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Ruin & Revival II
Exhibition Dates: April 16 - May 20, 2021
About the exhibit

    As we approach each spring, there is always the thought to how volatile the season may be any given year. Spring brings thoughts of new life, beauty and reemergence after the cold and bleakness that signifies winter. But when we see the new life coming forth with spring, we can also train the eye to notice the things that do not come alive again. While we look for what is new, we often notice also the decay and ruin left by winter or in other ways, the destruction of time. Or perhaps a commentary on our times living during a pandemic. So much to consider. Artists were encouraged to interpret this theme.

Featuring these juried artists: 

Pam Blevens Chris Burton Lisa Crisman
Beth Goyer Karen Hensley Pat Jackson
Amy Jamison Laura Saunders Kaiser Christine Lohse
Christy Martin Barbara S. McCormack Liz McCarthy
Shirley Nachtrieb Diane Reising Judith Repke
Leigh Roberts Laissa Santelises Christy Schneller
Stephanie Gray Silvagni Sada Swirl Andy Wheeler
Linda S. Wilmes    
1st Place: "Revelations of Light" by Kathleen Barnes. Mixed Media.
"Revelations of Light" Mixed Media.by Kathleen Barnes. First PlaceRuin & Revival, 2016


First Place
Beneath the Crocus
Shirley Nachtrieb

Second Place
Friendship Brewing Co. 
Linda S. Wilmes

Third Place
The Hope of Spring
Christy Schneller
Breaking the Silence by Amy Jamison
People's Choice Award
Breaking the Silence
 by Amy Jamison

Honorable Mention
Awakening of the Field
Karen Hensley

Honorable Mention
Pam Blevens

Honorable Mention
Sweet Gum
Leigh Roberts

I would like to thank the owners of Framations Art Gallery for inviting me to serve as juror for the Ruin and Revival exhibition. I am honored to have had the opportunity to view the many outstanding artworks submitted for my consideration. I was truly impressed by the quality of the submissions, the diversity of media represented, and the range of conceptual approaches to the themes of ruin and revival.
To all who submitted work to this exhibition, I appreciate the skill and effort poured into your art-making and I thank you for the opportunity to have viewed your work. For those who wonder why your artwork was not selected, please know that there were many skillfully executed artworks submitted for my consideration. From the many submissions, 40 artworks were carefully selected for the final exhibition. I examined every single artwork not just once, but numerous times. As part of the process of adjudication, I gave careful consideration to how the artworks selected would respond to the exhibition space and to each other as well as capture the notions of ruin and revival in a coherent yet wide-ranging manner. Great energy was spent deliberating and determining which works would best highlight great skill in execution, a wide-range of approaches to art-making, and creative interpretations of the exhibition theme. Please know that every artwork was considered fairly and with an open mind.
Congratulations to the featured artists and award winners! Thank you again to the owners of Framations Art Gallery for giving me the opportunity to jury this exhibition. It was a wonderful experience that has impressed upon me the high quality of work being done throughout the region.
~Ryan Horvath, Instructor/Area Head in Printmaking, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville


"Fallen Seeds" chiaroscuro woodcut by Ryan Horvath (Juror), 2016

About Juried Exhibits

Dependent on the juror’s decision, an artist may find that all, some, or possibly none of their pieces are
chosen to be a part of the exhibition. Framations strives to promote excellent exhibitions that are juried to fit the exhibit space but also display the best quality work chosen from what is entered.

Juror: Ryan Horvath was born in Peoria, IL and spent his childhood in rural, central Illinois. Horvath received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Bradley University in 2009 and his Master of Fine Arts from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville in 2012. While studying at Bradley University, Ryan’s love of drawing and sculpture coalesced when he carved and printed his first relief print. At that moment, his obsession with printmaking was born.

Ryan spent his formative years hiking and wandering in creeks and woodlands. This instilled in him a reverence and love for the natural world that continues to this day. Ryan’s passion for the beauty of nature is reflected in his meticulously-crafted prints that depict humble, iconic objects from the natural world. Ryan’s work can be found in galleries as well as public and private collections throughout the country. He currently resides in Edwardsville, IL where he is a professor of art at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Learn more about the artist on his website at ryanhorvathart.com.

"Fallen Seeds" chiaroscuro woodcut by Ryan Horvath (Juror), 2016

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