92nd Annual McLean County Amateur Art Exhibition Award Winners (2019)

Merwin Medal – Best of Show – Camila Marianela, Illinois State University, BFA, “Untitled”

Ashley Ritter Most Promising Art Award – Ashley Spencer, Heyworth High School, “History Reimagined”

HIGH SCHOOL 1st PLACE 2nd PLACE
Painting Tyger Gudeman John McGowan 
Graphics Benjamin Guo Rishith Talagadadeevi
Photography Maddy Day Rachel Kullman
Sculpture John Ames Emily Hlebasko

UNIVERSITY 1st PLACE 2nd PLACE
Painting Emily Minton Max Martin
Graphics Zoephia Laughlin Christopher Gabbrants
Photography Brianna Lehnen Jeffrey Smudde
Sculpture Eunjung Schantz Kirsten Heteji

ADULT 1st PLACE 2nd PLACE
Painting Robert Faulkner Allyson Frink 
Graphics Kristin Bowers Johanna Weichsel
Photography Ariele Jones William Norris
Sculpture Michelle Hanacek Cliff Carney

This exhibition and awards are made possible by the generosity of these sponsors:

Jerry Antonini, Charles and Laura Baue, Miles and Ruth Blair, Tracey Covert, Gay Dolan, John Elterich and Karen Schmidt, Susan Emmerson, Linda Willis Fisher and Robert Fisher, Deanna Frautschi, John and Marilyn Freese, Tim Garvey and Paula Aschim, Alison Hatcher, Edward Hines, Brian and Yvonne Hoop, Doug and Kristen Johnson, Mike and Alexis Kalish, Koda Roamers Camera Club of Bloomington-Normal, Sheila Lamberson and Cheryl Divine, Anne and Steve Matter, Cathy Pratt and Dave Templeton, Morgan Price and Sarah Sciba, Jim and Pam Raymond, Laura and Bob Reardon, Carmel and Rod Rhoda, Nancy and Steve Snyder, Robert and Connie Stefl, and Lynn and Patsy Webber

92nd Annual McLean County Amateur Art Exhibition Award Winners

McLean County Arts Center received 231 entries for this year’s competition. The juror, Andrea Ferrigno, selected 99 artworks for the exhibition and awarded 26 cash prizes for outstanding works of art by amateur McLean County artists.

THIS YEAR'S JUDGE: Andrea Ferrigno was born in Des Moines, Iowa. She received her BFA from Kansas City Art Institute and her MFA from the University of Iowa. Ferrigno has exhibited nationally and internationally. She was recently included in exhibitions at Blue Mountain Gallery and The Painting Center in NYC. This past summer she was an artist fellow at Virginia Center for Creative Arts (VCCA) in Amherst, VA. She has also been a resident a DRAWinternational in Caylus, France and at the Vermont Studio Center. She was awarded the Helen Longmire Prize for her work, “Turning Time” at the St. Louis Artist Guild. Ferrigno is currently Assistant Professor of Fine Art at Knox, College in Galesburg, Illinois where she lives and works.

Entries received: Entries accepted:
HIGH SCHOOL 82 36
UNIVERSITY 59 33
ADULT 90 30

Total 231 Total 99

Juror’s Statement

"It was an honor to serve as the juror for the 89th Amateur Exhibition at McLean County Arts Center. Thank you to all who submitted. It was inspiring to spend time with everyone’s work and exciting to see the breadth and quality of creative work happening in McLean County. As the juror for this exhibition I looked for moments of surprise and for innovative and thoughtful approaches to the subject-matter, and composition, across genres. It was a difficult process narrowing down the submissions, and even more challenging to determine awards. There were many tough calls. I want to encourage everyone regardless of acceptance or not, to continue to create and to submit to future opportunities. Congratulations to all the artists and best wishes in your creative and professional pursuits!"

