected for top awards.

The next Members’ Gallery exhibition will be accepting entries for Scene in Naples on Jan. 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Both National Art Encounter 2012-13 and All-Media exhibitions will be on view through Jan. 26.

Naples Art Association thanks its generous sponsors Physicians Regional Healthcare System, The Naples Daily News, Lite 93.7 FM and Happenings Art & Entertainment Magazine. Artwork shipping and receiving is provided by ARTMove LLC. The December 7th exhibition preview reception was generously sponsored by Alexander’s Restaurant, Fine American & European Cuisine.

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