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Finalists announced for the 62nd Art of the Northeast

By Silvermine Arts Center


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Diane Alexander Memorial Award: “Shore and Sea” acrylic on paper, by Silvermine Guild Artist Benice Horowitz from Stamford, CT
Art of the Northeast (AoNE), in its 62nd year, is one of the most anticipated regional juried shows at the Silvermine Arts Center in New Canaan, open to all media and artists throughout New England, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. This year’s exhibition will be juried by Tom Eccles, Executive Director, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College in New York. The juried competition/exhibition opens on Sunday, April 17th and will run through June 3rd, 2011.

Inna Linov from Stamford, CT, has been awarded Best in Show for acrylic; the Second Place Trustees Award was awarded to Krista Svalbonas of Jersey City, NJ for her encaustic collage and Third Place is Elton Robinson, from Croton-on-Hudson, NY for his photogaph Variations. Other award winners include the Mollie & Albert Jacobson Award in Sculpture to Silvermine Guild Artist member Joseph Fucigna of Weston, CT for Brainstorm the Carole Eisner Award for Sculpture to Norwalk, CT resident and Silvermine Guild Artist member, Elizabeth Back for her work Dissection Innards the Steven Madwed Memorial Prize for Photography goes to another Silvermine Guild Artist from Cheshire, CT, Marjorie Gillette Wolfe for Point Reyes the Diane Alexander Memorial Award goes to Silvermine Guild Artist Benice Horowitz from Stamford, CT for Shore and Sea, acrylic on paper; and Jerry's Art Supply Warehouse Award has been awarded to Lael Morgan of Croton, NY for Darkening oil on canvas.

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Best in Show: “IN-S (Part 1)” acrylic, by Inna Linov from Stamford, CT
There were 740 entries this year submitted by 341 artists. Of those submissions, a total of 74works by 74 artists were accepted to the exhibition. 23 Silvermine Guild Artist members were accepted into the 62nd Art of the Northeast including: John Arabolos (West Haven), Elizabeth Back (Norwalk), Nina Bentley (Westport); Scott Bricher (South Kent), Miggs Burroughs (Westport), Helen Cantrell (Jersey City, NJ), Ann Conrad (New Canaan), Joseph Fucigna (Weston), Judy Henderson (Weston), Ann Hodgdon-Cyr (Windsor), Mindy Horn (Weston), Benice Horowitz (Stamford), Nash Hyon (Wilton), Constance Kiermaier (Norwalk), Jak Kovatch (Westport), Nancy Lasar (Washington), Susan Manspeizer (Pound Ridge, NY), Nancy McTague-Stock (Wilton), Liana Moonie (Greenwich), Jan Murdock (East Haven), Jeremy Saladyga (New Fairfield), Anita Soos (Guilford), and Marjorie Gillette Wolfe (Cheshire).
¡§Over the 62 years Silvermine Arts Center has been organizing the annual Art of the Northeast Exhibition, the galleries have shown hundreds of dynamic works of art that reflect the changing aesthetics and ideas of contemporary art produced in the region,¡¨ stated Gallery Director, Jeffrey Mueller. ¡§In many ways, the juried competition has continued to serve as the first, if not only, opportunity many young artists have had to present their work to some of the Art World¡¦s most prestigious and national/internationally known curators, gallerists, and critics.

Begun in 1949 as the New England Exhibition, the competition was founded by Guild members Miriam Broudy and Revington Arthur to showcase art from the region. Over the years, this distinguished exhibition has presented over 6,000 works of art. 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.

Prior to becoming the executive director of the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College in 2005, juror Tom Eccles was the Director of the Public Art Fund in New York from 1997 to 2005. Since joining CCS Bard, he has overseen the construction of the Hessel Museum of Art, which opened in November 2006, co-curated the inaugural exhibition of the Marieluise Hessel Collection, Wrestle, and has organized exhibitions with Martin Creed, (2007), Keith Edmier (2008), and Rachel Harrison (2009). In 2005, he organized the U.S. version of Uncertain Sates of America at CCS Bard. He also commissioned the permanent installation of Olafur Eliasson¡¦s The parliament of reality on the grounds of Bard College and curated Ernesto Neto's anthropodino at the Park Avenue Armory and As Long As It Lasts, a group exhibition at Marian Goodman Gallery (both in New York).

The AONE committee was chaired by Silvermine Guild Artist member Cecilia Fradet, a resident of Weston who works in printmaking. Her formal art training began at New York City's High School of Art and Design, continued at Goldsmiths University of London. She received her BA in sculpture from New York's City College. Fradet has also studied at Parsons School of Design and The New School earning a degree in Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Sponsors of the 62nd Art of the Northeast: Bank of New Canaan, Garelick & Herbs, Outdoor Sports Center, Pennyweights, Prutting & Company, Silver Hill Hospital and Media sponsor, Venu Magazine.

For more information about the 62nd annual Art of the Northeast or for call for entries, visit website www.silvermineart.org and or call 203-966-9700 ext. 26.

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.
New Hours: Silvermine Galleries are open Wednesday day through Saturday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1pm to 5 p.m. For more information, call (203) 966-9700 or visit the website: www.silvermineart.org.




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