Winners in RCAA’s 13th Annual Juried Exhibition

Best of Show: Mystic Melody by RCAA member Jan McVay of Tangier.

River City Art Association recognized the talent of 22 Indiana and Illinois artists during its 13th Annual Juried Exhibition opening reception on Aug. 6 in the lobby of First Financial Bank Plaza in downtown Terre Haute.

The late Monty “Indiana” Jones was posthumously honored for his lifetime dedication to the visual arts and the nonprofit art group he loyally served as founding member since 2008. Three of his works are showcased alongside the 63 entries on display through Aug. 31.


Exhibition juror Michael Tingley, former graphic designer for New York City magazines, art handler and fabricator for NYC museums, and presently a full-time artist and retiring gallery director for Arts Illiana Inc., announced winners in six categories.

Best of Show, announced by Sally Whitehurst on behalf of event sponsor First Financial, went to “Mystic Melody” by Jan McVay of Tangier in Parke County. McVay also received a first place for her photography entry, “Dancing in Venice.”

Other first-place medallions were awarded to Jo Rich-Vadas of Marshall, Illinois, for her drawing, “Todd’s Path”; Dian Der Ohanian Phillips of Terre Haute for her painting, “Get to the Point”; “Cathie Laska of Terre Haute for a mixed media entry titled “Aurora”; Edith Acton of Terre Haute for a fused glass wall hanging, “Stitched Together”; and Bob DeFrance of Terre Haute for a 3-D wood carving, “Sycamore Freshman.”

Second-place honors went to DeFrance for another 3-D wood carving, “Sycamore Emeriti”; Todd Stokes of Dennison, Illinois, for an etched glass entry, “Subtle Rhythm”; Mary G. Mayhew of Terre Haute for her painting, “Happy”; Bryan Bromstrup of Terre Haute for his photography entry, “Vicksburg Graveyard Road”; and Sharon Hawk of Terre Haute for a mixed media entry, “Full Moon Phenomenon.”

Another special presentation, the Marty Martinez Contributory Award, went to Dian Der Ohanian Phillips, RCAA’s president.

Other participating artists are Debra Butler, Lynne Dunnavant, Josie Ellis, Shayla Fish, Christel Gutelius, Jean Kristeller, Rebecca McFadden, Steven Raez, Sandy Ridge-Fisher, Elise Spaid-Roberts, Sheila K. Ter Meer and Thomas Wright.

All entries in RCAA’s exhibition can be viewed during regular banking hours through Aug. 31, when the Artists’ and People’s Choice awards will be announced and join winners in a September display in the lobby of First Financial’s Springhill bank.

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About RiverCityArt

A non-profit organization based in Terre Haute, Indiana, that promotes, supports and enhances an appreciation of the visual arts in the Wabash Valley through art exhibits, demonstrations, seminars, workshops, and any and all other appropriate means. Membership open to artists age 18 and older.
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