The third Illinois River Salon art exhibition got a great kickoff on Wednesday night with a dinner hosted by the Illinois River Watershed Partnership. The Salon was curated by Todd A. Williams and John P. Lasater IV, also founders of the Heart of America Artists’ Association.
Many of the participating artists were present to hear the judge, Chad Alligood, present the awards. Chad is Curator at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Speaking from his experience with art and artists around the United States, he gave high compliments to the quality of the work at the Illinois River Salon.
The 2015 Illinois River Salon features nearly 75 works by 50 different artists. The participating artists came from all over the Midwest including Arkansas, Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma, Illinois, Colorado and Wisconsin, all in an effort to record their artistic impression of the Illinois River Watershed. For those of us that call this region home, we are grateful because their efforts help us be proud and remind us of the beauty we have here. The exhibition is made possible thanks to a grant from the Windgate Foundation.
We are pleased to announce this year’s winners:
Best of Show and $2,500 went to Michele Wells of St. Louis, Missouri, for her painting “Day Break”. Michele also had the honor of winning the Artists’ Choice award, voted on by the artists on Wednesday evening.
Second Place and $1,500 went to Julie Gowing Hayes of Bella Vista, Arkansas, for her painting “Sager Creek Bubbly”.
Third Place and $1,000 went to Nancy Harkins of Tulsa, Oklahoma, for her painting “Sunlight on Cedar Creek”.
Beyond the Frame: Experiencing Art in Downtown Siloam Springs is an exciting new series of art events that will feature a reveal of new pieces of public art, and Outdoor Art Market, and an Art Walk with indoor gallery exhibits. These events will be hosted on the second Saturdays of summer months from 4-7p.m. in historic downtown Siloam Springs. Dates are May 9th, June 13th, July 11th, and August 8th.
We would love for you to be involved! Main Street Siloam Springs is funding a series of smaller-scale public art projects to be revealed in June, July, and August of this year. I have attached information about these projects to this e-mail – we hope you consider applying! Also, you’ll receive more information from me soon about Beyond the Frame: Experiencing Art in Downtown Siloam Springs, which is coordinating a series of outdoor summer art events that will be hosted in historic Downtown Siloam Springs where you can showcase and sell your art – we’d love to have you participate!
For the past two years, artists have found a welcome retreat here in Northwest Arkansas and Northeast Oklahoma as word spreads about the prestigious Illinois River Salon art exhibition, an event resulting from a partnership between Illinois River Watershed Partnership and Heart of America Artists’ Association. These participating artists come from all over Arkansas and neighboring states like Missouri, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Illinois, all in an effort to record their artistic impression of the Illinois River Watershed. For those of us that call this region home, we are grateful because their efforts help us be proud and remind us of the beauty we have here. The exhibition is made possible thanks to a grant from the Windgate Foundation.
The night of October 2nd was the opening reception at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art for the 2014 Illinois River Salon, featuring 28 selections from the larger show of over 75 artworks (viewable digitally here). Judge and Curator of Crystal Bridges, Manuela Well-Off-Man, spent considerable time evaluating the artworks for a total of 11 awards. We are pleased to announce this year’s winners:
Best of Show and $2,500 went to Jason Sacran of Magazine, Arkansas, for his painting “Fog, Mist & Rain”.
The 2014 Illinois River Salon is still three months away, but many artists are gathering reference from the swelling waters, lush landscapes, and amazing cloud shows. Don’t let the deadline of September 2nd catch you off guard! Remember, this show is not a plein air show necessarily. The organizers of the show want work “inspired” by the Illinois River Watershed, and it is assumed that you as the artist are gathering reference from the watershed. Many of the pieces last year were done or completed in the studio. To read more about the show, go to the prospectus here.
We’re calling it the “Experimental Painting Workshop”. There will be dual instruction by both Todd A. Williams and John P. Lasater IV. This is a different kind of workshop…a chance to try things you maybe never have, in addition to some very important basics. If you come with an open mind and spirit, it should be a freeing environment to discover what excites you as an artist. All levels of skill are invited.
It will be held August 8-9, 2014 at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, in their beautiful new studios. Workshop cost is $225 for 2014 members of Heart of America Artists’ Association and $250 for non members. Lodging and meals at John Brown University can be provided at a VERY reasonable rate (Last year it was something like $18/night for lodging). Ask about it when you sign up. Contact Bob Martin at email@example.com for more information.
[This workshop is part of the John Brown University Art Workshop Series, sponsored by the JBU Department of Visual Arts.]
This is a members-only event. On February 28 from 1pm till 5pm, founders Todd and John will host “A Day at the Museum”, featuring a personal tour at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art with artistic insight on some of our favorite masterful paintings from the early Colonial 19th century to the late 20th century collections. It will wrap up with a visit to the Crystal Bridges art studios by Lori Lincks, the Public Programs Museum Educator, who will tell us about upcoming educational opportunities. We will meet in the lobby at 12:45pm. Please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org