Summer Kitchen, a photograph by Stacie Bird, won the Images 2021 Best of Show Award.
Images 2021 Exhibition Gallery
The Images 2021 juried gallery exhibition features 62 works of art from Pennsylvania artists chosen by juror Betsey Batchelor.
The exhibition is made possible in part by sponsorships from the Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County, State College Framing Company & Gallery, and the Sturtz-Davis family.
A virtual Awards Announcement will be held on Thursday, July 8 at 6:30 pm. It is sponsored by CBICC and hosted by Schlow Centre Region Library with support from the Centre Foundation. The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts will award $1,800 in prizes. Thank you to our sponsors for their generous support.
Click or tap on the images below to see larger versions. Many of the pieces are for sale. Should you wish to purchase any of these works, please contact the Festival office at (814) 237-3682.
Several of the photographs may be printed for you at different sizes for different prices. Feel free to inquire.
Best in Show: Summer Kitchen by Stacie Bird Sponsored by State College Framing Company & Gallery
William D. Davis Award: Ry by Jennifer Kelly Sponsored by the Sturtz-Davis Family
Best Pastel: Balancing Act by William Sweeney
Best Photograph: Loving Hands by Lisa Cirincione
Award of Merit: Am I Still Dreaming by Mary Eileen Carson
Award of Merit: Needles Highway 1 by Thomas Norulak
Award of Merit: Relentless by Liz Krick
Award of Merit: Summer Swans by Janice Heverly
Best Student Submission: Skulls and Objects by Alexia Jack
Thank you for the opportunity to view all the work that was submitted for the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. I enjoyed having the opportunity to see what people have been doing during this very challenging time with the COVID pandemic, and in a time where in many ways the country is divided.
I saw work that expressed isolation, loneliness, and political upheaval. I saw work that may have served as a respite. As artists we know that art can sometimes save us. We can go into the studio and turn away from the world, and there we can use our work to respond to our experience of the world or create an alternative world. It requires that in some measure we turn inward and spend time within ourselves. For many, this is deeply restorative.
As you know, there was no theme to the exhibition and no prompt. The work was very diverse, both in terms of medium and point of view. I did not curate an exhibition, I had no overarching objective or point I was trying to make. I chose to consider each work closely on its own merits. I viewed this as an opportunity to revisit my own values in assessing quality-something we each do as we consider what we hope to express and accomplish with our work. In this, I was reminded of a quote by Philip Guston who when asked about how he determines quality in work, replied “How many senses does it give to the questions what is it and where is it?” I think what I am always sniffing out in work is a kind of authenticity. I believe that what we experience as we make work shows up in the work. The closer we can get to our felt response or point of fascination in the act of making the work, the more it can be experienced by the viewer. On a good day, it is as though we disappear and become a conduit bringing into the world this thing we are after. The ego disappears and the work is not about us just through us.
I value work that also responds to the inherent nature of the medium. To see that a coat may be a coat but not just a coat. To see that a coat is also a shape, and a shape that interacts with other shapes, that it is a color and that color has an interplay with other colors, that it is a vertical and has diagonals that create a relationship with other diagonals, weaving together an interconnectedness that makes the work feel like an organism. This goes back to what Guston talks about when he says “How many senses does it give the questions what is it and where is it.”
The jurying process was slow and careful and I revisited each work more times than I can count. I am sensitive to the shortcoming of looking at work digitally-scale is very important and I know large works in particular cannot be fully appreciated at a smaller scale. In the best possible world, jurying takes place with the original work, something not always feasible, especially this year and last year.
Identifying prizes and awards was particularly agonizing. There were works included in the exhibition that I would have liked to be able to recognize but I ran out of awards! There are images of works from the exhibition that I loved and that I carry with me and revisit in my mind.
That seems to me to be the power of art! Many thanks for sending me off with that gift.