Congratulations to the artists selected to participate in this year's competition!
Linda Agar-Hendrix, originally from the Berkshires in New England, lived and worked in France before moving to Maryland over 30 years ago. Travel has provided her visual images which have translated into sculpture and photography. Her work centers on form, texture, and three dimensional expression. Abstract photographs of ocean waves and the waters of regional lakes complement her sculptures, presenting reflected seasonal patterns. Travel photographs frequently focus on snapshots of urban patterns as well as those in rock formations and ocean waters. After visiting Iceland and Antarctica she had additional opportunities to add to her water and ice photographs.
Sculptor-photographer Stephen Althouse creates simple assemblages of artifacts relating to human attributes and utilizes large-format black and white film photography to transmute his common subjects into enigmatic minimalist monuments to our species. Having lived and worked on three continents, he often metaphorically integrates representations of his own varied life experiences into his works. He earned his MFA and BFA in sculpture and was Distinguished Professor of Fine Art at Barry University in Miami. He currently resides and works creatively in central Pennsylvania in a predominantly Amish community and his experiences with this culture have been surfacing in his artwork. During this decade Althouse has had significant museum solo exhibitions in the US and in Europe.
Working exclusively with photographic film, Anselmo has traveled to Cuba more than seventy times. Developing collaborative relationships with Cuban arts organizations, he also curates US shows of work by established Cuban photographers and conducts photography field workshops to Havana several times each year. He lectures and exhibits internationally, and has presented solo shows at the Fototeca Nacional de Cuba and the San Alejandro Academy of Fine Art, Cuba’s oldest art school. He operates Anselmo Image Works, a photographic art digital printing studio, and continues to photographically explore American urban sites that compellingly demonstrate the nascent beauty of forgotten places.
Amy Broderick is Associate Professor of Drawing and Painting and Director of the Studio Foundations Program at Florida Atlantic University. In her studio work, she uses the processes of drawing, photography, and paper construction to note the specific topography of everyday life. Amy graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the College of William and Mary and earned her MFA in Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art's Hoffberger School of Painting, where she worked with Grace Hartigan. Amy has won numerous awards for teaching and scholarly activity, including the Florida Individual Artist Fellowship, South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship for Visual and Media Artists. She has exhibited her drawings and photographs in museums and galleries nationally and internationally, published scholarly articles in national publications, and served on the boards of national arts organizations.
Wilfred Brunner received his BA from Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania and his MFA in painting from George Washington University in Washington, DC. He is now Professor Emeritus at Montgomery College where he taught painting and was instrumental in the planning for the Cafritz Art Center. He previously was on the staff of The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. Referred to as an “imagist” by the curator Walter Hopps, his work is included in private and public collections including The Baltimore Museum of Art, The American University Museum at the Katzen Center, Princeton University, and The Phillips Collection.
Madeline Davis attends the Cleveland Institute of Art and is working towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Jewelry and Metals. While Davis’ primary focus is adornment and metal, she also incorporates ceramics, stone, leather, and wood into her work. There are several themes Davis explores through different bodies of work. The deterioration of the human body, ceremony and ritual, the bread of life, neo-mid-mod, and good design for the integrity of aesthetics. Her work has recently been published in issue #12, July 2021 of the international publication, Artistonish Contemporary Art Magazine. In 2021, Davis was awarded “Best In Show”, for her piece Death Mask of 2021, feautred in the gallery show, Hotter ‘n Hell, a National Collegiate Juried Exhibition at the Northwestern State University of Louisiana.
Chayo de Chevez, a painter, printmaker and photographer, creates compositions that reflect a lifetime of living in many different cultures. She is the owner of Graphics Atelier, in Cumberland, MD. and has maintained studios in Mexico, Costa Rica, Australia, Argentina, Jamaica, and Falls Church VA. She was one of the leaders of the “go green” revolution in printmaking that transformed universities and ateliers into safer environments. She received an MFA from Instituto Allende, Mexico, and a BFA from University of Houston. Further studies include Santa Reparata, Florence, Italy.
Steven Dobbin been a special education teacher for over 35 years. He attended George Washington University for education, Indiana University for ceramics, and the University of Southern California for sculpture.
Bryon Draper typically works with stone and bronze images of the human figure. He was born in Alberta Canada, but currently resides in Utah, where he has been employed as a professor of art at Brigham Young University for the past 22 years. Bryon has been a part of numerous national juried group exhibitions over the years and garnered several awards. Recently, he participated in Emerge, at D’art Gallery, Denver, Colorado where his work received a Best of Show award. Last year he also received a first place award at Winter Exhibition, at San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA.
