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Announcing the 2012 ArtSlant Prize Winners!

WOW!!!! After a grueling yearlong haul, we are here at last. We won't waste another breath with the trivial. After great deliberation, we have our representatives for this year's Aqua Art Miami! They are:

1st Place ($3000): Veronica Bruce

2nd Place ($1000): Steven Vasquez Lopez

3rd Place ($1000): Susan Meyer

Honorable Mention: Timothy Gaewsky

Stay tuned for more details. In the meantime, learn more about these four fantastic artists below. They are going to do ArtSlant proud in South Beach!


Veronica Bruce is a painter, sculptor and arts educator based in Chicago. Her sculptures, paintings, and installations make use of everyday materials. They take on a construction zone feeling of labor, building, structure, intermixed with a spontaneous sense of arrangement and fragility. Bruce received her BFA from the University of Illinois in Urbana – Champaign in 2004 and completed a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 2011. Solo exhibitions include Julius Caesar, Chicago in 2011 and the Hinsdale Public Library in 2012. Her work has been included in group shows at Robert Bills Contemporary, The Nevica Project, Park Schreck Gallery, and with curators Casa Duno in Chicago. Artist residencies include threewalls Chicago in January 2012 and Bundanon Trust in New South Wales, Australia in March 2012. Veronica looks forward to traveling to Lithuania this upcoming May 2013 to participate in an artist residency at NIDA Art Colony in Nida, Lithuania. Her work was recently acquired by DePaul University for the Arts and Letters Hall.

Steven Vasquez Lopez was born in Upland, California and currently lives in San Francisco. His current work infuses meticulous and intricate patterns into landscapes of the great state of California, and most recently within the interior space of his San Francisco apartment. The son of a seamstress and mechanic, Lopez's early obsession with architecture, manual labor and bold fashion continues through his hard-edge graphic acrylic painting. Lopez received his BA in Studio Art from UC Santa Barbara in 2000. He was a recipient of the William Dole Memorial Scholarship (1999, 2000), Abrams Prize (2000) & Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship (2006). Since completing his MFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2007, Lopez has exhibited at the San Francisco Art Commission Gallery, Riverside Art Museum, Diego Rivera Gallery, Parklife Gallery, Roll Up Gallery & Root Division Gallery.

Susan Meyer is a Colorado-based artist who makes fantastical environments and sculptures that explore tensions between the communal and individual. Her most recent installations explore Brutalist architecture and Corbusiers machines for living, which are known as much for their mixed public reception as their harsh beauty. Meyer has exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art/Denver, Artspace in New Haven, CT, the Islip Art Museum Carriage House in East Islip, NY and Redux Contemporary Art Center in Charleston, South Carolina. Meyer received a B.S. in Studio Art from Skidmore College and a M.F.A. in Painting from the Boston Museum School and Tufts University. She is a Lecturer at the University of Denver’s School of Art and Art History where she teaches Drawing and Foundations.

Timothy Gaewsky is an interdisciplinary artist who works in assemblage, installation, and appropriation. His hard-edge, graphical, witty sculptures and installations explore the relationship between desire and materialism, or more directly the ways in which desire for commodities, fortune, and instant gratification are facilitated through visual stimulation and its disruption. He has exhibited both nationally and abroad in group exhibitions at galleries and museums including AC Institute (NYC, NY), The Space (LIC, NY), Punch Gallery (Seattle, WA), Saginaw Art Museum (Saginaw, MI), Toledo Museum of Art (Toledo, OH) and Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art (Rotterdam, NL). Gaewsky earned an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a BFA from The Cleveland Institute of Art. Gaewsky currently lives and works in Toledo, Ohio.

ARTSLANT PRIZE - Three artists are selected as our final ArtSlant Prize winners from the pool of 60 Juried Select artists that have been assembled during the year. Our ArtSlant Prize winning artists receive:

1. Exhibition at Aqua Art Miami

2. Cash Prizes: Over $20,000 in cash and cash equivalents

3. Exhibition Stipend: Cover shipping & other exhibition costs

4. Purchase Awards: The chance to be part of the ArtSlant Emerging Collection

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The ArtSlant Curation Team assembles a Review Panel for each round of the Showcase Series. This Panel reviews the Showcase Winners and determines the Juried Select winning artists. Our panels include international galleries, curators, artists and critics. In the past we have had such people as these serving on our Review Panel:

John Leo, Director, Lambert Fine Arts, New York

Abigail Satinsky, Director, threewalls, Chicago

Katarina Sjogren. Co-Director, Crystal Contemporary, Stockholm

Lesley Heller, Director, Lesley Heller Workspace, New York

Helen Brown, Curator, Berlin

Sandra Q. Firmin, Curator, University of Buffalo Art Galleries, New York

David Castillo, Director and owner of David Castillo Gallery, Miami

Danielle Horn, Director and owner of NETTIE HORN, London

Chuck Mobley, Curator, San Francisco Camerawork, San Francisco

Odile Ouizeman, Director and owner, Galerie Odile Ouizeman, Paris

Michel Allen, Director, Allen Projects, New York

Sree Goswami, Director, Project 88, Mumbai

Anat Ebgi and Annie Wharton, Co-Directors, The Company, Los Angeles

Eleanor Harwood, Director and owner, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco

François Ghebaly, Director and owner, François Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles

Jette Rudolph, Director and owner, Jette Rudolph Gallery, Berlin

The ArtSlant Prize: The ArtSlant Curation Team along with a select group of reviewers will determine the 3 Top Winning Artists for the ArtSlant Prize exhibition. The ArtSlant curators and the winning artists work together in designing the exhibition and deciding which artworks to show. Cash awards and exhibition fees provided prior to the show. Purchase Awards for the ArtSlant Emerging Collection are announced during the exhibition.

Posted by Natalie Hegert on 11/1/12

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