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Presence II: A focus on the human element.
Exhibition Dates: Dec 9, 2016 - Jan 12, 2017


 A juried art exhibition focusing on work that visually includes people
in any way either through portraiture, crowd scene, or though shadow or form.
Juror: Jamie Adams
The Juried Artists
Bartist Art
Sharon L. Bauer
Coleen Breen
Patrick Clark
Katherine Ehlmann
Steve Femmer
Mark Hall
Gloria Henderson
John W. Kuntze
Dennis McCarthy
Lisa Truttmann

First Place: 
Joyce Sheldon

Second Place:
"Calla Lily Dream #2"
Steve Femmer

Third Place: 
Margaret Nicholson

Honorable Mention:
"Innocence in White"
Lisa Truttmann

Honorable Mention:
"Lavender Blue"
Judith Repke

Honorable Mention:
"Polluted Waters"
Talia Long

Honorable Mention:
"Anne in Lace"
Gloria Henderson

Honorable Mention:
Ann Widner

People Choice Award
Linda Abernathy
Juror's Statement:
The work submitted for this exhibition focuses on the representation of the figure offering a variety of modalities: portraiture, genre, symbol, cultural icon, social narrative, etc...
I was interested to see how a number of the works experimented with the readability of the figure through montage or transparency, investigated the physiognomic surfaces of celebrity through drawing, appropriated from the cinematic, to promote the filmic priorities of movement, fragmentation, and time, but also in a few instances, to propose a body in a state of flux, transformation, or alterity. All in all, the works selected for this show exhibit a singular fascination with the metaphorical power of the human form, one of the most historically engaging and challenging subjects.
Working with this subject matter -- the human form -- given the perceived weight of art history, can be particularly overwhelming for the artist at times. But I believe these exhibited figurative works, made via the solitary processes of drawing, painting, sculpture and the strategy of figuration, in some ways most suitably exemplify the most ideal form of expression. But I am at least a little bit biased...  ~Jamie Adams
About the Juror: 
Jamie Adams is an American painter, born and raised in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For his undergraduate studies he attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where he obtained a BFA with honors in 1983. In 2000 he earned an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia.
His work is represented in the permanent public collections of Museu Brasileiro da Escultura (São Paulo, Brazil), Museum of Modern Art Library (New York), MOMA (Wales), Los Angeles County Museum of Art Research Library, Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Medrad Corporation, the Pennsylvania Capitol Building (Senate, House of Representatives, Governor's office), Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Michigan Medical School, and the Olin Library Collection at Washington University in Saint Louis. Adams is represented by David Klein Gallery (Birmingham, MI), Zolla Lieberman Gallery (Chicago), Hespe Gallery (San Francisco), Philip Slein Gallery (St. Louis), and Lamensch-Douglas Fine Art (Lyon, France).  His work can be viewed on his website at jamieadamsart.com.

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