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Hiestand Galleries features art by young painters

12/03/2007

"Variation II of Variation I of Venezuelan Globular Cluster" (2004), acrylic on canvas by Omar Chacón, 2007 winner of the Miami University Young Painters Competition for the William and Dorothy Yeck Award.
Works by finalists in the ninth annual Miami University Young Painters Competition for the William (Miami '36) and Dorothy Yeck Award will be exhibited Dec. 13 through Feb. 9 at Hiestand Galleries, School of Fine Arts.

The competition solicits works from U.S. residents ages 25-35 who have achieved a significant degree of success as an emerging artist of noteworthy talent. The winner receives the $10,000 Yeck purchase award and becomes a part of the Miami Best Young Painters of the 21st Century collection.

Works by the 2007 winner, Omar Chacón, also will be exhibited Dec. 13 through Feb. 9. The exhibition is titled "Sancochos Casiqueños a la Cimabue."

Chacón, of Astoria, N.Y., is a native of Colombia who came to this country at the age of 10. He received a bachelor's degree from the Ringling School of Art and Design and a master's in painting from the San Francisco Art Institutes. Chacón is influenced by South American ideas and culture, finding inspiration in objects including flags, food and textiles. He has said his work "is all about culture - it is an investigation of where I came from." He has exhibited widely in the United States and Mexico.

Winners of this year's competition will be announced at a reception, 5:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at Hiestand. Juror for the competition is Peter Plagens, art critic for Newsweek magazine.

Plagens, based in New York, is a Dayton native who also is an author, artist and educator.

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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