Thursday, February 12, 2009

Jersey Art Splash

I am finally entering my first New Jersey art show. It's the prestigious 2009 New Jersey Arts Annual. This is a very selective show which showcases the best of Jersey fine arts. While getting picked for such shows is always a dicey proposition no matter how good your work is because judging is such a personal process, the topic this year is one that I think my subject matter is well suited for: Local Life. This is how they describe what they are looking for:

"In these transformative times, the headlong rush into 'globalization' sometimes obscures the intimate, familiar details of life immediately around us. We are asking artists to turn their vision towards their own communities, their own homes, their own lives, their own thoughts, to explore life as an intimate experience, and through art find what is profound in the familiar."

Needless to say, if you read my entry about my struggle to create an Artistic Statement (one of my first entries), then you know how well this fits what I am interested in capturing already. Couldn't be more tailor made for me. As long as they don't interpret this to be a Norman-Rockwell look-a-like contest, I think I have a good chance, but as I said, you never know.

Without further ado, here are the 8 images I submitted:

The Duke in the John


First Grade, Mrs. Maskew

The Santa of Christmas Past




Take a Number

I'm very excited about this show and the images I've sent in. Regardless of the outcome, it's exciting to finally start my entrance into the New Jersey art scene. If you are interested, the show will run at the Morris Museum from April 29th to June 28th. Wish me luck!


Matt Morris said...

Nice pics. Much luck!

Riley said...

You're just saying that because it's true.

Matt Morris said...

You know me better than that. I'll lie about anything, but in this case, I was being honest.

Riley said...

Or is that another lie? Now if I was a computer on Star Trek, you would've just tied my circuits into knots!

Jacob said...

Good luck! I think the theme is right up your alley. Love the photo of the magnetic letters, I hadn't seen that one before.

Riley said...

That is as new as they come. I just took that the last week of January. Thanks for the encouragement. If you could tell the judges, that'd be *great*.