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May 6, 2016
Annual All Florida Juried Competition and Exhibition: A Retrospective of Winners
Gregory A. Jones, Two Piece Chair

1. Gregory A. Jones (Lakeland), Two-Piece Chair, 1997, acrylic and mixed media, Best in Show 1998

Cheryl Tall (Stuart), Festina Tarde
2. Cheryl Tall (Stuart), Festina Tarde, 1998, clay, Best in Show 1999
Diana Shpungin, Thirty Layered Paintings
3.Diana Shpungin (Deerfield)Thirty Layered Paintings, 1999, linen, gesso, acrylic and ink, Best in Show 2000
Carol Prusa, From our Belly
4. Carol Prusa (Boca Raton)From our Belly, 2003, silver graphite black titanium white and acrylic binder on wood, Best in Show 2003

If you follow the Boca Raton Museum of Art at all you know about our annual juried competition, but do you really know what it’s all about?

It’s about supporting and promoting exposure for Florida artists and giving our community an opportunity to see what’s happening in the arts in their own backyard.

It is a showcase of the best in emerging and professional artists in Florida, is the state's oldest annual juried competition and is a way for the museum to reinforce its commitment to local artists.

This year’s accepted entries for the 62nd installment are installed right now through July 14th.

Started in 1951, this competition displays a variety of photographs, drawings, videos, paintings, sculpture and mixed media that come together to represent a myriad of artistic expression. While the competition has always had cash prizes, it wasn’t until 1998 when the title of “Best in Show” was distinguished. Gregory A. Jones from Lakeland was the first to win this honor with his painting Two-Piece Chair (1.) and is still dominating similar competitions. Last year he won (for the third time) Best in Show at the 47th annual DeLand Outdoor Art Festival.

Our Best in Show winners represent local artistic talent who have achieved recognition in the arts beyond just the Boca Museum.

Carol Prusa is an artist from Boca Raton who is frequently featured in our annual exhibition and has been awarded several times. Her From our Belly, (4.) 2003 was awarded Best in Show but she has also won several Merit awards throughout the years. Most recently she was represented by Bernice Steinbaum Gallery in Miami (2011) as well as at Coleman Burke Gallery in Chelsea in New York City (2010) and she is now represented by Zadok Gallery in Wynwood, Miami.

Another Boca winner from 2004 is Denise Moody Tackley with  Is It So? #2 (5.). Her artwork deals with the deconstruction of the American feminine myth. Her work was most recently shown at the 10th International Open at Woman Made Gallery in Chicago.

Lou Ann Colodny (6.) was the founding director of MoCA, Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami and director of its precursor, COCA for 15 years. She has works in the permanent collection of the Miami Museum of Art, the Southeast Museum of Photography in Daytona, MoCA, Miami-Dade Community College, Miami-Dade Public Library Collection, and the Okaloosa-Walton College in Niceville. Colodny has exhibited all over South Florida and has made quite a name for herself with her videos, drawings, installations and photographic work.

Pip Brant (8.), a fiber style artist, uses a plethora of found materials in her work. Brant has exhibited her work in the United States and abroad in Belfast, Ireland, Lithuania and London, England. She was awarded the South Florida Cultural Consortium for Visual and Media Arts for Tabled Reports.

Vanessa Diaz’s sculpture The Offering (12.) 2012 was last year’s recipient of Best in Show. The mixed-media work is a combination of furniture pieces that come together to create a surreal yet organic piece which justly earned its title.

Our juror’s selections represent the best Florida artists have to offer and we relish the opportunity to present their creations to the public. Come on out to the current show to see this year’s winner for his body of work, Geoff Hamel’s (13) monumental colored pencil works.

Denise Moody Tackley, Is It So? #2 Lou Anne Colodny, Saturation Lynn Davison, Modesty
5. Denise Moody Tackley(Boca Raton), Is It So? #2, 2003, screen safety pins, Best in Show 2004 6. Lou Anne Colodny, Saturation, 2002-3, video, Best in Show 2005 7. Lynn Davison (Naples), Modesty, 2007, oil on canvas, Best in Show 2007
Pip Brant, Blood Veil Nadine Saitlin, Small Red Landscape Kerry Phillips, Chairs Found and Fixed
8. Pip Brant (Hollywood) Blood Veil, 2008, installation, Best in Show 2008 9. Nadine Saitlin (Boca Raton), Small Red Landscape, 2009, acrylic paint and pastel on canvas, Best in Show 2009 10. Kerry Phillips (Miami), Chairs Found and Fixed, 2010, installation-chairs, zip ties, duct tape, vinyl, string, rope, wood, paper, Best in Show 2010
Bonnie Wolsky, Tangled Palms Vanessa Diaz, The Offering Geoff Hamel, I Want My Life Back
11. Bonnie Wolsky(Coral Gables), Tangled Palms, 2011, watercolor on paper, Best in Show 2011 12. Vanessa Diaz (Boynton Beach), The Offering, 2012, sculpture, Best in Show 2012 13. Geoff Hamel (Lehigh Acres), I Want My Life Back, 2011, colored pencil on board, 32 x 94 inches, Best in Show 2013
Posted by: Catherine Quinn, Curatorial Intern @ Monday, May 20, 2013 12:00:00 am 
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