Friday, February 1, 2013

CPSA Announces Explore This! 9

CPSA is pleased to present the ninth annual Explore This! online exhibition.  Explore This! (ET!) is a juried competition of mixed-media artwork focused around the main medium of colored pencil.  Out of 298 entries, 53 were selected to appear in the exhibition.  Thirteen of those entries were selected as award winners.  The best of show “EXPY” award of $2,000 is sponsored by Prismacolor and the $1,500 second prize is sponsored by CPSA. The top award went to Eileen Sorg, CPSA, CPX of Kingston, Washington for her piece, “Foiled Again.”  The second place winner was Deborah Friedman, CPSA of Wellesley, Massachusetts for her piece, “Spirit Stones.”  Ms. Sorg achieved her CPSA status in 2006 and CPX in 2011.  Ms. Friedman achieved her CPSA status in 2011. 

 Eileen Sorg, CPSA, CPX (WA)
"Foiled Again"
Colored Pencil, Watercolor, Ink
12 x 27 inches
Not For Sale

This year’s ET! juror is Mana Hewitt.  Ms. Hewitt is a director of undergraduate studies and gallery director for McMaster Gallery in the Department of Art at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.  When asked about selecting the winning entries, she said, “In selecting the award winners I found that first place and Best in Show, “Foiled Again” by Eileen Sorg, was exceptional in process and content.  Sorg skillfully pushed beyond the expected to create a wonderful visual pun.”  She continued, “Second place, “Spirit Stones” by Deborah Friedman, manipulated transparency, light and reflection with exceptional skill and good humor. Could those rocks be smiling?”  CPSA expresses gratitude to Mana Hewitt for serving as juror and the insight on her award choices.  
Deborah Friedman, CPSA (MA)
"Spirit Stones"
Colored Pencil, Graphite
17.5 x 13 inches

ET! 9 is now on display and will be available on our website through January 31, 2014.  You can see the exhibition now by clicking the following link:  Congratulations to all our winners and accepted artists!

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