NAL Announces the Winners of the
Public Art Competition
The winners of the Naperville Art League’s 13th annual public art competition were announced at a reception held at the Naperville Fine Art Center and Gallery on Sunday, March 13. The exhibit, entitled “Broken Barriers,” caught the attention of regional artists who were invited to submit work reflective of the theme. Fifty-nine entries were on display and considered for awards and encompassed original work in a variety of media created by artists of all ages.
Artist Carmelo Schifano a judge for this competition. He had the difficult decision of selecting winners out of the 59 entries. Prizes were awarded to seven individual winners:
Best of Show:
Ian Mitchell Wallace: “Spiritus Umbram,” Watercolor
Awards of Excellence:
Kim Roth: “Sacred” Soft Pastel
Bill Baykan: “Women in Space,” Watercolor/Mixed
Gabrielle Tufano: “Self-Study #1,” Graphite
Katherine Marra: “Contained,” Watercolor, Pencil Bruce Mabee: “Grand Canyon Battleship,” Acrylic
Jennifer Hereth: “Untitled,” Mixed Media
Cynthia Boudreau: “Color Blind,” Fiber
Naomi Venezia: “Shattered Dreams,” Photography
John Harden Taylor: “Double X,” Wood & Stone
Margaret Swedzikowski: “Finding Courage,” Alcohol Ink / Mixed
Sheri Butler: “Chrondrule,” Oil
K. Geisinger: “Mulholland Street, Nauvoo IL
Roberta Dahmer: “So Where’s the Bird,” Fiber
Khrystyna Kozyuk: “Between Science and Spirituality,” Acrylic
Nicole Trevena: “Whitney,” Plaster, Glass Tiles
“I was very impressed with the quality of artwork we received for our ‘Broken Barriers’ competition. Even more amazing is the depth of intimacy that the pieces exude,” said Debbie Venezia, Executive Director of the Naperville Art League. As a requirement of the competition, each artist was asked to include a statement, explaining why the piece fits the theme. These statements are then displayed, thus giving the viewer a deeper understanding of the artist’s intention. “Personal issues such as self-perception, spirituality, failed romance, human trafficking and love fill the gallery. You can feel the passion surround you and it becomes an emotional experience.”
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The Naperville Art League (NAL) offers hands-on art classes throughout the year for adults and children. It is a not-for-profit, volunteer organization sponsored by membership dedicated to promoting and supporting the visual arts and encouraging artists within the community.
The Naperville Art League hosts monthly themed art shows featuring original artwork created by members and all pieces are for sale. Each art show attempts to represent current local events, stylistic artistic elements, and the traditions of fine art representation while giving local artists a forum to exhibit their work to the community.
NAL's Fine Art Center and Gallery is located at 508 North Center Street in Naperville. The Gallery is open Wednesday through Friday from noon until 4:00 P.M. and Saturday from 10:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M.
For further information about the Naperville Art League, Membership, Rotating Displays, or the Naperville Fine Arts Center location, please contact Debbie Venezia at 630-355-2530 email@example.com.