Roanoke College Announces Winners in Juried Art Exhibit

SALEM, Va.-Talia Logan, director of Roanoke College's Olin Gallery, announces the winners of the College's Juried Art Exhibit. Over 100 people submitted more than 300 pieces of art for this show. Juror Ray Kass selected 116 works for the exhibit.

First place was awarded to Mary Tartaro, of Blacksburg, for the cast aluminum Bird Mother (Unraveling). Second place was awarded to Barbara Crawford, of Lexington, for the oil painting Bliss Abandoned II. Third place went to Barbara Norman-Lashley, of Vinton, for an acrylic on recycled metal High-Low Collaboration. Fourth place was awarded to C.J. Philips, of Roanoke, for The Funeral of He and She assemblage.

Honorable mention recognition went to several artists.
Eliz Heil: Lower Antelope Canyon, computer graphics
C. S. Deck: the barbarians …, charcoal Brian Counihan: Magical Thinking, graphite
Elaine Fleck: The Beach Party, oil on fabric
Robert Graham: In Memory of the Jitter Bug, oil on gessoed paper
S.J.Carter: Dying Heritage, photograph

The exhibit also included works by Kate Shortridge, assistant professor of art at Roanoke College.

Kass is a nationally recognized painter and writer. His paintings have been widely exhibited and have been represented in New York City by the many galleries, and, for the past 17 years, by Reynolds Gallery in Richmond. He has received numerous grants and awards, including individual artists' grants from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and from the National Endowment for the Arts. Kass' paintings reside in many public and private collections.

Kass lives in Christiansburg, and maintains a studio & residence in New York City. He is professor emeritus of art at Virginia Tech and founder and director of the Mountain Lake Workshop, a collaborative, community-based art project drawing on the customs and on environmental and technological resources of the New River Valley and the Appalachian region.

The awards ceremony was held Fri., March 16 before a record-breaking crowd in attendance at the exhibit opening. The juried exhibition was open to all artists within a 100-mile radius of Roanoke College. Awards included a $500 for first prize, $300 for second prize, $100 for third prize and $50 for honorable mention.

The Olin Gallery is open daily from 1-4 p.m.

Roanoke College, the country's second oldest Lutheran-related college, is an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college. Roanoke is one of just 276 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the "best in the Southeast." Roanoke's 1,900 students represent 40 states across the U.S. and 26 foreign countries. For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.