This year’s show was juried by Claude Elliott, Arts Consultant and Independent Curator. Artists from the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia were invited to submit original hanging work, in any medium, to be considered. Response from the call was significant, with 157 artists submitting over 700 pieces. Elliott selected 118 pieces for the show, all from different artists.
About the juror:
Claude Elliott, arts consultant and independent curator, began his career as Assistant Curator at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Prints, Drawings and Photographs. He interned at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Library of Congress, and the National Gallery of Art. He served six years as Deputy Director of Step Afrika! Prior to moving to Washington, DC he was a Program Officer with the Rhode Island Foundation where he managed a fund for the creation of new works and fellowships for visual artists, writers, and music composers. He is a recipient of a DCCAH Arts and Humanities Fellowship, a Curatorial Grant, Humanities DC Vision Grant and DC Oral History Collaborative Grant. His curatorial interests are creative ideas that are purposeful, mastery of technique, and the intersection of art, history and culture as a bridge for individual reflection and community dialogue. Elliott has a Master of Arts in Art History from the University of Mississippi, Master of Human Services Management, Brandeis University and Master of Social Work, Clark Atlanta University. He has served on review panels for Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County, NEA Challenge America, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and Rhode Island Council for the Arts.
On Monday, February 7th, Elliott spent several hours making the tough decision on who would be awarded the First, Second, and Third Prizes, along with several Honorable Mentions. Here are his selections:
FIRST PRIZE: Nipun Manda “Untitled”
SECOND PRIZE: Cheryl Foster “Golden Crows”
THIRD PRIZE: Jay Durrah “Hattie”
HONORABLE MENTIONS (in alphabetical order by last name):
CinCin Fang “Huangshan (After Liu Haisu)”
Jill Finsen “Approximately 63 Horses and A Cow”
Maddy Keener “Into the Sky”
Glenn Strachan “Stormy Aftermath on the Magothy River”
Raphael Warshaw “Goeteman Residency 101”
This is a hybrid exhibition. Please call Hill Center to schedule an appointment to view the gallery at (202)-549-4172.
Work can be purchased online by clicking on the photo of the piece. Pieces will be available for pick-up at Hill Center or by arrangement with the artist on/after June 4, 2022.
CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT OUR PRIZE WINNERS AND REGISTER FOR A VIRTUAL CONVERSATION BETWEEN THEM AND OUR JUROR ON THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 6:30PM-7:15PM.