This summer, by invitation, I entered three pieces into the American Art Awards. Much to my delight and surprise, “Pearl” took 1st Place in the 31st Category – Portrait of Someone Famous. The other two entries won in the 5th Category – Pastel; The Cobbler took 3rd place and Flower Girl took 5th. I’m so excited!
This is my kind of art competition. The “judge” was not one person looking at hundreds of entries from all over the globe, but rather this was a panel of gallery owners. I seem to always walk away from art competitions saying, “What was he/she thinking!?” I wish the whole structure of juried exhibitions would change the one judge model and truly have a jury (as in many people) of qualified judges.
After the competition, several of the participating galleries have contacted me to have a show at their gallery. Wow! That’s so exciting! I think I need to build up a body of works before I do that. Maybe in 2011…?