Saturday, February 1, 2014

Explore This! 10 Winners Announced



This year’s Explore This! 10 exhibition is an exciting one including a broad range of genres from the abstract to the realistic and all predominantly in colored pencil. 

Susie Garrett - Prismacolor Best of Show and EXPY Award
Flight Patterns, 28x28x1 inches
Colored Pencil on Vellum Bristol, Rusted Metal, Screws


The Colored Pencil Society of America encourages the creative use of colored pencils. Exhibitions such as Explore This! give our members and other artists a venue to experiment with mixed media. Be it in two dimensions or three, with other mediums, or in conjunction with found objects, the colored pencil can shine in unexpected usage.

CPSA members selected for Explore This! three times within ten years earn signature status, which entitles them to proudly wear the “CPX” label after their names. 

Our esteemed juror, Amy Galpin, Ph.D., had some wonderful things to say about the exhibition:
“I was drawn to images that represented something new or different. Even a traditional portrait can offer something dynamic in the smallest details such as a psychologically intense expression, the color of a shirt, the pose of the figural form. Whether in the portraits chosen or in other types of compositions, I looked for elements that caught me by surprise, inspired awe, or resonated with historical and cultural meanings. Susie Garrett’s work caused me to pause the longest, to reflect on its formal qualities, and to ponder its hidden implications.”

Tanja Gant, CPSA - CPSA Great Explorations Award for Exceptional Achievement
Shadows, 8x10 inches
Colored Pencil, Graphite


The artwork selected for awards are beautiful, creative, and technically proficient. CPSA is proud to announce the following winners for Explore This! 10:

Susie Garrett - Prismacolor Best of Show and EXPY Award, $2000
Tanja Gant, CPSA - CPSA Great Explorations Award for Exceptional Achievement, $1500
Jeannette Sirois - CPSA District Chapters Award for Exceptional Merit, $1200
Candace Ripoli, CPX - Derwent Fine Art Pencils Award for Exceptional Merit, $1200 product
Karen Hull - CPSA District Chapters Award for Outstanding Achievement, $650
Cristina Iotti - Seattle WA District Chapter 207 Award for Outstanding Recognition, $500
Anda Chance - Legion Paper Award for Outstanding Recognition, $500
Mary Foote - Creative Art Materials/Caran d’Ache Award for Outstanding Recognition, $500 product (Luminance set)
Gail Postal - Creative Art Materials/Caran d’Ache Award for Outstanding Recognition, $500 product (Museum set)
Anna Hammer - Bruynzeel Award for Excellence, $300 product
Toni James, CPSA - Canson Award for Excellence, $300 product
Deborah Maklowski , CPSA - Staedtler-Mars Award for Excellence, $300 product
Mike Purdy - Tombow Award for Excellence, $300 product

Jeanette Sirois - CPSA District Chapters Award for Exceptional Merit
Mom, 40x30x1.5 inches
Colored Pencil, Charcoal


Congratulations to all our award winners! Each award is well-deserved! The entries never fail to impress and inspire us through their creative vision and techniques.

Thank you, Amy Galpin, Ph.D., for your time and expertise in judging Explore This! 10. And a very gracious thank you to all our sponsors for your continued support.

Lastly, thank you to all who entered and participated. The submissions were wonderful and make for an inspiring exhibit. It is exciting to see all the different ways the colored pencil is being used.

To view the Explore This! 10 exhibition, or to learn more about the Colored Pencil Society of America, please visit us at www.cpsa.org

No comments: