It is with great pleasure and excitement that we present this years annual Juried Art Exhibition. We’d like to express our gratitude to our jurors this year: Greg Murphy, Dean of the School of Media, Art and Design, Durham College, James Campbell, Executive Director and Curator at the Clarington Visual Art Center, and Marlene Hilton Moore, award winning sculptor and photographer and former professor at Georgian College. The calibre of the work submitted this year was outstanding. The jurors as always had a real challenge narrowing the field – this year from just over 200 works of art down to a mere 31 works representing 27 artists. Our jurors this year were very impressed with the work and enjoyed the process thoroughly. Here is some of what they had to say:
Juror’s Comments 2012
The chosen artists, a very substantial number of them, reveal a real affinity and an understanding of their chosen medium – the pastels were superbly handled, there were extremely well done etchings, beautifully realized acrylic and oil.
A good number of these people have really worked at understanding their media and have done so very successfully in quite a few instances.
There were quite a few people that we took out that were really technically capable and it was unfortunate to see their work go. There were people who did very poetic works as well that we took out and it was very difficult at the end.
We probably had twice as many pieces in, when we felt that we got to what we felt were deserving artists and deserving pieces. We had to cut it in half – we thought we were home free – but then we were told that we still had 52 artists and we had to cut it in half again. That was difficult.
There were consistently high calibre pieces. And at the end I think we ended up with pieces that were not just technically realized they also had a deep personal poetry to them. They have a really nice feel to them whether that feel is psychological or it’s contemplative or aesthetic, it’s humorous or it’s affectionate. There is a real sense of the person connecting not just with the medium but with the subject matter and the concept.
It is a very strong cross section of medium and yet we didn’t deliberately do that – we didn’t say we must have a piece of photography or we must have a print or…we didn’t even think of that. The other thing that happened, once we were down to the final choices… suddenly when you do have a little bit of space so that each work that has been selected now can speak to you almost individually, then it is very clear that these are superb choices – the artists are very concretely clear about their sense of self and their technical skill.
This exhibition is generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council
and the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville and Stouffville IDA.
The People's Choice Award Winner for the 2012 Annual Juried Art Exhibition was
Jennifer Blacquiere, Isaac Petch House, Aurora, Acrylic, 2011.