SUMMIT — David Mazure has won the Best in Show at the 25th Annual International Juried Show presented at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey. Mazure’s award-winning piece, “Supersymmetry Exists… Just Not Here,” is a five-part graphite drawing based on mutated anatomical forms.
Mazure, a resident of Milford, Pennsylvania, received a cash prize of $2,500 and round-trip travel to Summit. He also will have lunch with Guest Curator Joan Young of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.
Three Merit Awards with a cash prize of $200 each were awarded to Robin J. Koss of Chatham, New Jersey, for “Birthday Party,” So Yoon Lym of North Haledon, New Jersey, for “Jhonathan,” and Catherine Winkler Rayroud of Richmond, Texas, for “Women’s Liberation? What Liberation??” and “Set Yourself Free.” Antanas Adomaitis of Vilnius, Lithuania, received the Painting Award for “Evening Birds” and Todd Stewart of Liberty, South Carolina, received the Photography Award. Both awards carry a cash prize of $100. The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey Curator’s Award was given to J.C. Lenochan of Orange, New Jersey, for “Unfinished Business Page 31.” In addition, the Art Center will hold a visitors’ choice award for show attendees to vote for their favorite work.
The Marylou Hillyer International Juried Show showcases works from around the globe and provides artists with greater exposure and the opportunity to meet a curator from one of the world’s best known art museums. The exhibition is named in memory of Marylou Hillyer, a long-time supporter and dedicated member of the Art Center, who for many years oversaw and directed the International Juried Show. The show is open to artists in all media from across the country and abroad. This year the Art Center received 560 submissions, including 198 from New Jersey-based artists. Among the 20 foreign countries represented among the submissions were Singapore and the United Kingdom. Overall, 109 pieces of art were selected for the final Juried Show.
In discussing the challenges of managing a juried show, juror Joan Young of the Guggenheim Museum noted “There is a huge variety of art work. Usually, I think of a show as a whole. Now, I am looking at each work individually. I also don’t know the artist or his practice. But it is refreshing to look at one work on its own merits.”
Joan Young is Associate Curator of Contemporary Art and Manager of Curatorial Affairs at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. She manages both loan-and collection-based exhibitions for the museum’s international network of sites, contributes to publications, and works with acquisitions committees to develop the museum’s collection of contemporary art.
Founded in 1933, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is the state’s largest organization dedicated exclusively to viewing, making and learning about contemporary art. Comprising a renowned studio school and a thriving exhibition, education and programming schedule, the Art Center welcomes over 60,000 visitors each year.
David Mazure, winner of Best in Show at the 25th Annual International Juried Show for “Supersymmetry Exists…Just Not Here.” (Photo courtesy of Visual Arts Center of New Jersey)
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