"It was a pleasure and a challenge to be juror for Those Who Dream By Night. The stylistic diversity of this exhibit was impressive and a reminder of how many people are making unique and very personal art. I saw influences range from Bruegel in the 16th century to early American Modernism of the 20th century, Abstract Expressionism of the 1950's to Surrealism of the 1920's, fantasy of 19th century and today's use of digital media.
I gave serious consideration to the theme of the exhibit while reviewing all of the entries. The final result is a display of art that adhered to that theme both broad and specific and revealed each artist's commitment to realizing a personal vision. Technique and presentation in support of a concept is very important in the creation of art and more than any other factor this influenced my choices. Congratulations to all of the artists in the exhibition. I appreciated the opportunity to see the artwork, think about the artwork and learn from it." Brian D. Smith
About the Juror:
Brian Smith received his B.F.A from Boston University and an M.F.A from the University of Chicago. He currently is represented by Duane Reed Gallery in St. Louis. He has also exhibited across the country, including Artemisia Gallery, in Chicago, the Boston Center for the Arts, and Second Story Gallery in Seattle, WA. In addition to being a Full Professor of Visual Art as well as the Visual Art Program Coordinator at St. Charles Community College, his experience extends to working as a guest artist, lecturer, and juror.