A whimsical oil painting depicting a young boy being consumed by a goldfish took the top award in the 2019 Irene Rosenzweig Biennial Juried Exhibition, according to a news release.
Andrew Scott of Denton, Texas, won Best in Show and $1,000 award for his art, “They Call Him Jonah,” oil on wood panel, at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas Oct. 10.
The First Place winner of $500 was John Alleyne of Baton Rouge, La., for “Luke 12:48,” a mixed-media collage on wood panel.
The annual show recognizes established and emerging mid-South artists. Juror Joseph Givens of Louisiana State University presented the six awards during the opening reception. Other winners included:
Second Place ($200): Michael Baggarly of Murfreesboro, Tenn., for “Lady-Like,” mixed-media sculpture;
Merit Award ($100): Susan Baker Chambers of Little Rock for “End of Summer,” acrylic on linen;
Merit Award ($100): Robly A. Glover of Lubbock, Texas, for “Stop,” nickel and chrome-plated steel necklace;
Merit Award ($100): Elizabeth Weber of Little Rock for “Learning To Say ‘No,’” mixed-media sculpture.
Andrew Scott — the Best in Show winner, is a high school teacher at Aubrey, Texas, and was on hand to accept his award. His wife, Karalee, was also one of the 39 artists selected for the exhibition.
“I use imagery found in mythology and children’s stories to explore the loss I feel age and bias take from us,” Scott said about “They Call Him Jonah.”
“This artwork takes the child-like idea of mermaids and separates the components into more gruesome ‘real’ counterparts. Despite focusing on loss, the piece is meant to be comical through the juxtaposition of a child and his goldfish.”
The juror, Givens, said that Scott’s painting set the stage for the theme of the 2019 exhibition.
“One reason that I chose this is it has a very arresting visual of a fish consuming a child, but it’s done in a way that oozes with intrigue and mystery and those are all choices that the artist made to make this great,” Givens said.
View Scott’s work at https://drive.google.com/open?id=1RSdZcXKd_al1K4gPY2V4cS5r6pZjIuhN.
First place winner John Alleyne of Baton Rouge was born at Barbados. Alleyne moved at age 16 to Brooklyn, New York. There he says he was influenced by hip-hop culture — specifically street and graffiti art.
In 2018, Alleyne earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in studio art, with concentrations in painting, drawing and printmaking, from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in studio art, with concentrations in graphic and digital design, in 2014 from State University of New York in Potsdam. View Alleyne’s work on his website, johnalleyne.com.
Second place: Michael Baggarly’s “Lady-Like,” sculpture is a 3D-printed polylactic acid, porcupine quills and stainless steel. “‘Lady-Like’ is a direct reaction to the misogynistic actions and statements of men in power,” Baggarly said. Link to image: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1I3hUcAQp0PF83a1GXUdZ-vIKKfNDdch_
Merit award: Susan Baker Chambers’ “End of Summer” is acrylic on linen. “This self-portrait is of the aging artist in the late summer garden,” Chambers said. “At the ‘End of Summer’ I let my garden go to seed for next spring, leaving plants for the birds and insects in the winter.” View Chambers’ work on her website, susanbakerchambers.com.
Merit award: Robly A. Glover’s “Stop” is a nickel and chrome-plated steel necklace. “The clustering of mundane objects can be charged with political and social content and yet harken back to traditional forms of adornment,” Glover said about his piece. Link to image: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1562KApxe7hTA2ulRpD9GolExKXlLl7gf.
Merit award: Elizabeth Weber’s “Learning To Say ‘No’” is a sculpture of leaf skeletons, honey locust thorns, wool roving and dandelion seeds. “This nest/shelter is also made from leaf skeletons, but ones that have been boiled and bleached to highlight the inner structure,” Weber said. “I wanted to play with the idea of something being so open and fragile looking, still being a place of refuge.” View Weber’s work on her website, mysoulspath.com.
The Irene Rosenzweig exhibition at the Arts & Science Center began with a gift from the Irene Rosenzweig Foundation in 1992. The Irene Rosenzweig Endowment Fund Inc. still supports the exhibition.
A Pine Bluff native, Irene Rosenzweig (1903-1997) was an accomplished scholar and educator. She tutored President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s family during their time in the White House. She received a Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania and was awarded the Prix De Rome fellowship from the American Academy in Rome, according to the news release.
The exhibition continues in ASC’s William H. Kennedy Jr. Gallery through Jan. 4, 2020. Details: asc701.org/rosenzweig.