Artists Across America Exhibit at Armstrong

January 3rd through January 27th
Fine Arts Gallery

This month Armstrong students interested in today's highly competitive art scene have a brand-new opportunity to immerse themselves in the artwork of more than two-dozen working professional artists from around the country, and they are able to do so without leaving campus.

Armstrong Department of Art, Music & Theatre (AMT) presents its first-ever National Two-Dimensional Competition Art Exhibition throughout January 2012. Armstrong Art faculty member and exhibit director Pang-Chieh Hsu, M.F.A. views the inaugural event as an important step towards increased national recognition for Armstrong's quality art program. "Our long-term goal is to have the show become a well-recognized, ‘must attend' exhibition among artists and art-lovers throughout United States. From the looks of this inaugural show, we're well on our way."

Immediate response to the call-for-submissions for this debut event brought pleasantly astounding results. Scores of artists submitted work from locales across the nation, with only one-third of the 29 works selected for exhibition coming from artists living in Georgia.

Juror Shana Barefoot, collections and exhibition manager at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA), was charged with the responsibility to narrow the impressive submission pool to an exhibit that would work well in Fine Arts Gallery's intimate display space.

Barefoot offered her "sincerest thanks to the artists who submitted artwork to Armstrong Atlantic State University's Inaugural National 2-D Juried Exhibition. It was a delightful challenge to choose which combination of works would be best together. From a very diverse collection of more than 110 works, the 29 pieces chosen each demonstrated, in my assessment, a combination of strong craftsmanship, a celebration of the chosen medium, and an overall strength of concept. Congratulations to the award winners and thank you all for sharing your work!"

In response to the work she ultimately chose for the first prize, Barefoot commented Lindsborg, Kansas artist Wilfred Loring's, Flight Pattern:

This stirred up scene is a seemingly effortless composition of opposing forces. It successfully employs both formal and conceptual elements to reveal only a glimpse of a greater narrative, capturing a moment pregnant with tension and reminiscence.

As for those works arriving from out-of-state, artists chosen to exhibit hail from North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, West Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama, and as far west as California and Washington.

Annaliza Borba, Armstrong BFA class of 2012, served as Hsu's gallery assistant for this endeavor. While working towards completion of her own coursework and degree-concluding exhibition, she spent hours administrating this exhibition from concept to fruition, beginning with print design of the artist submission forms to assisting with installing the exhibit for its January unveiling.

Borba remarked positively of the works, both submitted and selected, speaking to the variety of two-dimensional media in the show. “From aquatint, to lithograph, to encaustic, to oils, to photography it was refreshing to see so many media in this show demonstrating that artists such as myself have highly visible platforms to exhibit work.”

Hsu also explained the impact a show of this prominence will have on Armstrong students: "The exhibition experience is designed to help our art students understand current trends in contemporary art from a variety of individual conceptual perspectives." Armstrong's first-time foray into an exhibition of this caliber clearly positions students for real-world experiences they can expect to have as part of each of their own artist's journey.


Award winning entries:
1st- Wilfred Loring, Flight Pattern (pictured above), Aquatint (Lindsborg, Kansas)
2nd- Elsie Hill, The Herd, Oil on Canvas (Savannah, Georgia)
3rd- Angie Piehl, Tuft, Graphite on Paper (Still Water, Oklahoma)
Honorable Mention- Charlotte Weber, Waiting, Photography (Barnesville, Georgia)

Artists and respective works selected for exhibition:
James Allison, California Rust
Oil on Panel (Brentwood, California)

Robert Cox, Arc
Acrylic on Canvas (Signal Mountain, Tennessee)

Robert Cox, Geomancy I
Graphite on Film, Watercolor on Paper, (Signal Mountain, Tennessee)

Lorraine Glessner, Secret
Encaustic, Mixed Media on Rusted & Branded Silk on Wood (Rockledge, Pennsylvania)

Karla Hackenmiller, Liminal Passing
Etching (Athens, Ohio)

Kathryn Johnson, Bustle
Mixed Media on Paper (Huntsville, Alabama)

Kathryn Johnson, Summer Lovin'
Mixed Media on Paper (Huntsville, Alabama)

Chris Kienke, Double White Truck
Mixed Media on Canvas (Savannah, Georgia)

Stephen Lahr, Chevrolet Truck
Color Digital Print (Valdosta, Georgia)

Stephen Lahr, Mobil Gas Coca Cola
Black and White Digital Print/Silver Paper (Valdosta, Georgia)

Jerry Lamme, Gesture (Hallway Series)
Digital Zone plate composite (Tuscaloosa, Alabama)

Sabe Lewellyn, Smells Like Perfect
Acrylic on panel with found objects (Seattle, Washington)

Lauren Markham, Horizontal Beets
Oil on Canvas (Montgomery, Alabama)

Jarrod Ott, Cheese Cast Litho
Cheese Cast Lithography (Morgantown, West Virginia)

Marcy Pope, Fur
Ink on Paper (Francestown, New Hampshire)

Jessica Roche, Bridge
Digital Photography (Hinesville, Georgia)

Olivia Stusak, Artist Marks
Digital Photography (Savannah, Georgia)

Olivia Stusak, From My Height
Digital Photography (Savannah, Georgia)

Andrew Super, One Hour Spent Writing a Letter to My Wife
Archival Inkjet Print (Rochester, New York)

Andrew Super, Rochester Public Market
Archival Inkjet Print (Rochester, New York)

Nishiki Tayui, Yes, We are Here
Oil on Wood Panel (Grand Forks, North Dakota)

Charlotte Weber, Bel Air Odds
Photography (Barnesville, Georgia)

Erin Wiersma, 3.10.11
Steel Etching (Manhattan, Kansas)

Angela Young, Sight
Lithograph (Tempe, Arizona)

Ming Zhou, In Front of Fireplace
Oil on Canvas (Cambridge, Massachusetts)

Join AMT in celebrating these artists in our first national exhibition by attending a gallery reception at 5:30 p.m., Friday, January 20th.

Armstrong Fine Arts Gallery
Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays

Admission is free.

Call 344.2801 from noon to 3 p.m., weekdays, for information.