Litmus Dendrographa, 2015

Marcia Stuermer
Litmus Dendrographa, 2015
resin, sorghum board, paint, ink drawings
A Subdermal Power Object for Social Progress (F. Douglass), 2016

Brian Gillis
A Subdermal Power Object for Social Progress (F. Douglass), 2016
Micromilled Bioceramic, Aerogel, and Aluminum
Shadow of the Past, 2015

Jean Judd
Shadow of the Past, 2015
Thread on Rust Pigmented Textile
Tablet, 2016

Paul Taylor
Tablet, 2016
cast concrete, painted steel
Santorini Pumice Quarry, 2015

Lynne Auld
Santorini Pumice Quarry, 2015
Archival Inkjet Photograph
No Cars Go, 2014

Kristen Brown
No Cars Go, 2014
oil on canvas
Rose Wulfenite with Cerusite, Botryoidal Gold, 2015

Renee Brown
Rose Wulfenite with Cerusite, Botryoidal Gold, 2015
Porcelain, Terracotta, Multi - Media
Lost in the Thicket, 2016

Lorraine Castillo
Lost in the Thicket, 2016
Original Digital Photograph
Barn Silhouette #4, With Bird, 2012

James Cooper
Barn Silhouette #4, With Bird, 2012
C-print, unmanipulated transparency film image
Forgotten 2, 2016

Jenny Day
Forgotten 2, 2016
Acrylic on canvas
Colors in an industrial world, 2015

Riti Dhesi
Colors in an industrial world, 2015
Acrylic on canvas
Heron, 2014

Juannie Eng
Heron, 2014
Oil on Canvas
Mr. Duckie Takes a Diving Lesson, 2014

Elaine Erne
Mr. Duckie Takes a Diving Lesson, 2014
lithograph
First Narrow Gate, Corn Lily 162, 2016

Lorrie Fink
First Narrow Gate, Corn Lily 162, 2016
oil, graphite on panel
Temporary Landscape 10, 2016

Bryan Florentin
Temporary Landscape 10, 2016
archival pigment print
Meaty Middle, 2014

McArthur Freeman
Meaty Middle, 2014
Black Resin Cast from 3D Print
Untitled #5, 2014

Ellie Fritz
Untitled #5, 2014
Charcoal on paper
Hiding in Plain Sight, 2016

Kaori Fukuyama
Hiding in Plain Sight, 2016
Oil on Canvas
Switzer Falls, 2013

Patricia Gonzalez
Switzer Falls, 2013
oil on paper
How the West Was Won, 2016

Cherie Hacker
How the West Was Won, 2016
oil enamel alkyd latex gesso ink charcoal paper on panel
The Fall, 2015

John Haubrich
The Fall, 2015
Mixed media on canvas
December 31st, 2015, 2015

Charlotta Hauksdottir
December 31st, 2015, 2015
digital c-print
October 26th, 2015, 2015

Charlotta Hauksdottir
October 26th, 2015, 2015
digital c-print
Untitled (472 Lines on Canvas), 2016

M. Benjamin Herndon
Untitled (472 Lines on Canvas), 2016
silver and lead; gelatin, marble dust, graphite on linen
Verdant Archipelago, 2015

Tammie Hildreth
Verdant Archipelago, 2015
Acrylic and Latex on Canvas
Berlin-2, 2015

Lisa Hochstein
Berlin-2, 2015
Collage with salvaged posters from Berlin
Cool girl, 2016

Lisa Hohenschuh
Cool girl, 2016
oil on canvas
Tilt-Up Wall #5, 2015

Karen Holmes
Tilt-Up Wall #5, 2015
photography, C print
Dryades - Circle Back Series, 2015

Brian Huber
Dryades - Circle Back Series, 2015
Acrylic on Panel
Road Trip II, 2016

Kathy Huberland
Road Trip II, 2016
acrylic and colored pencil
View From the Garden, 2015

Cedric Ingram
View From the Garden, 2015
Oil Pastel
It Was Also Best For You, 2015

Kathryn Jill Johnson
It Was Also Best For You, 2015
Graphite, acrylic, oil, silver leaf & collage
When you were cool, 2014

Joshua King
When you were cool, 2014
Hair, steel and latex
Lightning Mash-up, 2015

Robert Koss
Lightning Mash-up, 2015
Photography
Intersection #1, 2015

Ann Kresge
Intersection #1, 2015
relief print
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Light Rain, 2015

Sarah Leahy
Light Rain, 2015
Black india ink painted on 1/4” plexiglass
Unmade Bed, Venice, 1973, 2014

Andrew Leventis
Unmade Bed, Venice, 1973, 2014
Oil on Linen
Pay Bills, 2016

James Long
Pay Bills, 2016
Digital Photography
Sideshow Allure, 2015

Shirley Manfredi
Sideshow Allure, 2015
oil on canvas
Walking by the Marriott, 2012

Stuart Marcus
Walking by the Marriott, 2012
oil on board/mixed media
The Writer, 2014

Paxton Maroney
The Writer, 2014
Photography
White Circle on Black, 2016

Yelena Martynovskaya
White Circle on Black, 2016
Acrylic, acrylic polymer, oil enamel
Five down at Jökulsárlón, 2015

