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Young Painters Competition winners

01/26/2006

Sarah McKenzie has been named first-place winner and recipient of the $10,000 William (Miami '36) and Dorothy Yeck 2006 Young Painters Competition purchase award for her work, "Aerial #65" (2003).

Winners were announced at a Jan. 20 reception at Miami University’s Hiestand Galleries. This is the seventh year for the competition.

McKenzie is associate professor of foundations and painting at the Cleveland Institute of Art. She received an undergraduate degree in film studies at Yale University and an MFA in painting from the University of Michigan. She has been painting aerial views of suburbia for six years and started “Aerial #65” in 1999 when she was living in Colorado. “Early paintings from this series focused on the juxtaposition of suburban sprawl with the open space and farmland that has traditionally characterized the western landscape,” she says.

“These are landscapes where any truly meaningful sense of space has been erased, replaced by something much more generic and anonymous.”

Adela Leibowitz of New York received a second-place cash award for “Hemlock” (2004) and Paul Flippen of Wichita, Kan., received a third-place cash award for “Call and Response” (2005).

Juror for the competition was art historian, curator and critic Sue Taylor.

An exhibition of works by the winners and finalists is at the Hiestand through Feb. 10. Hiestand hours are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free. For more information, call (513) 529-1883.

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