20th Annual International Juried Show featuring 26 artists

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Urban Monsoon, 2009 Installation Of Plastic Bottles © Leslie Sheryll
Trophy, 2009 Sculpture Made Of Vinyl Records © Akiyuki Ina
Blue Eyes, 2009 Giclee Print © Harry Gonnella and Shaun Sewter
20th Annual International Juried Show featuring 26 artists
Curated by: Elizabeth Sussman

548 West 28th St (6th Floor, Suite # 632)
10001 New York City
June 30th, 2009 - July 18th, 2009

(212) 414-4040
Tue-Sat 12-6


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20th Annual International Juried Show
June 30-July 18,2009
Reception Thursday July 2, 2009 5-8PM

Viridian Artists 20th Annual International Juried Show had almost 500 entries from all over the world  from Turkey, Madagascar, Israel , Belgium and Dubai etc.,  as well as the US. As  Elisabeth Sussman,  Curator of the Whitney Museum and juror of the competition said :
“Judging the entries of an international competition is for the juror an invitation to the unknown, the unanticipated and the unexpected ……..The task is to identify work of promise from a very large field.  Undoubtedly, good work will go unnoticed, but hopefully, surprises and delights will be encountered.

Spotting trends is a difficult task.  The juror looks mainly for quality.  But, if pressed, what I took away this year, was a tendency to embrace pop culture, mass media, and junk and to recycle it or reinterpret it to make an inventive art work ……. As a result of artists’ embrace of and absorption in the world they live in, this year’s exhibition feels extremely lively, upbeat, and audience friendly.”
And the winners are:
1st Prize of $500 : LESLIE SHERYLL constructs "Urban Monsoon" of plastic bottles  
2nd Prize of $200: AKIYUKI INA's  "Trophy" is built of vinyl records                                                                 
3rd Prize of $100: HARRY GONNELLA and SHAUN SEWTER a giclee "Blue Eyes"

FINALISTS who will also exhibit:

Lisa Bagwell /Jennifer Beinhacker /Jill Marleah Bell / Black Pinto Horse&Monte Yellow Bird Sr.  Craig Blankenhorn / Steven Falk / Christian Faur / Elizabeth Fox / Stuart Friedman
Eric Galandak / Sun-Young Jin / Kiseok Kim / David Lambert Andrea Land / Jason Lascu    Nancy Legner / Kito Mbiango / Naoko Okabe Jean Pike / Beverly Rippel / Audrey Shachnow and Beverly Y. Smith.

CD slide presentation Juror's Choice :
Viridian Artists will also present a CD slide presentation of  Runner-ups:
Laurie Joan Aron /  Marika Berlind  /  Rachel Burgess / Jane Carney / Peter DePelsmacker  Lauren Ennist / Julia Fernandez Pol / C. B. Forsythe / Carla Hansen /Travis Head / Diane Huff  Diane Hurwitz- Specht / Benny Katz  / Maureen Kelleher / June Kim / Mali Lasker
Debra E. Levie /   Nic Lyons  /  Naz Shahrokh  / Michelle Stone and  Susan Trees.

CD slide presentation Director's Choice
The following were chosen by the Viridian Director, Barbara Neski:
Niamh Butler /  Sungmo Cho /  Richard W. Dolan  /  Liz Alpert Fay / Victor Gontcharov
Joleen Grussing  /  Marcella Hackbardt /  Lannie Hart/ Brian Heeter /  Selin Kocagoncu Marius Lehene /  Jeane McGrail / Trudy Montgomery  / Howard Myers  /  Meaghan Sorce   Ty Smith / Kate Torgersen  /  Leslie Tucker / Ian Turner / Sabrina & Jeff Williams.

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New York, NY 10001    Director: Barbara Neski
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