Award Winners from the 2019 IAA Members Awards Show

Irving Art Association presents the award winners at the 2019 Annual Members Awards Show.

2019 marks the 64th year of the Irving Art Association and its annual exhibitions. This year 37 IAA members are displaying art in the exhibit, with a total of 101 pieces of art and photography.

Participating artists: Hugh Adams, Utsav Adhibari, Tina Alvarez, Helen Bailey, David Blow, Ryan Cockerham, Terry Cockerham, Ruben Contreras, Steve Danner, Juliana Garcia, Sharon Giles, Jene Gravley, Matthew Grennell, Jane Kahler, Susan Kindley, Jean Knauber, Sudeep Kumar, Sheliah Lonian, Vandana Mehta, Susan Murray, Don O’Bannon, Quentin Ochs, Junanne Peck, Trish Poupard, Madhu Prabhu, Rebecca Prince, Robert Prince, Angela Renee, Stephen Riella, Ann Rowley, Seema Saleemi, Bess Salomon, Stephen Schlarb, Dawn Secord, Behnaz Sohrabian, Zakehia Uscanga, and Mary Anne Whittle.

$930 in prizes was awarded at the Reception on June 9th by exhibit co-chair Sharon Giles and juror Ann Eckstrom. Immediately before the Reception, a major thunderstorm knocked out power to parts of Irving, including IAA’s Gallery at the Jaycee Park Center for the Arts. Though the gallery was mostly dark, we compensated by holding smartphone flashlight gallery tours. The awards presentation was held in the smaller west gallery since the lighting was better.

Reception photos will be posted soon on the IAA Photo Album.

Details are listed on the Exhibit Catalog:

Juror’s StatementAnn Eckstrom

I am impressed with the artworks submitted for this exhibition.  I spent considerable time looking at the works hanging on these walls, to really see the qualities of each work.   Choosing prizes was difficult and I wish that there had been even more awards available.  I love the idea of adding a Challenge category that runs through each section and I am very happy to be able to give those awards.

As a juror, I look for a number of attributes, some seemingly contradictory.  I look for skills and professionalism, but also spirited whimsy and immediacy.  I also hope to find works where the artist strived for a result that was not easy, one that led them to grow as an artist.  I look for a new concept or a very well handled traditional one.

The best of show, by David Blow, as well as all the top prizes, fulfilled my hope to see good, new ideas and well-crafted artworks.  I appreciate the chance to spend time viewing and thinking about the works in this show

Award Winners

Best of Show
“Vibrations in the Brush” digital photo David Blow

Challenge Category (Monochrome)
1st Place “Alara” acrylicRuben Contreras
2nd Place “The Rope” photography Hugh Adam

1st Place “Leslie at the Reunion” Jene Gravely
2nd Place “Joys & Pains #2” Behnaz Sohrabian
3rd Place “Newan Girl” Utsav Adhibari
Honorable Mention “African Sun” Rebecca Prince

Water Media
1st Place “Tennessee St.” watercolor Sudeep Kumar
2nd Place “Falling Down” acrylic Steve Danner
3rd Place “Light in the Forest” watercolor Bess Salomon
Honorable Mention “Abstract I” acrylic Seema Saleemi

1st Place “Cielo Oscuro” collagraph Junanne Peck
2nd Place “Bowl” ceramics Robert Prince

1st Place “Starlight’s Watchful Eye” colored pencil Helen Bailey
2nd Place “Beep! Beep!” colored pencil/pastel Sheliah Lonian
3rd Place “I Wish” pen and ink Vandana Mehta

1st Place “Zoom Zoom” digital photo Tina Alvarez
2nd Place “Tuff Canyon” photograph Terry Cockerham
3rd Place “Portrait – Demoiselle Crane” photograph Susan Kindley
Honorable Mention “Heave Ho” photograph Angela Renee

The exhibit is on view May 26 – June 28, 2019 at the Jaycee Park Center for the Arts. Strike date is Saturday, June 29 from 10am-2pm.

Award winners and challenge entries (Monochrome) from the 2019 IAA Members Juried Exhibition will be included in the 2019 IAA Winners Exhibit at the Irving Art Center July 13 – August 25, 2019.  Address: 3333 N. MacArthur, Irving TX in the Dupree Lobby.

Other artwork from the exhibit will be in the 7th Annual IAA Summer Exhibit to be held June 30–Sept. 29 at the West Irving Library, 4444 W. Rochelle, Irving TX, 75062.