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Bountiful/Davis Art Center
745 S. Main Street, Bountiful, UT 84010
BOUNTIFUL/DAVIS ART CENTER
ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF THE 2011 STATEWIDE COMPETITION
Erin W. Berrett, Five-O, oil – 2011 Statewide 1st place winner
BOUNTIFUL, Utah, February 24, 2011 – Bountiful/Davis Art Center’s Annual Statewide Competition will be exhibited from February 25 through April 1. This is one of the longest-running juried visual arts exhibitions in Utah highlighting the works of Utah’s most creative visual artists.
The 2011 winners are as follows:
1st Place Erin W. Berrett Five-O oil
2nd Place Paul Vincent Bernard Tremblings Dry Point on aluminum with oil
3rd Place Marcee Blackerby Nesting mixed medium
Honorable Mention Lucia Heffernan Day Dreamer oil
Honorable Mention Lucia Heffernan Just Hatched oil
Honorable Mention Michal Onyon Top of North Canyon oil
Honorable Mention Eru ‘Ed’ Napia Puherkeke(Moon Weaving) Hand built coil pot
Honorable Mention Steve Kropp Layered Desert oil
Honorable Mention Carl Oelerich Havana, Cuba Gelatin Silver Photograph
Honorable Mention Diane Adams Bygone Era watercolor
The juror for this year’s competition is Meri DeCaria, Curator and Director of Phillips Gallery. Meri DeCaria graduated in 1988 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the American College in London. In 1990 she moved to Salt Lake City, where she took a position as an art consultant at Phillips Gallery which led to her current position as Director and Curator at Phillips Gallery. Ms. DeCaria’s work as a professional artist includes three commissioned public murals in the downtown Salt Lake City area, as well as a steady exhibit history since 1993. She currently serves on The Utah Museum of Fine Art’s special exhibitions selection committee, and the Eccles Community Art Center’s executive board. She has been an active member of the Salt Lake Gallery Association since 1992 and has been acting President since 2007. Her work is represented at Phillips Gallery.
“When asked to Jury this exhibit I knew the task would be both pleasurable and arduous. Pleasurable because this community is rich with exceptional artists and arduous because the diversity of work submitted ran the gamut. How does one choose? Over the years I have watched the progression of many artists in this area. I understand the level of effort, joy and sometimes soul searching that goes into the process of completing an artwork. The entries received this year totaled well over four hundred which meant that less than half of that could remain. I would like all who submitted artwork to know that I came away from the jury process with a heavy heart knowing that some would be disappointed As we all know, beyond an art education, subjectivity and pure visceral reaction are a juror’s only tools. Setting sentimentality aside I went to work. There are several outstanding pieces in this show and the variety makes for a wonderful collection of some of the best that Utah has to offer.
I encourage all to continue the pursuit of your passion for art because sharing the thrill of art is for many among the greatest joys in life.”
Award recipients and all participating artists were honored at the opening reception on February 25, 2011 at Bountiful/Davis Art Center.
The exhibit continues through April 1, 2011.
For more information please contact the Bountiful/Davis Art Center, 801 292-0367 or visit us online at www.bdac.org
Emma J. Dugal
Bountiful/Davis Art Center
745 So. Main Street
Bountiful, UT 84010
801 292-7298 (fax)