VAA’s opening reception for the 12th Juried Invitational Exhibition was held the evening of August 9 at The Silos on Sawyer with artists and guests in attendance. People started arriving at 6:00pm. There was food and wine for all.
At 7:00pm., Matt Adams gathered everyone for a short talk and awards show. The exhibition was juried by Catherine Anspon who has a master’s degree in art history and is the Executive Editor of PaperCity Magazine. Catherine is also an author and independent curator. She explained how she chose the work for the show and how the pieces submitted followed a theme. Forty-seven artists submitted 227 works of art of which 70 pieces were chosen for the exhibition. The wide range of creation includes painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, and textiles. Catherine stated “the works juried serve as a dynamic mirror to the state of the art in Houston, as well as concerns at this moment in time on the American and international stage.”
There were prizes given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners, as well as three prizes given for honorable mention. Honorable mentions were given to A. M. Schaer for
“Batman Unmasked”, a laser cut birch pane painted with acrylic; Anthony Pabillano for “Her Golden Throne”, hand-cut layered paper; and Martin Holmes for “Untitled #12”, an archival digital print. Third place was awarded to Keri Bas for “Women’s Rights are Human Rights”, fabric, batting, thread. Second place was given to Cedric Ingram for “Storm’s Coming”, an oil pastel. First place was awarded to Angela Corson for her “Selfie” acrylic painting. There was an article in the Houston Chronicle featuring Angela Corson and Cedric Ingram’s work.
At The Silos on Saturday 12th at 2pm, artists spoke about their work and answered questions. It’s always interesting to hear what artists are thinking and projecting when creating their work.