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Exhibition of works by finalists in art competition opens

12/09/2008

"Self-Portrait with Kenny" (2006) by Jessie Fisher, winner of the 2008 Young Painters Competition for the $10,000 William and Dorothy Yeck Award presented by Miami University.
An exhibition of works by finalists in the 10th annual Young Painters Competition for the $10,000 William (Miami '36) and Dorothy Yeck Award will be held Dec. 17 through Feb. 11, 2009, at Miami University's Hiestand Galleries, School of Fine Arts.

Works by the 2008 winner, Jessie Fisher, also will be exhibited through Feb. 11. Fisher is assistant professor of painting and drawing at the Kansas City Art Institute.

Non-representational work was submitted for the 2009 competition from artists ages 25-35 from across the United States. Finalists are: Beth Gilfilen, Jersey City, N.J.; Dana Hargrove, Maitland, Fla.; Robert Horvath, Champaign, Ill.; Jeesoo Lee, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Stephanie McMahon, Alfred Station, N.Y.; Kathryn Neale, Alexandria, Va.; Karl Pilato, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Hyun Ja Shin, Chicago, Ill.; Hooper Turner, New York City, N.Y.; and Michelle Word, Lansing, Mich.

The winner receives the $10,000 Yeck purchase award and is invited to present a one-person exhibition during the 2010 competition. Second prize is $1,500 and third prize is $1,000.

Juror for the 2009 competition is Bob Nugent, professor emeritus at Sonoma State University. Nugent has received awards including an NEA Fellowship, a Fulbright Travel Grant and a California Arts Council Grant for his work in Brazil. His paintings, prints and drawings have been included in more than 95 solo and more than 500 group national and international exhibitions. His work is included in museums and private collections.

Nugent will discuss the competition at 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, in Room 100 of the art building. A reception and ceremony announcing the winners follows at 5:15 p.m. in Hiestand Galleries. The lecture and reception are free and open to the public.

For more information, call 529-1883.

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