PRIZM Annual Juried Exhibition

Posted Apr 16th, 2010 by Barbara Billmaier  Category: Arts & Entertainment, Toledo.com


PRIZM Creative Community’s fourth annual juried art show will open May 1 at the Toledo-Lucas County Main Library’s 2nd floor Gallery at 325 North Michigan Ave. in downtown Toledo. Opening reception is Sat. May 1 from 2:00-4:00 pm. Gallery hours continue on Mon and Tues 12 noon-8:30 pm, and Wed-Sat. 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. through June 26. The show, entitled Art-A-Fair 2010, features visual and literary art created by PRIZM members and is free and open to the public.

Art-A-Fair 2010 juried artist awards are for outstanding works created in the spirit, style or techniques of famous artists: Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Georgia O’Keefe, Vincent Van Gogh, Edgar Degas, Mary Cassett, Michelangelo, Auguste Renoir, Winslow Homer, Ansel Adams, Leonardo DeVinci, and Louis Comfort Tiffany. Literature awards are named for the following authors: Robert Frost, E. E. Cummings, Raymond Caver, William Blake, Mark Twain and Dr. Seuss. This year’s PRIZM Creative Challenge also on display at the gallery will include Art and Word limited literature categories. Artist miniatures are limited to maximum of 5”x7” and literature miniature awards include Six-Word Stories, Haiku and one sentence or small phrase Words of Wisdom.

Judges for Art-A-Fair 2010 are Erin Palmer Szavuly, M.F.A., Chair Art Department and
Associate Professor at Lourdes College and Joel Lipman, M.A., J.D., Professor of English, Art and Visual Language at the University of Toledo.

Judge Erin Palmer Szavuly holds a Master of Fine Arts, and Bachelor of Fine Arts from Bowling Green State University. She studied under art professors Thomas Hilty, Paul Running and Robert Mazur, with her graduate teaching assistantship at BGSU. She taught at University of Toledo prior to accepting faculty position at Lourdes College where she has been Art Chairperson since 2000. Ms. Szavuly professional affiliations include Toledo Federation of Art Societies Second Vice President, Athena Art Society, College Art Association, National Association of Schools of Art and Design, American Art Therapy Association, Buckeye Art Therapy Association. She is has juried numerous regional exhibitions.

In 2009 Ms. Szavuly was honored for dedication to community service, with the San Damiano Service Learning Faculty Recognition Award by Lourdes’ Office of Mission and Ministry in recognition of the service requirement for all students enrolled in studio art courses. Sr. Barbara Vano, Director of Campus Ministry said of Ms. Szavuly commitment to community service; “The faculty didn’t just institute the requirement for students; they modeled it through their own commitment to service.”

Judge Joel Lipman holds higher degrees from the University of Wisconsin and the State University of New York-Buffalo, where he studied with poets Gwendolyn Brooks, James Wright, John Logan and Robert Creeley. He’s taught at Columbia College-Chicago and the University of Illinois-Chicago and currently is Professor of Art & English at the University of Toledo, where he’s been on the faculty since 1975, serving as Associate Dean for the Arts [1999-2001] and Stranahan Arboretum Director [2004-2006]. He’s a member of the Toledo Museum of Art School of Art & Design faculty.

Lipman was named the greater Toledo area’s first Poet Laureate in 2007 by the Lucas County Commissioners. Lipman served as a Poet-In-Residence at Main Library downtown Toledo, for the duration of his two-year appointment as the County’s Poet Laureate.

Lipman is a five-time recipient of Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist fellowships in Poetry and long-time director of the Toledo Poets Center, Lipman was honored by the State of Ohio in 1985 when he received the Governor’s Award as an Individual Artist. He was a 1992-1993 Fulbright Fellow, teaching and writing in Belize, and a 2005 Harry Ransom Humanities Center Fellow.

Among his small press and fine print books and chapbooks of poetry are Mercury Vapor Lamp [Ocooch Mountain Press], Provocateur [Bloody Twin Press], and Glass Will: Anthology of Toledo Poets [Toledo Poets Center Press]. Lipman’s work can be found online at the Light & Dust Anthology of Poetry. A special display of Lipman’s personal collection of works by Toledo poets and other creative publishers is on display in the Humanities Department of Toledo-Lucas County Main Library through May 31st.

While Art-A-Fair remains an excellent opportunity for PRIZM members to display their work, and the community to enjoy it’s talents, it is also an occasion for others to learn of creative opportunities available to all local artists from novice to professional. PRIZM Creative Community is a 501 (c.) (3) Nonprofit organization currently receiving partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council and Toledo Community Foundation. For more information on upcoming PRIZM educational workshops in the visual and literary arts visit PRIZM website @ www.myprizm.com, email prizm@bex.net or call 419-872-8730.

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