Spring 2020 Online Juried Exhibit

Our Spring Juried Exhibit was scheduled to be held in the Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor from late March through April. Unfortunately, the global COVID-19 pandemic forced cancellation of the in-person exhibit.

In place of a physical exhibit, we have assembled a virtual exhibit for you here. Please enjoy this slideshow of the beautiful pieces selected by our juror, Ed Kennedy, and read his remarks below.

  • FIRST PLACE: Blooming | Watercolor & Gold Ink | 18x12" | $295 | Tia Sunshine Dye
  • SECOND PLACE: Szabadsag Ter | Watercolor | 14x11" | NFS | Patricia Davenport
  • THIRD PLACE: Girl in the Grass | Fabric and Colored Pencil | 11x14" | $500 | Alessandra Lipman
  • HONORABLE MENTION: Time Can Be So Sweet | Oil | 36x48" | $2250 | Sue Cutler
  • HONORABLE MENTION: Alaskan River of Ice | Photography | 10x30" | $550 | Betsy Finn
  • HONORABLE MENTION: Elizabeth and Her Knots | Oil | 18x9" | $1000 | Brein Harpster
  • HONORABLE MENTION: Heat Wave | Pastel | 18x24" | $1200 | Bob Palmerton
  • Horse Kiss | Oil | 30x30" | Eva Antebi-Lerman
  • Pesticide Casualty Costa Rica | Graphite & Colored Pencil | 21x22" | Judith Bemis
  • Detroit: Andrea & Rooster | Acrylic | 20x20" | Barbara Boyce
  • Traverse City Super Ruben | Acrylic | 21x27" | NFS | Barbara Boyce
  • Segovian Geraniums | Watercolor | 30x24" | $750 | Cheryle Chidester
  • Gifts - Water & Soil | Acrylic | 22x18" | NFS | Mary Eldridge
  • Keweenaw | Acrylic | 14.5x14.5" | $125 | Mary Eldridge
  • Little Boy Blue | Digital Painting | 16x16" | NFS | Betsy Finn
  • National Park: Portugal | Collagraph | 18x32" | $355 | Kath Frajbis
  • Hocking Hills | Woodcut | 16x22" | $425 | Dennis Gordon
  • Jennabelle in Peachy Pink | Oil | 13.5x10.5" | $450 | Catherine Hetherington
  • Cabbage | Watercolor | 12x16" | $225 | Aiko Holt
  • Contemplation | Pastel | 12x10" | NFS | Marie Howard
  • Beatnik Dave | Linocut Print | 11.5x9.5" | NFS | Faith Jasmund
  • Frida | Charcoal | 25.5x21.5" | NFS | Faith Jasmund
  • Vibrant City | Pastel | 12x9" | $425 | Linda Klenczar
  • Tree of Life | Colored Pencil | 36x11" | $480 | Laila Kujala
  • Berries | Photography | 11x14" | $250 | Pamela Lindberg
  • Sunflower | Photography | 11x14" | $250 | Pamela Lindberg
  • Inubiyori 200110 | Watercolor | 10x7" | NFS | Yoshiko Mishina
  • Summer Explosion | Watercolor | 20x26" | $450 | Mary Murphy
  • Bromeliads | Watercolor | 15x14" | $300 | Nancy Murray
  • Going Home | Photography | 24x16" | $250 | Ann O'Hagan
  • Purple Mountain Majesty | Pastel | 12x18" | $800 | Bob Palmerton
  • Iris in the Sun | Watercolor | 10x10" | $225 | Teri Pattison
  • Summer: A Rose is a Rose | Watercolor Crayon | 24x18" | $450 | Carole Pawloski
  • Yellow Light Day and Time | Mixed Media | 9x12" | NFS | Brittany Roden
  • Mexican Sunflowers | Mosaic | 17x17" | $350 | Lynlee Sky
  • Jordyn in a Mood | Graphite Pencil | 23x18" | NFS | Karen Smith
  • Interiors | Acrylic | 16x12" | NFS | Laurie Wechter
  • The Assignment | Oil | 25x19.5" | NFS | Bob Wesley
  • Dad is Snoozing | Oil | 25x20" | $500 | Lesli Weston
  • Burntside Evening | Photography | 15.5x23.5" | $325 | James Whiteside