Sarah Sweeney
Five down at Jökulsárlón, 2015
Digital Pigment Print
Goat, 2016

Denise Tarantino
Goat, 2016
Polaroid Photograph
Weekly Color Timer, 2015

Katherine Taylor
Weekly Color Timer, 2015
mixed media
Figure in Ground, 2014

Lauren Toomer
Figure in Ground, 2014
Graphite on paper

Juror’s Statement

Here are some brief statistics. I reviewed 1,174 submissions of artworks and from these I selected 47, representing 46 artists (one artist has two works). This immersive experience, while sometimes exasperating and overwhelming, has largely been a pleasure and an inspiration. I am grateful for the opportunity, to Phil Amrhein, of course, but especially to the artists. As an art writer and curator, my greatest education, by far, has come from artists themselves: how they think and feel, how they risk and explore, the adventurous works they ultimately make. In a video called “Artists Are Like Clouds” sculptor Richard Tuttle has talked of such adventurous art as “renewal,” “a system that produces freedom,” and as “food for your inner life.” I heartily concur. After all my years of writing about art and curating exhibitions, but even more than that living and being with artists, I am always on the lookout for such freedom, renewal, and nutrition. Here is another statistic. 31 of the artists I selected are women, and 15 are men. This was not done by design. It simply happened, and I only realized it in retrospect. However, in my opinion the single greatest change in visual art during my time in the art world (since the early 1990s) has been the rise of female artists, which is unprecedented in all of Western art history, and which is so decisively transforming what constitutes visual art now, as well as going forward. Much of the best work that I have found so engaging (and have often written about and curated into exhibitions) has been by women, and this is also the case here, with my selections.

Now, a word about methodology. I approached this project with no overriding ideology, and I did not try to squeeze things into my own theme. Instead, heedless of mediums, genres, and trends, and largely encountering artworks (and artists) for the first time, I looked for what was inspiring and distinctive…to me; I looked for what seemed, to me, singular, explorative, eventful, and meaningful. I fully understand that another juror would, undoubtedly, have made different decisions. My decisions are also not meant to be authoritative but instead arise from my own idiosyncratic interests and enthusiasms, developed over years. In my selection one will find a really stunning photographic portrait of a goat by Denise Tarantino, and I am not at all familiar with goat portraits. One will find a vivid, mandala-like painting by Katharine Taylor that turns product names for specific kinds of paint into evocative poetry, a lovely textile by Jean Judd adorned with rust-colored pigment, a painting of a most unusual blue car by Cedric Ingram, and a captivating photograph by Bryan Florentin of two accidental or ephemeral landscapes made by human intervention. These are just a few of the works that really gathered my attention, and there were many others as well.

I am interested in flat out talent, but even more than that in wonderment and transportation, in artworks that take one to unexpected places and alter one’s consciousness, in artworks that, for whatever obvious or mysterious reasons, are energetic and cathartic and also deal in visual pleasure. Works by the three artists I selected for awards operate like this, in droves. Marcia Stuermer’s subtle painting, featuring translucent resin and hinting at biological organisms (which one might see through a microscope), plants, and landscapes is frankly enthralling. Sarah Sweeney ventured to some of Iceland’s remote and spectacular sites to photograph them but also legions of people, in a Flickr and Instagram era, doing exactly the same thing. Her photograph of five people lying on their sides on the ground, all taking pictures in the same way of the glacial lake Jökulsárlón and its famous icebergs (I’ve been to this place, and was also duly impressed, by the lake and the icebergs and the many seals thriving there) is wonderful and also hilarious. For her “Outlook” series, Charlotta María Hauksdóttir also took photographs in Iceland (her home country) but in a very special and specific way, namely from inside a house. On the wall you see family photos, drawings, and clippings that accumulated over several months—indications of domestic life. Through the window you see an outside yard full of vegetation, and this conflation of inside and outside, family life (including children) nature and world, is riveting and deeply moving. In one of the works I selected, a child seen from behind is captivated and amazed as she stares at resplendent fireworks in the yard, right out there. In the other, glinting sunlight makes the otherwise quotidian yard bedazzling and magical. Once again, it has been a pleasure and an inspiration encountering these works, and also many others that I likewise found so compelling, and I very much appreciate the opportunity.

Gregory Volk

Lynne Auld

Kristen Brown

Renee Brown

Lorraine Castillo

James Cooper

Jenny Day

Riti Dhesi

Juannie Eng

Elaine M. Erne

Lorrie Fink

Bryan Florentin

McArthur Freeman

Ellie Fritz

Kaori Fukuyama

Brian Gillis

Patricia Gonzalez

Cherie Hacker

John Haubrich

Charlotta Hauksdottir

Benjamin Herndon

Tammie Hildreth

Lisa Hochstein

lisa hohenschuh

Karen Holmes

Brian Huber

Kathy Huberland

Cedric Ingram

Kathryn Jill Johnson

Jean Judd

Joshua King

Robert Koss

Ann Kresge

Bonnie Lambert

Sarah Leahy

Andrew Leventis

James Long

Shirley Manfredi

Stuart Marcus

Paxton Maroney

Yelena Martynovskaya

Marcia Stuermer

Sarah Sweeney

Denise Tarantino

Katherine Taylor

Paul Taylor                       

Lauren Toomer