More than 50 entries by 19 Wabash Valley artists are featured in the River City Art Association 7th Annual Juried Exhibition on display through Aug. 19 in First Financial Bank at Sixth Street and Wabash Avenue.
First Financial and vice president of marketing Terry Tevlin hosted the opening reception and awards ceremony for RCAA’s annual competition on Aug. 7 during Downtown Terre Haute First Friday activities.
“A lot of great work in every medium” made the judging difficult, said Christy Brinkman-Robertson, assistant art curator at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and Summer Youth Art Program director at Swope Art Gallery, in her judge’s comments.
First place medallions were awarded to RCAA president Mike Bender of Terre Haute for his drawing, “Exploring Angel Falls; Julia London-Meddles of Terre Haute for her oil painting, “Santa Fe Trail”; Spencer Young of Clinton for his photo, “Rock House Interior”; and Sheila K. Ter Meer of Brazil for her 3D photo art, “Pareidolia: Breaking the Surface.”
Second place honors went to retired art teacher JoAnne Fiscus of Terre Haute for her drawing, “Murder of Crows,” and her watercolor, “Fish On”; RCAA vice president Todd Stokes of Terre Haute for his photo on canvas, “Longest Sunset”; and retired Lost Creek Elementary teacher Deborah Anderson of Carbon for her intarsia art entry, “Wildlife in the Grand Canyon.”
Third place recognition went to former Vigo County art educator Don Turner for his drawing, “Ancient African Tree”; retired Woodrow Wilson art teacher Donald Lee Hadley for his painting, “Beauty Redefined”; Ruthann Brady of Terre Haute for her Mixed Media entry, “Goddess Within”; and Sheila Ter Meer for “The Spark,” an abstract photo on aluminum, which also received the People’s Choice award at the end of the reception.
Brinkman-Robertson also awarded an honorable mention to Spencer Young for his photo, “Spring Moon”; Barry Callahan of Illinois for his painting, “Shine”; and to Edith Acton of Terre Haute for her fused glass artwork, “Shine.”
Acton received a second award for her dedicated service as a member and treasurer for River City Art Association. RCAA founding member Monty “Indiana” Jones of Terre Haute presented her with the Marty Martinez Contributory Award, in memory of the late founding member and owner of the Raven Art Gallery in Terre Haute.
The reception ended with Donald Lee Hadley’s acrylic entry, “Break From the Front,” receiving the Artists’ Choice award.
The exhibition through Aug. 19 also features ceramics by Richard Acton of Terre Haute, photography by Debbie Goodin and Jan Skipo of Terre Haute; mixed media works by Indiana State University student Elise Spaid-Roberts; and acrylic paintings by Monty Jones, Dian D. Phillips of Terre Haute and Judith Lynn Smith of Waveland.
More photo to come ….