Thursday, September 21, 2023

WCAC Announces Regional Juried Show Winners

2022 Regional Juried Show Winners at WCAC (WY Daily/Jillian Appel)

WILLIAMSBURG — The Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center (WCAC) has announced the winners for its Regional Juried Show.

The Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center Regional Juried Show is a judged competition for artists open to both members of the center and nonmembers of the Hampton Roads area. Mediums of all types were welcomed to participate in the show, the first competition it is hosting since the pandemic.

Juror Miles Chappell, Special Exhibits/Outreach/Technology Director Karen Schwartz, and Art Center Manager Michael Jones (WY Daily/Jillian Appel)

This year’s juror for the show was Miles Chappell, an art historian who has dedicated his career to the interpretation of art in terms of material, stylistic, iconographical, and contextual sides. He has a Batchelor’s in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Art History and has taught at William & Mary as Chancellor Professor of Art History.

Chappell’s research specialty is in Italian art of the 16th and 17th centuries. He is also internationally known as a specialist in old master drawings and has worked on exhibitions and catalogs in Rome and Florence, notably at the Uffizi Gallery and the Pitti Palace, as well as in Williamsburg at William & Mary and WCAC when it was the 20th Century Gallery. He is also a closet practitioner.

Thanks to a generous donation to the center, 8 awards of excellence were given to the following artists:

  • Carlton S. Abbott, “Turbulent“, wood & acrylic.
  • Jacquie Colligan, “A Beautiful Mind“, watercolor on yupo.
  • Trotter Hardy, “Light. Dark.“, photography.
  • James Warwick Jones, “Boat on the Garvoge River, Ireland,” acrylic.
  • Joann Sibyl Lawson, “From Darkness into Light“, acrylic.
  • Mary Montague Sikes, “Rushin’ to the Levy“, oil and cold wax.
  • Ron Taylor, “Balancing Act“, drawing/painting/assemblage.
  • Karen Thuermer, “Witch Hazel & Cat Tails“, oil.

The third-place winner of the competition was Vivian Driskill for her piece “The Power of Scent,” an Assemblage Sculpture showcasing a variety of found objects including small perfume bottles in a variety of colors and shapes. There are also camera reflectors used throughout the 3D piece.

The second-place winner was Myra Polsky for the piece “Wandering Blue,” an acrylic painting of a four-part composition of green foreground, a blue river, yellow banks, and a bright sky. A variety of techniques are showcased.

First Place of the Regional Juried Show, “Cherry Blossoms” by Trish Crowe (WY Daily/Jillian Appel)

The first-place winner was Trish Crowe for her piece “Cherry Blossoms,” a watercolor showcasing the image of cherry blossoms and a placed statue of Abraham Lincoln.

Best in Show went to Gregory Mark Millslagle for his piece “Wish you were…” a watercolor depicting two kayakers paddling off in the direction of the sun.

Best in Show winner Gregory Mark Millslgale next to his piece “Wish You Were…” (WY Daily/Jillian Appel)

Art from the show will be on display until Nov 11. For more information about WCAC and upcoming shows, visit its website.

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