Missouri Watercolor Society 2019 International Exhibition
I offer greetings and congratulations to all the artists who entered this prestigious exhibition. It is indeed an honor to have been chosen to select and judge this show! I must say, however, that it was a daunting task to select the best pieces from such a large body of outstanding paintings. It truly was, at times, a ‘hair pulling’ decision making process!
Most everyone asks about selection criteria and the reasoning behind the choices. I am a design “nerd !” Design is always the driving first thing which presses me include or exclude any painting into, or out of, an exhibition. Content, or message, or story in a painting will set me thinking in ways that a simply “beautiful” painting would not. The message is very important.
There is an overriding condition, which appears in a few paintings, which holds enormous power . . .and that is creativity. This aspect shows how the artist thinks and exposes the artist’s audacity, authenticity and freedom. It, therefore, carries a lot of weight. . . .at times as much, or more, than content.
Lastly, expert technique counts for little. That is to say that a well designed painting that exhibits strong content and / or exemplary creativity will win out over poor technique.
As an aside, I must admit to sometimes allowing personal taste to enter into the above reasons for judgment. While I try to prevent taste from entering the decision making, my humanness may, at times, unexplainably enter into the final reasoning.
To those artists who did not make the cut, you have my sincere empathy while I encourage you to continue reaching for higher levels of artistic achievement. I know rejection can be painful. It can also be the stimulus needed to advance aesthetically. So, press onward and continue entering; it is very much worth your efforts!
M.E. “Mike” Bailey, AWS / NWS
2019 INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION AWARDS
1stPlace, Best of Show $3000 Denny Bond
2ndPlace $2000 Ken Call
3rdPlace $1000 Jerry Bowman
‘Papa’ and Jo Tutt Award $500 Dean Mitchell
MOWS Board of Director’s Award $400 Chris Krupinski
John Singer Sargent Award $250 Paul Jackson
Winslow Homer Award $250 DeEtta Silvestro
Special Award $200 Anne Abgott
Special Award $200 Bev Jozwiak
Special Award $200 Susanna Span
Special Award $200 Carole Hennessy
Special Award $200 Grace Haverty
Special Award $200 Chuck Rouse
Princeton Brush Special Award $250 Gift Certiificate Barbara DiMartini
Princeton Brush Special Award $250 Gift Certificate Vicki Nelson
Princeton Brush Special Award $250 Gift Certificate Elaine Nunnally
Blick Special Award $200 Gift Certificate Matthew Bird
Winsor Newton Special Award $166 Merchandise Karen Knutson
Jack Richeson ($150)& Golden QOR Award ($50) Bruce Bobick
Blick ($150)& Artmart ($50) Award Jean Gill
Airfloat ($150)& Portable Painter ($50)Award Sue Johnston
Logan ($150)& Velham ($50)Award Fred Schollmeyer
Royal Talens Rembrandt ($150) & Portable Painter ($50)Award Denise Athanas
Jack Richeson ($125)& Portable Painter ($50)Award William Hook
Princeton Elite Brush Award ($150) Catherine Hearding
Princeton Elite Brush Award ($150) Howard Kuo
Pinceton Elite Brush Award ($150) Susan Stuller
Princeton Elite Brush Award ($150) Peggy Zalucha
Princeton Elite Brush Award ($150) Gary Mealer
Princeton Elite Brush Award ($150) Christine Misencik-Bunn
Princeton Elite Brush Award ($150) Lyudmila Tomova
Princeton Elite Brush Award ($150) Bob Mejer
Princeton Elite Brush Award ($150) Marilynne Bradley
Princeton Elite Brush Award ($150) Peggi Habets
Golden/QOR ($100) & Artmart Award ($50) Ali Cavanaugh
Jack Richeson ($100)& Trekell ($100)Award George Schoonover
Blick ($100)& Velham ($75)& Portable Painter ($35)Award Jerry Ellis