Published On: Tue, Jul 6th, 2010

Boca Museum of Art opens summer exhibitions

BOCA RATON — The galleries of the Boca Raton Museum of Art were bustling with activity and anticipation during the opening reception of the museum’s Summer Exhibitions: 59th Annual All Florida Juried Competition and Boca Museum Artists’ Guild Biennial Exhibition June 22. The exhibitions will be on

First place winner Francene Levinson with her first place work, “Rising”

display through Aug. 8.

In a special presentation, winners of the All Florida and the Artists’ Guild Biennial were announced to a crowd of participating artists, guests, museum members and patrons.

If the submissions that poured into the 59th Annual All Florida Juried Competition and Exhibition are any indication, independent art continues to flourish in Florida. The annual contest and exhibition drew 1,398 submissions from artists around the state. This year’s juror, Linda Norden, selected 92 artworks for the exhibition – paintings, sculpture, photography, videos and installations – by 81 artists.

Best in Show went to Kerry Phillips of Miami for Chairs Found and Fixed, an installation on display in the front of the Museum. Merit awards were given to three artists – Roberta Schofield for her body of work, Running and War; Noelle Mason for Nothing Much Happened Today: for Eric and Dylan and Melissa Marrero for her body of work, Measurements and Orange.

The All Florida is the state’s oldest statewide annual juried competition. It showcases both prominent and emerging Florida artists, granting visitors insight into today’s Florida art scene. This year’s juror was Linda Norden, a curator, writer and historian based in New York.

Boca Museum Artists’ Guild Biennial Exhibition

This year’s juror, Dr. Carol Damian, selected 50 artworks for the exhibition. First Place went to Francene Levinson’s Rising sculpture, second place to Lorraine Bader’s Empress Cixi collage, third place to Jerome Glickman’s Rebirth of Creative Self painting, Juror’s Recognition to Hanne Niederhausen’s Gutenberg’s Notebook sculptural frottage and honorable mention to Sally Cooper’s La Mer triptych painting.

This juried exhibition is held every two years for the professional artist members of the Boca Raton Museum Artists’ Guild during the companion competition – the All Florida Juried Competition and Exhibition.  A wide range of work is presented, portraying the pluralistic nature of artists working in South Florida today. This exhibition of this museum affiliate organization pays tribute to the level of artistic excellence existing in this state and showcases its membership’s depth of talent.

Dr. Carol Damian is professor of art history in the School of Art and Art History and the director and chief curator of the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University.

The Artists’ Guild is an auxiliary of the Boca Raton Museum of Art.  The Guild is an exciting, active organization of artists, art lovers, and supporters of the arts. Its goals are to support the mission of the Museum and provide an association of artists in all media to interchange ideas, support and educate members and to provide quality venues for the exhibition of their original fine art.

The Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, is open Tuesday – Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday noon – 5 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for senior citizens (65 and older), $4 per person for group tours and $4 for students. For more information call 561.392.2500 or visit http://www.bocamuseum.org/ <http://www.bocamuseum.org/> .

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