Winners were announced tonight for the 17th Annual National Arts Program. The program recognizes the creative talents of City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools employees, retirees and family members. Entries were judged by professional artist Jackie Radford and City Council Member Patsy Kinsey.
"I am consistently amazed at the quality of artwork year after year," said Radford, professional artist at Ciel Gallery on of this year's judges. "This exhibit shows a real commitment between the City of Charlotte and the arts by providing a public venue for artists to display their work in a professional, juried exhibit that anyone in our community can enjoy."
This year's exhibit features more than 250 works of art in all mediums, from photography and sculpture to painting and mixed media. The exhibit runs through Tuesday, February 28. It's free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, located at 600 East 4th Street in uptown. Learn more at http://charlottenc.gov/nap.
COMPLETE LIST OF WINNERS
Best of Show
"Still Life" (painting) by Pamela Emanuel (adult intermediate)
"Queen City" by Ryan Hummel (Teen)
"Chasing" by Zoey Bell (Youth 12 & Under)
First Place – "Island Butterfly" (photography) by Philip Keller
Second Place - "Lake Norman Winter Day" (photography) by Julie Teel
Third Place - "Onions" (painting) by Jessica Prescott
First Place – "Josephine" (mixed media) by Linda Holmes
Second Place - "Pura Vida in Costa Rica" (craft) by Beverly Lawing
Third Place - "Blue Ceramic Dish" (craft) by Becca Worthington
Honorable Mention - "In Line" (craft) by Jennifer Miloy
First Place - "Interrupted Light" (mixed media) by Laura Wallis
Second Place - "A Bid Goodnight" (painting) by Bryan Wilson
Third Place - "Fourteenth Floor" (photography) by Dennis Knasel
Honorable Mention – "Entwined" (works on paper) by Viloki Patel
Youth (12 and under)
First Place - "Roses, Tulips and Lilacs" (painting) by Anya Liu
Second Place - "Goose" (photography) by Konur Handy
Third Place - "Crayons" (works on paper) by Abby Lutz
Honorable Mention - "Parrot" (works on paper) by Abrar Huda
Honorable Mention - "Field of Flowers" (painting) by Danya Liu
First Place - "Mountain View" (works on paper) by Ariba Huda
Second Place - "Queen City" (photography) by Ryan Hummel
Third Place - "Almost Winter I" (photography) by Eric Levine
Art Education Award
"Beau" (painting) by Maggie Kroening (teen)
About the National Arts Program
The National Arts Program fosters creativity by providing artists of all ages, backgrounds and levels of talent an opportunity to exhibit their works publicly. The National Arts Program Foundation, Inc. sponsors the program in support and cooperation with the Arts & Science Council, the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. Similar programs sponsored by the National Arts Program Foundation take place in approximately 86 venues in 38 states each year. Local professional artists and art professionals judge the exhibit. Cash awards are given to participants for original, creative contributions in the field of fine arts and crafts.