American Women Artists has recently announced the winners of its annual Spring Online Juried Show. This generated the largest number of entries in AWA’s history, with 1,198 works submitted to the show by 434 artists. Three jurors, Kathleen Giles (NY), Lynn Rhoda Dates (NY), and Cheryl Newby (SC), chose 108 paintings and sculptures for the final show. Cheryl Newby, owner of the Cheryl Newby Gallery, Pawleys Island, South Carolina, was the awards juror who selected the 15 award winners.
“It is truly amazing,” Cheryl Newby commented, “to fathom how much talent exists among our women artists across America today. The level of skill and genius made choosing the award winners an arduous task. Any endeavor such as this necessarily requires subjective decisions, but I hope everyone agrees that the choices made reflect the extraordinary quality of the works submitted.”
Open to all 2019 AWA Associate and Associate with Distinction members working in either 2D or 3D, the Grand Prize ($2,000 cash award) went to Carla O’Connor (Olalla, WA) for her watercolor and gouache painting “Allure of Kimono,” Second Place went to Barbara Dahlstedt (Buckeye, AZ) for her colored pencil drawing “Wyld Man,” and Third Place went to Stephanie Revennaugh for her bronze “Mutual.”
Grand Prize winner Carla O’Connor wrote, “I am thrilled and so honored to receive this award. It is hard to put into words how it makes me feel when I see the caliber of the other entries; amazing works!”
AWA is dedicated to providing professional opportunities for women in the visual fine arts. The Spring Online Juried Show offers an exhibition opportunity for Associate members who can gain the experience of preparing work for a national juried competition. Some of the most exciting up-and-coming representational artists participate in this competition.