Originally drawn to abstract painting from a background in batik, papermaking and encaustic monotypes, layering and texture are key components of Jennifer Dreyfus's work. Jennifer rarely uses a brush when painting but instead relies on alternative tools including squeegees, whisk brooms, brayers, tissue paper, and cardboard. Working both large and small, she continues to explore the edge where random occurrences create beauty and where dramatic mark making in the underpainting forms a foundation for resolution and balance.
Painter, photographer, dancer, gardener, Kintsugi Grace is drawn to the art of Kintsugi and the message that value is found in embracing both the beautiful and broken places; that with the touch of grace, broken places can be mended and become even more beautiful. The artists’ goal is to showcase this idea of ‘redemptive beauty’ through art.
Jason Guynes is a professor of art and chairperson of the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Alabama. His work has been exhibited in a wide variety of national and international venues, and has been featured in Creative Quarterly’s virtual gallery, Negative Capability Journal, and Manifest Gallery’s International Painting Annual 8. He works extensively with painting and drawing media, and has completed numerous mural commissions. In his most recent series of work, he explores a highly personal, mystical and visceral reaction to place as an attempt to capture memory, feeling and the subconscious.
David Harris is from the San Francisco Bay Area, and grew up taking science and art classes. Although there were several artists in his family, he never considered going to school for art. He majored in computer science and has been a software developer ever since. David took up photography just for the joy of composition.
Martin Heavner’s images celebrate the form, tones and textures of the world’s subtle beauty—both natural and man-made. He has exhibited his photographs at galleries throughout the region. Martin’s work has been published in magazines, calendars and electronic greeting cards. Earlier this year, he was the featured photographer in the annual Backbone Mountain Review, a literary journal showcasing artists in the Appalachian Mid-Atlantic region. He judges photography competitions for camera clubs and photo salons. Martin a member and past president of the Frederick (MD) Camera Clique. He also is chair of the photography committee of the Allegany Arts Council, where he helps to organize the annual Allegany National Photography Competition and Exhibition (ANCPE).
The jobs Angela Hedderick has had in her life include: church organist, math tutor, tennis court painter, pension actuary, pianist, photographer and artist's model, and artist. In and around those things, she has farmed, raised kids, and studied martial arts for nearly twenty years. She finds that drawing on a wide field of experience makes it easier to connect to other people, and using painting to reach out is very important to her.
Monica Hewryk recently graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania with a Master in Fine Arts in ceramics in 2021. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Central Connecticut State University with a concentration in ceramics in 2014. Combining personal narratives about time and the human condition, Monica’s work illustrates ideas of imperfection, inevitability, and disease. She maintains a private studio at home and continues to exhibit her work nationally.
Carol Irving has been a weaver for as long as she can remember. Her works have won many awards and honors in juried art and fiber shows. Driven by a love for the materials she employs, Carol weaves bright and stimulating images into her rugs. She seeks to convey her passion for fiber, color, and design brought together in excellent craftsmanship. Her designs range from very contemporary and geometric to organic shapes and images. Her work is striking when hung on the wall, visually bold from a distance, and tactile in its intricate detail.
Joyce Jewell received her A. A. from Montgomery College; B.A. from American University and M.F.A in printmaking from George Washington University. Post graduation, she studied at The Tamarind Institute of Lithography. She taught all forms of printmaking at Montgomery College in Takoma Park, MD, and designed printmaking facilities for two fine art buildings. Currently a Professor Emerita, her recent work involves different combinations of printmaking, including woodcut and mixed media monotypes. Her focus is on collecting, combining, and interacting with photographic and drawn images in ways that celebrate our concurrent existence. Her work has been exhibited in many national juried printmaking shows.
Haley Joseph is an experimental artist who draws inspiration from nature, literature, and life. As a self-taught artist she has explored working with resin, watercolor, acrylics, encaustic, print-making, creating jewelry, book making, photography, woodworking, and other mediums. Often her work is created by combining a few of these elements, as she seeks to push against her own perceived limits in order to create something new. Attempting to bring the invisible forces of emotion and faith into the visible realm is a theme that runs through her work.
As a photographer by passion and not trade, Elizabeth Kayl is intrigued by both the ordinary and extraordinary. She enjoys traveling and never explores without her camera, poised and ready to provide the next canvas to paint through a lens. She is particularly fond of creating works in abstraction and landscapes and has an affinity for the subject matter of trees, skies, and architecture. Elizabeth has had her work included in juried Gallery Exhibits in 28 different US states and in 3 international countries in 2020 and 2021 to date. Elizabeth has recently won a Juror’s Award for Best in Show, a First Place Award and a Visitor’s Choice in two galleries in the US. By day, she is employed as the Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Loveland, Colorado.
