The Art Center

Mary S. Oakley & Lee Lindsay

2022 Mary S. Oakley & Lee Lindsay Artist Showcase

Friday, Nov. 18, 2022 – Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023

28th Annual Mary S. Oakley & Lee Lindsay Artist Showcase 

Enjoy our most popular annual exhibit featuring new artwork by local artists. This is a wonderful opportunity to support artists and the Art Center by purchasing original artworks to enjoy in your home or business.  This exhibit will be on display at Quincy Art Center, located at 1515 Jersey St in Quincy, IL. The Art Center’s exhibits are FREE and open to the public Wednesday – Saturday from 11 AM – 6 PM and by appointment by calling 217-223-5900.  Generous sponsorship for this exhibit has been provided by the Oakley and Lindsay families, and the Illinois Arts Council.

Opening Reception: Friday, November 18 from 7 PM – 9 PM. This event is FREE and open to the public. This will be the first chance for the community to see the pieces selected for this exhibit. Award winners will be announced at 7:30 PM. Light bites will be provided and drinks by HyVee and drinks will be sold by Pointe D’Vine.

Submission for this Artist Showcase was open to artists 18 years of age and older living within a 50-mile radius of Quincy. A total of 100 works of art were selected from those submitted for the Artist Showcase.  A professional from outside the eligible region with expertise in the visual arts was selected to choose the work for exhibition and awards. The staff and board of the Art Center are never involved in the selection process. The juror for the 2022 Mary S. Oakley & Lee Lindsay Artist Showcase was Janie Stamm, a St. Louis-based artist and MFA recipient from Washington University.

2022 Award Winners: 

Best of Show: Ann Miller Titus, Cautiously Contiguous 

Second Place: Mary Jo Kattelman, Mind Gone/Soul Found

Third Place: Mike O’Neal, She Was a Good Girl 

Merit Awards (6): 

Terry Newell, Straw Hat

Lydia O’Neal, 3 Moons of Winter

Connie O’Neal, Grandma Dot’s Cupboard

Austin Roberts, Stagnation

Steve Ryan, Lidded Jar

Jason Sommerfeldt, Siblings

Honorable Mention (6):

Brenda Benson, That They All Be One

Martha Mudd Adrian, Super Chicken

Deb Myers, Not Ready 

Dennis Rankin, Reaching Toward Heaven

Alan Starkey, Horse Series #2

Lindsay VanDeursen, Storytime

2022 Mary S. Oakley & Lee Lindsay Artist Showcase 

Juror Statement:

 When I was asked to be the juror of the 28th Annual Mary S. Oakley & Lee Lindsay Artist Showcase, my heart was instantly filled with joy. I was on the edge of my seat for the entirety of the two hour drive from St. Louis to Quincy. Upon entering the gallery to review the submissions, I was awe-struck. Every single work of art in the room oozed with creativity, passion and exquisite technical skill. Immediately, I began picking up on unintentional connections that the works were having with one another.

The works selected all play off of three connected narrative-based themes; life, decay, and fantastical visions through a Midwestern lens. The pieces in the show are in direct conversation with artists like Joseph Cornell, Deborah Butterfield, Lee Bontecou, and the quilters of Gee’s Bend to name a few. Ranging from rustic earth-tones to explosions of bright color, representational sculpture to abstract paintings, this showcase explores a wide range of artistic techniques and practices.

I want to thank every single artist who submitted work. It’s a rather vulnerable thing to let a total stranger judge their work. I thank you all for allowing me to be a participant in that practice. I strongly encourage every single artist to keep making! Keep submitting! Keep doing! I’m so proud to call the art community home alongside so many wildly talented makers.

Kindly yours,

Janie Stamm

About the Juror: 

Janie Stamm was born and raised on the edge of the Everglades in Broward County, Florida. She is a craft-based artist currently residing on the western banks of the Mississippi River in Saint Louis, Missouri. Her work focuses on preserving Florida’s environmental and Queer history in the face of climate change. She uses a craft-based practice to tell these stories.

In the spring of 2019, Janie received an MFA in Visual Art from Washington University in Saint Louis. She was most recently the recipient of the 2019 John T. Milliken Foreign Travel Graduate Award, a Regional Arts Commission grant, a Critical Mass grant, a Dubinsky Scholarship to study at the Fine Arts Work Center, and the Frida Kahlo Creative Arts Award from Washington University in St. Louis. Her work was featured on the cover of the December 2016 issue of Poetry magazine. Janie has shown work throughout the country including Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, and throughout the Saint Louis regional area. She was an artist in residence at ACRE in Wisconsin, the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris, Aquarium Gallery in New Orleans, and SAFTA in Tennessee. Janie was a teaching artist-in-residence at the Contemporary Art Museum in Saint Louis until the COVID-19 lock downs began.

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