Organic By Nature
Exhibition Dates: July 21 - Aug 24
As an element of art, the term shape refers to an area that can normally be defined by line. Generally shapes  are described as either geometric or organic. Instead of focusing on the type of structure brought on by the focus on geometric shapes, here we ask artists to explore the more free flowing or irregular designs found in nature. Open still to the full spectrum from realistic to non-representational, here we focus on the more free form designs.    
Juror: Victor Wang
 
 
The Juried Artists:

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Ross Clark
Steve Femmer
Julie Ferguson
Marcia Gay
Karol Keeteman
John W. Kuntze
Jazmine Poblette
Christy Schneller
Carl Stone

First Place
"Dried Palm Branch"
Annie Scheumbauer

Second Place
"Dogwood Collage"
Shirley Nachtrieb

Third Place
"Remnants #1"
Shirley Nachtrieb

Honorable Mention
"No Sign of Ivy"
Serena Boschert

Honorable Mention
"Best After Ever"
Serena Boschert

Honorable Mention
"Woodland Rest"
Linda S. Wilmes

Honorable Mention
"Empty Nest"
Joyce Yarbrough

Honorable Mention
"Summer: Missouri Botanical Garden"
Annie Scheumbauer

Honorable Mention
"Birdie Hill"
Shirley Nachtrieb
Juror's Statement:
I am honored to be a juror for the Organic by Nature Show. I found interesting art works created from the artists’ discovery of nature, allowing them to showcase recreations and reinterpretations of their observations.  I avoided looking for elements of common beauty and instead focused on the certain artists’ unique interpretation and dialogues formed from nature. Several works were quite intriguing in the way the artist carefully selected form, color and textures to engage viewer curiosity.  My particular favorites were, Dried Palm Branch, Dogwood Collage, Remnants #1, Empty Nest, and Summer – MO Botanical Garden. These works were able to elicit the viewer’s intrigue and could allow the audience to obtain a sense of the artists’ unique views of nature. Hope you enjoy the show!
Juror: Victor Wang
 

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About the Juror: 
American artist Victor Wang was born in China and attended the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts, receiving his BFA. He then came to Washington University as a Visiting Scholar and earned his MFA at Fontbonne University in St. Louis MO, where he is now a Professor of Painting and Drawing in the Department of Fine Arts. Wang is the author of the books: Memoir of Sunflower and Three Major Traditional Techniques of Oil Painting. His incorporation of collages of figures from China’s Tang Dynasty represents his Chinese heritage and is a constant reminder for him of where he came from. The texture and earthiness on the canvas’s surface are inspired by the texture of the soil on the farm where he worked in China.  As an artist, Wang’s contemporary figurative work in oil often incorporates imagery inspired by the sunflower farms where he spent his childhood and later in life, in a “reeducation” camp during China’s Cultural Revolution. Wang uses the human face as a vehicle to paint human experiences - worry and wonder, sadness and pleasure - which reflect the emotional stage directly tied to his immigration experiences. His work has been featured in Solo and Group Exhibitions across the country, including galleries in Chicago, New York, Santa Fe, and Los Angeles. Learn more about Victor Wang and view his work at www.victorwang.net.





 

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