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Ruin and Revival
Exhibition Dates: April 8 - May 19, 2016
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. Artists were encouraged to interpret this theme.
    Nancy Newman Rice was born in New York City and was educated at Cornell University and at Washington University, where she earned a BFA with honors and an MFA. She has received awards that include a National Endowment for the Arts/MMA Fellowship for painting, and nominations for a Tiffany Award and an AVA Award in the Visual Arts. Ms. Rice has exhibited her work internationally and has had a number of solo exhibits in both galleries and museums including the Saint Louis Art Museum, MO; The Regina Quick Center for the Arts, NY; Museum Gallery of Southeast Missouri State, MO; Duane Reed Gallery in St. Louis MO, and in Chicago IL; Walter Wickiser Gallery, NY, NY and the Sazama Gallery in Chicago IL. Ms. Rice has also had paintings curated into galleries and museums including, Woodward Gallery, New Work, New York, The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, IA, The Wustum Museum of Art WI, the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, MO; Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery NY; the Craighead- Green Gallery, Dallas, TX. Her work is included in private collections in the U.S. and abroad.


The Juried Artists:
Sharon Bauer
Ruth Ann Bauers
Peggy Cole
Katherine Ehlmann
Marcia Gay
David Hasty
Gloria Henderson
Lisa Hickey
Cheryl Hueffmeier
Karol Keeteman
John Kuntze
Naomi Runtz
Jennifer Sarti
Joyce Sheldon
Lisa Guccione Truttmann
Barbara Zucker 

1st Place
Kathleen Barnes
"Revelations of Light"

2nd Place
Ginger Repke
"Things of Man"

3rd Place
Cheryl Hueffmeier

Honorable Mention
David Hasty
"A Storied Past"

Honorable Mention
Joyce Sheldon
"Ol' Blue"

Honorable Mention
Linda S. Wilmes
"Memories of Spring"

Honorable Mention
JB Nearsy
"Movement in a Static World"

Honorable Mention
Gloria Henderson
"The Far Side of Paradise"

People's Choice Award
Karol Keeteman
"The Cross"

Juror's Statement:

"Ruin and Revival as a theme suggests specific imagery, spring, rebirth, and regeneration as well as destruction and decay. Much of the work chosen for this exhibit has a clear reference to the theme, while a few pieces tend to be tangential.  The works selected for inclusion demonstrate evidence of technical skill and appropriate use of media. The three top prizes as well as the honorable mentions where chosen because the artists displayed sensitivity to subject matter and in some cases, an emotional connection that was not prosaic or saccharine but instead original and heartfelt.
When jurying an exhibit, a subjective response to submitted work is undeniable. I would encourage the artists whose work was not selected to continue their artistic pursuits and participate in juried competitions where themes might reflect individual aesthetic concerns and subject matter. For all serious artists, I would also suggest visits to museums and galleries in St. Louis, and elsewhere, in order to enhance and inspire personal growth in content, technique, and style."   ~Juror Nancy Newman Rice 2016

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