|Spiva Center for the Arts has announced the winners of the 64th Annual Membership Show at a reception held on November 18, 2011 for adults and November 20, 2011 for children. Members competed for $3,000 in cash prizes in the adult and children’s divisions. According to Spiva director Jo Mueller, 99 artists, including 14 under the age of 16, participated.
“The Membership Show is Spiva’s most anticipated exhibit of the year. The variety of work — and the enormous amount of talent represented — is exciting and inspiring,” Mueller said.
Spiva member/artists entered one original artwork for either display or competitive judging. Dr. John Windle, longtime supporter of regional artists and Spiva Center for the Arts, funded awards in all categories.
Awards are as follows:
Adult Competitive 3-D
- 1st Place: Gaylon Pugh, Joplin, for “Frozen in Time,” concrete, acid stain, clear coat
- 2nd Place: Rachel Wilson, Reeds, for “Meow,” wood
- 3rd Place: Melody Knowles, Carthage, for “I Am Left Gasping,” clay
- Merit Award: Steve Doerr, Joplin, for “Starry Starry Night,” wood from Joplin High School oak tree destroyed in tornado
- Honorable Mention: M. Justin Hale, Joplin, for “Equus,” juniper
- Juror’s Recognition: William E. Fowks Jr., Joplin, for “Martha’s Boot,” leather
Adult Competitive 2-D
- 1st Place: Ellen W. Wolf, Kansas City, Mo., for “Down the Rabbit Hole,” acrylic, mixed media
- 2nd Place: Frank Young, Joplin, for “Roof Dancers,” oil
- 3rd Place: Todd Yeager, Brooklyn, N. Y., for “Sam,” oil on Masonite
- Merit Award: Chandler Curtis, Lamar, for “Heart of America,”pencil/colored pencil
- Honorable Mention: Craig Calnan, Joplin, for “Egypt,” graphite on paper
- Honorable Mention: Brenda Molesworth Sageng, Carthage, for “Featherfall,” tinted graphite
- Juror’s Recognition: Mary Ann Soerries, Joplin, for “Seeing With New Eyes,” photography, no computer manipulation
- The Barrie Hunt Memorial Award for Outstanding Work in Water Media: Donna Roberts, Joplin, for “Domestic Unity,” watercolor
Children’s Competitive Age 11 and under
- Best Representation of Nature: Brennan Carey, Carl Junction, for “Waterfall of Rocks,” acrylic
- Best use of Perspective and Vision: Dalton Carey, Carl Junction, for “Farming Landscape,” oils
- Loveliest Splash of Color: Adelaide Davidson, Joplin, for “Cute Flowers,” tempera
- Best Use of Motion and Expression: Olivia Mintert, Joplin, for “Earth Colors,” watercolor
- Best Use of Contour and Line: Hayley Neighmond, Joplin, for “Long,” pencil
- Juror’s Choice for Wiggling Line: Truman Oaks, Webb City, for “Something in My Mind,” pencil
- Juror’s Choice for Best Animal Kingdom Acrylic: Sadie Skaggs, Gravette, AR for “The Pretty Horse,” acrylic
- Juror’s Choice for Design: Chadan Tomlin, Carterville, for “Trois Pots,” acrylic
- Juror’s Choice for Imagination: Macy Tomlin, Carterville for “I want to paint the world!” acrylic
Youth Competitive Ages 12-16
- Juror’s Choice for Pencil – capture of pensive moment: Brent R. Cosby Jr., Pittsburg, KS for “Einstein,” pencil
- Juror’s Choice for Colored Pencil – capture of spontaneous moment: Brody Coursey, Joplin, for “Untitled,” colored pencil
- Juror’s Choice for Mixed Media – capture of hidden message and story told: Summer Dean, Joplin, for “In the Forest of Time,” metal, paper
- Juror’s Choice for Sculpture – capture of the fierce & funny: Ruth Gentile, Joplin, for “Piranha,” sculpture
- Juror’s Choice for Acrylic – capture of tolerance of current situation: McKayla Tomlin, Carterville, for “Retro 1960s Fashion,” acrylic
Serving as jurors were: Stephanie Leedy, executive board member, Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City,for entries in the adult competitive category and Dr. Elaina Edman, artist and Joplin Schools principal, for the Donna Gilbreth Memorial Children’s Awards for children ages 11 and under and youth awards for ages 12-16.
Admission to the galleries is by voluntary contribution, with a suggested donation of $2 per adult and $1 for school aged children. The Center is open to the public Tuesdays–Saturdays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., and Sundays, 1–5 p.m. Closed Mondays and major holidays, including the Thursday and Friday of Thanksgiving week.