Penny Knobel-Besa is a playwright, director, and producer, as well as an award-winning photographer. Once named Maryland Photographer of the Year, she has exhibited in Europe and from Maine to Louisiana. Her work is published in a variety of literary journals. Recently she had the cover photos for four issues of the bi-annual literary journal for the Maryland Writers Association. She prefers to capture random moments as she travels and creates art work via her computer. She enjoys giving private sessions of “The Art of Photography” from her Sanctuary Studios in Flintstone, Maryland that she shares with her artist husband, Hilmar Gottesthal.
Annie Lasher has been enjoying photography since the age of 10 when her Uncle Joe introduced her to an SLR camera. Although her favorite subjects have always been travel and urban landscapes, she began photographing culinary still life out of necessity during the Covid shutdown. She enjoys composition and light-painting techniques. She has been awarded locally and is happy to be part of her second national show.
Zachary Lihatsh is an artist, designer, and blacksmith. He has exhibited, worked, and lectured at the Estonian Academy of Art, The University of Gothenburg, The Appalachian Center for Craft, and Penland School of Craft in North Carolina. His public art commissions can be seen in Tucson, Arizona and at The University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Chris Maynard carves feathers into intricate art displayed in shadow boxes, a signature art form he developed that enchants people around the world. Since feathers are universal symbols of flight, transformation, achievement, and hope, his art speaks to many people who, like him, also long to fly. A conservationist at heart, Chris’s feathers are legally obtained and naturally shed which means that the birds they came from may still be alive today. Chris’s work is included in private collections and featured in publications in North and South America, Asia, Europe, and Australia. His book, Feathers, Form & Function, highlights his work and tells stories about what feathers are, what roles they fill for birds, and why people find them alluring.
Chuck studied photography at Maine Photographic Workshop, Parsons School of Design, International Center for Photography, Lakeland Community College and Cuyahoga Community College. He has a BSEE from Purdue University and an MSEE from Cleveland State University. He serves on advisory boards at the Cleveland Print Room and the Artists Archive of the Western Reserve. Chuck is a Life Director at Jewish Family Services of Cleveland. His work can be found in museums, including the Smithsonian Museum of American History, and private and corporate collections in North America, Europe and Asia. He was awarded an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for 2017 and 2015.
Born in 1985 in Mashhad, Iran, Anousha Mohsenidarabi holds a bachelor’s degree in Architecture, and currently is a Jewelry and Metal Art student at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California. After an opportunity to travel to India and Africa, Anousha discovered her interest in gemstones and artistic jewelry, and later in 2017, moved to San Francisco to pursue her newest passion. She has developed a skill set in metal fabrication, stone setting, enameling, wax carving, and casting. Anousha’s work is heavily inspired by the beauty of nature’s colors and textures. She enjoys working with mixed media. Anousha loves crafting beautiful objects to wear and hopes that people will enjoy owning her pieces as much as she enjoys making them.
Marcella Morgese worked for years as a papermaker, creating three dimensional mixed media wall sculptures. The papermaking process has strongly influenced how she incorporates textures and subtle colors into her steel work. Using varying weights of steel, she builds up surface areas, layer by layer, resulting in forms that are rich in volume and density. With each piece, she strives to create a sense of movement and fluidity, so the viewer’s eye travels around and through the piece.
Raised by wolves in a desert of coal, DUTCH PINK conjures an oasis of calm through bas-relief sculpture made from reclaimed wood and found objects. DUTCH PINK explores the concept of water (our most precious resource) and its transportive nature. DUTCH PINK is a self-taught sculptress living and working in New York City and the Catskills.
Mike grew up in Pennsylvania and in 2005 moved to Arizona where he's rarely cold and doesn't have to shovel snow or cut grass. He pays the bills as a nuclear medicine technologist. This lets him photograph on the side without having to resort to living on ramen and sleeping on friends’ couches. The rest of his time is devoted to his various cats. His ultimate dream would be to visit Mars. In the meantime he's going to keep making pretty pictures.
Judy Row has been involved with fiber arts since the 1960s. She has had a commission-based weaving business, a women and children’s clothing business, and always a sculptural fiber art component to her life. Her work has been shown at galleries and museums in California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, and the state of Washington. She continues to work in her studio based in the Hill Country of Central Texas.
Abbi Ruppert is a sculptor, printmaker, and mixed media artist studying intergenerational family trauma and the female identity. Ruppert earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2021 and is currently a graduate student and teaching assistant at West Virginia University pursuing her Master of Fine Arts. In 2020, Ruppert received the Outstanding Student Achievement Award in Contemporary Sculpture from the International Sculpture Center, which featured her work in Sculpture Magazine. She also currently has public sculptures on view in Clear Lake, Iowa and downtown Knoxville, Tennessee.
