Rowayton Arts Center

Focus Under 40

All Media, Open Juried Exhibition

JUROR'S STATEMENT

It is gratifying to see new work by emerging artists. In jurying the Rowayton Arts Center Focus Under Forty exhibition I was pleased to explore work by a roster of artists using a variety of materials and who have diverse styles. I tend to gravitate toward artists who exhibit original thinking and risk taking. Consequently, I prioritized work that felt experimental and showed a unique approach to imagery, technique, or subject. Of course, execution is also important, but that was a secondary consideration when I reviewed the work. The artists I chose have a combined sense of play and studio practice. In other words, they appear to be seriously inquisitive about what their voice as an artist should communicate while also regularly returning to the act of making in order to develop their technical skills. 


I am grateful to the Rowayton Arts Center for inviting me to jury this exhibition. In our collectively difficult and troubled times, the voices of artists and other creative folks are essential for critiquing the status quo, creating spaces for discussion, and encouraging community. I am grateful to all of the artists who entered for sharing their work with me. 


Terri C. Smith

Creative Director, Franklin Street Works




Lauren DeFeo Duchene

Felicity's Reflection

Oil on canvas

13 5/8" x 13 5/8"

$400

BEST IN SHOW

Matthew Anderson

Politics

Many of our politicians have shifted towards self-service as opposed to representing the people. This piece represents citizens swirling around living life, while the establishment surrounds itself with a barrier to protect their perfect institution. Blood is shed on their behalf, while the people of all colors slowly stand up, and eventually a single Black Sheep rises to disrupt the system.

Acrylic on canvas

36" x 36"

NFS




Trisstah Wagstaff

In the Blue

I created this artwork during the first month of social distancing. I minimized my use of color because I wanted to create an extremely soothing and quiet moment for the viewer. Since I completed it, it has be bringing me the peaceful moments that I hope it will also bring to others. 

Acrylic on canvas

36" x 24"

$1,600

Emily Teall

Porcelain (Berry)

Oil on board

12" x 16"

$900




Michael Rose

Corner Reflections

A corner grocery in New York City on a rainy night. The windows of the store are illuminated, reflecting on the wet pavement.

Prismacolor artist's markers, Micron pen, Bristol paper

3.5" x 3.5"

$200

1ST PLACE

Grace Long

Farmhouse

Much of my childhood nostalgia centers around the farmhouse kitchen depicted in this piece. Those memories are characterized by warmth and company.

Pen and marker on paper

8" x 6.5"

$100




Jacob Timchak

Acadia Fog

Color Photography

20" x 30"

$450

2ND PLACE

Bailey Cardinal

Sea Nymph

Watercolor, pen and seashells on paper

14.5" x 19"

$175




Julia Rose

Explorer

Texture is a current focus in my work and collage is a new medium in my artistic journey. The various elements in this piece aim to investigate the contrast between boundaries, possibilities, and transformation. 

Acrylic, oil pastel, fabric, and mixed media on paper

10" x 8"

$200

Ashley Cordes

Untitled, self portrait

Gouache and colored pencil on paper

14" x 11"

$300





Samuel Massey

Alex, 2020

Photo C-print on matte paper

20" x 20"

$500


3RD PLACE

Samuel Massey

Two Trees, 2017

Photo C-print on matte paper

20" x 20"

$500





Jill Sarver

Anonymous (Iran)

Response to political/physical threats against cultural heritage sites and damage that's already been done.

Oil on clayboard

7" x 5"

NFS

Jill Sarver

Anonymous XXVII

I use 'anonymous' portraiture as a vehicle for expression to channel different emotions; from death and destruction to peace and calm. Viewers connect with different portraits, bringing their own stories/backgrounds with them. By viewers interpreting and relating their emotions to mine, the portraits bind viewer to artist, allowing for an unspoken exchange of human identity and connection.

Oil on clayboard

7" x 5"

NFS





Matthew Swensen

Canyon in the Sky

Clouds breaking to reveal wondrous creation.

Color photography

12" x 24"

$200



Matthew Swensen

Majesty of the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon South Rim in November

Color photography

11" x 17"

$150




Bailey Cardinal

Medusa Reimagined

Watercolor and pen on paper

18" x 22"

$250


Leonel Gonzalez

Creation of Man

Acrylic

24" x 36"

$350





Andrea Rossi

Untitled

Acrylic on canvas

16" x 12

$250


Andrea Rossi

Oily Sidewalk on a Rainy Sunday

Acrylic on canvas

24" x 20"

NFS





Emily Teall

Untitled

Oil on canvas

12" x 12"

$400


Jacob Timchak

Cusco Clouds

Color photography

10" x 15"

$200






Matthew Anderson

Nature's Water Filter

Nature's Water Filter demonstrates the effect nature can have on cleaning and purifying our water resources. It is inspired by the goal of cleaning the storm water entering the Red Cedar River in Lansing, Michigan. The juxtaposition of toxic and natural is a direct reflection of the efforts of the clean water project. This piece will become a public installation in 2020.

Four unique applications of spray paint on wooden board.

31.5" x 65"

$2,000



Tea Trent

Untitled

Low angle portrait portraying an overall distant and isolating mood.

Digital media

2048 px by 1536 px

$130