-Andrea Ferrigno

Pictured Above: Maggie Kunze, MCAC Curator, Andrea Ferrigno, Exhibition Judge, and Emily Wiles, MCAC Intern

Accepted Artwork List

First Name

Last Name

Class

Artwork #1 Title

Artwork #2 Title


Sally

Berry

Adult

Sea Music



Kristin

Bowers

Adult

Heat Wave

Immolation


Taylor

Braasch

Adult

"Yearling"



Jeanna

Campbell

Adult

#MeToo



Felicia

Cannon

Adult

potentially necessary but unseen



Cliff

Carney

Adult

Ooks Florp Zapper



Kiera

Dymit

Adult

The Open Heart



Robert

Faulkner

Adult

G'night Darling



Allyson

Frink

Adult

Moraine View Mist



Pam

Gates

Adult

Infectious Laughter



Amber

Gravett

Adult

Animal Totems



Cathie

Haab

Adult

Information Fatigue



Michelle

Hanacek

Adult

Promise



Susan

Holifield

Adult

The empty glass

The Farm


Yvonne

Hoop

Adult

Fish One



Ariele

Jones

Adult

Foxie 1920



Mardell

Klasen

Adult

October



Don

Necessary

Adult

Hunter's gift



William

Norris

Adult

Ah Such a Place



Shirley

Passmore

Adult

Burning Bush



Sajay

Sadasivan

Adult

Green Beings



Kyle

Schiebel

Adult

Nepenthe



Joan

Shelton

Adult

Rough Waters



Eric

Shine

Adult

Reclining Male Torso, Charcoal, 2018



Judy

Steffens

Adult

Lounging Legs



Alan

Swanson

Adult

untitled



Jessie

Swiech

Adult

Genessee Park



Johanna

Weichsel

Adult

Selfie



Izabela

Batko

College

Untitled



Ryland

BeDell

College

Up In The Brume



Chloe

Bell

College

Self Portrait



Mario

Clarke

College

Mental Corset



Logan

Daugherty

College

Static



Daniel

DeJarld

College

Fishbone



Andrea

DuBois

College

Bittersweet



Christopher

Gabbrants

College

Colors and Contours, Year 1

Nightshop


Arianna

Garcia

College

Max

Polly


Shea

Grehan

College

Illusion



Kirsten

Heteji

College

Unititled



Halie

Hugenberg

College

Starvin' Marvin



Raya

Hussein

College

Sugar Flowers

Metallic


Becca

Kordas

College

A Walk in the Woods



Joe

Koski

College

Curtains and Sunlight



Zoephia

Laughlin

College

Tuesday's Lunch



Brianna

Lehnen

College

I am a Woman Waiting, Day #8030



Camila

Marianela

College

Untitled

Untitled


Max

Martin

College

Duality



Emily

Minton

College

All Positions

Untitled


Eunjung

Schantz

College

Fishing Sun

Whale Coffee Dripper and cups set


Jeffrey

Smudde

College

Untitled (2019)



Regan

Stewart

College

Through the Bars



Lucas

Stiegman

College

pink fuzzy handcuffs



Kelsey

Vaughn

College

Surface Area



Mary

Wilhelm

College

Untitled (2018)



Anisha

Amaravadi

High School

Mandala Absoluteness- Delightful facets



John

Ames

High School

"Incidental Compounds DeConstructed"



Stephanie

Baker

High School

Into the Looking Glass



Mollie

Brothers

High School

City of Echos



Gracie

Burleson

High School

Winter Escape



Moriah

Burton

High School

Me, Myself and I

The Mess After the Party


Jacob

Croke

High School

Mother Mary



Maddy

Day

High School

Valerie



Jessica

Dougall

High School

Baby Grizzly



Megan

Fulton

High School

Invasion

Flower girl


Tyler

Grimsley

High School

Reflection



Tyger

Gudeman

High School

Sightseeing

Holding On


Benjamin

Guo

High School

The Sacred Scarab

Berry Reflective


Emily

Hlebasko

High School

Mans footprint



Kirsten

Kindred

High School

Self-Portriat



Rachel

Kullman

High School

Sterling Silver



Mary

Leahey

High School

The Project



Austin

Lopez

High School

When Everything Else Burns, I'll Be There



Madelyn

Lyle

High School

Strawberry Shortcake

Saugatuck


Samuel

Mason

High School

A Sneaking Clematis



John

McGowan

High School

CUBE



Alexa

Nave

High School

Rainbow Reflection



Olivia

Sidem

High School

Royalty

Cherry Soda Pop


Taylor

Sondgeroth

High School

Dairy Cows

The New Generation


Ashley

Spencer

High School

History Reimagined



Greta

Springer

High School

Sunlit Dunes



Skyler

Stoller

High School

Friday night lights



Rishith

Talagadadeevi

High School

Inspection



Gabe

Tobin

High School

Heavy Metal



Ellana

Tobin

High School

Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus












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