Paula Saneaux explores topics related to the fragility of life, illnesses, self-objectification, and/or social influences by constructing a narrative, emphasizing aesthetics, and using symbols. Her artwork has been exhibited in Washington D.C., Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Dominican Republic, and others. Her private and public collections are held in different parts of the world, and, in recognition of excellence, Saneaux has received numerous awards including a Maryland State Arts Council Independent Artists Award, two Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grants of Canada, among others. She graduated from Parsons School of Design of New York.
Ed Shmunes has work in the permanent collection of four museums and one state art collection. He has received 134 awards from among 39 international, 326 national, and 143 regional juried art exhibitions. He has been active in the field of photography for twenty-seven years.
Rhonda J. Smith is a practicing artist and retired professor of Art. She uses non-toxic inks and the non-traditional approach of mounting her prints to archival boards. Smith served as Chair of the Department of Contemporary Art and Theater at Shepherd University. She recently retired from Shepherd University after 30 years. Smith received her BFA from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky and her MFA from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas.
Very new to photography, Cody Steckman got his very first camera in January 2021. It was meant to be used as a way to capture memories for his honeymoon later that year, but quickly developed into a hobby, and then a passion. Cody is drawn toward street photography but enjoys landscape and architectural photography as well. He is the owner of Cody Steckman Photo Co. and sells his prints and framed prints on his website of the same name.
Fran Stewart is a hobbyist who enjoys capturing photographs that highlight the beauty and wonders of nature. She considers herself fortunate to be able to spend most of each year living on the east coast of Florida where many opportunities for nature photography abound. During fall and spring, she enjoys the diversity of the breathtaking countryside of Western Maryland and its additional opportunities for interesting cultural and architectural photography. Fran is a long- time member of an excellent and very active camera club in Florida. She is a 2008 honors graduate of the Florida Institute of Technology holding a Master of Science degree in Technical and Professional Communication.
Kay Stratman received her BA in Art at Minnesota State University-Moorhead, and worked as a graphic designer in Minneapolis, MN for 14 years. She has studied under numerous Asian brush painting masters and has been a professional fine artist for over 35 years, specializing in her own contemporary interpretation of Asian brush painting. Kay is an award-winning member of the Sumi-e Society of America and the Wyoming Watercolor Society. She lives in Wyoming where she exhibits and interprets the great wide open with spontaneous brushstrokes of watercolor on metallic and rice paper covered “shikishi boards”.
Kathleen Studebaker is a multi-media sculptor focusing on wood, metal, and cast plastic. Having spent the better part of the past two decades working in various manufacturing plants (from all-glass furniture to elaborate corporate trophies), as well in academia (as a student, a shop technician, and a professor of wood-working) she has a well-developed knowledge of material processes, and a great love for both making and problem solving. She earned her MFA in sculpture from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL in 2013, and is currently working as a studio artist based in Philadelphia, PA.
Nathan Taves’s first profession for twenty years was as a cartographer in a municipal civil engineering department where aerial photographs, blueprints, and surveys were a part of his workday. Following that, he co-owned a retail gift shop and gallery with his husband for another twenty years. In 2007, he and his husband wrote a book on a unique type of American-made decorative glass. It wasn’t until middle age that he earned his BFA (IU) and MFA (RISD) art degrees after earlier finishing a BA (PU) in psychology.
Tomczyk's work is held, suspended, somewhere between the hyper real and the surreal. He pushes the perceived limitation of paper and cardboard with his skillful exhibition of trompe l'oeil. Oftentimes, his sculptures have a socially relevant narrative - yet the themes are open enough for viewers to consider their own feelings about the objects presented.
Alice Valenti works in oil paint and mixed water-based media. Her labor-intensive small works, illusory and abstract, are studies of craft and immateriality. Inspired by fragments of visual memory, the images depict improvised, speculative places. Valenti received an MFA from Towson University, and a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has received several awards for her work, including an Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grant. Her paintings and drawings are represented in the collections of Johns Hopkins Hospital and SUNY Geneseo, as well as in private collections. Valenti has taught fine arts and design in Maryland. She exhibits nationally.
Dmitrii Volkov designs and creates sculptures and jewelry made of steel, silver, copper, bronze, wood, and glass. He focuses on combinations of volumes, patterns, and colors. Dmitrii was born and educated in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. In 2000, Dmitrii graduated from The Schtieglitz State Academy of Art and Industry in Metalworking and Jewelry. In 1993, he graduated from The Nicholas Roerich Art School in Art Design and Book Illustration.
