Saturday, January 31, 2015

Explore This! 11 Unveiled - Best of Show Goes to.....

CPSA's annual online Explore This! 11 is live at our main website as of February 1, 2015 and will be available for viewing until January 31, 2016.

Explore This! is designed to showcase predominantly colored pencil art executed with at least one other medium. (Ink, pastel, oil, watercolor, gold leaf, markers are but a few of the additions.) This is in contrast to CPSA's annual international competition which only allows 100% colored pencil. The ET! is a signature exhibition and artists can earn their CPX signature status with three acceptances in ten years.

Of the seventy acceptances into the exhibition this year, fourteen awards were chosen by the juror, Courtney McNeil, Curator of Fine Arts and Exhibitions, Telfair Museums. Courtney had this to say about the entries. "In a medium as exacting as colored pencil, the fundamental skills of draughtsmanship and composition have an opportunity to truly shine through. Many of the accepted works excelled in these areas, demonstrating a mastery of light and shadow, perspective, landscape, or the human form. The exhibition is also populated by works possessing effective use of composition, whether harmonious and fluid, dynamic and powerful, or tightly-controlled." Her full statement is available at our main website.

The $2,000 EXPY and CPSA Great Explorations Best of Show Award goes to Julie Podstolski (Australia) for her entry "Step by Step" in colored pencil with Neocolor II (artists' crayons.) Julie's description of her winning piece - "two women with umbrellas approach one another in Miyagawa-cho, Kyoto.  Is this a metaphor for life?" 

"Step by Step"
approx 18 x 13"
Colored pencil and artists crayons
Julie Podstolski (Australia)

The $1,000 CPSA District Chapters Award for Exceptional Merit goes to Amy Turner, CPSA (IL) for her piece "All in a Day's Work" using colored pencil, paint and ink pens. Amy describes her entry as "A view from the passenger seat of a docked truck, looking at the recesses of the loading dock.  An homage to all those who brave the work-a-day traffic and are still able to see the abstract beauty in the mundane industrial environs around them."

"All in a Day's Work"
10 x 8"
Colored pencil, paint and ink pens
Amy Turner, CPSA (IL)

Michael Felber (WA) is the recipient of the $900 CPSA District Chapters Award for Outstanding Achievement. His piece "Grandfather" is rendered in colored pencil and watercolor. When notified of his award Michael had this to say about his love of bears "I've taken seven trips to Katmai Natl. Park, Alaska to view the coastal grizzly bears. While always cautious, we can view the bears in a stress free situation by using body language to understand and communicate with them."

12 x 11"
Colored pencil and watercolor
Michael Felber (WA)

While this is an online exhibition, the top three award winners will have the opportunity to exhibit their work at the CPSA 23rd Annual International in Atlanta this summer. 

We congratulate all of the award winners and the artists whose work was accepted into the ET!11. 


Anonymous said...

Such talent and awesome work. Someday I hope to be 1/2 as good.

Dianne Gruber said...

Con to all the amazing Artists who entered this year's Explore This and to the outstanding winners.

Andrea Placer said...

I'm honored to be part of this exhibit and to have received the Canson Award for Excellence. Thank you!