Twenty-eight artists have been chosen to show their work in the 95th Toledo Area Artists (TAA) Exhibition, the Toledo Museum of Art has announced.
The artists, all of whom live within a 150-mile radius of Toledo, were chosen from among 462 entrants who submitted digital portfolios of their work for consideration.
TAA Exhibition curator Halona Norton-Westbrook, a Mellon Fellow at the Museum, and Amy Gilman, associate director and curator of contemporary and modern art, picked the artists after reviewing 4,175 images, 44 videos and two audio entries.
The 95th TAA Exhibition, to be shown Nov. 21, 2014-Jan. 3, 2015, in the Canaday Gallery, continues the Museum’s tradition of celebrating and recognizing the best work by artists in this region. It is one of the few remaining shows of its kind organized by an art museum nationally.
Several changes were made this year to keep the regional exhibition fresh and relevant nearly a century after it began.
In addition to choosing artists based on portfolios rather than single works of art, prize money was boosted to $10,000, including $5,000 for Best of Show, and a nationally known adjudicator was named.
This year’s judge will be Los Angeles Times art critic Christopher Knight. A three-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in criticism (1991, 2001 and 2007), Knight received the 1997 Frank Jewett Mather Award for distinction in art criticism from the College Art Association, becoming the first journalist to win the award in more than 25 years.
Describing the new look of the show, Norton-Westbrook said the public will see striking differences in work created by artists at different career stages and in different mediums, including sculptures, paintings, drawings, video works, installations and ceramics.
“We were very pleased by the large number of artists entering their portfolios for consideration, the wide range of work and the high caliber of the work being produced in this region,” Norton-Westbrook said.
The following artists have received invitations to show their work in the 95th TAA exhibition. Names are arranged alphabetically by state and city:
Muncie: Chet Geiselman
Ann Arbor: K.A. Letts, Katherine St. Clair
Berkley: Jason Carter
Blissfield: Kenneth Thompson
Detroit: Heather Macali, Margi Weir
Farmington Hills: Joshua Newth
Grand Rapids: Chris LaPorte
Akron: Andrew Borowiec
Bowling Green: Dennis Wojtkiewicz
Cleveland: Charles Mintz
Cleveland Heights: Corrie Slawson
Columbus: Laura Alexander, Molly Burke, Leah Frankel, Nathan Gorgen, Andrea Myers
Liberty Center: Jefferson Nelson
Medina: Julie Friedman
Perrysburg: Sandra Jane Heard
Toledo: Michael Arrigo, David Eichenberg, Timothy Gaewsky, Ben Grazzini, Natalie Lanese, Zak Lyons, Michael Sheets