53rd Annual Juried Competition

Juror, Holly E. Hughes
Godin-Spaulding Curator & Curator for the Collection
Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Reception with Gallery Talk by Hughes
Postponed due to flood, date to be determined
The 53rd Annual Juried Competition is sponsored by CenturyLink Security Systems
$3,200.00 in total prizes. Includes Best-in-Show $1,000, People’s Choice, and Best Packed. Additional awards to be determined by the juror.
Participating Artists
Carolyn Adams (LA), Ransom Ashley (LA), Lester Berman (NM), Jayson Bimber (IN), Nancy Brown (CA), Marie Bukowski (IL), Richard Buswell (MT), Critz Campbell (MS), Adam Christensen (UT), Elizabeth M. Claffey (IN), Beau Comeaux (LA), Black Conroy (MD), Hannah Cooper McCauley (LA), Carla Crawford (CA), Tanya Gadbaw (IL), Louise Glass (NH), Lindsay Godin (IA), Frank Hamrick (LA), Garrett Hansen (KY), David Heo (IL), Cindy Holmes (TX), Michael Hower (PA), Richard Hricko (PA), Kei Ito (MD), Andy Johnston (GA), Marcus Journey (LA), Caitlin Margaret Kelly (NC), Emily Kenas (NY), Tray LaCaze (TX), Lauren Lake (AL), Drew Leventhal (PA), Ryan Lewis (MI), Lauren Lohman (TX), Harry Longstreet (WA), Rodrigo Lopez Gomez (NY), Jenna Lynch (CT), Shona Macdonald (MA), Amanda Maciuba (KS), Stephen Marc (AZ), Loren Marple (NH), Zachary McCauley (LA), Dan McCormack (NY), Tony McDonald (LA), Joseph A. Miller (NY), Ryan Napier (AZ), Lake Newton (TN), Soon Ee Ngoh (MS), Darren Oberto (IL), Shelby Orr (TX), Ji Yeon Park (RI), Jim Pearson (IL), Robert Pena (TX), Victoria Pendzick (NY), MaLynda Poulsen (ID), Marina Povalishina (CA), Lisa Qualls (TX), Todd Reed (IL), Gina Robbins (IL), Jimmy Salmon (TX), Suzanne Schireson (RI), Gary Schmitt (IN), Steven Silberg (MD), Paul Sisson (CO), Cara Sullivan (AR), Paul Valadez (TX), Mark Vargo (LA), Harei Waja (TX), Margi Weir (MI), Peggy Wyman (MO), Timur York (NY), Zach Zecha (PA), and Zijie Zhu (NY).
About the Competition
The Masur Museum of Art’s Annual Juried Competition showcases contemporary artists throughout the United States of America working in any medium. This long-running juried competition also showcases some of America’s best curatorial talent. Recent jurors include Sandra Firmin, Colorado University Art Museum; Kelly Shindler, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis; George Shackelford, Kimbell Art Museum; Liza Simone, Phantom Galleries, Los Angeles; Alison Greene, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; David Houston, currently Bo Bartlett Center; and Miranda Lash, currently Speed Art Museum.
This year 384 artists, representing 42 states and Washington D.C., entered 1070 works of art for consideration by our juror. From that group, Hughes selected 72 works of art by 72 artists representing 30 states. Our exhibition will truly give you a sense of best studio practices by artists working all over the country. Upon seeing the entries this year, Hughes became interested in how artists’ work related to the historical genres of still life, portraiture, history painting, genre painting, and landscapes. Come and see what is happening everywhere, here!
Juror, Holly E. Hughes
Godin-Spaulding Curator & Curator for the Collection.
Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Holly E. Hughes is the Godin-Spaulding Curator & Curator for the Collection. Ms. Hughes, who is the first Albright-Knox Art Gallery curator to hold an endowed position at the museum, centers her curatorial practice on researching and organizing exhibitions that consider in-depth the museum’s Collection. She also works closely with artists in developing site-specific installations and oversees the management of the Fine Art, Digital Assets, Library, Archives, and Special Collections. Most recently, Hughes co-curated the exhibition, Monet and the Impressionist Revolution 1860–1910, which illustrates Monet’s seminal contributions to the development of modernism. She also co-curated the large-scale exhibition, Screen Play: Life in an Animated World, which to date comprises the largest survey of contemporary artists employing animation as a predominant tool in their practices. Other projects she has organized in the past three years include a comprehensive portraiture exhibition drawn entirely from the museum’s Collection entitled Eye to Eye: Looking Beyond Likeness (2015), as well as Dan Colen: Shake the Elbow (2015); Arturo Herrera: Little Bits of Modernism (2015); Sweet Dreams, Baby! Life of Pop, London to Warhol (2013); One Another: Spiderlike, I Spin Mirrors (2014), an exhibition focused solely on female artists from the Collection; and Kelly Richardson: Legion (2013), a major mid-career survey of her immersive video works. Forthcoming projects include organizing a mini-survey exhibition of emerging artist Torey Thornton in 2016 and an exhibition of large-scale drawing, which will open in spring 2017.
Past projects include an installation at Buffalo’s Central Terminal with artist Spencer Tunick (2004) and the exhibitions Bodily Space: New Obsessions in Figurative Sculpture (2004); Op Art Revisited: Selections from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (2008); Ingrid Calame: Step on a Crack…(2009); and Videosphere: A New Generation (2011). From 2002-2005, she served as the museum’s Project Director for The Wall: Reshaping Contemporary Chinese Art, a large-scale exhibition that marked the first collaboration between two American art museums (the Albright-Knox and the University at Buffalo Art Galleries) and a major Chinese art institution to focus on contemporary Chinese art. Additionally, from 2002-2011, Ms. Hughes was the Adjunct Professor for Museum Studies at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. Hughes holds a BA in Fine Arts with a concentration in Photography and a minor in Art History from Buffalo State College, and a master’s degree with a major concentration in Contemporary Art and a minor concentration in Indigenous Art from the State University of New York at Buffalo.