Sunday, May 18, 2014

Wichita's First Emerging Artists Award Exhibit

Wichita's first ever Emerging Artists Award Exhibit was held during the Friends of Wichita Art Museum 55th Art & Book Fair last week.   The exhibit was sponsored by Arts Council Inc. of Wichita and hosted by the Friends of Wichita Art Museum (FWAM).  This was a special exhibit presentation of works by eight juried finalists at Century II, Exhibition Hall, May 9 -10, and the "La Noche de Fiesta" VIP Preview event, May 9th.

A painting by Tim Stone and a sculpture by Nam Le

I started installing my installation art piece from the morning of the first day of the event and finished it right before the jurors came to see the work.  It was nerve wracking, but I had great fun making it.  The finished work looked so fresh. Above all this fun, I was chosen as one of the three recipients of the cash award!  It is so encouraging to receive money through practicing installation art which is ephemeral and unsellable.   I would like to send my special thanks to the jurors, Dan Rouser, Mary Werner, Carl Mitchell, Tina Murano, Bradshaw Bernadette, and Lindsey Herkommer. I feel so humbled and honored knowing that each juror is a great leader in various art scenes in Wichita.  I also want to thank Christopher Gulick, the chair person of the Art & Book Fair event who supported us before and during the exhibit, and of course, I appreciate the person who nominated me to this event.

My installation art work "Rewinding", paper & used video tape, 2014

An article about the event is here.