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Arts & Culture Alliance Announces National Juried Exhibition Award Recipients

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"Fire on the Ground" by Nathaniel Galka

KNOXVILLE – The award recipients for the National Juried Exhibition of 2011 have been announced by the Arts & Culture Alliance.

This new exhibition features selected works from 38 artists in the Southeast and Midwest.

The exhibition features both traditional and non-traditional work and will be displayed at the Emporium Center Gallery through January 27, 2012. A public reception will take place on Friday, January 6, from 5:00-9:00 PM.

The juror, Neely Hyde, selected the following works to receive $1,350 in cash awards:

• Best of Show - Nathaniel Galka of Knoxville, TN for "Fire on the Ground" (mixed media)
• Second Place - Suzanne Wade of Nashville, TN for "Windows & Doors" (oil, pencil)
• Third Place - Cat Manolis of Graham, NC for "Unstable Environment #2: Skeet! Skeet!" (Oil paint, latex, pencil, and marker on canvas)
• Juror's Citations (three) - Claudia Dean of Knoxville, TN for "Lessons II" (Mixed media, Xerox, paint, mulberry paper); Wes Loukota of Knoxville, TN for "Natural Edge Vase with Occlusions" (Maple wood); Elizabeth Porter of Knoxville, TN for "Denial" (Pen, colored pencil, and acrylic on paper)
• Honorable Mentions (three) - John James of Arlington, TX for "Smoke Signals 2" (Watercolor, acrylic, gesso); Dan Thurman of Knoxville, TN for "Picking for a Cat and Jesus" (Oil); Kurt Weiss of Knoxville, TN "Kiss Me" (Photography)

A gallery of images in the exhibition may be viewed at

The Arts & Culture Alliance presented twice as many awards as in years past. "The Arts & Culture Alliance is first and foremost a membership organization," says Executive Director Liza Zenni. "Because we received such an increase in artwork submissions, we brought in more money than we originally budgeted for, so we were able to pass that money on to the artists in the form of more awards."

The National Juried Exhibition welcomed nearly 400 entries from 100 artists in ten states.

The reception on Friday, January 6, is free and open to the public.

The National Juried Exhibition of 2011 is on display through January 27, 2012 at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM with additional hours on Saturday, January 7, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM. The Emporium will be closed December 22 – January 1. For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at
(865) 523-7543, or visit

Source: The Arts & Culture Alliance

Published December 12, 2011

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