The 2014 “Delta National Small Prints Exhibition” at Arkansas State University, now in its 18th year, has gained such a reputation that it attracted more than 600 entries from printmakers across the country this year. Juror Lyle Williams, curator of prints and drawings at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, winnowed those down to 55 works, by 44 artists, for the show. He also chose 12 purchase award winners, whose cash prizes were underwritten by arts patrons in Jonesboro and elsewhere. Winning artworks and award titles are:
San Francisco artist David Avery’s “Too Close to the Sun,” 2013, etching, Chancellor’s Purchase Award (underwritten by Drs. Deidra and Tim Hudson of Jonesboro)
Wilmington, N.C., artist Ann Conner’s “Bel-Air 1,” 2012, woodcut, Beth and Scot Snodgrass Purchase Award (underwritten by Beth and Dr. Scot Snodgrass of Jonesboro)
Connecticut artist Ann Chernow’s “Rendezvous in Black,” 2012, one stone lithograph, Don A. Tilton Purchase Award (underwritten by Don A. Tilton of Little Rock)
Gainesville, Fla., artist A. David Crown’s “Damned (Autun),” 2012, mezzotint, Chucki Bradbury Purchase Award (underwritten by a Special Endowment in Honor of Chucki Bradbury)
Anne Chesnut’s “Sampler: Winter Blackwork II,” 2013, digital print with hand sewing, Molly Graham Welch Purchase Award (underwritten by Claude M. Erwin Jr. of Dallas)
Fort Collins, Colo., artist James Dormer’s “Summer Suite/Bird,” 2013, lithograph, Teresa & Steve Owens Purchase Award (underwritten by Teresa & Steve Owens of Jonesboro)
Brooklyn artist Brett Groves’ “Correspondence 04 (One Fare),” 2012, eight-color silkscreen with UV varnish, Salvest Purchase Award (underwritten by Les Christensen and John Salvest of Jonesboro), in memory of Jeanne and Jack
Little Rock artist Jon Rogers’ “Umboi,” 2012, woodcut, Lindquist Purchase Award (underwritten by Chucki and Curt Bradbury Jr. of Little Rock)
Tulsa artist Michelle Martin’s “Observation #25,” 2012, reduction linocut, Brackett-Krennerich & Associates Architects Purchase Award (underwritten by Kyle Cook, Jeff Herren and George Krennerich of Jonesboro)
San Antonio artist Kent Rush’s “Cuckoo,” 2013, collotype, President’s Purchase Award (underwritten by Mandy and Dr. Charles Welch of Little Rock)
Kelsea Nichols’ “Inside,” 2013, intaglio, Greta and John Troutt Purchase Award (underwritten by Greta and John Troutt of Jonesboro)
New York artist Robin Sherin’s Building Silhouette/Horizontal #9),” 2012, two-color linocut, Les Christensen Purchase Award (underwritten by Sharon and Evan Lindquist of Jonesboro)
Merit awards went to Miguel Cortinas, Brandon Oswal, John Hankiewicz and Caroline Thorington.
Juror’s Merit Awards were selected as follows:
The exhibition continues through Feb. 28. See more images of the art work here.
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