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Images 2015 Winners Announced

Prolific Promises, by Maura Koehler Keeney, Images 2015 Best in Show Winner

Prolific Promises, by Maura Koehler Keeney

The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts announced the prize winners in Images 2015, the Festival’s annual indoor exhibition of fine art. The award decisions were made by the show’s juror, Scott Diamond, curator for Visual Arts Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art.

The Best in the Show Award was given to Maura Koehler Keeney of Latrobe, PA for her painting, Prolific Promises. The award is worth $400.

“This year’s Images exhibition really stood out, thanks to the variety of the chosen pieces, and the new location of the show,” said Rick Bryant, Executive Director of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. “We were delighted to be able to bring the exhibition the Woskob Family Gallery and the Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery, right in the middle of the Festival zone,”  he continued.

“What strikes me the most is that there is a lot of good work here. I just wish I had more prizes to award,” said Scott Diamond, the Images 2015 juror.

The William D. Davis Award in Drawing was awarded to Pasquale Cortese of State College, PA for his work, Untitled 14-1. The Davis Award includes a $300 honorarium.

The following works were chosen as Award of Merit winners, each with a $150 honorarium:

After the Rain
Russell Williams, Philadelphia, PA

Surveillance 2
Stephen March, Spring Grove, PA

Chamber Pot
Mary Lou Pepe, Boalsburg, PA

Madame Mallory
Karen Deutsch, State College, PA

In addition to the prize decisions made by the juror, the the Viewers’ Choice Award, was chosen by ballots cast by exhibition visitors. This year’s winner was the photograph Mesa Arch at Sunrise by Dave Hammaker of East Freedom, PA.

Images 2015 hung in the Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery in Schlow Centre Region Library and in the Woskob Family Gallery of the Penn State Downtown Theatre Center during the month of July. The exhibition was open to artists living within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The work in the show was created within the last three years.

About Rick Bryant

Rick Bryant has served as the Executive Director of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts since 2005. Active in the State College community, he has served on many boards including the State College Board of Health, and the Board of Deacons of State College Presbyterian Church. He currently serves as the chair of the State College Design Review Board.

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