The Huntsville Museum of Art announced the winning artists from its recurring juried exhibition The Red Clay Survey: 2017 Exhibition of Contemporary Southern Art, during a recent preview party. The exhibition will be on view through Oct 1.
Initiated in 1988, The Red Clay Survey takes the pulse of contemporary Southern art through a selection of works in all styles and media determined by a juror with strong national credentials. The works in The Red Clay Survey typically range in style from the traditional to the avant garde and encompass painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, fine craft, photography and mixed media works from artists throughout an 11-state region. These works reflect the multifaceted state of today’s art.
“The Red Clay Survey provides Museum visitors with a unique glimpse into the contemporary art scene from all across the Southern states,” Peter J. Baldaia, HMA’s Director of Curatorial Affairs, said. “This competition is important not only for recognizing established and upcoming artists, but to also document the current style of southern contemporary art.”
This year’s juror, artist and educator Gerry Bergstein, juried the submitted artwork through a comprehensive, two-fold process involving an initial stage of online jurying by digital image and a second stage of reviewing actual works on-site at the Museum. The first stage reduced an initial field of nearly 1,500 submissions to 105 works by 72 artists. The second stage of review resulted in the juror selecting 81 works by 54 artists for inclusion in the exhibition.
The competition featured approximately $10,000 in cash awards, including Museum Purchase Awards.
-Museum Purchase Awards
–Robert Detamore, Barnesville, GA; Fragmented Transmogrification,
2016, saggar fired clay, 22 x 14 x 14 in.
–Ted Whisenhunt, Young Harris, GA; Cultivated, 2015, mixed media, 72 x
36 x 96 in.
-Juror’s Choice Award
–Aron Belka, New Orleans, LA; Tootie, 2016, oil on canvas, 96 x 72 in.
-Alabama Artist Award
–Kathryn Mayo, Sardis, AL; Frederick Douglas (F.D.) Reese, 87 (from the
series, We Are Selma: The Selma Portrait Project), 2017, wet collodion
ambrotype, 14 x 11 in.
–Ryan Foster, Birmingham, AL; Mars Rover Finds a Painting, 2016, oil on
canvas, 36 x 48 in.
–Charles Ladson, Macon, GA; Cage, 2014, oil on canvas, 43 x 47 in.
–Brandon Lutterman, Middlesboro, KY; All Eyes Are on You, 2014,
graphite on birch plywood, 36 x 86 in.
–Aimee Perez, Miami, FL; Rare Harvest, 2016, mixed media, 65 x 13 x
–Karen Schwartz, Atlanta, GA; Ass & Rhino, 2017, mixed media on drop
cloth, 108 x 144 in.
A People’s Choice Award will be determined by visitors to the exhibition during the run of the show and will be announced at the exhibitions completion.