2017 Award Winners
Best of Show – $1,200 to Lydia O’Neal of Quincy, IL for Un-oddmented, mixed media
Second Place – $600 to Addie Seabarkrob of Quincy, IL for Autumn Aire, acrylic
Third Place – $300 to Steve Ryan of Quincy, IL for Lidded Jar, stoneware
Merit Award – $100 to Virginia Breshears of Warsaw, IL for Bayou Sunrise, oil
Merit Award – $100 to Tim Laffey of Carthage, IL for Broadway Boogie Woogie, acrylic on canvas
Merit Award-$100 to Elizabeth Rankin of Quincy, IL for Bird Skull, engraved glass
Merit Award – $100 to Debra Scoggin-Myers of Ewing, MO for Reflections of a Dog Owner, Pastel
Honorable Mention -$50 Carol Burns of Palmyra, MO for Revelation, handmade paper & fabric dye
Honorable Mention – $50 to Brandon Khoury of Quincy, IL for Divine Light, photography
Honorable Mention – $50 to Jennifer Klingele of Augusta, IL for Dancer, oil
Honorable Mention – $50 to Cindy Logan of Louisiana, MO for Prayer Paths, bleach & color pencil
It was an honor to be asked to Jury the Mary S. Oakley and Lee Lindsay Artist Showcase. I owe my gratitude to Jennifer Teter and the entire staff of the Quincy Art Center for their hospitality and making the task an easy one. As a Director, Exhibitions Manager, and artist myself, I know how difficult it is to put together an exhibition, and the equally difficult work of creating a piece of artwork and offering it to the jury process.
There were over 200 works to choose from in curating this show. It was a joy to see the immense talent your region possesses as well as the scope of media usage. Lacking a “theme” to jury from, I attempted to select for the viewer a representative collection of oil paintings, watercolors, sculptures, ceramics, textiles, collage, and other mixed media. In the pieces selected, I tried to find repeating themes, palettes, and tones in order to create a little unity from the many differences. Especially evident in the award winners, there are exemplary pieces even within this selection. Not only elegant as creative works, they are well crafted and evidence of a patient and passionate artist.
I hope the visitors of the Quincy Art Center are pleased with the selection presented and are exposed to a new artist, technique, or idea. My deepest thanks to all the artists who submitted, whether selected for this show or not. It was my pleasure to see so much skill and passion in your work.
Melissa Whitwam, MFA
Executive Director at the Foundry Art Centre