Prizes are awarded yearly to photographers and visual artists whose works are considered to be of exceptional artistic and humanistic merit. The visual art judge is Jonathan Frazier. Jonathan is a regional artist, known locally for his pen-and-ink architectural renderings, and more broadly for his vibrantly colored oil paintings.
Much of his art work is influenced by his mindset as a performing musician, and much of his music is in turn influenced by his experience as a visual artist. He studied at the Maryland Institute, College of Art, then transferred to Kutztown University where he received his BFA with a studio concentration in painting. His work has been featured in Art of the State and in various juried shows including Lebanon Valley College, The Pennsylvania State Museum, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, and Philadelphia Sketch Club. He has had solo shows at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Center in Frederick MD, the Montpelier Center near Richmond VA, and the many commercial galleries that represent his work, including Gallery at Second in Harrisburg, the 2nd Floor Gallery in Mechanicsburg, and Gallery 30 in Gettysburg.
A Good Moment
© Carmen Marcucci, Age 17
Daughter of Gina Marcucci, Neural and Behavioral Sciences
Judge’s Comments: An intimate composition of shapes in a warm palette of orange-ish reds and yellows against the natural wood background of the underlying support. The wood is exploited for its tactile potential in the largest background shape, where it has been burned and incised in a way that vaguely suggests a flowing, feathery quality. Interestingly, elements of this same background shape appear to run down over the closer foreground shape of the shoulder. Further playful manipulation of the pictorial space is evident in the colored shapes which have the hard-edged appearance of stenciled application, as well as the nuanced blending of soft brush work.
© Mira Green, Age 17
Daughter of Michael Green, M.D., Department of Humanities
Judge’s Comments: Here we have a collaged mixture of materials, including coffee fluidly brushed on in a watercolor style. The deep, earthy umber tones of the coffee stand out against the muted colors of its surroundings. The background is more about brush marks and rich texture, as it is a collage of torn newspaper. It is interesting to note the difference between the flat opaque quality of the white paint that covers some of this background and the warm, luminous white of the exposed paper that shines up from beneath the translucent rendering of the coffee cup.
© Dianne Zinn
Judge’s Comments: Why did the chicken cross the road? The question remains. There are, however, no questions about the effectiveness of the artist’s bold use of color and design elements with the large chicken painted over a collage of road maps. The blue sky is broken up by the monochromatic “Why,” as well as the echoed shape of the chicken filled in by the road map.
Finale (Perugia, Italy)
© Bettine Rupp
Daughter of Sally Rupp, Medical Education
Judge’s Comments: Painted on location, “en plein air,” these four pieces have a fresh painterly quality with a well observed variety of hard and soft edges to carry the eye through the middle-ground valleys to the distant mountains. The artist manages to use remarkably intense hues of color throughout this scene without compromising the underlying sense of vast space and atmosphere. The quadriptych arrangement of these pieces allows the crests of the various mountain ridges to line up, lending a further sense of unity to the four different scenes.