The Allegany Arts Council and its Saville Gallery is pleased to announce the
22nd Annual Will’s Creek Exhibition of Fine Art
September 4-October 2, 2021.

About the Show

The Will's Creek Competition & Exhibition of Fine Art is one of the signature events of the Allegany Arts Council, celebrating contemporary art in a variety of mediums. Now more than 20 years since its inception, the show continues to stretch the boundaries of contemporary art, and seeks artists who push the limits, and seek innovation in their artistry. Through the years, the competition has taken place with and without a theme - in 2021, no theme was selected.

The exhibition ran in the Saville Gallery from September 4-October 2, 2021.

The Call

Congratulations to the 54 artists selected to participate in the show.  Nearly 400 entries were received and selected artists represent 22 states from the U.S.

Prizes

More than $4000 in prize money is awarded to the winning artists each year. In 2021, prizes were awarded in the following categories:

Best of Show $1500
First Place $1000
Second Place $750
Third Place $500
Honorable Mention $250

Meet the Juror

Laura Roulet
Independent Curator and Writer

Laura Roulet is an independent curator and writer, specializing in contemporary and Latin American art. She was one of five international curators chosen for the citywide public art project, 5 x 5, a major initiative sponsored by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities in 2012. She has organized exhibitions in Mexico, Puerto Rico and the U.S. including at the OAS Art Museum of the Americas, American University Museum, Mexican Cultural Institute, Hillyer Art Space, WPA, Arlington Arts Center, and the DC Art Center. Recent exhibits and programming include Mothering in a World Turned Upside Down (Brentwood Arts Exchange), Landscape in an Eroded Field (American University Museum), Ian Jehle: Dynamical Systems (American University Museum), Brian Reed: In the Crosscurrent (Huntington Museum of Art, WV), A Dark and Scandalous Rockfall (Mexican Cultural Institute), Foon Sham: Escape (AU Museum), Come Back to Rockville! a participatory, public art project for VisArts (Rockville, MD), the National Drawing Invitational (Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR), and Medios y ambientes in Mexico City. She was a mentoring curator for DCAC and the first mentoring curator for VisArts in Rockville, MD in 2015.

Roulet is a frequent contributor to Sculpture magazine. Her other publications include many catalogue essays, encyclopedia entries, articles in American Art, Art Journal, Art Nexus, and the book Contemporary Puerto Rican Installation Art, the Guagua Aerea, the Trojan Horse and the Termite. She worked on the Ana Mendieta retrospective, organized by the Hirshhorn Museum in 2004, and contributed to that catalogue.

Juror's Statement

Artists are the antenna of society. They are observers and reporters. They are sensitive to change and the environment. Deep into the second year of a global pandemic, what kind of art is being created? As juror of this year’s competition, I observed a sense of isolation, quietness, sometimes darkness, and also many works reflecting a mood of intimacy. We have delved into ourselves and immersed ourselves in a more constricted world. Perhaps contained to just our immediate household or community. We’re all masked and looking over our shoulders.

Whether by inclination or necessity, we’ve been spending a lot more time outdoors. Many artists sought out the comfort that can be found in nature’s beauty. Landscape painting is a time-honored genre, which is well-represented here. But photography particularly lends itself to instantly capturing ephemeral light, color and changing seasons. Some mixed media artists incorporated interesting natural materials such as a bird’s feather, seashell, or beeswax into their work. The focus on our natural world is also a reminder of the inevitability of climate change, which is rapidly accelerating and impacting our lives more with each passing season. Art can raise awareness and even shape events. Art can provide a respite from anxiety, or a window to peer out from our respective bubbles. Perhaps the artwork in this exhibit will provoke recognition and open reflection.

          --Laura Roulet, Juror

Sponsors

Platinum

The Doug & Betsey Schwab and Family Foundation Inc.

Gold

Al Delia & Cecelia Karas
Peter Halmos
William Freas & Family
Frank Fotia & Pat Hilton
Al & Donna Hunt
Keith Broome & Ben Osten
Sandi Saville
Nick & Tama Scarpelli
Gary Phillips & Ann Townsell

Silver

Valeria Arch
Bob & Chayo de Chevez
Martin & Gale Heavner
Manhattan Golf & Gallery
Jim Guy & Donna Miller
Vic Rezendes & John Minnich
Lou Van Hollen & Yvonne Perret
Clara Porcello & John Short
Stephen C. Wilkinson
Jack & Karen Zealand

Bronze

Opposite Genders Hair Salon
Mary Jane O’Rourke

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Our Team

Each year, the Wills Creek Committee champions this competition by selecting an accomplished and notable juror, soliciting sponsorship funds, and giving time, talent and commitment to the exhibition. The following are part of the team – thank you for all you do to support us.
Sandi Saville, Co-Chair
Ann Townsell, Co-Chair
Frank Fotia
Donna Miller
Clara Porcello
Tama Scarpelli
Chris Sloan