Current Exhibitions 

In the Brandt Gallery...

90th Annual McLean County 
Amateur Art Exhibition & Competition

90th Annual McLean County Amateur Art Competition/Exhibition Award Winners


Merwin Medal – Best of Show – Jayda Jumper



Ashley Ritter Most Promising Art Award – Jeanna Campbell

HIGH SCHOOL                       1st PLACE                                                                    2nd PLACE

Graphics                                 Allison Ganther                                                     Cecilia Fosen    

Painting                                   Mia Harris                                                               Cecilia Fosen

Photography                        Connell Gapinski                                                       Anne Witte

Sculpture                                Ashley Spencer                                                     Spencer Ecton

UNIVERSITY                            1st PLACE                                                                    2nd PLACE

Graphics                                 Rebecca Kordas                                                          Alissa Palmer

Painting                                   Hannah Songer                                                          Keri Leach

Photography                        Joe Koski                                                                     Christopher Myers

Sculpture                                Hayley Gray                                                              Benjamin Bays

ADULT                                       1st PLACE                                                                    2nd PLACE

Graphics                                 Pam Gates                                                                 Nina Gordon

Painting                                   Robert Faulkner                                                        Shirley Passmore

Photography                        Michael O'Brien                                                              Mark Swanson

Sculpture                                Ali Akyvz                                                                       Jenny Clay

This exhibitions and awards are made possible by the generosity of these sponsors:

Alphagraphics, R. Charles & Laura Baue, The Copy Shop, Gay Dolan, Charlette & Roger Elm, Susan Emmerson, Francois Associates Architects, Dennis French, Linda Willis Fisher & Robert Fisher, Glodo's Original Kettle Korn, Alison & Brian Hatcher, Aaron Henkelman & Lori Baum,  Jan & Ken Holder, Dave & Sandy Holt, Kristen & Doug Johnson, Alexis & Mike Kalish, KodaRoamers Camera Club of Bloomington-Normal, Lucca Grill, Susan & John Mendenhall, Mid-America Insurance, Reid & Cathy Richards, Ashley Ritter Memorial Fund, Jack & Linda Ritter, Diane & Ronald Skidmore, Specs Around Town, Robert & Connie Stefl, Sulaski & Webb CPAs, Barbara & Bill Taft, Mark & Deborah Thurston, Timothy Kent Gallery & Framing, Unique Designs, Steve & Deb Wannemacher, Lynn & Patsy Webber 

90th Annual McLean County Amateur Art Competition/Exhibition

McLean County Arts Center received 282 entries for this year’s competition. The juror, Stephanie Roberts, selected 124 artworks for the exhibition and awarded 26 cash prizes for outstanding works of art by amateur McLean County artists.

Stephanie Roberts earned an MFA in Painting from the University of Iowa. She is an internationally exhibited artist and teaches studio art at the City Colleges of Chicago.  Roberts has been a Visiting Artist at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, at Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, as well as Visiting Critic at North Park University, Chicago.

Entries received:                              Entries accepted:

HIGH SCHOOL                        119                                          32

UNIVERSITY                 83                                            48

ADULT                           80                                            41

                        Total   282                              Total   124

Juror’s Statement

Jurying this year's Amateur Art Exhibition was an honor for me, and a huge challenge.  It was with extreme difficulty that I selected just a portion of the large number of very impressive submissions.  The work in this show is a testament to your strong community of artists and art educators in the level of technical skill, breadth of subject matter, and depth of expression and content.  I found the statement pieces to be thought-provoking, the craftsmanship in others to be elegantly sophisticated, and the personal visual expressions in so many to be resonant with me as an artist and fellow human being.

                                                                    -Stephanie Roberts




In the Armstrong Gallery...

Alighted Stephanie Roberts


The McLean County Arts Center presents Stephanie Roberts’ figurative painting exhibition Alighted in the Armstrong Gallery from March 3 through April 22, 2017. The free and public Artist Reception will be on Friday, March 10, 5 - 7 pm. Roberts served as the juror for the 90th Annual McLean County Amateur Art Competition/Exhibition showing concurrently in the MCAC’s Brandt Gallery.

Stephanie Roberts' oil paintings of figures exhibit a mastery of handling paint and study of metaphor. Roberts’ figures are represented in several ways- exquisitely poised diving through space in swimsuits, paired with birds, or at rest in portraits. Painted in an expressive style they surprise the viewer with the quiet and calm they manifest by allowing the momentum of the subject to be studied. This duality in the artist’s work is intended as she explores the struggles between free will, destiny, the human, and the divine. By painting her subjects suspended in space and time, Roberts’ paintings also propose questions concerning order, meaning, and existence.  

Stephanie Roberts earned an MFA in Painting from the University of Iowa. She is an internationally exhibited artist and teaches studio art at the City Colleges of Chicago. Roberts has been a Visiting Artist at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, at Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, as well as Visiting Critic at North Park University, Chicago.

This exhibition is generously sponsored by Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts.


In the Sales Gallery...

Dualities Carolina Rodríguez


The McLean County Art Center presents in the Sales Gallery the exhibition Dualities by Carolina Rodríguez beginning March 3 through April 22. Please join us for the free and public Artist Reception on Friday, March 5, 5-7 PM.

"Carolina is a Costa Rican artist. She has lived in the United States for 6 years. Her life involves constant travel between two countries, Costa Rica and the U.S. On one hand Carolina identifies with her roots in Costa Rica, but on the other she has a new life with her husband Cesar and their daughter Maya here in Bloomington. These trips have allowed her to find certain dualities in the environments in which she lives. Her work tries to show the contrast and similarities between these two countries: one tropical, developing, full of color, and a capital city full of old buildings, people, cars and street sales; the other a great country, a world power, developed and with vibrant cities like Chicago, where she has found inspiration in its urban atmosphere, skyscrapers and constant movement. This exhibition aims to show the dualities present in the two worlds in which the artist lives."

- Carolina Rodríguez



 

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