Amidst the excitement of winning the Grand Prize in Painting in Indiana and being featured in 2 magazines, a disappointing juror notification card showed up today in the mail. This is the 3rd rejection I've received this year. Although I'm a little bummed, this is the reality with art competitions. I'm not posting this to complain, but rather demonstrate that this is how it is most of the time; rejection is part of the process. However, just because this particular painting didn't get accept at this exhibition, doesn't mean it won't be successful elsewhere. There is a show in North Carolina I'm going to submit this piece to. It is titled, 2016 American Art Today: What is American Art? I feel just about any of my paintings could be displayed in it. The prize money is good too.
I discovered on Friday that the results of the 72st Wabash Valley Juried Exhibition was posted to Facebook. I wasn't able to attend it this year, so I was looking for the forward to seeing how my "WWII Rations" painting did in the competition. To my surprise, the painting won the "Grand Prize in Painting" award! I was shocked to win the same award 2 years in a row. Last year my cap gun painting took home the award and now the rations piece - how exciting! "WWII Rations" was very challenging to paint, I'm glad the hard work paid off.
In addition to, this painting is also featured in Volume 33 of Studio Visit Magazine; I just received my copy last week. Since this is my first printed publication, I geeked out a bit and framed my page.
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