Adeline, Kelly Green, Winner of Best of Show
Images 2020 Exhibition Gallery
The Images 2020 juried gallery exhibition features 62 works of art from Pennsylvania artists chosen by juror Emily Burns.
The exhibition was made possible in part by sponsorships from the Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County, State College Framing Company & Gallery, Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County, Central Pennsylvania Pastel Society, State College Photo Club, Garbrick Shadle Insurance Agency, Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania, Schlow Library Foundation, and the Sturtz-Davis family.
A virtual Awards Reception was held for the artists and was 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 $1,900 in prizes. Thank you to our sponsors for their generous support.
Award winners are listed below the gallery.
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.
Best in Show: Adeline by Kelly Green Sponsored by State College Framing Company & Gallery
William D. Davis Award: The World Beneath by Deena Ultman Sponsored by the Sturtz-Davis Family
Best Pastel: High Mass by William Sweeney Sponsored by the Central Pennsylvania Pastel Society
Best Photograph: Spring Creek by R Thomas Berner Sponsored by the State College Photo Club
Award of Merit: Dreamscape with Rabbit by Anni Matsick Sponsored by Garbrick-Shadle Insurance Agency
Award of Merit: Rob-In-Hood by Nimrat Sandhu Sponsored by the Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County
Award of Merit: By the Time the Hemlock Grows in the Bases Will Be Empty by Sophie Najjar Sponsored by the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania
Award of Merit: Icy Barn by Denise Wagner
Best Student Submission: Griffin by Domenic Feola Sponsored by the Schlow Library Foundation
Viewers’ Choice Award: Magic by Deanna Gillespie Sponsored by Joyce Robinson and Norman Spivey
It was an honor and a pleasure to curate the Images 2020 Exhibition. 2020 has proven to be a tumultuous year—which required so many people around the world to pivot and respond to the pandemic. The quarantine made it impossible to hang this exhibition in person and to view the work in real life. While I wish that I could see all of the incredible work up close, I am thrilled that so many artists (a record for this exhibition) chose to participate and share their inspiring work with us. In the arts, I have seen tremendous ingenuity as artists, galleries, curators, collectors and enthusiasts have engineered new and creative ways of engaging with art and providing opportunities for artists, whose voices are so important—particularly in trying times.
Of the work submitted, there was wonderful variety across a range of media and styles including traditional painting and drawing, as well as experimental materials and methods. With so much uniqueness, there were still themes that began to emerge as I viewed the submissions. In the work selected, there is the presence of the unusual—a different vantage point or uncommon material—something unexpected or even slightly uncanny at times. I enjoyed the myriad ways in which the artists offered subtle perspective shifts or splashes of mystery—moments to rethink images as we may normally see or imagine them.
It was a difficult decision to select work from the pool of entrants—there was so much excellent work to choose from. I admire all of the artists’ breadth of skills and interests across themes and the perseverance in making and showing work during the quarantine.
It was a thrill to have the opportunity to see so much fantastic work in one place. Thank you to the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts for inviting me to curate this exhibition, and I look forward to seeing the work of the selected artists in the future.