Gail Hansen, No, Go Here, 2023, silkscreen, 15 x 15
MJ2: 2024 Award Winners

Pictured from left to right with Juror Candice Smith Corby and Executive Director Kate James: Cat Bennett, Susan Ahearn, Julie Hughes, Leslie Lyman, Nancy Roberts

Not pictured:
Jaeok Lee and Kat O’Connor

Baldwin Prize for Drawing:

JULIE HUGHES – REVERIE (NICOLE)
Julie Hughes’ adeptly applied graphite mimics the softness of delicate skin and her agile sensitivity of depicting the signs of living, personally connect us to her subject, Nicole. Hughes’ use of combining see-through concentric washes of color and closed eyes suggest a quiet concentration of inner thoughts.

KAT O’CONNOR – OCCUPY THAT SPACE
At first glance an almost photorealistic image of a woman appears to be in a meditative yogic pose. However, we are not sure if the woman is adorned with mystical tattoos and balancing on the tip of one foot or actually floating on her back decorated in rippled water. Upon closer inspection we see that Kat O’Connor’s deft use of drawing skills defy photography and allow for this dual portrayal of hovering between.

Exhibition Prizes:

CAT BENNET – PARADISO SUNSHINE TEA
Cat Bennet’s painted paper collage is a celebration of formal delights. Color, shape, line, and text complement each other while we imagine enjoying an afternoon tea break. The bright flat colors and allusion to perspective are reminiscent of the wonder of Indian miniatures.

JAEOK LEE – PROSPERITY
Jaeok Lee’s combined use of printmaking and ceramics, presented as if a painting, surprises us with its seamlessness.  The whimsical imagery flows between mediums and invites us to ponder how to enter this playful garden.

SUSAN AHEARN – STRANGE & HARMONIOUS (after Morandi)
Susan Ahearn’s painted paper collage pays homage to the beloved still lives of Italian artist Morandi. Instead of being derivative or only honorary, Ahearn’s skill of subtle color mixing and juxtaposing carefully cut shapes lets her collage transcend history to stand on its own.

NANCY ROBERTS – MY GRANDMOTHER AND ME
Nancy Roberts’ coy double portrait nods to sentimentality and nostalgia of youth, beauty, and family. But upon reading her handwritten note underneath her grandmother as a young beautiful girl, we find out she died during childbirth with the artist’s mother. The tragedy of loss and time are poignantly felt through the artist’s and her grandmother’s shared smiles.

LESLIE LYMAN – GHOST DRESS #1
Leslie Lyman’s lovely ephemeral photograph, Ghost Dress with its shifting resolution and translucent light, reminds us that our memories are neither here nor there. Evoking our lost dreams, the photograph as artifact is what is present and what remains.

Accepted Artists

Members Juried 2: Collage, Crafts, Drawing, Graphics, Mixed Media, Photography, Printmaking 2024

Exhibition Reception Date:

Thursday, February 22 at 5:30pm

Exhibition Opening:

February 22

Exhibition End Date:

March 22

Exhibition Year:

2024

Juried by Candice Smith Corby

Candice Smith Corby is an artist, professor and the Director of the Carol Calo Gallery in the Visual and Performing Arts Department at Stonehill College.

2024: MJ2
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