Viridian Artists' 25th International Juried Competition
1st PRIZE: Sarah Brook 2nd PRIZE: Emily Lazerwitz
3rd PRIZE: Margery Freeman Appelbaum Honorable Mention: Alexander Giavis
Bob Augstell * Roni and Mary Jo Ben-Nun * Emma Buck * Robert S. Davis Jr. * Erika Gagnon * Philip Gerstein * Barry Goldberg * Osamu Hirota * Mier Luo * Kimberly Rowe * Tore Terrasi * Michael Wolf * Renna Mae Zimmer
Chelsea: Viridian Artists Inc. is pleased to present our 25th International Juried Exhibition. Juried by Katherine Brinson, Curator, Guggenheim Museum, New York. The exhibition opens July 1st and continues through July 19th, 2014. In celebration, a special reception will be held on Thursday, July 10th, 6-8pm. We are especially pleased that Katherine will be present to give out awards to the prizewinners of this important competition that brings the art of emerging and under-recognized artists to the attention of museum curators.
The competition selection was especially difficult this time for there were so many outstanding submissions and the nature of art in our world today encompasses a wide variety of methods, materials and insights regarding what art is in contemporary culture. Katherine Brinson was selected this year not only for her curatorial reputation but also because she works with the museum committee that selects emerging art for the Guggenheim's Permanent collection.
In her insightful curatorial statement, Brinson wrote "As a curator working predominantly with living artists, I’m used to watching careers develop over time through exhibitions, visits, and critical reading. So it was a new and fascinating experience to assess a broad cross-section of works without any identifying information beyond images and captions for the submitted works and the artist’s name. The selection process is purely visual and based on documentary images rather than seeing the work in person – parameters that were initially disconcerting but which quickly led to an energizing and absorbing exercise that relied wholly on eye and instinct. "
As usual, Viridian makes an effort to expand the opportunities of more artists' being seen so the gallery Director's Choices will also be viewable in digital form. We feel it important to tangibly demonstrate that curatorial choice is often as much about personal taste as it is about the "quality " of the art. The Director's Choice Artists to be presented digitally include: Aandra Aabdock * Angela Lau * Angelique E. Anderson * Sarah Brook * Craig Cheply * Cynthia Fleury * Lisa Goesling * Cecil Gresham * Peter Hiers * Thomas C. Jackson * Emily Lazerwitz * Melissa May Metzler * James Mullen * Leonard Myszynski * Jun Ogata * Stanislav Ossovskiy * Charlotte Patterson * Joe Puglisi * Srividya Kannan Ramachandran * Leonard Rosenfeld * Kimberly Rowe * Christopher Ruane * Jimmy Salmon * Shawn Saumell * Jim Shirey * Judy Somerville * Myron Stephens * William Stoehr * R.J. Vojir * Tony Wells * Michael Wolf * Jave Yoshimoto * Renna Mae Zimmer
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