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2010 National Art Encounter


The von Liebig Art Center, Naples FL

September 11 - October 30, 2010

 National Art Encounter 2010 is a juried awards exhibition highlighting recent work in installation, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and works on paper. This highly competitive exhibition was open to artists from all 50 states. Artwork is on view throughout The von Liebig Art Center on the first and second levels.

Denise Gerson of the Lowe Art Museum served as Exhibition Juror and Awards Judge and selected artwork for the exhibition and award winners. Exhibition generously sponsored by Physicians Regional Healthcare System and Publix Super Markets Charities. ARTMove LLC is the official shipping agent for National Art Encounter 2010. Awards generously sponsored by Physicians Regional Healthcare System, Publix Super Markets Charities and Artisan Framers.

Juror’s Statement

Jurying National Art Encounter 2010 has been a rewarding visual and intellectual experience. From old world conventions to contemporary strategies, this year’s submissions demonstrated the great range and excellence of fine art and contemporary craft being produced throughout the United States. While many artists employed media long associated with artistic and craft traditions, others worked innovatively with new-age materials.

Stylistically, both representational imagery and its artistic counterbalance, abstraction, are thriving – testament to the enduring legacy of the history of art as muse and inspiration. Yet I also discovered works in all genres pushing idiomatic boundaries, revealing transformative, perceptual, and conceptual artistic concerns that challenged me to re-think and expand my definition of what constitutes good art and craft in the 21st century.

Finally, I found myself reflecting on how profoundly our environment effects art-making today, for in overwhelming numbers the works submitted to Encounter 2010, whether 2-D or 3-D, large or small, are informed by nature and the organic world we all share -- perhaps an effort, whether conscious or subconscious, to vouchsafe through a single piece of art, a fragile environment in danger of running amok. 

Many thanks to the von Liebig Art Center for inviting me to participate inNational Art Encounter 2010. To all the talented artists whose work I was privileged to see, I say, well done!

About the Juror

Denise Gerson is the Associate Director of the Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami. Gerson has an almost 30-year career in the visual arts. She has curated and/or organized over 25 major exhibitions for the Lowe Museum since 1989 and is responsible for exhibition development, presentation, and design; curatorial interpretation and publication; authorship, organization and editorial supervision of in-house publications; grant writing; and lecturing. Her latest publication is Through the Lens: Photography from the Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami.

Gerson holds a Master of Arts degree in Art History from the University of Miami. She has taught visual arts and humanities at Miami-Dade College and art history at the University of Miami. Gerson serves each year on the Curator’s Panel sponsored by Art Nexus during Art Basel Miami Beach. From 1998 to 2000 she served as Chairperson for Art in Public Places, City of Miami Beach.