Twenty entries in the 91st annual Toledo Area Artists Exhibition received prizes during an awards program Friday (July 10) evening at the Toledo Museum of Art
Organized annually by the Museum and the Toledo Federation of Art Societies, the exhibition opened to the public immediately following the ceremonies. The exhibit, supported in part by the Ohio Arts Council, will remain on view through Aug. 23 in the Canaday Gallery. Admission is free.
As in past years, the competition for awards was stiff. Two hundred thirty five artists from northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan submitted 617 works of art for consideration. From these, 119 entries by 96 artists were accepted for the exhibition, which is widely recognized as the most important juried show in the region. Twenty artists were chosen to receive awards and cash prizes totaling $7,750.
This years jurors were Ruth Bercaw, an artist based in Cleveland, and Jéssica Flores, an associate curator of contemporary art at the Cincinnati Art Museum.
Kim Monnier of Bowling Green won the $1,000 Best of Show award for her mixed media work, Bee Harmony. First place awards of $500 each went to Timothy Gaewsky of Toledo for Fully Loaded, a single channel digital video, and Matthew Chambers of Toledo for his mixed media entry, 12 American Daydreams.