by Lawrence Knorr
River Art: Susquehanna International Fine Art Competition - 2010
Catalog of the 2010 Susquehanna International Fine Art Competition sponsored by West Shore Gallery and Sunbury Press. There were 438 entries from 171 artists in no less than 7 countries. The theme of this year's contest was “River Art”. All entries were to include a river, real or imagined, in their composition. While most utilized the theme literally, many used the theme metaphorically.
Entries were divided into seven categories: Oil/Acrylic, Watercolor, Drawings/Sketches, Mixed Media/Collage, Photography, Digital and Other. Ten finalists were selected in each category, except for Oil/Acrylic, which had an overwhelming number of entries. Category winners were selected, along with an overall winner, whose work was determined to be most attractive for the book cover.
Regarding the jurors, Monica Smith-Talbott and Erin Sparlor: Monica is a Professor of Art at Harrisburg Area Community College and Erin is a Professor of Digital Arts at Central Penn College. Both hold Master of Fine Arts degrees. Erin judged the Photography and Digital categories. Monica judged all of the other categories.
This catalog presents the work of the finalists who wished to be in the book. The work is arranged by category, in no particular order, except the lead image is the winning entry for the category (if the artist participated in the book).
Unless otherwise noted, all of the work is for sale. Prices have not been included in the catalog, but can be found on the information card accompanying each piece in the exhibition. At the time of publication, it was not yet determined which artists would be able to participate in the exhibition, though all finalists were invited.
The following prizes were awarded:
Grand Prize - The top entry of the competition received a $250 cash prize and was used as the cover image for this book.
This year's winner: "The Lower Fork" (2009) by Ed Letven
Category Winners - The top entry in each category won $50 and was featured as the lead image in each chapter of this book:
Oil/Acrylic: "9510 River Memory" (2009) by Joel Le Bow
Watercolor: "Desplaines River" (2001) by Alli Farkas
Drawings/Sketches: "By the River" (2010) by Nancy Ness
Mixed Media/Collage: "Fishing Village" (2008) by Jing Chung
Traditional Photography: "Dawn Breaks" (2008) by Sudipto Das (not in book)
Digital: "Red Rocks" (2010) by Mark DeMent
Other: "Not a Care in the World" (2008) by Lilianne Milgrom
Artists invited to the exhibition by the jury include:
Frances A. Miller
Rebecca Yates Shorb
Janice Schoultz Mudd
John Lyon Paul
Mary Mikel Stump
Kurt K Weiss
Claire Beadon Carnell
Don Michael, Jr.
Gregory W. Frux
Heather Leigh Douglas
Joel Le Bow
Patricia Walach Keough
Ralph J Ryan
Page Count: 108
Trim Size: 8 x 10
Publish Date: October 12, 2010
Imprint: Sunbury Press
by Lawrence Knorr