Finalists announced for the 61st Annual Art of the Northeast at Silvermine Guild Arts Center
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May 10, 2010 - 3:58 AM

From left to right: Helmut Amann (New York City) winner of the Steven Madwed Memorial Award for Photography; Cecilia Fradet (Weston), AoNE committee chair; Tom Bennett (Brooklyn) 3rd place winner; Joseph Saccio (North Haven) for Best in Show; Silas Finch (New Haven) awarded the Mollie & Albert Jacobson Award for Sculpture; Sergio Gonzalez-Tornero (Mahopac, NY) 2nd place winner; and Robert Kirschbaum (West Hartford) awarded the Jerry’s Art Supply Warehouse Award.
The 61st Art of the Northeast, an annual juried competition and exhibition opened on April 30th with an Awards Presentation, celebrating one of the most anticipated regional shows at the Silvermine Guild Arts Center, located in New Canaan, CT. The show draws entries from artists throughout New England, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. This year’s event was juried by Katie Rashid, Director of the Jack Shainman Gallery in New York. The juried competition/exhibition will run through June 11th, 2010.

The awards were presented to each of the winners at the opening reception on Friday, April 30th. Best in Show was awarded to Joseph Saccio, a Silvermine Guild Artist member from North Haven, CT for “Flowers for Duchamp” mixed media; the Second Place Trustees Award was presented to another Silvermine Guild Artist member, Sergio Gonzalez-Tornero of Mahopac, NY for his oil on canvas “Tasuu;” and Third Place went to Tom Bennett, from Brooklyn, NY for his monotype “Prized Blade.”

Other award winners included the Mollie & Albert Jacobson Award in Sculpture to Silvermine Guild Artist member Silas Finch of New Haven, CT for “Indefatigable Nixon;” the Carole Eisner Award for Sculpture went to Mt. Marion, NY resident Dana Gentile for her ceramic work “Plate Tectonics;” the Steven Madwed Memorial Prize for Photography went to New York City resident, Helmut Amann for “A Hard Rain A-Gonna Fall;” the Diane Alexander Memorial Award went to Silvermine Guild Artist Chan Davis from Monroe, CT for “New World Order,” acrylic on canvas; and Jerry’s Art Supply Warehouse Award went to Robert Kirschbaum of West Hartford, CT for “Akedah #54” pigmented ink jet print.

There were 846 entries this year submitted by 392 artists. Of those submissions, a total of 64 works by 47 artists were accepted to the exhibition. 12 Silvermine Guild Artist members were accepted into the 61st Art of the Northeast including: Nina Bentley (Westport); Chan Davis (Monroe); Silas Finch (New Haven); Dean Fisher (Milford); Sergio Gonzalez-Tornero (Mahopac, NY); Mikhail Gubin (Kew Gardens, NY); Jane Ingram (Ridgefield); Hyun Joo Jung (Meriden); Nancy Egol Nikkal (Hastings-on-Hudson); Joseph Saccio (North Haven); Susan Tamsett (Ridgefield); and Marcia Zimmerman (Stamford).

A video on the jurying process for Art of the Northeast will be posted on the Silvermine Guild Arts Center Facebook page featuring a walkthrough of the exhibition with juror, Katie Rashid. The discussion will illuminate the selected works in the exhibition. The video will also be posted on You-Tube with a link from the Silvermine Guild Arts Center website,

Throughout its history, Art of the Northeast has been a platform for both established and emerging artists, many of whom have gone on to receive national acclaim. Jurors have included major critics, curators and directors from some of the most influential contemporary art institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MOMA, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum.

The 61st AoNE committee included Silvermine Guild Artist members Cecilia Fradet, chair, a resident of Weston, Scott Bricher from South Kent, Katharine Draper from Norwalk, Marjorie Tomchuck of New Canaan, Loretta Mossman from Mt. Vernon, NY, Lori Glavin from Darien and Susan Newbold from Fairfield.

AoNE Juror, Katie Rashid, has curated many exhibitions and oversees a roster of artists who have been included in many important exhibitions, such as Documenta, The Venice Biennale, and the Whitney Biennale.  Prior to joining the staff of Jack Shainman Gallery as Director, she was a Director at Rhona Hoffman Gallery in Chicago and simultaneously co-directed/founded Duchess, a gallery dedicated to showing the work of emerging experimental art.  Ms. Rashid is a member of the Advisory Committee for the New Art Dealers Association.

For more information about the 61st Annual Art of the Northeast please visit our website at and or call 203-966-9700 ext. 20.

About Silvermine Guild Arts Center
Silvermine Guild Arts Center is located in New Canaan and is one of the oldest artist communities in the United States. Its nationally renowned artist guild, award winning gallery and school of art offer more than twenty contemporary and historic exhibitions annually and a wide range of art courses and workshops on its four-acre campus. The center provides innovative arts education in Norwalk and Stamford schools through its outreach program, Art Partners, and hosts a variety of lecture series and special programs. Silvermine Guild Arts Center is a nonprofit organization.

Silvermine Guild Arts Center Mission
Grounded in the belief that art is vital to the spirit, creativity and wholeness of human beings, the mission of Silvermine Guild Arts Center is to cultivate, promote and encourage growth through the arts; to showcase and serve artists; and to foster arts education and appreciation opportunities for the greater community.

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