JUROR: EDWARD KENNEDY | www.edwardkennedystudio.com

Juror’s Statement

The AAWA show is challenging as a judge, not only because of the number of high quality works submitted, but also due to the variety of media and subject matter.  My criteria for selecting artwork for inclusion into the show as well as selecting awards were based on fundamentals that I believe transcends both medium and subject matter.  For me, the first criteria being overall impact.  The work must capture my attention.  It should hold my attention and want me to explore the work longer, moving my eye throughout the work.  The work should illustrate good design principles.  It does not matter if the artwork is a sculpture, photograph, painting or a drawing.  Design matters.  I look to see if the artist has good command of their selected medium such as good drawing skills, the use of color, understanding of edges, texture, material, value, etc.  For example, photographs should show that the artist understands focus, exposure, etc. Drawings should demonstrate an understanding of line, shading, proportion, etc.  Even so, there still remains preferences that each judge may have, including me. So do not be discouraged if your work was not selected into the show or if you did not win an award.  All of the work I reviewed was wonderful and perhaps next time….

Notes on the award winners:

1st place – Blooming:  This work checks all the boxes.  The design is well thought out.  The relative position of the heads, the gaze of the eyes, the use of flowers all help orchestrate movement of your eye through out the painting.  The artist also understands color and in particular its restraint.  Drawings and proportions are spot on.  A wonderful work.

2nd place – Szabadsag:  The artist captures the feeling of light and atmoshere on a warm fall day.  There is an understanding of perspective and design that invites the viewer into the painting.  It has a wonderful color harmony that enhances the subject.  It certainly reminds me of a fall day in Ann Arbor and I would love to go sit on that bench.

3rd place – Girl on the Grass:  This work is well executed.  Although a simple subject (a girl on grass) the artist understands design and can draw.  The background compliments the subject and heightens attention on the girl.  The variety of texture and shapes adds interest without distracting from the focal point. I can only imagine how the actual texture of the fabric would add to the overall feel of this work.  Well done.

Congratulations to all of the winners:

  • First Place: “Blooming” by Tia Dye Sunshine
  • Second Place: “Szadbag Ter” by Patricia Davenport
  • Third Place: “Girl on the Grass” by Alessandra Lipman
  • Honorable Mention: “Alaskan River of Ice” by Betsy Finn
  • Honorable Mention: “Elizabeth and Her Knots” by Brein Harpster
  • Honorable Mention: “Time Can Be So Sweet” by Sue Cutler
  • Honorable Mention: “Heat Wave” by Bob Palmerton

2019 Fall Juried Exhibit Awards

The Fall Juried Exhibit

Oct 21 – Nov 29, 2019

Ann Arbor District Library
343 S 5th Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Library Open Hours:
Monday: 10am – 9pm
Tuesday-Friday: 9am – 9pm
Saturday: 9am – 6pm
Sunday: 12 – 6pm

Juror: Kenneth Freed

Kenneth Freed was born in Dayton, Ohio and moved to Battle Creek, Michigan at the age of 14. He started painting at 15 and was the youngest artist to have a one-person show at the Battle Creek Art Center. Before undergraduate school, Freed had produced nearly a hundred paintings andseveral hundred pastels and drawings. He attended Davidson College and received a B.A. Degree as one of the first art majors in the history of the school. During graduate school, Freed won purchase awards in several national painting, print and drawing exhibitions as well as grants. He received a MA from SUNY Oswego and anMFA from Western Michigan University. As a professional artist, Freed has had exhibitions in many parts of the country and has won over thirty purchase and cash awards in competitions. He has several hundred paintings in private collections throughout the United States.

At present, Freed remains an active full-time painter who treasures his independence and chooses his content in painting to please only himself. He has selected commissions that are of interest and has actively sold his work over the years.

His work is representational with an emphasis on the observation of abstract properties of form and color within the naturalistic orientation. Much of recent work is portraiture, figure paintings and self-portraiture. New work includes egg tempera, casein/oil emulsion as well as oil paintings.