SPRING SHOW 2022
Exhibiting at Bottle Works
April 21 - May 28, 2022
Judith Crookston "The Charwomen" - Best of Show
Brian Dumm "Breaking the News" - First Place
Kim Williams "Angelo & Juliet" - First Place Redux
Ken Cotlar "#548" - Second Place
Paul Seymour "Summer Serenity" - Second Place Redux
Margaret Black "Curb Appeal 123 - Honorable Mention
Ann Dougherty "River Song" - Honorable Mention
Norman Ed "untitled monument" - Honorable Mention
The breadth of artwork submitted for the Allied Artists of Johnstown: Spring Juried Exhibition is a testament to the vibrant artist community in this region. I was excited to see the variety of media and processes used in the work submitted for this exhibit. The artworks in this show tell personal stories, capture moments in time, celebrate nature, and use medium as the image itself.
Choosing awards for any art exhibition never gets easier. I always approach the task with a bit of trepidation. While every judge approaches this with somewhat different criteria, there are often similarities. Important factors are craftmanship and technique, individual expression, and unique individual qualities that draw the viewer back to the piece for a second or third look, or in my case a fourth or fifth.
In the end, judging this show was a pleasant yet challenging experience. Many more pieces were just edged out of receiving awards, and another judge may easily have chosen different works. Even with the amount of awards offered, narrowing down the selections was a difficult task. All artists should be proud of the work they are creating and are encouraged to keep striving to that next level of their art.
About the Juror Jessica Campbell pursued her arts education at Seton Hill University, where she graduated with a B.F.A in 3-D media. Jess is the Education Coordinator for the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art and is responsible for overseeing the Arts-in-Education, Artist-in-Residence and Museum Healthcare Partnership programs. Jess is also the Loretto and Johnstown Site Coordinator where she is responsible for executing exhibitions and programming. Jess is currently working on her Master’s in Education at Saint Francis University.
Award winners, left to right: Margaret Black, Ann Dougherty, Judith Crookston, Kim Williams, Paul Seymour, and Ken Cotlar. Missing: Brian Dumm and Norman Ed
Apologies in advance to the artists whose works under glass have glares detracting from the artwork. Mouse-over thumbnail for artist information, click for larger view.