UMUC Announces Winners of First Biennial Maryland Regional Juried Art Exhibition

Opening reception Aug. 6 will showcase 56 of the more than 1,000 submissions received from artists throughout Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C.

By Ashley Boarman ( |   August 5, 2011

ADELPHI, MD (August 5, 2011)—The UMUC Arts Program today announced the winners of its first Biennial Maryland Regional Juried Art Exhibition (BMRE), which opened to the public August 1, 2011, and runs through October, 16, 2011. A call for entries was distributed to regional artists in March 2011, with the goal of attracting at least 400 works from artists in Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington, D.C. The response was overwhelming, with more than 320 artists submitting 1,100 works for consideration, 56 of which are featured in the new exhibit.

Submitted works of art were juried by three regional artists and experts—Helen Frederick, Helen Jackson and Evangeline J. Montgomery. The following works and artists were recognized:

First Place – President’s Best of Show Award
Jo Isrealson, Dovecote: 365 Prayers for Peace

Second Place – Jurors' Choice Award

Andrei Kushnir, Potomac Riverscape

Third Place – Award of Merit
Amber Adams, Rest

Fourth Place – Arts Program Honorable Mention
Everitt Clark, Roots, Trash and Stream

Fifth Place – Arts Program Honorable Mention
Pat Dillon, Eugene

Sixth Place – Arts Program Honorable Mention
Schroeder Cherry, Generations

Juror Recognitions include:
Larry Cook, Camille
Rita Elsner, Volley
Margaret Huddy, Sycamore, 8:30 a.m., April

"This project was carefully designed to provide living artists around the region with another professional environment in which to showcase their works," said UMUC Arts Program Director Eric Key. "The resulting exhibit confirms and celebrates the breadth of talent within the tri-state area and underscores the university’s commitment to the local arts community."

The BMRE exhibit features works by both established and emerging artists from throughout the region, and showcases a diversity of styles from the formalism of traditional still life to contemporary abstraction. The 56 works represent contemporary and traditional styles in multiple mediums, including painting, sculpture, drawings, mixed media, fine prints, monographs, textile, installation art, and photography. Taken in total, the collection provides a moving reflection on life’s moments of quietude, strife, struggle, joy, reflection, loss, and whimsy, and introduces a group of creative artists to a new audience of art appreciators, collectors, critics, and casual viewers.

An opening reception will be held for the exhibit and awardees on Saturday, August 6, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Arts Program Gallery, on the lower level of UMUC’s Inn and Conference Center. The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. RSVP online, or for more information, call 301-985-7937.

About the Jurors
Helen Frederick is a professor at George Mason University in the Art and Visual Technology Department, and the division coordinator for printmaking. Frederick is known internationally as a print media, book arts, and mixed-media installation artist. She received a BFA and MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Helen Jackson is a visual arts practitioner, teacher, writer and curator. For more than 20 years, Jackson was the owner and director of Capital East Graphics, a Washington, D.C. gallery that specialized in the promotion of national and international artists of color. Her undergraduate studies include a visual arts minor and independent art studies at the Corcoran College of Art + Design and the Arts Students League of New York.

Evangeline J. Montgomery has worked tirelessly to support artists, promote their work, and facilitate their travel abroad. Throughout her career, Montgomery has also curated more than 200 historical and fine art exhibitions. She has a bachelor’s degree in metal art from the California College of the Arts.