Born in Shenzhen, China, Sishi Wang is pursuing her MFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design at Indiana University of Bloomington, IN, and she holds a BFA degree from East Carolina University, NC. Her work is rooted in the formal traditions of enameling and silversmithing. Wang draws inspiration from both architectural details and botanical forms as she creates her work. Her work has been published in Art Extravagance Catalog and Alchemy 5: Transformation in Contemporary Enamels
Raphael Warshaw began photographing while in military service. In the mid-1970s, he had one-man shows at SohoPhoto Gallery in New York City and the Catskill Center for Photography (now CPW) in Woodstock, NY. In 1976 he became a medical researcher and for the next 37 years used the camera primarily for record-keeping. In 2015, Warshaw graduated from George Mason University with an MFA in Photography. Since then his work has appeared in group shows at the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Biggs Museum of American Art, and in university and private galleries throughout the US. Recent work has been acquired by the McNeese State University and Biggs Museum of American Art Permanent Collections.
As an artist and art educator for four decades, Herb Weaver strives to take art off the pedestal and into the daily lives of those who view his work. Focusing primarily on the medium of ceramic sculpture, his artwork is intended to make statements about life circumstances in a riddle-infused manner. Accordingly, unveiled discovery lurks in the replication and implementation of common objects and forms, particularly when tweaked to benefit the intended message. It has been said that artists are the prophets of the day, and this charge drives his artwork, particularly with expressions of peace, social justice, political dysfunction, and environmental issues.
Sandra Chen Weinstein has received numerous distinguished awards, including first place in the Director’s Choice category of Center Awards; Reader’s Collection and international contest winner for National Geographic magazine; first prize in the Open Category of the Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards; first prize winner of the Robert Cornelius Portrait Award, and runner-up for the International Conservation Award in Culture. Her work has been featured on the covers and interior pages of European Photography, FotoMazgine Germany, and the American Photography archive book. Weinstein’s work is in several private collections, including that of the Gordon Parks Foundation.
Jenny Wilson studied art at the High School of Art and Design in Manhattan and was a freelance graphic designer and commercial artist for several years. She changed course and earned her Master of Music Degree at West Virginia University and is a full- time jazz and classical performing musician. Encouraged by Robby Moore, currently Director of the Beckley Arts Center, she was juried into Tamarack Center for the Arts and has been painting alongside her flourishing music career ever since. Jenny was the art teacher at the Community School in Camden, Maine, and more recently at the Morgantown Learning Academy in West Virginia. She has developed creative arts programs for the city parks in Morgantown. She has received awards in national and regional juried shows, and has paintings in corporate headquarters as well as many private collections. She exhibits in a variety of group and solo shows.
Elaine Wolfe was born in Scotland of a Polish father and Scottish mother, educated in the History of Fine Art and English Literature at the University of Glasgow, where she received a James McNeill Whistler scholarship providing three months of study in the galleries and museums of Europe - a shaping experience. Her life experience is very varied and includes twelve years in the cancer research field, after which she helped her husband build out of raw land a vineyard and winery. Commissioned work, portraits and nature studies in oils and the drawing media formed a large part of her work, while recently large figurative paintings have emerged as a driving force. Her work has been exhibited in juried shows in New York City, Washington, D.C., London, Santa Ana (Los Angeles), Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, and is in private collections across the U.S.A. and in the United Kingdom.
Logan Woodle is a metalsmith, educator, and the 7th generation to live on his family farm in Conway, SC. He earned an MFA from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2012 and a BFA from Winthrop University in 2009. Currently, Logan is an Associate Professor of Art at Coastal Carolina University where he also serves as Coordinator of Studio Art. His work has been exhibited across the country, and he was chosen to participate in the Metal Museum’s exhibition, 40 Under 40: The Next Generation of American Metal Artists in 2019.
Hao Zhang earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Washington State University and Master of Fine Arts from Boise State University. His artistic practices focus on the conflicts between humans and the wounds brought by rapid urbanization. Through extracting the ordinary moments in everyday life, he reconstructs a utopian world with his images.
Yingqi Puffy Zhao is a contemporary jeweler and co-founder of Splop Design artist platform. Zhao is a GIA Accredited Jewelry Professional. She holds an MFA in Studio Art with concentration in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design from Indiana University Bloomington, and a BFA in Crafts with concentration in Metals from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Zhao is a University of Illinois 2016 Bronze Tablet Scholar, and a 2017-2019 Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory Scholar. Her work has been published in books including Handouts from the 21st Century Part III, and magazines including 2019 Jewelry and Metalsmithing Survey.